Bholi's real name is Sulekha. We are told this right at the beginning. But only in the last but one paragraph of the story is Bholi called Sulekha again. Why do you think she is called Sulekha at that point in the story?
Little Sulekha could not speak till she was five, and when at last she learnt to speak, she stammered. The other children often made fun of her and mimicked her.
a. What did Sulekhalater on come to be known as?
b. Why did children make fun of her?
c. What does the word 'mimicked' mean?
She remembered how a few days ago their old cow, Lakshmi, had been turned out of the house and sold.
"N-n-n-n No, no-no-no," she shouted in terror and pulled her hand away from her father's grip.
a. Why did Bholi shout in terror?
b. Why did she remember 'Lakshmi' ?
c. What is the antonym of 'forgotten' in the extract?
He said to Ramlal, 'As a revenue official you are the representative of the government in the village and so you must set an example to the villagers. You must send your daughters to school."
a. Who is 'he'?
b. What example does 'he' want Ramlal to set?
c. What did Ramlal do?
Then she began to cry and tears flowed from her eyes in a helpless flood. She kept her head down as she sat in her corner, not daring to look up at the girls, who, she knew, were still laughing at her.
a. Who is 'she'?
b. Why were the girls laughing at her?
c. What happened after that?
And in her smiling eyes was the light of a deep satisfaction that an artist feels when contemplating the completing of her masterpiece.
a. What satisfaction did the teacher have?
b. Who was the 'masterpiece'?
c. What had the masterpiece done?