Tales of Childhood Question Answer – Class 8 English Chapter 10 Solution

West Bengal Board Class 8 English Book Chapter 10 Tales of Childhood Solution: WB Board Bengali Medium Activity Question Answer for Tales of Childhood written by Roald Dahl download PDF from this page. Get all activity solution of Class 8 Chapter 10 Tales of Childhood Questions of WB Board Textbook Blossoms.

Tales of childhood - Class 8 English - Chapter 10 Solution

Activity – 1 Solution

Rearrange the following sentences in the correct order and put the numbers in the given boxes:

(1) He met Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg in 1911.

Answer: 4

(2) They, along with their family members, moved to Radyr in 1918.

Answer: 6

(3) Harold Dahl became a successful shipbroker and set up a farm at Cardiff.

Answer: 3

(4) They married soon after.

Answer: 5

(5) Harold Dahl lost his arm when he was fourteen.

Answer: 2

(6) The writer’s grandfather was a prosperous merchant.

Answer: 1

Activity – 2 Solution

Complete the following sentences with information from the text:

(a) The narrator’s grandfather was _______________________

Answer: fairly prosperous merchant.

(b) Harold Dahl had lost _________________________

Answer: an arm when he was fourteen.

(c) A shipbroker is a person who ____________________

Answer: supplies the ship with everything it needs.

(d) In the country mansion beside the village of Radyr, there were ________________________

Answer: many acres of farm and woodland, and a number of cottages for the staff.

Activity – 3 Solution

Answer the following question:

Do you think that the narrator was happy living in the imposing mansion?

Answer: I think the narrator was not happy living in the imposing mansion. He wanted the outside environment to enjoy than the imposing mansion.

Activity – 4 Solution

Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statements in the given boxes. Give supporting statements for each of your answers:

(a) The narrator was the eldest child in the family.

Answer: F

Supporting Statement : In 1920, when I was still only three, my mother’s eldest child, my own sister Astri, died from appendicitis.

(b) Astri was the favorite child of the narrator’s father.

Answer: T

Supporting Statement : Astri was far and away my father’s favourite.

(c) The narrator’s father died of appendicitis.

Answer: F

Supporting Statement : He was so overwhelmed with grief that when he himself went down with pneumonia a month or so afterwards, he did not much care whether he lived or died.

(d) After his father’s death, the narrator along with his other family members moved to Llandaff.

Answer: T

Supporting Statement : She sold the big house and moved to a smaller one a few miles away in Lla.

Activity – 5 Solution

Answer the following questions:

(a) How old was Astri when she died?

Answer: When Astri died she was seven years old.

(b) Why was pneumonia a very dangerous disease?

Answer: During that era, neither penicillin nor any other miraculous antibiotic existed to treat pneumonia.

(c) What made the narrator’s father reluctant to fight against the disease?

Answer: As per the narrator, his father desired to reunite with his sister Astri in heaven, which is why he didn’t muster enough strength to fight for his life.

Activity – 6 Solution

Fill in the chart with the information from the text:

(i) Answer: One can remember very little about one’s life before the age of seven or eight.The narrator is astonished
(ii) Answer: The narrator cannot remember his childhood days.The narrator cannot picture the faces of Mrs. Cornfield or Miss Tucker
(iii) The journeys made to or from the school were tremendously exciting.Answer: The narrator can remember these journeys very clearly.
(iv) A motor car on the road was an event then.Answer: It was quite safe for tiny children to go tricycling in the centre of the highway.

Activity – 7 Solution

Answer the following questions:

(a) What was the name of the narrator’s first school?

Answer: The name of the narrator’s first school was Elm tree House.

(b) Which blurred memory does the narrator have of his early days?

Answer: The narrator has the blurred memory of him sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of his shoelaces.

(c) How did the narrator enjoy his journeys to and from school?

Answer: The narrator had excited journeys to and from school because he and his elder sister would ride on their tricycles.

(d) ‘It’s not much, but it’s all there is left’ – Why, according to you, did the narrator make this comment?

Answer: The narrator held only a handful of memories from their early childhood, a source of regret. Nonetheless, among these memories, there were a few special incidents that remained the most cherished moments in their life.

Activity – 8(a) Solution

In the following sentences, underline the verb forms which show that the person denoted by the Subject does something. Circle the verb forms which show that something is done to person denoted by the subject :

(i) She sings a song.

Answer: She sings a song.

(ii) A song is sung by her.

Answer: A song is sung by her.

(iii) He drew a picture.

Answer: He drew a picture.

(iv) A picture was drawn by him.

Answer: A picture was drawn by him.

Activity – 8(b) Solution

Identify the voice of the following sentences and fill in the table given below:

(i) He told a story.

(ii) The ball was thrown by the boy.

(iii) I read many books.

(iv) Football is played by them.

Active VoicePassive Voice
Answer: He told a story.Answer: The ball was thrown by the boy.
Answer: I read many books.Answer: Football is played by them.

Activity – 8(c) Solution

Match column A with column B:

(i) Rumita made a paper boat.(a) Food is cooked by her.
(ii) I know the man.(b) A cricket match was watched by us.
(iii) She cooks food.(c) A paper boat was made by Rumita.
(iv) We watched a cricket match.(d) The man is known to me.
(i) Rumita made a paper boat.Answer: (c) A paper boat was made by Rumita.
(ii) I know the man.Answer: (d) The man is known to me.
(iii) She cooks food.Answer: (a) Food is cooked by her.
(iv) We watched a cricket match.Answer: (b) A cricket match was watched by us.

Activity – 8(d) Solution

Change the voice of the following sentences:

(a) Riya sang a song.

Answer: A song is sung by Riya.

(b) She knows my brother.

Answer: My brother is known to her.

(c) I wrote a letter.

Answer: A letter was written by me.

(d) They cleaned the classroom.

Answer: The classroom was cleaned by them.

Activity – 9 Solution

Make meaningful sentences with the given pairs of words. Use one pair of one sentence:

(a) met, shop

Answer: We met at the coffee shop yesterday for a quick catch-up.

(b) remember, days

Answer: I remember those sunny days at the beach when we were kids.

(c) moved, place

Answer: She moved to a new place for a fresh start in life.

(d) fight, country

Answer: Many brave soldiers fought for their country during the war.

Activity – 10(a) Solution

Write an autobiography of a broken bicycle.


Born in a dusty garage, I was once a proud bicycle, ready to conquer roads. But time and neglect took their toll. Rust crept in, chains lost their shine, tires deflated. Abandoned and discarded, I became a broken relic, my spokes silent, and my pedals still. Memories of joyful rides faded as I lay forgotten. Yet, hope endured. Skilled hands mended me, replaced parts, and brought me back to life. Now, I roll again, bearing the scars of my past, a testament to resilience, reminding all that even the most broken can be reborn and find purpose once more.

Activity – 10(b) Solution

Suppose recently you had to change your place of residence. Write a page in your diary about the experience of shifting from a familiar neighborhood to a new place.


Diary Entry – September 8, 2023

Today, I left behind the comfort of my familiar neighborhood. The move was bittersweet; I’m excited about new beginnings but also nostalgic for the memories created in my old home. Packing up my life into boxes was a reflective process, making me realize how much I’ve grown. Arriving at my new place was both thrilling and daunting. Unfamiliar streets and faces, yet a world of possibilities. As I settle in, I’m reminded that life is an adventure, and this change is a new chapter waiting to be written. Here’s to embracing the unknown and creating a new sense of home.

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