The Selfish Giant Solution
The Selfish Giant Question Answer Solution Class 8 It so Happened
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1. Why is the Giant called selfish?
The giant did not allow any other person or children to enter and play into his garden. He put the notice board and raised the walls around the garden. So, we say the giant was selfish.
2. On one occasion, the children said: “How happy we are here!”
Later they said: “How happy we were there!”
What are they referring to in both the cases?
Answer: The giant was on his visit to his friend for seven years. Children were happy playing in the giant’s garden. The garden was full of blossoms and bird were singing sweet songs. So, the children referred to the present situation and said they are delighted here.
Later on, the giant had come back to his garden. He was selfish and did not allow any children to play in the garden. This mad the children said. The children remembered old days and gasped “how happy we were there”. Here children were referring to the past days when they used to play in the garden.
3. (i) When spring came, it was still winter in the garden. What does winter stand for or indicate here?
The story is written from European countries perspective. In European countries, winter is freezing. In such weather, people do not come out frequently; there is a monotonous environment. The author has compared this dull environment with the absence of children in the park. When children stopped visiting the garden, the garden felt like winter. Here winter stands for neutral and indifferent weather without happiness.
(ii) Winter has been presented as a story with its characters and their activities. Describe the story in your own words.
In the garden, children used to play. There was happiness everywhere. But this happiness did not last long. The garden belonged to a selfish giant. He shouted at children and raised the wall. Without children, the garden became gloomy. The giant realised the fact and allowed the kids to play. Now the garden became pleasant like earlier.
4. Was the Giant happy or sad over the state of the garden?
The garden looked humdrum without children, trees looked gloomy, and birds stopped singing. As a result, the giant became worried and sad over the state of the garden.
5. What effect did the linnet’s song have over Hail and the North Wind?
Once the linnet started singing Hail stopped dancing in the garden, and North Wind stopped roaring.
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Children made a hole in the wall and entered the garden. When the giant woke up. He saw children playing with joy in the garden. With the arrival of children, the trees were waving with pleasure and had lowered their branches to assist children in climbing the trees.
(ii) What did he realise on seeing it?
He thought that spring had come finally.
2. Why was it still winter in one corner of the garden?
There was a little boy in that corner. He was so small to climb on the tree. He was circling around the tree and crying. The trees were in anticipation that the child will climb and remove the hails and north wind from the corner. As a result, there was still winter in that corner.
3. Describe the first meeting of the little boy and the Giant.
The little boy was unable to climb and was crying. The giant approached the boy secretly and put him on the tree. The boy became happy and kissed the giant on his cheek.
4. Describe their second meeting after a long interval.
After the first meeting, there was no whereabout of the boy. He never came back until the giant became old and weak. Once the old giant saw that small boy, he rushed to him. He saw that the boy had big nail scratch marks on his feet and hands. The giant was in anger about who did that to the boy. The boy told the scratches are the wounds of love.
5. The Giant lay dead, all covered with white blossoms. What does this sentence indicate about the once selfish Giant?
The giant died with white blossom covered indicate a peaceful migration of the soul of the giant to the paradise. The boy was an angel. The approval of the giant to let the boy play in the garden removed all his earlier cruelty and mischiefs. Now the boy had come to allow the giant’s soul to the paradise.
See also: The Selfish Giant Summary in English.