NCERT Class 9 English Beehive Fifth Chapter The Snake and the Mirror Solution

NCERT Class 9 English Beehive Fifth Chapter The Snake and the Mirror Solution

NCERT Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 5 Solution: Dear students Here in this post we are posted Fifth Chapter The Snake and the Mirror full exercise questions & answer by our arts teacher. This Solution is helpful for CBSE English medium students. Download this 5th Chapter English Beehive solution & prepare your homework.

I Discuss in pairs and answer each question below in a short paragraph (30–40 words). 1. “The sound was a familiar one.” What sound did the doctor hear? What did he think it was? How many times did he hear it? (Find the places in the text.) When and why did the sounds stop?


The doctor heard the sound of the rats that were moving on the beam overhead.

He thought it was the sound of the rats as it was familiar to him.

He heard the sound thrice. The place in the text which indicate are –

(i) “I heard noise from above as I opened the door”.

(ii) “Again I heard that noise from above”.

(iii) “Again came that noise from above”

When the doctor was sitting on the chair, the sound stopped as the rats saw the snake.

2.) What two “important” and “earth-shaking” decisions did the doctor take while he was looking into the mirror?


The doctor took a “Important” and “earth- shaking” decision while looking into the mirror. He decided to look more handsome by shaving daily and growing thin moustache. Again he decided to smile always as he was a young, handsome doctor, who considered himself as an eligible bachelor.

3.) “I looked into the mirror and smiled,” says the doctor. A little later he says, “I forgot my danger and smiled feebly at myself.” What is the doctor’s opinion about himself when: (i) he first smiles, and (ii) he smiles again? In what way do his thoughts change in between, and why?


 (i) When the doctor first smiled he was considering himself the most handsome bachelor doctor and was admiring his beauty. He thought that as he was an eligible bachelor, every girl wants to marry him.

(ii) When he smiled next, he was smiling on his silly nature. He smiled on his tale. He smiled as he realised that thought he was handsome doctor, he not have basic sense and intelligence into him.


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II. This story about a frightening incident is narrated in a humorous way. What makes it humorous? (Think of the contrasts it presents between dreams and reality. Some of them are listed below.)


 (i) The kind of person the doctor is (money, possessions)


The doctor was not so rich and newly started his practice. When he came to the new place to start his practice he had sixty rupees, some shirts and dhotis and a black coat with him .For that he had rented a small room, full of rats.

(ii) The kind of person he wants to be (appearance, ambition)


He wanted to be more handsome by doing shave daily and keeping moustache and smiling regularly.


(i) The person he wants to marry


He wanted to marry a rich doctor .Again he wished to marry a fat girl, who could not be able to run after him when he would make some mistakes.

 (ii) The person he actually marries


He actually marries a thin tall girl.


(i) His thoughts when he looks into the mirror


When he looked into the mirror he the sound comings from the roof, the sound of many rats were familiar to the doctor.

 (ii) His thoughts when the snake is coiled around his arm


When the snake coiled around his arm he became motionless and held his breathe.

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