Samacheer Kalvi Class 9th Supplementary Chapter 1 The Envious Neighbour Solutions

Tamilnadu Board Samacheer Kalvi 9th English Supplementary Solutions Chapter 1: Tamilnadu State Board Solution Class 9 English Chapter 1 Supplementary – The Envious Neighbour.


Samacheer Kalvi 9th English Supplementary Solutions Chapter 1: Overview

Board Samacheer Kalvi
Class 9
Subject English
Unit (1) Supplementary
Chapter Name The Envious Neighbour


Samacheer Kalvi Class 9th Supplementary The Envious Neighbour Question Answer Solution







A) Identify the character or speaker of the following lines.

1) They gathered the treasure.

Honest old couple


2) The pine tree under which I am buried, to be cut down and made into a mortar.

The dog


3) They dug, and found nothing but a quantity of dirt and nasty offal.

The envious neighbor


4) He had not to wait long before he was called into the prince’s palace, and ordered to exhibit his power.

The envious old man



The dog


B) Based on your understanding of the story, choose the right answers from the given options.


1) The old farmer and his wife loved the dog

a) because it helped them in their day-to-day work.

b) as if it was their own baby.

c) as they were kind to all living beings.


2) When the old couple became rich, they

a) gave the dog better food.

b) invited their greedy neighbours to a feast.

c) lived a comfortable life and were generous towards their poor neighbours.


3) The greedy couple borrowed the mortar to make

a) rich pastry and bean sauce.

b) magic ash to win rewards.

c) a pile of gold.


C) Answer the following questions in a paragraph of about 80 to 100 words.


1) The old farmer was a kind person. Justify the statement with suitable examples from the story.

Answer: The old farmer was an honest man. He and his wife used to feed their dog with fish and tit-bit. When one day they discovered the treasure and instead and keeping to themselves everything they gave alms to the poor ones and then bought rice-fields and corn-fields to themselves. Even after becoming wealthy they didn’t stop helping others. When their neighbor got jealous of them and out of anger killed their dog the old farmer didn’t get angry at them he just wept in the memories of their beloved dog. At the end it can be seen that even after trying their evil attempts to bring the kind couple down, the envious neighbor was given share of riches by the kind couple. It shows how the old farmer and his wife was kind at heart and did good deeds in life.


2) How did the dog help the farmer even after its death?

Answer: When the dog appeared in the farmer’s dream he told him to cut the pine-tree under which he was buried and make mortar out of it and use it as if it were of him. The farmer did as he was told to do and when he grounded the rice in it each grain of rice turned into some treasure. But the envious neighbor could not take it and borrowed the mortar and broke it. Not aware of it ,the old farmer was again helped by the dog by appearing in his dream and telling him the truth of the mortar. The dog once again helped him by telling him to use the ashes of burnt mortar and sprinkle them on withered trees and the trees would revive. The old man again did the same thing as told by his dog and to his surprise it happened as told by the dog.


3) Why did the Prince reward the farmer but punish the neighbour for the same act?

Answer: When the prince came to about the magical ashes that brings back the life of withered trees , he called the farmer and asked him sprinkle on his cherry and plum trees. And the prince was taken aback when the farmer sprinkled them on the trees and the trees bloomed with flowers and revived. This made the prince happy and he rewarded the farmer with pieces of silk, cloth and other presents. The farmer went to his home back happy. When the envious neighbor came to know about this, they once again tried their evil and useless attempt in front of the prince and instead of the trees to bloom the ashes went in the prince’s eyes and mouth and made him uneasy. This made the prince’s retainers angry and they punished them very hard.


4) Bring out the difference between the two neighbours with suitable examples to support your view.

Answer: The two neighbors were opposite of each other in their attitudes. The old farmer and his wife were honest people whereas their neighbor was envious and jealous one. The old farmer fed his dog with fish and tit-bits and did it selflessly. He had a kind heart. The old farmer’s dog helped him discover the treasure and made him wealthy. But the farmer didn’t keep all the treasure to himself he gave alms the poor ones and the bought himself rice and corn fields. This shows how kind he was and helped others The neighbors borrowed their dog and wanted to discover the treasure but could not find it and finally they kill it. This shows how greedy they were and they only wanted treasure and didn’t love the dog.

Whatever the old farmer did he did it with all his heart and didn’t expect anything in return. He did everything selflessly but the other neighbor did it out of jealousy and didn’t have a kind heart. This is the major difference between the two neighbors.


D) Refer to what happens in the folktale and complete the story with the help of the hints given in the mind map.


(1) There lived an honest man with his wife, who had a favorite pet dog and with its help got a treasure.


(2) There dwelt a covetous and stingy old man and woman in the neighborhood.


(3) The wicked old couple seized the dog, and killed it.


(4) They broke the mortar and burnt it.


(5) They collected all the ashes that remained and put them in the basket.

Updated: November 17, 2021 — 1:11 pm

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