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BENJAMIN JONES GOES SWIMMING - Class 8 First Language English Textbook Solutions

– Aileen Fischer

I.) Answer the following questions in two or three sentences each:
1.) What did Benjamin inform his wife?
Answer: Benjamin informed his wife that he is participating in a swimming competition and he is sure that he will win the competition.
2.) Why did Benjamin’s wife discourage him?
Answer: Benjamin’s wife discouraged him because Benjamin didn’t practiced from years and other will be fast hence Benjamin’s wife told him that sure to be last.
3.) How did Benjamin win the swimming competition?
Answer: While swimming Benjamin saw a crab and Benjamin scared to a crab and with the fear of crab bite, he swam fast and won the swimming competition by chance.
4.) What do you learn from this poem?
Answer: Sometimes we win by luck.
II.) Appreciation:
Answer the following as directed :
1.) The poem is in the style of satire.
a.) a dialogue
b.) anti-climax
c.) satire
d.) climax
2.) Appreciate the following expressions in 3-4 sentences each:

a.) With others so fast, you’re sure to be last.
Answer: When Benjamin tells his wife that he is participating in a swimming competition then his wife tells hem that he hasn’t swum since years and other competitors will be well trained and fast so be sure that he will be last.
b.) His pace was so slow that a crab saw his toe and thought it would venture a bite.
Answer: Benjamin was swimming very slow in the competition due to lack of practice and the crab in the water saw the toe of Benjamin and thought that it would venture a bite and Benjamin noticed that and to escape from the crab Benjamin swam fast and won the competition.
c.) She fell in the lake with a splash.
Answer: Benjamin’s wife was sure that Benjamin will not win the competition but he swum fast and won the competition and Benjamin’s wife was shocked due to his performance and fell into the lake with a splash.
III.) Let’s read and respond:
Fill in the blanks based on your understanding of the poem:
1.) Benjamin told his wife that he is participating in a swimming competition on the Fourth of July.
2.) It was a free-for-all competition.
3.) Benjamin’s wife said that he would come last because he haven’t gone swimming for years.
4.) The swimmers galore waited for to start the competition on the day of the competition.
5.) The competition took place on fourth of July.
6.) Other competitors passed Benjamin on the right and the left because Benjamin was very slow.
7.) The crab thought of biting Benjamin’s toe because he was slow.
8.) Benjamin won the race as possessed swimmer.
9.) His wife fell into the water because she shocked by the winning of Benjamin.
B.) Make a list of all the rhyming words in the poem. There are rhyming words in the same lines and at the end of the lines.
Answer: Jones – tones
Compete – meet
Fast – last
Place – race
Slow – toe
Crab – grab
Toe – foe
Shore – roar
Rock – shock
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