Comprehension – I
1. Where in the classroom does Wanda sit and why?
2. Where does Wanda live? What kind of a place do you think it is?
3. When and why do Peggy and Maddie notice Wanda ‘s absence?
4. What do you think “to have fun with her” means?
1. Wanda usually sat in the seat next to the last seat, in the last row, in Room Thirteen. Nobody actually knew why she sat there unless it was because her feet were normally caked with dry mud and very dirty as she came all the way from Boggins Heights. Avoiding being laughed at by her classmates was a task that is why she sat there to hide her dirty feet. No one really thought about Wanda once she sat in the corner of that room.
2. Wanda used to coma all the way Boggins Heights which might be her residence. It seems that it was a place far away from the school and also, where there was a lot of dry mud.
3. Nobody noticed Wanda’s absence from school. Peggie and Maddie noticed Wanda’s absence after three days when they didn’t track the whole lot of mud .The reason they notice her absence was because they waited for her for a long time and made them late for school. Peggie and Maddie wanted to have some fun with her but she didn’t turn up.
4. Wanda was a quiet and shy girl. She was afraid that other would make fun of her mud caked feet. The girls used to make fun of her. This gave them a lot of pleasure. They wanted to have fun with her.
Comprehension – II
1. In what way was Wanda different from the other children?
2. Did Wanda have a hundred dresses? Why do you think she said she did?
3. Why is Maddie embarrassed by the Questions Peggy asks Wanda? Is she also like Wanda, or is she different?
1. Wanda was all alone as she did not have any friends. She came to school alone and went home alone. She was different from other children. She always wore a faded blue dress that did not fit her properly. Her dress looked clean but was never ironed properly. She did not talk to anybody.
2. No, Wanda did not have a hundred dresses because she was poor. She wore the same faded blue dress to school every day. It looked clean but was never ironed properly. She always said that she had a hundred dresses to hide her inferiority complex and impress other girls so that they did not make fun of her again.
3. Maddie was embarrassed by the Questions Peggy asked Wanda because she was poor herself. She usually wore old clothes, which were handed down to her by someone else. She did not feel sorry for Wanda but worried that later, everyone would start teasing her too. She thought she was different from Wanda in the sense that she would never claimed that she had a hundred dresses and did not live in Boggi ns Heights. She was not as poor as Wanda. Yet she was afraid that the others might mock her too.
Comprehension – III
1. Why didn’t Maddie ask Peggie to stop teasing Wanda? What was she afraid of? 2. Who did Maddie think would win the drawing contest? Why?
3. Who won the drawing contest? What had the winner drawn?
1. Maddie was herself did not belong to a rich background. She couldn’t ask Peggie to stop teasing Wanda because Peggie was her best friend and she had faith in Peggie that she would never do anything wrong. Peggie never insulted anyone and never did anything that would hurt one’s feeling. Maddie was afraid of being laughed at for her poor dresses.
2. Maddie though t that Peggy would win the drawing contest. Because Peggy drew better than anyone else. She could copy a picture in a magazine, or some film star’s face so well that one could tell who it was.
3. It was Wanda, who won the drawing competition. When the students entered the classroom it was full of sketches of dresses. There were hundreds of dresses on the walls of the room. All the students wanted to know who made them. Wanda was appreciated by the judges and applauded by her fellow classmates.