NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 4: The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom

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Chapter4. The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom
WriterWilliam Elliot Griffis
TextbookEnglish Honeycomb
CategoryNCERT Solutions for Class 7

This story is about an old couple and their beloved pet dog. The couple were poor but hardworking and affectionate to everyone around them, including the neighbours who were troublesome and cruel. The dog who gets killed by the hands of the neighbours helps the old couple in unexpected and unimaginable ways.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 4

Q1) Why did the neighbours kill the dog?

The neighbours killed the dog in frustration and anger. They were expecting the dog to help them find a treasure the way the dog helped the old couple in finding one. But, the dog took them to a place where there was a foul smelling dead kitten.

Q2) (i) 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

b) as if it was their own baby.

Q2) (ii) When the old couple became rich, they
a) gave the dog better food.
b) invited their greedy neighbors to a feast.
c) lived comfortably and were generous towards their poor neighbors.

c) ) lived comfortably and were generous towards their poor neighbors.

Q2) (iii) The greedy couple borrowed the mill and the mortar to make
a) rice pastry and bean sauce.
b) magic ash to win rewards.
c) a pile of gold.

c) a pile of gold.

Q1) The old farmer is a kind person. What evidence of his kindness do you find in the first two paragraphs?

The old farmer is a kind person. We find the evidence of kindness at various instances in the story. For example, the first paragraph says that the old couple treated the dog as if it were their own child. They used to feed him pieces of fish with their own chopsticks. They used to offer him boiled rice.

Q2) What did the dog do to lead the farmer to the hidden gold?

To lead the farmer to the hidden gold, the dog came running to the farmer and kept its paws against his legs. It continuously kept directing towards a place behind him. The old man at first thought that the dog was just playing, but when it kept running and whining, the old man followed it to the place.

Q3) (i) How did the spirit of the dog help the farmer first?

The spirit of the dog appeared in the farmer’s dream and instructed him to cut off the pine tree. It also said that the old farmer should make a mortar and hand-mill with that. When the farmer followed the instructions of the spirit of the dog, he received heaps of gold. That is how the spirit of the dog helped him first.

Q3) (ii) How did it help him next?

The second time the spirit of the dog appeared in the farmer’s dream, it told the old man to collect the ashes of the mortar and the mill from the wicked neighbors and sprinkle it on the dead trees. It said that if the farmer did so, the trees would blossom again. When the farmer followed his instructions and sprinkled the ashes on the cherry tree in front of the daimio, it blossomed and the old man was rewarded with high-valued gifts.

Q4) Why did the daimio reward the farmer but punish his neighbour for the same act?

The farmer had sprinkled the ash over the withered cherry tree and it blossomed. Daimio was pleased seeing the miracle and he rewarded the farmer. His neighbour poured the ash over the cherry tree, but nothing happened to the tree.
Fine particles from the ash entered the eyes of the daimio and his wife. They began to sneeze and cough. This spoiled the splendour of the procession and so the neighbour was punished by man of the landlord.


Q1) Read the following conversation.

Ravi: What are you doing?
Mridu: I’m reading a book.
Ravi: Who wrote it?
Mridu: Ruskin Bond.
Ravi: Where did you find it?
Mridu: In the library.

Notice that ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘where’, are question words. Questions that require information begin with question words. Some other question words are ‘when’, ‘why’, ‘where’, ‘which’ and ‘how’.

Remember that

  • What asks about acting, things etc.
  • Who asks about people.
  • Which asks about people or things.
  • Where asks about place.
  • When asks about time.
  • Why asks about reason or purpose.
  • How asks about means, manner or degree.
  • Whose asks about possessions.

Read the following paragraph and frame questions on the italicised phrases.

Anil is in school. I am in school too. Anil is sitting in the left row. He is reading a book. Anil’s friend is sitting in the second row. He is sharpening his pencil. The teacher is writing on the blackboard. Children are writing in their copybooks. Some children are looking out of the window.


  1. Where is Anil?
  2. Which row is Anil sitting in?
  3. What is he doing?
  4. Which row is Anil’s friend sitting in?
  5. What is his friend doing?
  6. Who is writing on the blackboard?
  7. What are the children doing?

Q2) Write appropriate question words in the blank spaces in the following dialogue.

Neha: ………. did you get this book?
Sheela: Yesterday morning.
Neha: ………. is your sister crying?
Sheela : Because she has lost her doll.
Neha: ………. room is this, yours or hers?
Sheela: It’s ours
Neha: ………. do you go to school?
Sheela: We walk to the school. It is nearby.


  1. When
  2. Why
  3. Whose
  4. How

Q3) Fill in the blanks with the words given below.

how, what, when, where, which

  • (i) My friend lost his chemistry book. Now he doesn’t know to do and to look for it.
  • (ii) There are so many toys in the shops. Neena can’t decide __ one to buy.
  • (iii) You don’t know the way to my school. Ask the policeman __ to get there.
  • (iv) You should decide soon __ to start building your house.
  • (v) Do you know to ride a bicycle? I don’t remember and __ I learnt it.
  • (vi) “You should know to talk and to keep your mouth shut,” the teacher advised Anil.


  1. what, where,
  2. which
  3. how
  4. when
  5. how, when, where
  6. when, where

Q4) Add im- or in- to each of the following words and use them in place of the italicized words in the sentences given below.

patient, proper, possible, sensitive, competent

  1. The project appears very difficult at first sight but it can be completed if we work very hard.
  2. He lacks competence. That’s why he can’t keep any job for more than a year.
  3. “Don’t lose patience. Your letter will come one day,” the postman told me.
  4. That’s not a proper remark to make under the circumstances.
  5. He appears to be without sensitivity. In fact, he is very emotional.


  • impossible
  • incompetent
  • impatient
  • improper
  • insensitive

Q5) Read the following sentences.

It was a cold morning and stars still glowed in the sky.
An old man was walking along the road.

The words in italicised are articles. ‘A’ and ‘an’ are indefinite articles and ‘the’ is the definite article. ‘A’ is used before a singular countable noun. ‘An’ is used before a word that begins with a vowel.

  • a boy, an actor
  • a mango, an apple
  • a university, an hour

Use ‘a’, ‘an’ or ‘the’ in the blanks:

There was once………. play which became very successful. ………. famous actor was acting in it. In ………. play his role was that of ……….aristocrat who had been imprisoned in ………. castle for twenty years. In………. last act of ……….play someone would come on ……….stage with………. letter which he would hand over ………. to prisoner. Even though ………. aristocrat was not expected to read ………. letter at each performance, he always insisted that……….letter be written out from beginning to end.


(i) a (ii) A (iii) the
(iv) an (v) a (vi) the
(vii) the(viii) the (ix) a
(x) the (xi) the (xii) the
(xiii) the

Q6) Encircle the correct article.

A: Would you like (a/an/the) apple or ‘ (a/an/the) banana?
B: I’d like (a/an/the) apple, please.
A: Take (a/an/the) red one in (a/an/the) fruit bowl. You may take (a/an/the) orange also, if you like.
B: Which one?
A: (A/An/The) one beside (a/an/the) banana.


  • A- an, a
  • B- an
  • A- the, the, an
  • A- the, the

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