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WBCHSE CLASS 11 ENGLISH NOTES/Leela’s Friend

West Bengal Board HS Class 11 Solutions for English 

Leela’s Friend  



WB CLASS XI ENGLISH NOTES


WB Board Class XI English Notes


Multiple Choice Questions

1. Lella’s friend is a/ an- 
(a)Story, (b) essay,
(c)autobiography (d) novel

2. “Leela’s friend”  is  written by-
(a)Munshi Premchand  (b) Khuswant Singh,
(c) R.,K.Narayan, (d) M.K.Gandhi

 3.  ‘Leela’s Friend’ is a story which is from-
(a) Swami and friends, (b) Malgudi Days
(C) The English Teacher (d) The Bachelor of Arts

 4. The principal character of ‘Leela’s Friend’s is –
(a) Leela. (b) Sidda
(c) Leela’s mother (d) Leela’s father
5. The story Leela’s Friend is set in a-
(a) town (b) countryside
(c) big city (d) village
6. Mr. Sivasankar’s house had-
(a) one verandah (b) no verandah
(c) more than one verandah (d) none

7. Sidda attracted Sivasankar’s attention as he was-
(a) smart (b)innocent
(c)tidy (d) queer

8. Before taking a decision to appoint Sidda, Mr. Sivasankar consulted with-
(a) his wife (b) a lawyer
(c)his friend (d) Sidda

9. “Leela’s friend” was –
(a) Leela’s matron, (b) Leela’s family servant.
(c) Leela’s classmate (d) the moon.

10. Leela treated Sidda like-
(a) friend (b) a foe
(c)  a foreigner (d) an animal

11. Sidda was hanging about the gate of Mr. Sivasankar because-
 (a) he was  sent for. (b) he sought a job
(c ) he wanted to steal (d) he wanted to play with Leela.

12.  While standing in the veranda Mr. Sivasankar was brooding  over the – 
(a) office problem, (b) tenant problem,
(c) servant problem. (d) household problem.

13. “At any rate, the fellow looks tidy”. Here ‘tidy’ means-
(a) neat and clean, (b) good-looking
(c) well dressed (d) fair and slim.

14.  “Where were you before?” In answer to the above questions of Mr.Sivasankar, Sidda said that he had been-
(a) in his native village, (b) in a factory,
(c ) in a doctor’s bunglow (d) in a town.

15. Siddda lost the job in the doctor’s house because-
(a) the doctor died,(b) Sidda got  a low salary.
(c) the doctor changed his address. (d) the doctor dismissed him.

16. “He lives near the market.” Here ‘he’ refers to-
(a) Sidda. (b) the doctor
(c) Mr. Sivasankar (d) the police officer.

17. When Mr. Sivasankar could not decide to appoint Sidda in the house he called his – 
(a) wife (b) daughter
(c) friend (d) doctor

18. Who among the following persons comes with his/her strong recommendation to appoint Sidda ?
(a) Mr. Sivasankar(b) the wife of Mr. Sivasankar
(c) Leela (d) nobody

19.  Leela was –
(a) five years old. (b) six years old
(c) seven years old (d) four years old

20. and that decided it. Here ‘that’ refers to-
(a) Mr. Sivasankar’s approval (b) Mrs. Sivasankar’s approval
(c) Leela’s recommendation, (d) Sidda’s appearance

21. “Let us keep him in our house,” – Who says this ?
(a) Sidda (b) Leela
(c) Sivasankar (d) Sivasankar’s wife

22. In Mr. Sivasankar’s house Sidda would get-
(a) 2 rupees a month (b) 4 rupees a month
(c) 8 rupees a month (d) 6 rupees a month

23.. Sidda was to get-
(a)one meal (b) two meals
(c) one and a half meals (d) three meals

24. What was the name of Sidda’s previous employer?
(a) Dr. Siddique (b) Dr. Khan
(c) Dr. Chakraborty (d) None

25. Which of the following does not fall in the duties of Sidda ?
(a)Cooking (b)  chopping wood
(c) tending the garden (d) washing clothes

26. “Sidda, come and play!” Who cried in this way to persuade Sidda to play ?
(a) Leela, (b) Leela’s mother
(c) Leela’s father (d) Leela’s brother

27. Leela and Sidda played with-
(a) a ball and a bat (b) two badminton sticks and cork
(c) a red ball (d) some books and pens

28.In Sidda’s company, Leela was-
(a) sad (b) Happy
(c) indifferent (d) careless

29. Leela found great joy to be –
(a) a teacher to Sidda (b) able to play
(c) a singer to Sidda (d) a catcher of the moon

30. “You must be very quick about it because if will all evaporate and go back to the moon.” Here the speaker refers to-
(a) the moonlight on the ball.
(b) the dewdrops
(c)  the traces of the moon
(d) the ball itself

31. “ I see the moon.” Leela saw the moon-
(a) in the sky
(b) in the garden
(c) on the ball
(d) in the pond

32. “Does the moon know you ? Here the speaker is –
(a) Leela.
(b) Sidda
(c) Leela’s mother
(d) Leela’s father

33. “I have asked it to follow us about.” Here ‘it’ refers to-
(a) the sun
(b) the coconut tree
(c)  the moon     
(d) the backyard.

34. Leela had learnt-
(a) all the letters of the alphabet
(b) two or three letters of the alphabet
(c) only one letter of the alphabet
(d) nothing of the alphabet

35. Sidda’s stories dealt with-
(a) animals
(b) Gods
(c) magicians
(d) all of them

36. “But none of these could Sidda copy even remotely” .Here ‘remotely’ means – 
(a) exactly
(b) distantly
(c) flawlessly
(d) nearly

37. “She pitied him”. Leela pitied  Sidda because he –
(a) was inattentive to his lessons
(b) could neither read nor write
(c) failed to copy Sidda
(d) was teaching Leela.

38. To Leela , the act of teaching Sidda was-
(a) painful,
(b) joyful
(c) boring
(d) tiring

39. “Sidda had to be ready with a story”- When
(a) Leela went to sleep
(b) Leela started talking dinner
(c) Sidda had  no other work to do
(d) Leela took her lunch

40. Leela lost her-
(a) ear ring
(b) diamond necklace
(c) gold chain
(d) doll

41. The loss of Leela’s gold chain was first noticed by-
(a) Leela
(b) Leela’s mother
(c) Sidda
(d) Leela’s father

42. “His throat went dry”. Sidda’s throat went dry when he –
(a) found Leela’s gold chain missing
(b) was asked about the loss of Leela’s gold chain
(c) was caught by the police
(d) was reproached by Leela.

43. “You are always abusing and worrying Sidda.” Here ‘you’ refers to –
(a) Leela’s parents
(b) the police
(c) Leela’s mother
(d) Leela’s relatives.

44. After her meal Leela refused to go to bed because-
(a) Sidda was not at her side to tell a story
(b) Sidda’s stock of story was finished
(c) She insisted on playing with Sidda.
(d) her father would not tell her a story

45. “Sleep, Leela, sleep’, she cajoled . Here ‘cajoled’ means-
(a) persisted
(b) embraced
(c) coaxed
(d) chided

46. “Leela made a noise of deprecation…” here ‘deprecation’ means- 
(a) disgust
(b) disapproval
(c) denouncement
(d) disturbance

47. The inspector was  very angry with Mr. Sivasankar  because-
(a) he did not consult him before employing Sidda.
(b) he lodged a false complaint against Sidda.
(c) he did not prevent Sidda from leaving his house
(d) he appointed Sidda without giving him money

48. “Don’t go near him.” The speaker is –
(a) Leela’s mother
(b) Leela’s father
(c)  the police inspector
(d) Leela

49. Who among the following persons was convinced that Sidda had not stolen the gold chain ?
(a) Mr. Sivasankar
(b) Leela’s mother
(c) Leela
(d) the police inspector

50. The police arrested Sidda-
(a) 4 days
(b) 5 days
(c) 6 days
(d) a week

51. “You are not at all a reliable prosecution witness.” Here ‘you’ refers to – 
(a) Sidda
(b) Leela
(c) Mr. Sivasankar’s wife
(d) Mr. Sivansankar

52. “If you don’t behave, I will be very angry with you.” Here, ‘you’ referes to –
(a) Sidda
(b) Leela
(c) Mr. Sivasankar’s wife
(d) Mr. Sivansankar

53. The missing gold chain was discovered by- 
(a) Leela herself
(b) Leela’s mother
(b) the police
(d) Leela’s father


54. The gold chain was found in –
(a) a secret drawer
(b) a bag
(c) a tamarind pot
(d) the colour box

55. The gold chain was dropped into the tamarind pot by-
(a) Sidda
(b) Leela
(c) Mr. Sivasankar’s wife
(d) Mr. Sivansankar

56. At the end of the story Sidda proves to be –
(a) villainous
(b) innocent
(c)  skeptical
(d)guilty

57. Sidda said to Leela that in the sky there lives-
(a) demon
(b) snake
(c) God
(d) man

58. R.K. Narayan’s story ‘Leela’s Friend’ reveals-
(a) the evils of a class-based society
(b) the division of religion
(c) the evils of linguistic division
(d) the evils of superstition

59. Leela’s mother is by nature-
(a) skeptical
(b) pedantic
(c) superstitious
(d) introspective

60. Leela requested the police Inspector to –
(a) put Sidda into prison
(b) release Sidda immediately
(c) beat Sidda black and blue
(d) take away Sidda from their home.

61. Which of the following work was not done by-
(a) chopping wood
(b) tending the garden
(c) washing clothes
(d) cooking meals

62. Sidda was brought home by-
(a) two policemen
(b) three policemen
(c)four policemen
(d) five policemen
63. Leela wanted to hear from her mother the story of-
(a) tiger
(b) elephant
(c) lion
(d)Goddess

64. Sidda, as reported by the police, had been to jail for-
(a) two times
(b) three times
(c) four times
(d) five times

65. Sidda was taken back to the police station after-
(a) an hour
(b)two hours
(c)half an hour
(d) three hours

66.Mr. and Mrs. Sivasanker accused Sidda of-
(a) saying bad words
(b) leaving their house
(c)  arrogance
(d) treachery

67.  While telling stories to Leela, Sidda used to sit down on the –
(a) box
(b) floor
(c)chair
(d) bed

68. “Her mother gave her slap” –because-
(a) Leela had lost her gold chain
(b) Leela was sleeping
(c) Leela ate all the sugar
(d) Leela was palying with Sidda

69. “The thought of Sidda made her panicky.”—Why
(a) Sidda might kill her child
(b) Sidda might steal all her valuables
(c)Sidda might appear as a ghost
(d) Sidda would steal Leela

70. “Can’t you tell the story of the elephant ?” -Here ‘you’ refers to-
(a) Sidda
(b) Leela
(c) Mr. Sivasankar’s wife
(d) Mr. Sivansankar
71. “Now , this has touched the moon…” – What  is referred to as ‘this’?-
(a) the well
(b) the rose plant
(c) the red ball
(d) a coconut tree

72. “She pitied him…”- Why?
(a) because Sidda disliked his lessons 
(b) because Sidda felt asleep while learning
(c)because Sidda wanted to cook food,
(d) Sidda could not copy what she wrote or drew

73. Leela was put to sleep by-
(a) Sidda’s story
(b) her father’s story
(c) a bird song
(d) her mother’s song

74. Accordingly Sidda, If someone stood on a coconut tree he would be able to touch-
(a) the God
(b) the sun
(c) the stars
(d) the sky

75. “I have asked it to follow us about.”- It refers to-
(a) the moon
(b) the gold chain
(c)the sky
(d) the sun

Leela’s Friend


Short Questions and Answers :

1. Who wrote the story “Leela’s friend ?
Ans.  R.K. Narayan wrote the story Leela’s friend.
2. Who was Leela’s friend ?
Ans.  Sidda was Leela’s friend.

3. Who was Sidda ?
Ans. Sidda was the servant of Mr. Sivasankar.

4. Who was Leela ?
Ans. Litle Leela was the loving daughter  of Mr. Sivasankar.

5. Which Problem was Mr. Sivasankar brooding over ?
Ans. Mr. Sivasankar was brooding over the servant problem in his house.

6.What was the first impression of Mr. Sivasankar about Sidda ?
Ans. Mr Sivasankar thought that Sidda was tidy.
7. What did  Mr. Sivasankar first want to learn from  Sidda ?
Ans. Mr. Sivasankar first wanted to learn from Sidda where he had been before.
8. Where was Sidda employed before he was appointed in Mr. Sivasankar’s house ?
Ans.  Sidda had been a servant of a doctor before he was appointed in Mr. Sivasankar’s house  .
9. Why did Sidda lose his job in the house of his former master ?
Ans. Sidda lost his job in the house  of his former master because he changed his address. 
10. “What did Mr. Sivasankar’s wife think when he first looked  at Sidda ?
Ans. Mr. Sivasankar’s wife thought that Sidda did not look worse than the others they had had  when she first looked at him.
11. “He called his wife.”- Who called his wife and whyn ?
Ans. Mr. Sivasanker called  his wife when be could  not decide to employ Sidda in his house.
12. ‘I like him.”- Who liked who ?
Ans. Leela  liked sidda.
13. What was Leela’s reaction at the sight of Sidda ?
Ans. Leela gave a cry of joy.
14. “And that decided it”- What decided ‘it’ ?
Ans. It was decided that Sidda would be allowed to work in the house.

15.What  would  Siddda get for his work in Mr. sivasankar’s house ?
Ans. Sidda would get two meals a day and four rupees a month for his work .
16. What kind of job did Sidda do in the Sivasanker household ?
Ans. Sidda had to wash clothes, tend the garden , chop wood, run errands and look after Leela.
17. What did  Sidda get from the family of Mr. Sivasanker in exchange of service ?
Ans. Sidda got two meals a day and four rupees a month. 

18. Which game di Leela and  Sidda  play in the garden ?
Ans. Leela and Sidda played throwing a red ball to each other in the garden.

19. “Now  this has touched the moon and come .”- What does ‘this’ refer to here ?
Ans. Here ‘this’ refers to the red ball .

20. “I don’t see it.” –What did not  the speaker see ?
Ans. Leela could not see the little bit of the moon sticking to the ball.

21. How , according to Sidda, can Leela touch the sky ?
Ans. According to Sidda Leela can touch the sky if she stands on a coconut tree.

22. “Sidda knows the moon.” – Who said this and to whom?
Ans. Leela said this to her mother.

23.  Who was Leela’s student ?
Ans. Sidda was Leela’s student.

24.  “She pitied him.” –Who pitied whom and why ?
Ans. Leela pitied  Sidda because he could not copy even remotely what she drew.

26.   How would Sidda try to escape from Leela’s loving torture of teaching ?
Ans. Sidda told Leela  that her mother was calling her to dinner. In this way he escaped .

27. How was Leela put to sleep ?
Ans. Sidda put Leela to sleep by telling her stories.

28. What kind of stories did Sidda tell Leela ?
Ans. Sidda told Leela some incomparable stories of animals in the jungle, gods in heaven, magicians of fabulous power to build golden casteles and fill them with little princess and their pets.

29. When did sidda come under suspicion as a thief ?
Ans. Sidda came under suspicion as a thief after the loss of Leela’s gold chain.

30. What did Leela think is the reason for Sidda leaving their house ?
Ans. Leela thought that Sidda left their house in anger because he was not allowed to sleep inside.

31. “The inspector was furious…” – Why was the inspector furious ?
Ans. The inspector  was furious because Mr. Sivasankar did not consult him before employing Sidda.

32. Who first discovered the loss of Leela’s gold chain ?
Ans. Leela’s mother first discovered the loss of Leela’s gold chain. 

33. Which thought made Leela’s mother panicky ?
Ans.  Leela’s mother was  panicky as she  thought that Sidda might enter the house at night and loot all.

34. Who brought in Sidda to Mr. Sivasankar’s house ?
Ans. The police will pick Sidda up.
Or , A police inspector and a constable brought Sidda in the house of Mr. Sivasankar.

35. Where from did Leel’as mother pick up the chain ?
Ans. Leela’s mother picked up the chain from a tamarind pot in the kitchen.

36. What appeal was made to Sidda by Leela’s parents ?
Ans. Leela’s parents appealed to sidda to return Leela’s gold chain.

37.Who  put the gold chain in the tamarin pot ?
Ans .  Once Leela put the gold chain in the tamarind pot.

38. Who brought in Sidda to Mr. Sivasanker’s house ?
Ans. The Police Inspector and a constable brought in Sidda to Mr. Sivasankar’s house.

Leela’s Friend


Essay Type Question and Answers:

1.  List the ways in which Sidda’s company makes Leela “supremely happy”, and also how Leela             attempts to ‘educate’ him in turn.
Or,  “Day by day she clung closer to Sidda.” –Briefly narrate how Leela clung closer to Sidda.
Or,   How did Sidda function as a companion to Leela ?
Or,   Trace Sidda’s life as a servant in the company of Leela.

Ans.      Sidda and Leela are two principal characters in the short story ‘Leela’s Friend’ by R. K. Narayan. . His special duty was  to look after Leela. A little girl Leela loved to play. Sidda was her playmate .They played together in the garden with a ball. 
  Every evening  Leela held a class for Sidda. ‘It gave her great joy to play the teacher to Sidda’. Sidda  was forced to try and copy whatever Leela wrote in the catalogue. But Sidda could neither draw nor write anything. Leela sympathized with Sidda and redoubled her efforts. It gave her a joy.
       After  dinner Leela  went to sleep. Sidda had to be ready with a story. He told  her stories of animals in jungles, of gods in heaven and of magicians. In this way Sidda’s company makes Leela ‘’Supermely happy”. 

“Sidda , come and play!” –What would sidda do when he heard this call ? What kind of games did the speaker play ?
Ans.    When Leela , gave  this call,  Sidda would drop any work he might be doing and run to Leela.
The little girl and Sidda  played games with a red  ball and  and the moon. Leela flung the  red ball at him and Sidda flung it back. Following Leela’s  wish, Sidda threw the ball up and told her that the ball had touched  the moon. Leela  was taken aback. Sidda told Leela the  moon  had followed  them from the rose plant to the well and Leela  easily believed it. But whatever might be the game, they both enjoyed each other’s  company. 

2. How do Mr and Mrs Sivasanker react to Leela’s missing  chain ? How does Leela herself react ? What does this suggest  about each of them ?

Ans. Leela’s mother found the gold chain Leela  had been wearing was gone.. She slapped and reproached her. She suspected Sidda. Sidda was immediately called and she threw a searching glance at him. She asked him about the chain. Leela’s mother mentioned the police. A little later Sidda was found no where in the house. After an hour Mr. Sivasankar came . He grew very excited over all this. He went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Sidda. Leela’s mother feared that Sidda might enter the thouse and loot all.. Anyway, both Mr. Sivasankar and his wife blamed themselves for appointing a stranger like Sidda in their house. Leela protest against it. She believed that Sidda had gone because  her mother behaved rudely with him.Leela told  the police that Sidda had not taken her chain.

3. What message is conveyed by Mr. Sivasanker’s final words in the story, “In any case, we couldn’t have kept a criminal like him in the house.”

Ans.  
On finding the chain, the Sivasanker family did not show any notable regrets for their misbehavior towards Sidda . The comment actually shows the hypocrisy and meanness of the so called upper classes of the society. Mr. Sivasanker gave stress to Sidda’s police record  which was highly skeptical. 

The message raises questions about the behavior of the masters towards their servants in Indian household. When something is missing, a servant is suspected for the wrong doing. This is an old case of giving a dog a bad name and hanging it. It is the society  that does not allow Sidda to return to the mainstream of life. Sidda is the real jewel that is lost not the gold chain itself.  

4. What is your own view of Sidda ? Do you think he is a suitable friend for Leela ? 
 Give at least three examples from the text to support your argument.

Ans.    Sidda is one of the major characters in R.K.Narayan’s short story  ‘Leela’s Friend’ . Sidda proves to be a very good friend of Leela. Sidda  is honest, loving  and trustworthy.
             A little girl Leela loved to play. Sidda was her playmate. He might be doing some work, but Leela called him and he had to leave his work and run to her. They played together in the garden with a ball. 
      Every evening  Leela held a class for Sidda. Sidda  was forced to try and copy whatever Leela wrote in the catalogue. 
             After  dinner Leela  went to sleep. Sidda had to be ready with a story. In this way Sidda’s company makes Leela ‘’Supermely happy”.So , I think Sidda is a suitable friend for Leela.
 
5. Describe the incident of Sidda’s appointment as a servant in Leela’s house.

Ans. One morning , hMr. Sivasankar was seriously thinking of his servant problem. Just then a young boy appears before him fortunately. He wanted to know from him whether he requires any servant. The boy is in need of a job. Mr. Sivasanker watched the fellow from top to bottom. Mr. Sivasanker asked him some questions. He learnt that the fellow had been  in a doctor’s bungalow. Here ended Mr. Sivasankar’s queries.
He wanted his wife’s opinion. She came . She looked at Sidda.She found him tolerable. She said that the man was at least not worse than others  she had in the house. Both of them were in favour of appointing Sidda. Right at that moment their  five-year-old  daughter , Leela came out. She  saw Sidda and liked him at once. She persuaded her parents to appoint Sidda in their house. It  was a strong recommendation . Sidda got the job.

6. Bring out  the significance of the title of R.K. Narayan’s  story ‘Leela’s Friend’.

Ans. ‘Leela’s Friend’ is a good short story. The title is character-based. Leela and her friend Sidda are the major characters of the story. Leela is a little girl. Sidda is a servant of their house. Sidda’s duty is to look after Leela. He does his duty well. Sidda loves her. There grows a sweet relation  between them. 
But  things wrong soon. Leela’s gold  chain is lost. Her parents think Sidda has stolen it. Police  are called. Sidda lose his job. Leela  cries. Nobody listens to her. Sidda is sent to jail. Later the gold chain is found in the house. But Sidda is still in jail. Nobody repents. 
This is the story. The story deals with the growth and termination of sweet relation between two children. And  the title  clearly point it out.


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