Chapter 2

NCERT- Class 9

English

Book- Moments

NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Moments Chapter 2
The Adventures of Toto by Ruskin Bond

Think About It

Q1. How does Toto come to grandfather’s private zoo?

A1. Toto comes to Grandfather’s private zoo when he is bought from a tonga-driver for five rupees. The tonga-driver used to keep Toto tied to a feeding-trough, and Grandfather decides to add the little monkey to his zoo because Toto looks out of place there.


Q2. Toto was a pretty monkey.” In what sense is Toto pretty?

A2. Toto is an exceptionally attractive monkey due to his physical features. With mischievous eyes peeking out from beneath bushy eyebrows and a set of pearly white teeth, he easily captivates everyone. Even though his hands may seem wrinkly, they’re actually quick and sneaky. Moreover, Toto’s tail serves as an additional hand, adding to his overall appeal.

Q3. Why does grandfather take Toto to Saharanpur and how? Why does the ticket collector insist on calling Toto a dog?

A3. Grandfather takes Toto to Saharanpur as he needs to collect his pension. To ensure his safe transport, he secures him inside a spacious black canvas bag filled with straw. They travel to Saharanpur by train, with Toto hidden inside the bag throughout the journey. However, at the ticket turnstile, Toto surprises the ticket collector by poking his head out. The unexpected sight of Toto’s face wearing a wide grin, leads the ticket collector to believe that he is a dog, accompanying Grandfather. Despite Grandfather’s explanations that Toto is, in fact, a monkey, the ticket collector remains firm in his classification. Thus, due to the ticket collector’s misunderstanding, Toto is charged three rupees as fare as if he were a dog. So, Toto accompanies Grandfather on his trip to Saharanpur, tucked away in the bag until his mischievous presence is revealed at the ticket turnstile.

Q4. How does Toto take a bath? Where has he learnt to do this? How does Toto almost boil himself alive?

A4. Toto takes a bath by cunningly testing the temperature of the water with his hand before gradually stepping into the bath, first one foot and then the other, until he is submerged up to his neck. Once comfortable, he cleverly uses his hands or feet to rub himself all over with soap. When the water cools down, he quickly gets out of the bath and rushes to the kitchen fire to dry himself.

He has likely learned this bathing behavior by observing the actions of the people around him, particularly the narrator who mentions that Toto has seen him taking baths.

Toto almost boils himself alive when he discovers a kettle on the fire meant for boiling tea. Curiosity takes over, and he removes the lid. Thinking the water is warm enough for a bath, he enters the kettle with his head sticking out. As the water begins to boil, he tries to lift himself up to avoid the heat but finds it too cold outside. He sits back, and continues hopping up and down. Fortunately, Grandmother arrives in time and saves him from the boiling water by pulling him out of the kettle.

Q5. Why does the author say, “Toto was not the sort of pet we could keep for long”?

A5. The author says, “Toto was not the kind of pet we could keep for a long time” due to Toto’s mischievous behavior and destructive tendencies. He would constantly tear things apart, wreck clothes, and even hurl objects.
This created problems for the family, both financially and emotionally. The constant need for replacements and repairs proved to be a burden on their limited resources. Moreover, his antics disrupted the peaceful ambiance of the household. The author concluded that Toto was not a suitable long-term pet. So, he was eventually sold back to the tonga-driver for three rupees.