A Very Special Pet | Question Answers | Class 11

Question answers of the story Very Special Pet written by Nicholasa Mohr..
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Question Answers Of "A Very Special Pet". "A Very Special Pet" is written by Nicholasa Mohr. Nicholasa Mohr (born on 1st November, 1938) is one of the best known Nuyorican writers. In 1973, she became the first Hispanic woman in the modern times to have her literary works published by the major commercial publishing houses, and she has developed the longest career as a creative writer for these publishing houses than any other Hispanic female writer.

"A Very Special Pet" presents the struggle of a family in New York city. The family was trying to make a new life far from the home they have left. They are trying to adopt a new culture while desiring for thr beutiful island they have left behind. The story presents an attempt to redefine oneself in a strange island. The people are torn between two halves. They cannot completely leave the traditional and cultural value in the name of adopting new.

Important Question Answers Of "A Very Small Pet":

Question No. 1. How long has the Fernandez family lived in the apartment in the Bronx? How have they made an irrevocable decision by moving to the United States? (Fernandez परिवार कहिले देखि Bronx को घरमा बस्दै आएका हुन्? अमेरिकामा आउने निश्चित निर्णय कसरी गरेका हुन्? लेख्नुहोस्।)

Answer: Farnandez family has lived in the apartment in the Bronx for 6 years. They have moved to the New York city for the better oppertunity and chance. They have hoped that they would earn much money in the United State and save enough money to buy their farm in Puerto Rico. They have made an irrevocable decision by moving to the Unites States because they cannot return to their village in reality. Their village was only in their dream.

Question No. 2. What hints can you discover about what Garciela plans to do with Joncrofo? How is this decision related to her acceptance of the fact that Joncrofo will never lay eggs despite everything she has tried to get her to do so? (Garciela ले Joncrofo लाई के गर्न योजना गरेको हो? त्यस बारेमा तपाई के सङ्केत पाउनुहुन्छ? Joncrofo ले जति गरेपनि फुल नपार्ने लक्ष्यको स्वीकार सँग यो कसरी सम्बन्धित छ?)
Answer: Graciela had actually planned to kill Joncrofo. Life was very difficult in the United States. The only family member, who earned, was sick. He had bad throat. Graciela decided to kill the hen and serve it to family members. They had bought Joncrofo for the eggs but it never laid eggs. Therefore, it was useless to keep Joncrofo. Her decision of killing hen was related with the fact that Joncrofo would never lay eggs.

Question No. 3. How does the title illustrate the importance the children attach to their pet hen, especially because they do not have things other children have? (अरु केटाकेटी सँग भएको कुरा आफूसँग नभएकोले आफ्नो पाल्तु पोथीप्रति देखाएको महत्व कथाको शीर्षकले कसरी देखाउँछ?)
Answer: Fernandez family had two pets. One and very special pet was Joncrofo, a hen. Although the pet had very bad temper, the children love it. They were proud of it because no one had such pet in their area. Despite the fact that they didnot have telephone and television, the children were very happy with the hen. Even baby Nancy would love and clap when she saw the pet running to catch the insects. The children were satisfied with the pet though they did not have the things other children had. Therefore, it was very special pet for them.

Question No. 4. To what extent does the hen symbolize the family's predicament? (कति हद सम्म पोथीले परिवारको दशालाई प्रतिविम्वित गर्छ?)
Answer: Fernandez family was in difficult situation. They were migrated from their homeland, Puerto Rico, to the United State with the new dream. They had thought of earning much money to buy their farm and other cattle. But it remained just a dream because Mr. Fernandez could not earn a lot money. Similarly they had bought a hen to give the fresh eggs to their children, but it couldnot produce any egg. Therefore, the hen symbolizes the hopelessness of the family.

Question No. 5. What precautions does Garciela take to prevent the children from knowing what she plans to do? (Garciela ले आफूले गर्न लागेको कुरो केटाकेटीले थाहा नपाउन् भनेर के सावधानी अपनाउँछिन्?)
Answer: Garciela was a very wise and careful woman. She was very conscious not to let her children know about her secret plan. Her plan was that she would tell them that the hen flew away because someone has united the twine. She told the younger children not to come into the kitchen because she is cleaning it. She blocked the entrance door with the chair, a rag and newspapers so that the children could not come in. This was the precaution she took.

Question No. 6. What prevents Garciela from going through with her plan to kill Joncrofo? (Joncrofo मार्ने Garciela को योजना के ले रोकीदिन्छ?)

Answer: Joncrofo cackled noisily, when Garciela started to chase the hen in the kitchen. The noise became so terrible when she began to beat the hen with the broom. When the hen was dropped on the ground, the children arrived there and shouted at her mother. They asked for Joncrofo. Now she thought that it was useless to kill the hen because the children would never eat it. Thus, the noise and sudden arrival of the children prevented her from going through with her plan to kill Joncrofo.

Question No. 7. How does Mohr suggest correspondences between Garciela and Joncrofo? (Garciela र Joncrofo को बीचमा भएको भावनाको आदान-प्रदानको बारेमा लेखिका Mohr कसरी सुझाव दिन्छिन्? लेख्नुहोस्।)
Answer: Mohr suggests that Garciela and Joncrofo correspond each other. Garciela makes the knife and the chopping block ready and bends and looks Joncrofo right in the eyes. The hen stares back without any fear. After whispering "Joncrofo", she walks over the hen. To the great surprise, the hen runs away from her reach. She follows hen and starts hitting it with a broom. Finally when Joncrofo lays unconscious on the ground she also get tired.

Question No. 8. How does Joncrofo symbolize the connection to Puerto Rico and to the idea of keeping this dream alive? (Joncrofo कसरी Puerto Rico र यो सपना जिवित राख्ने सम्बन्धको प्रतीक हो? लेख्नुहोस्।)
Answer: Joncrofo is a very special pet for Fernandez family. Everybody in the family loves it. It always reminds the Fernandez family of Puerto Rico. They will take with them when they return to their village. Joncrofo also reminded Garciela of her native village where she helped her mother kill a chicken. When they were in the village, the hen was not tied up. It could freely play and run. The village is not crowded like the town. Whenever the family members remember the free play of hen, they remember the homeland that they left behind.

More Related Questions And Answers:

Question No. 9. If you or your children were starving, would you ever consider killing your pet for food? Why or why not?
Answer: Everyone has a different hobby. Like some people I have a hobby of having pet animals like parrot, goat, pigeons, etc. I have kept a parrot and goat as my pets. I named parrot as a Champa and goat as Chameli. I love them very much. They are also very obedient and obey me what I say or like. I often play with them. I don't sleep or eat when my Champa and Chameli got sick. I can't imagine its unnatural death.
I don't think that I can kill my pets for the food of my family. When any animal is kept like a pet animal, it becomes like the family member. We love them and share happiness and sorrow with them. How can we think of killing such close animals? If the children are starving, I would search for other sources for the food. One or two pets would not be enough for ever. They may satisfy one or two-three day's hunger but it is not the permanent solution. On the other side, since the pets become the part of a family, no one would like to have it. So, I would not kill my pet for food even my children are starving for the foods.

Question No. 10. Do you know a family that has moved to America to have a better life? How do their experiences compare to these of the family Mohr describes?
Answer: I have a very friendly neighbour living next to my house. His name is Bhupi Magar, very friendly and hardworking person. Bhupi and his family has moved to America for the better opportunity and chance. They also sold small plot of land and livestock for the journey to America. Few weeks before, Bhupi had written me a letter describing about American life. He still has not got a good job yet. He is working as a salesman in small clothes production company. He also explained that he is the only person to earn money for his entire family. So their life in America was very difficult and thinking of Nepal frequently. Their experiences were totaly same described by Nicholasa Mohr described in "A Very Small Pet". It was very difficult for them to settle first. They has to learn many things there. Although Bhupi earned money, he could not save because their family expenditure was very high. Their dream of earning much money and returning to their native country was not fulfilled. Bhupi and their family were living in America with the mind and thought in Nepal.
Question No. 11: Did you ever have an experience of living away from your home? What circumstances led you to live away from home?
Answer: After passed my S.E.E., I have an experience of living away from my home and family. I live in the remote village of kingdom where there is no campuses/plus two level. When I passed my S.E.E., my family got me admitted in a campus. The campus was at a distance of two day's walk from my village. There I took a room in rent and started living there. Initially I found it very uneasy and difficult task. I had to cook myself, wash clothes, wash pots, etc. I didn't use to live that way earlier and found very hard. Gradually I was habituated in every action and did not find anything difficulties. I was alone in my room and there was no one to help me. Slowly I made friends and removed loneliness. Sometimes my father used to write me which would encourage me to face the problems. With the dream of golden future I was living away from my family.
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