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The lesson begins with a letter received from Wanda’s father informing the school about their moving to a big city where nobody would tease Wanda for her funny name as well as her appearance. After getting familiar with the content of the letter through the teacher the whole class got stunned and realized their derogatory remarks and attitude towards Wanda.
Maddie felt so bad that she couldn’t concentrate on her studies after knowing the facts. She wanted to meet Wanda in person to clarify her stand that she never meant to hurt her feelings. When the school was over Maddie and Peggy both went to the residence of Wanda at Boggins Height to meet her but by that time they had already left so their visit was fruitless.
Then they wrote a friendly letter to Wanda telling her she had won the contest but the letter was not responded by Wanda. On Christmas, Miss Mason, their teacher received a letter from Wanda informing that she was no more toin need of those hundred dresses as she had new hundred dresses in her new house. Hence those should be gifted to the girls especially blue one to Maddie and green one to Peggy. They accepted the designs and pinned them in their bedrooms. There Maddie gazed for a long time at the picture and found that the face in the drawing resembled her own. Then she ran to Peggy’s house to see her drawing also. Peggy was also happy to find same in the drawing. Peggy consoled herself saying that Wanda really liked them. Maddie agreed and blinked away the tears which came every time she thought of Wanda Petronski.
The story explores the theme of repentance and forgiveness. Although the girls teased Wanda every single day, Wanda forgives Maddie and Peggy and demonstrates this by giving them each one of the beautiful dresses she has painted. The chapter highlights through the character of Wanda how forgiveness is a nobler virtue.
The message of the story is that repentance for a wrong doing is good for the soul as it cleanses it. Peggy and Maddie repent for their cruel and mean behavior towards Wanda and wish to make amends. They are unable to meet her but correspond with her who shows a lot of good will towards them.
Another message of the story is that forgiveness is the greatest virtue. Wanda, despite being targeted by bullies approaches Peggy and Maddie with great love and forgiveness. This is shown by her gesture of presenting the two girls with beautiful paintings of her dresses. Thus her action shows that she is a loving and noble soul.
TYPE I: REFERENCE TO CONTEXT (VERY SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS)
TYPE I: REFERENCE TO CONTEXT (VERY SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS)
Read the extracts and answer the following questions:
- Now we move away to big city. No more holler ‘Pollack funny names. No more ask why funny name. Plenty of in the big city.
(i) Who is ‘we’ in the above lines?
(ii) Who is the speaker?
(iii) Who is addressed in the above lines?
(iv) Explain the reference to ‘funny name’.
(i) ‘We’ in the above lines refers to Wanda’s family.
(ii) The speaker is Wanda’s father who has written these lines in a letter.
(iii) The words are addressed to Ms. Mason.
(iv) The speaker refers to ‘funny name’ as the class had always made fun of Wanda Petronski whose name was considered odd as she was Polish.
- A deep silence met the reading of this letter. Miss Mason took off her glasses, blew on them and wiped them on her soft white handkerchief. Then she put them on again and looked at the class. When she spoke her voice was very low.
(i) Who had written the letter?
(ii) Who is Ms. Mason?
(iii) What was the reason for the deep silence”?
(iv) Why did Ms. Mason speak in a low voice?
(i) The letter was written by Wanda’s father.
(ii) Ms. Mason is the class teacher.
(iii) Wanda’s father had mentioned how the their family was hurt by the teasing that Wanda was subjected to in class. This made the class speechless.
(iv) Ms. Mason was saddened by the fact that Wanda had been bullied in class. This sadness was expressed through her low voice.
- I know that all of you feel the way I do, that this is a very unfortunate thing to have happened unfortunate and sad, both. And I want you all to think about it.
(i) Who is the speaker in the above lines?
(ii) Who is referred to as ‘you’?
(iii) What unfortunate thing does she refer to?
(iv) How did Ms. Mason come to know about the unfortunate thing?
(i) The speaker in the above lines is Ms. Mason.
(ii) Ms. Mason refers to the students of room 13 as ‘you’.
(iii) She refers to the teasing of Wanda for her odd name by her classmates as ‘unfortunate’.
(iv) Mr. Mason came to know about the unfortunate thing through the letter of Wanda’s father.
- The first period was a study period. Maddie tried to prepare her lessons, but she could not put her mind on her work. She had a very sick feeling in the bottom of her stomach.
(i) Who is Maddie?
(ii) Why could Maddie not put her mind on work?
(iii) What had given Maddie a sick feeling?
(iv) What kind of girl does Maddie seem to be from the above lines?
(i) Maddie is a student who studies in room 13.
(ii) Maddie could not put her mind on work as she was upset.
(iii) Maddie had a sick feeling as she felt guilty for having teased and bullied a classmate Wanda.
(iv) From the above lines, Maddie appears to be a sensitive girl.
- She had stood by silently, and that was just as bad as what Peggy had done. Worse.
(i) Who is ‘she’ in the above lines. What is she feeling?
(ii) When had ‘she’ stood by silently?
(iii) What had Peggy done?
(iv) Explain the line that was just as bad’.
(i) ‘She’ refers to Maddie. She is feeling guilty.
(ii) ‘She’ had stood by silently when Peggy had teased Wanda about the hundred dresses.
(iii) Peggy had teased a poor Polish girl, Wanda when she said that she possessed a hundred dresses.
(iv) Maddie says that she had been equally guilty as Peggy in making Wanda miserable as she had known all along that it was a wrong thing to do.
- Goodness! Wasn’t there anything she could do? If only she could tell Wanda she hadn’t meant to hurt her feelings.
(i) Who is the speaker of the above lines?
(ii) Who is Wanda?
(iii) How had Wanda’s feelings been hurt?
(iv) What are Maddie’s feelings in the above lines?
(i) The speaker of the above lines is Maddie.
(ii) Wanda is a classmate of Maddie.
(iii) Wanda’s feelings had been hurt as Maddie had teased her many times about her odd Polish name. (iv) Maddie is feeling hurt and guilty for having made Wanda miserable by teasing her.
- Well, whether Peggy felt badly or not, she, Maddie, had to do something. She had to find Wanda Petronski.
(i) Who is the speaker of the above lines?
(ii) Who is Peggy?
(iii) Why did the speaker wish to find Wanda?
(iv) Why did the speaker say whether Peggy felt bad or not?
(i) The speaker of the above lines is Maddie.
(ii) Peggy is Maddie’s close friend.
(iii) The speaker wished to find Wanda as she wanted to apologise to her for her mean behaviour towards her.
(iv) Both Maddie and Peggy had been teasing Wanda. Maddie is feeling guilty but she does not know what Peggy feels about her mean behaviour towards Wanda.
- Maddie could say nothing. All she hoped was that they would find Wanda. She wanted to tell her that they were sorry they had picked on her,
(i) Who is referred to as ‘they’?
(ii) Who is Wanda?
(iii) Why had ‘they’ picked on Wanda?
(iv) Who could Maddie say nothing to?
(i) ‘They’ refers to Maddie and Peggy.
(ii) Wanda is a classmate of Peggy and Maddie.
(iii) They had picked on Wanda as she had an odd, Polish name.
(iv) Maddie could say nothing to Peggy’s remark that she thought that Wanda was too dumb to understand their teasing.
- There was no doubt about it. The Petronskis were gone. How could they ever make amends?
(i) Who are the Petronskis?
(ii) Why had the Petronski’s gone?
(iii) Who is referred to as ‘they’?
(iv) What amends did they want to make?
(i) The Petronskis are Wanda’s family.
(ii) The Petronskis had gone as their Wanda was teased for her strange Polish name in the school.
(iii) Maddie and Peggy are referred to as ‘they’.
(iv) Maddie and Peggy wish had make amends by apologizing to Wanda for teasing and bullying her in school.
- After a long, long time, she reached an important conclusion. She was never going to stand by and say nothing again.
(i) Who is ‘she’ in the above lines?
(ii) What led her to reach this conclusion?
(iii) When had ‘she’ said nothing?
(iv) What are the speaker’s feelings in the above lines?
(i) In the above lines ‘she’ refers to Maddie.
(ii) When she realized that she had teased Wanda knowing that it was wrong, just to please her friend Peggy, she came to this conclusion.
(iii) She had said nothing all those times when Peggy had teased Wanda about her clothes.
(iv) Maddie feels repentant and ashamed at her behaviour.
TYPE II: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS (30-40 WORDS EACH)
Answer the following questions:
- Why do you think Wanda’s family moved to a different city? Do you think life there was going to be different for their family?
Ans. Wanda family moved to a different city because her father felt bad about the bad behaviour of girls towards Wanda. No. because some kind of persons are living Everywhere.
- Maddie thought her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing. Was she right?
Ans. Yes, Maddie was right when she thought that her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing because her silence encouraged Peggy to tease her. A person who sees something wrong happening in front of him/her is as much an offender as the person committing the offence. Maddie was too afraid to say anything because she did not want to lose Peggy’s friendship. Also, she was poor herself, so she feared that everybody would make fun of her too.
- Peggy says, “I never thought she had the sense to know we were making fun of her anyway. I thought she was too dumb. And gee, look how she can draw!” What led Peggy to believe that Wanda was dumb? Did she change her opinion later?
Ans. Peggy believed that Wanda was dumb as she could not understand why Wanda said she had a hundred dresses, even when everybody knew that she was poor. She knew everybody was laughing at her. Even then, she kept giving the same answer. She even described the dresses she said she had. That is why Peggy thought Wanda was dumb. She changed her opinion later when she saw the hundred dresses Wanda had talked about. She saw the drawings and was highly impressed by their beauty. She realized that Wanda was a very good artist.
- Why do you think Wanda gave Maddie and Peggy the drawings of the dresses? Why are they surprised?
Ans. Wanda gave Maddie and Peggy the drawings of dresses because they made fun of her hundred dresses. They believe her to be a liar. They were surprised because they always made fun of her dresses and insulted her, but she had gifted them with those beautiful designs.
- Do you think Wanda really thought the girls were teasing her? Why or why not?
Ans. Yes, Wanda knew that girls were teasing her. She would have known that the children intended to make fun of her poverty, and would have laughed at her whatever she might have said. This could have been the reason for her exaggerating everything whenever she answered their questions.
- State the reason behind the letter of Mr Petronski, Wanda’s father?
Ans. Mr Petronski, Wanda’s father wrote the letter because
he was upset to know about what all his daughter had to go through because of her strange name.
- What do you think about Wanda’s action of not coming to school anymore?
Ans. Wanda never replied to anyone against their misbehaviour. But due to insult she faced, she decided not to come to school anymore. It was very mature of her age to teach them lesson without any argument.
- How did Peggy and Maddie try to amend for their behaviour towards Wanda?
Ans. Both Peggy and Maddie decided to change their behaviour as Peggy had tried to justify that it was not her dress for which she teased her. Maddie decided not to be a mute spectator and promised herself that she would try to protect if anyone would be mocked down.
- What impression do you form of Wanda Petronski on the basis of reading the lesson ‘The Hundred Dresses-II’?
Ans. Wanda Petronski was a Polish girl who was very simple. She used to keep herself calm and silent in every condition and never reacted when Peggy teased her and took it lightly. She always replied everyone with a smile. She even gifted her drawings to Peggy and Maddie which showed her innocent and loving behaviour.
- Why did Maddie rush to Peggy’s house while gazing at the drawing?
Ans. Maddie rushed to Peggy’s house while gazing at the drawing because she had seen her face in the drawing and wanted to confirm about Peggy for the same.
- Why did Peggy and Maddie assume that Wanda had received their letter?
Ans. Peggy and Maddie assumed that Wanda had received their letter because in her letter to Miss Mason, Wanda requested her to gift her drawings to both of them.
- Why did Maddie have sleepless nights?
Ans. Maddie had sleepless nights because she was very upset about what all had happened and couldn’t amend her behaviour towards Wanda as she had shifted to some other city.
- What did the children of room thirteen do on the Christmas eve?
Ans. The children of room thirteen decorated their room with great love and affection. They decorated it with Christmas bells and a christmas tree.
- How did the girls know that Wanda liked them even though they had teased her?
Ans. Wanda in her letter to Miss Mason wrote that two of her drawings were meant for Peggy and Maddie. They took them. In the drawing they observed that Wanda had drawn their faces in the drawing. Thus they assumed that Wanda liked them.
- What did Peggy and Maddie write in the letter sent to Wanda?
Ans. They wrote a friendly letter telling Wanda about the contest and telling her that she had won the contest. They appreciated her drawing. They asked Wanda about her new place and whether she liked her new place and her new teacher.
- “I thought she was too dumb”. Why did Peggy think so about Wanda?
Ans. In an effort to justify herself Peggy said that she never called Wanda a foreigner nor she made fun of her name. She thought Wanda as dumb because she thought Wanda did not have sense to know that they were making fun of her.
- Which unfortunate thing had happened in school?
Ans. In school the students made fun of Wanda. Her feelings were hurt because of her long and unfamiliar name. It was wrong on their part. They must feel and think over it.
- What did Peggy and Maddie decide to do after returning from Boggins Heights?
Ans. After returning from Boggins Heights, Peggy and Maddie decided to write a letter to Wanda. They wrote a friendly letter. They informed her about her victory in the competition. They praised her designing work. They wrote that she was very talented. In this way they were showing their concern for her.
TYPE III: LONG ANSWER QUESTIONS (100-120 WORDS EACH)
Answer the following questions:
- What important decision did Maddie make? Why did she have to think hard to do so?
Ans. The important decision that Maddie made was that she would never stand by and say nothing again. If she ever heard anybody picking on someone because they were funny-looking or because they had strange names, she would speak up. She did not even mind losing Peggy’s friendship over it. She knew she I could not make things right with Wanda. However, she had decided that in the future, she would never make anybody else unhappy again.
She was unhappy that she could not find Wanda at her home. She could not sleep that night. She thought about Wanda, her faded blue dress, and the little house she lived in. She also thought about the hundred glowing pictures, which were all lined up in the classroom. She was feeling guilty of not having said anything when everybody else was teasing Wanda. It was her guilt that made her think very hard and arrive at the important decision.
- What did Maddie and Peggy write in the letter to Wanda? What happened to it? How did Maddie behave even though Peggy had begun to forget the whole business?
Ans. Peggy and Maddie wrote a friendly letter to Wanda. Rather than being sorry they asked her about her new school and new teacher. They told her about the result of drawing contest which she had won and that her drawings were very beautiful. They meant to say sorry indirectly. They signed it with lot of X’s for love and didn’t say anything to tease her. But they did not get any reply from her. After sometime Peggy had begun to forget the whole business. But Maddie was surrounded by the thoughts of Wanda and everything that happened to Wanda. She felt guilty and decided not to be silent anymore so that other might not feel ashamed like her.
- Justify the title of the story. The Hundred Dresses.
Ans. The title The Hundred Dresses-II is an apt one as it refers to the drawings of the hundred dresses that Wanda Petronski had made quietly. Wanda was a Polish immigrant in America and studied in a school where all teased her for being poor girl with an odd name. Peggy and Maddie always teased her about her clothes and she always said that she had a hundred dresses. The girls found it ridiculous and would tease her often. Then Wanda wins a contest in which she designed sketches of a hundred dresses and was much admired for her talent. The story revolves around the hundred dresses that Wanda created and the events that unfolded after her winning the contest. Her dresses come to symbolize not only her great talent in drawing but also her humble, tolerant and noble nature which was far superior to the those who teased her.
- Write a character sketch of Wanda Petronski.
Ans. Wanda Petronskia, a Polish girl has shifted to America with her parents and younger brother. She is very kind and simple-hearted. She never behaves badly with anyone. She feels disturbed when Peggy teases her. But she replies confidently and courageously to what Peggy says to her. She wears the same blue faded dress everyday but she never complains about anything. She is very talented and has a good hand at drawing She also wins the drawing contest and thus shows her creative side.
She is forgiving and generous as she forgives Peggy and Maddie by gifting them two of her drawings in which she draws their faces. So, it can be said that she is a mature, loving girl who cares about everyone.
- How can you say that Maddie is an emotional girl? How is she different from Peggy?
Ans. By a close reading of the lesson it can be said that Maddie is an emotional girl. Being a close friend of Peggy she remains by her side when Peggy teases Wanda but she feels bad for her. She decides to write a note to Peggy to stop teasing Wanda but tears it as she doesn’t want to be the next target of fun. In the end she decides to stand against anyone who teases others even if she has to lose her friend, which shows her emotional attribute.
As compared to Maddie, Peggy is an arrogant girl. She teases Wanda by asking her about dresses, but she is not cruel as she helps children from bullies and cries when she sees an animal being hurt. But she tries to make fun of Wanda everytime and defends herself.
So, both the girls have different personalities and attributes which can be directed by their actions.
- Compare and contrast the characters of Peggy a Maddie.
Ans. Peggy and Maddie are close friends who study in th class of room 13. Maddie admires Peggy. Being close friend of Peggy she takes her side when Pegg teases Wanda but she feels bad for her. She decide to write a note to Peggy to stop teasing Wanda bu tears it as she doesn’t want to be the next targe of fun. She is a conscientious girl. In the end, she decides to stand against anyone who teases othes even if she has to lose her friend, which shows he emotional attribute.
As compared to Maddie, Peggy is less sensitive g She teases Wanda by asking her about dresses, bu she is not cruel as she helps children from bullis and cries when she sees an animal being hurt. S tries to make fun of Wanda everytime and defend herself by saying that she never thought Wand would mind her teasing her. Thus Maddie proves be superior to Peggy.
- You are Wanda’. You are deeply hurt by the behaviour of your classmates. Express your feelings.
Ans. I am very much aggrieved and disturbed by t insulting words of my classmates: Peggy and Maddie as both of them leave no stone unturned to look down. And being a Polish girl having a long name feel helpless to revert them in the same coin. Peggy is vain. She teases me by asking about my dress. She asks me how many dresses, shoes, hats etc do I have. When I reply that I have a 100 dresses and sixty pairs of shoes; they ask whether all of them are of different colours and designs. Maddie always remains calm and thus supports Peggy in doing so. But she lacks courage to state what is right and what is wrong.
I never react and try to smile at their irritating questions because I know, there will be no difference, between me and them if I too turn the table to their side in the same way. Now that my father has come to know what I am going through, he has decided to shift to another city in order to avoid confrontation and racism as such humiliating circumstances can neither be tolerated nor can be accepted.
- “The Hundred Dresses – II” gives out a moral lesson of what a man should be like as Wanda displays herself in the given situation. Wanda by her behaviour towards Peggy and Maddie shows her exalted character as is seen in her letter. How far would you agree with her and justify such a behaviour in all persons is essential? Write your views.
Ans. Wanda Petronski’s letter highlights her greatness which gives us a view of her nature as a simple, loving, caring, and friendly human being. She gifts her drawings to Peggy and Maddie though they tease her a lot. It shows how great she is as it requires a lot of courage and patience to do so. An ordinary person cannot do that and would definitely hate them but Wanda shows polite and peaceful traits of her character.
In our society it is very difficult to find such a character but such traits are a must to be a good human being. Here, in our society, people tease others with racist remarks, which is not a sign of good culture.
By answering in a polite and friendly manner Wanda displays to be a humble person. Therefore, we all should try to have or acquire such traits in our character so that everyone could praise us and we can live peacefully.
- Why were Miss Mason and the students in Room Thirteen in trouble after reading the letter of Wanda’s father?
Ans. When Miss Mason was in the room number thirteen, she got a letter from the principal’s office. It was from Wanda’s father. After reading it, she was very unhappy and upset. She looked at the students and spoke in a low voice. She said that none of the students in that class would knowingly hurt anyone’s feelings because of their name. Such type of thing in
the class is due to thoughtlessness. It was really sad and unfortunate. She told the class to think about it. After listening to it the class became silent. All the students, specially Maddie and Peggy were ashamed of their behaviour. They wanted to say sorry. So Maddie and Peggy decided to go to Boggins Heights after school hours.
- Why do students need co-curricular activities? What is its significance for the all round growth of a student’s career?
Ans. The co-curricular activities in school is specifically excellent as at present possibilities to students to work in collaboration, to exercising leadership and enhance the ability to take initiatives. Co-curricular activities in schools supply wonderful opportunity to youngsters to determine their potentials and improve both academics and non-scholastic knowledge. These also improve social and behavioural skills, In addition these activities ensure physical, mental, social, emotional and aesthetic improvement of a youngster. Co-curricular activities also deliver possibilities to youngsters for self expression and self fulfillment. A student who is active with co-curricular activities develops attributes like competitive spirit. co-operation, team leading: people management, punctuality, diligence along with developing one of their talents. This also improves the student’s self confidence and creates a sense of achievement in him/her. In the story hundred dresses Wanda become winner through her drawing. Such hidden talents can be sharpened by encouraging their skill.
- What did Maddie and Peggy decide to do after hearing the letter?
Ans. After hearing the letter, Maddie and Peggy were very sad. They wanted to say sorry to Wanda. They felt ashamed. Maddie immediately decided to go to Boggins Heights looking for Wanda. Peggy was also ready for it. After the school, both of them started hurriedly towards Wanda’s house. When they reached Boggins Heights, they saw a little white house. Small bundles of old grass were there on the path and its yard was looking shabby. It reminded Maddie of Wanda’s blue dress, They knocked at the door but did not get any reply. After this they went to the backyard but they could not get any answer
- Letter from Wanda Petronski’s father made Miss Mason and the students tense. Justify.
Ans. When Miss Mason was in the room number thirteen, she got a letter from the principal’s office. It was from Wanda’s father. After reading it, she was very unhappy and upset. She looked at the students and spoke in a low voice, She said that none of the
students in that class would knowingly hurt anyone’s feelings because of their name. Such type of thing in the class is due to thoughtlessness. It was really sad and unfortunate. She told the class to think about it. After listening to it the class became silent. All the students, specially Maddie and Peggy were ashamed of their behaviour. They wanted to say sorry. So Maddie and Peggy decided to go to Boggins Heights after school hours.
- What were Peggy’s and Maddie’s thoughts when they were going to Boggins Heights?
Ans. After listening to the letter of Wanda’s father Maddie became upset. She was ashamed of
Peggy’s behaviour. In fact, she did not like Peggy’s questions that she had asked to Wanda. But she did not say anything against her. Now she could not concentrate on her work. She decided to go to Wanda’s house after school. Peggy was also ready to go with her. They wanted to meet Wanda and say sorry to her. They didn’t want her to go to another city. After school, both of them hurriedly started for Boggins Heights. On the way, Peggy told Maddie that she had never called Wanda, a foreigner or made fun of her name and dresses. Maddie was silent on the way. She wished to find Wanda and say sorry.
QUESTIONS FOR PRACTICE
- What did Maddie and Peggy write to Wanda?
- Who was more anxious for a reply, Peggy or Maddie? How do you know?
- Why does Wanda’s house remind Maddie of Wanda’s blue dress?
- What does Maddie think hard about? What important decision does she take?
- How did the Maddie and Peggy know that Wanda liked them even though they had teased her?