Handy Andy at the Post Office | Class 8 | C16

MP Board Class 8 Special English Chapter 16 Handy Andy at the Post Office 

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Lesson - 16

Handy Andy at the Post Office

Textual Exercise

Word Power

(A) Select words from the text which convey meanings similar to the following:

    (a) a landlord

    (b) quick and active

    (c) a silly person

    (d) to make someone angry

    (e) request


(a) a squire

(b) brisk

(c) stupid

(d) provoke

(e) appeal.

(B) Match words with opposite meanings:

  1. Remember (a) reject
  2. Arrive          (b) possible 
  3. Appear        (c) forget 
  4. Impossible (d) vanish 
  5. Select           (e) depart 


  1. c
  2. e
  3. d
  4. b
  5. a.

(C) Here are two words from the lesson beginning with the prefix “im”

-impossible, -impatient

The prefix “im” is used to make the antonym or opposite of a foot word. For example.

Possible – impossible

Patient – impatient

Here are a few words beginning with the letters “im”. In which of these words do these two letters act as a prefix and in which are they part of the root word?

  1. imaginary
  2. immortal
  3. imperfect
  4. imitate
  5. impure
  6. immature
  7. immense
  8. impact

Ans. The words in which the two letters ‘im’ act as prefix-immortal,




The words in which the two letters ‘im’ are part of the root word –






(A) Complete these sentences:

  1. Andy went to the town to ..........
  2. The postmaster did not give any letter to Andy because ..........
  3. Andy’s face was beaming with delight because ............


  1. bring his master’s letter from the post office.
  2. he was not ready to pay eleven pence.
  3. he had brought three letters for – eleven pence.

(B) Who spoke these words? Describe what was happening.

  1. “I don’t like to be troublesome, sir.”
  2. “Get out! Your master must be as great a goose as yourself to send such a messenger.”
  3. “What should I pay eleven-pence for?”
  4. “You’ll provoke me to break your neck some day?”
  5. “He’ll murder me if I’m not back soon.”


  1. Andy spoke these words. His master got annoyed due to Andy’s stupidity. But Andy was unaware of all these things. He told his master that he didn’t like to be troublesome.
  2. The postmaster spoke these words. Andy, insisted to get his master’s letter. But the postmaster didn’t know anything about him (Andy’s master). He got annoyed with Andy and his master. Hence he said the above lines.
  3. Andy spoke these words. The postmaster asked him to pay eleven pence for the letter. Andy got surprised because just a minute before a man paid only four pence to get his letter.
  4. The Squire spoke these words. He got annoyed because Andy had come to him without taking a letter from the post-office.
  5. Andy Spoke these words. His master had told him to come very soon. Hence he was in hurry.

(C) Answer these questions:

1. What was Andy’s excuse for not asking the squire where to go?

Ans. Andy told his master that he would find out where to go.

2. What made Andy think the postmaster was very curious?

Ans. Andy went to the post-office counter and said that he wanted a letter. The postmaster asked him for whom he wanted it. This made Andy think the postmaster was very curious.

3. Why did the postmaster call Andy’s master ‘a goose’?

Ans. In the post master’s eyes Andy’s master was foolish fellow for emplaying such a foolish servant.

4. Why did the postmaster refuse to give Andy any letter?

Ans. The postmaster refused to give Andy any letter because he didn’t pay eleven pence.

5. What was the postmaster doing when Andy made a second visit to the post office?

Ans. When Andy reached the post office for the second time, two persons were getting letters. The postmaster was selecting the letter for each from a large parcel that lay before him on the counter.

6. Why did Andy take away two letters from the heap?

Ans. Andy took away two letters from the heap because he was not ready in any situation to pay eleven pence just for one letter that he would get from the postmaster.

7. What made Andy feel delighted?

Ans. Andy felt delighted because he managed to get three letters for eleven pence.

8. Why was the squire puzzled to see Andy happy?

Ans. Andy was happy for nothing. Hence the squire got puzzled to see him.

Let’s Learn

1. Convert the interrogative sentences into indirect speech.

Example: She said to me, “How old are you?”

She asked me how old I was.

(a) Deepa said to me, “How is your mother today?”

(b) He said to Suresh, “What are you reading?”

(c) Sunil said to the shopkeeper, “Are these good mangoes?”

(d) Kamini said to the teacher, “May I go out, Madam?”

(e) I said to Reeta, “Do you like sweets?”


(a) Deepa asked me how his mother was that day.

(b) He asked Suresh what he was reading

(c) Sunil asked the shopkeeper if those mangoes were good.

(d) Kamini asked the teacher to go out.

(e) I asked Reeta if she licked sweets.

2. Convert the imperative sentences into indirect speech.

(a) I said to the peon, “Take these files to the Manager.”

(b) The doctor said to her, “Keep this bottle away from the children.”

(c) The beggar said to the rich man, “Have pity on me.”

(d) Hema said to her father, “Please give me some money.”

(e) Mohan said to his friend, “Don’t worry about me.”


(a) I asked the peon to take those files to the Manager.

(b) The doctor asked her to keep that bottle away from the children.

(c) The beggar asked the rich man to have pity on him.

(d) Hema asked her father to give her some money.

(e) Mohan asked his friend not to worry about him.

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