The Hundred Dresses Part 2 Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

The following extra questions for The Hundred Dresses Part 2′ class 10 have been taken from CBSE Question Bank 2021 class 10 English. But, these questions are equally important for the 2022 Board exams. These MCQ Questions have been selected based on the latest exam pattern as announced by CBSE. All the questions are available at the CBSE’s official website. Students can also watch the video for a Hindi explanation of The Hundred dresses Part Extra question answer. Feel free to ask in the comment section. It is a free service for class 10th students.

The Hundred Dresses Part 2 Extra Question Answer | Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

(A) Dear Teacher,
My Wanda will not come to your school anymore. Jake also. Now we move away to the big city. No more holler ‘Pollack’. No more ask why funny name. Plenty of funny names in the city.
Yours truly,
Jan Petronski

i Jan’s tone in the writing of the letter IS NOT
a) distressing.
b) spiteful.
c) hurt.
d) painful.

ii What, according to the letter, was the primary reason that prompted Mr Petronski to take the decision to move to a big city?
a) His wish to achieve success in the big city.
b) His urge to join his relatives who mostly lived in the big city.
c) His anxiety over their poverty in the small city.
d) His agony about his children being viewed as ‘outsiders’ by their school-mates.

iii The dictionary says the following about migration.
Migration involves the movement of people (birds, fish etc.) from one place to another with intentions of settling, permanently or temporarily, at a new location (geographic region).
Which of the following options INCORRECTLY uses ‘migration’?

a) After gold was found in the uninhabited region, there was a migration to that area.
b) Bears sleep through winters. This migration helps bears to use their stored energy much more slowly.
c) There was a mass migration of youngsters to the tagged locale, to assist the cause for charity.
d) Scientists have studied the migration of fish over long distances in the river.

iv The phrase ‘Pollack’ reveals discrimination on the basis of
a) race.
b) gender.
c) religion.
d) wealth.

v The line– Plenty of funny names in the city—suggests that the city
a) is a melting pot of people from different parts of the world.
b) has foreign people willing to give opportunities to the poor.
c) is a safe haven for immigrants if they have funny names.
d) has a special status for all who are willing to be funny.

Answer key for MCQs (A)
i) b
ii) d
iii) b
iv) a
v) a

The Hundred Dresses Part 2 MCQ Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

(B) Weeks went by and still, Wanda did not answer. Peggy had begun to forget the whole business, and Maddie put herself to sleep at night making speeches about Wanda, defending her from great crowds of girls who were trying to tease her with, “How many dresses have you got?” And before Wanda could press her lips together in a tight line, the way she did before answering, Maddie would cry out, “Stop!”

i Which primary feelings of Maddie does the extract reveal?
a) guilt, regret and righteousness
b) guilt and shame
c) shame, regret and courage
d) courage and righteousness

ii Which of the following is most likely to be a part of Maddie’s speech?
a) Stop! I think it’s about time we asked her a new question. This is not fun anymore. How about her faded dress?
b) Stop! Don’t you know that I’m the one who had to lead in Peggy’s absence? This is unacceptable.
c) Stop! How dare you all join in without Peggy’s permission? Don’t you know she’d be angry?
d) Stop! Aren’t you all ashamed of yourself? Why do you trouble her? She means no harm to anyone.

iii Choose the declaration which is likely to be received with the pressing of lips together in a tight line.

hundred dresses part 2 class 10

a) Option 1
b) Option 2
c) Option 3
d) Option 4

iv Pick the option with a cause-effect relation, with reference to the given extract.
a) Wanda’s absence— Peggy missing Wanda
b) Maddie’s need to make amends – Confessing publicly
c) Wanda’s absence – Maddie’s need to make amends
d) Peggy teasing Wanda— Maddie’s stand against it

v Wanda didn’t reply to the letter for weeks. Pick the option that DOES NOT supply a possible reason for this, from those given below.
a) The letter took more than a couple of weeks reaching her as it didn’t have an address and needed to be forwarded.
b) She needed time to forgive Maddie and Peggy and think her reply through.
c) Peggy had second thoughts after mailing the letter and reclaimed it from the post office, to mail weeks later.
d) She was occupied with settling in at the new school in the city.

Answer key for MCQs (B)
i) c
ii) d
iii) a
iv) c
v) c

The Hundred Dresses Part 2 Important MCQ | Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words
i Why do you think Miss Mason took time to adjust her glasses slowly and deliberately before reading Jan Petronski’s letter aloud?
ANS: She was shocked to read the distressed letter of Wanda’s father. She did this deliberately to let the students know the importance and seriousness of the letter.

ii Do you think Miss Mason had any idea about the hundred dresses ‘fun’ with Wanda? Why/Why not?
ANS: No, she did not have any idea about that. She felt extremely sad and disappointed after reading the letter because she did not expect this kind of behaviour from the students of her class.

iii Why did Jan Petronski feel that the city would be a better option for his family to move to?
ANS: Jan Petronski considered a big city as a melting pot for all types of people. No one would bother about others’ surnames and financial status in a big city due to large population.

iv ‘Hey let’s go and see if that kid has left town or not.’ Why do you think Peggy said this with ‘pretended casualness’?
ANS: The words of Mr Jan Petronski’s letter made Peggy realise her mistakes. She spoke with pretended casualness to hide her guilt from herself and her companion Maddie.

v The Petronski’s house and its yard looked shabby but clean. What can we infer about the Petronski family, from this information?
ANS: It can be inferred from this statement that the Petronski family was poor and less privileged, yet hygienic and hardworking. Wanda’s faded blue dress was also shabby but clean.

The Hundred Dresses Part 2 Extra question Answer | Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words
i Room Thirteen is where most of the story takes place. Comment on its significance in the story.
ANS; The main story incidents took place in Room thirteen. Room thirteen was a classroom where all the important characters of the story sat together, the result of the drawing competition was displayed in the same room and the teacher read out Mr Petronski’s letter in room thirteen itself.

ii Peggy says: Besides, when I was asking her about all her dresses, she probably was getting good ideas for her drawings. Explain why Peggy said this and what prompted her to say so.
ANS: On finding that the Petronski family had left for the big city, she was making excuses to defend herself from being considered responsible for Wanda’s problems. She tried to pretend as if her teasing questions inspired Wanda to make good drawings that eventually led her to win the competition.

iii Based on your reading of the story, write your inference of Boggins Heights.
ANS: Boggings Height was located on a hill in the outskirts of the town. Mainly poor polish immigrants lived there. The area was damp and dismal even in the afternoon of November. Houses were small and shabby. The pathway was full of mud and old grass.

iv Pen down your perception of Miss Mason as a teacher, in the complete story, The Hundred Dresses.
ANS: Miss Mason did not discriminate students on the basis of their surname or social status. She chose the real artist as the winner in the drawing contest. Her asking the children to walk in a line proved that she was a strict disciplinarian. She felt sad and concerned on knowing that the misbehaviour of the students compelled Petronski to leave the town.

v Peggy and Maddie had different feelings after Miss Mason read aloud Wanda’s letter: “Boy!” said Peggy, “this shows she really likes us. “I hope so,” said Maddie sadly. Explain the difference in their feelings by analysing both girls as similar yet different personalities.
ANS: Both Peggy and Maddie used to tease Wanda outside the school. They were upset and felt guilty for Wanda’s absence from the school. However, their reactions after listening to Wanda’s letter were different. Peggy tried to assure herself that Wanda was not offended by her sarcastic questions. On the contrary, Maddie blamed herself for Wanda’s teasing. She regretted that she would never be able to apologize Wanda.

vi In the light of Peggy’s statement – Well, at least I never did call her a foreigner—write a short blog entry examining the need to inculcate the spirit of being inclusive and celebrating diversity. You may begin this way:
Embracing the Inclusive Spirit
Celebrating diversity, of viewpoints, skills, nationalities, experiences and such is core to advancing globally. I think that………………………(continue)

Embracing the Inclusive Spirit
Celebrating the diversity of viewpoints, skills, nationalities, experiences and such is a core to advancing globally. I think we should be mature enough to accept people of all religions. Caste and religion should never be a basis of selection or rejection. We should be ready to embrace the inclusive spirit of humanity. Acceptance of diversity expands our horizon about languages, culture and traditions.

vii Given a choice, who would you like to befriend—Peggy or Maddie? Supplement your reasons with textual evidence.
ANS: I would like to befriend Maddie because she had a golden heart who could empathize with the sufferings of others. Though she could not muster up the courage to speak in favour of Wanda. If she becomes my friend, I would motivate her to come up with her positive thoughts confidently.
OR (Write any one)
I would befriend Peggy as she was the most popular girl in the school. She saved kids from bullies and cried when animals were hurt. She could help me in my studies as she was among the toppers of the class. But, she was not self-aware of her thoughts, if I befriend her I would tell her to be inclusive and accept diversity positively.

The Hundred Dresses Part 2 Long Questions | Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond textbook) 5 Marks

i Peggy routinely made fun of Wanda along with her classmates. In this context, justify the given statement: One person’s sense of humour can be another person’s agony.
ANS: One person’s sense of humour can be another person’s agony. Humour and fun bring entertainment to life. When one’s sense of humour is targeted to bully another person that becomes painful. Peggy made fun of Wanda by asking questions about her dress and shoes. In order to hide her poverty, Wanda had to make false statements about having a hundred dresses in her closet. Peggy’s sense of humour turned to agony for Wanda and her family. They left the town to avoid facing such situations in future. A tiny joke by Peggy and her friends left a deep impact on Wanda’s family.

ii The girls were bullies without realising it. Do you agree? Why/why not?
ANS: Yes, they were bullies. Anyone who uses his power or position to hurt a weaker person physically or mentally can be called a bully. Peggy knew that Wanda belonged to a less fortunate family and could not afford many dresses, still she humiliated her by asking questions about her dress in front of other children. Maddie who always accompanied Peggy realised Wanda’s pain but never said anything. That’s why she is equally responsible for Wanda’s absence from the school as Silence in the face of injustice is also a crime. Poor Wanda could not find a better answer to their questions and left the school permanently and moved to a new city.

iii Based on the given textual information about the letter Peggy and Maddie addressed to Wanda, create this letter.
They had meant to say they were sorry, but it ended up with their just writing a friendly letter… and they signed it with lots of X’s for love.
You may begin like this:
Dear Wanda
We have heard that you have shifted to the city. We would like to congratulate you……..on winning….continue……………………………………………
Peggy and Maddie

Dear Wanda
We have heard that you have shifted to the city. We would like to congratulate you on winning the drawing competition. You have designed wonderful dresses. Even Ms Mason was full of appreciation to see your hundred dresses. Each dress was uniquely beautiful. All the girls and boys praised your pretty dresses.
As soon as the teacher read out your father’s letter, we rushed to your home in Boggings Heights. We wanted to see the contest-winning happiness on your face. But it was in vain. When we reached you had left.
We hope you have settled well in your new school. We miss you a lot. Hope to see you again someday.
Peggy and Maddie

iv Wanda was regularly teased, but a closer look at her will tell the readers that far from being a subject of ridicule, she deserved praise for her unacknowledged qualities. Explain why she is actually praiseworthy, with reference to her situation and her behaviour.
ANS: Wanda was creative and talented but she never boasted of it. She displayed mature behaviour even after being bullied so many times. She was a brave girl who faced discrimination in the disguise of fun by other children. Still, she neither fought with them nor cried. It is applaudable that at this little age, she believed in forgiveness rather than revenge. That’s why she did not report the matter to the class teacher. She forgot Peggy and Maddie’s teasing and dedicated her designs to them by drawing their faces on her dresses. She replied to the letter in an intelligent manner. The way she praised Ms Mason was commendable.
Wanda’s traits are highlighted in orange colour for your convenience.

v People are more roused by the idea of revenge than forgiveness. Which aspect does Wanda’s letter exemplify? Support your ideas with reference to the text.
Wanda’s letter clearly exemplified that she preferred forgiveness over revenge. She neither named nor wrote bad words about the teasing children. Her act of gifting her award-winning dresses to Peggy and Maddie displayed her forgiving attitude. She acknowledged that she missed her old school even though she had to leave that school and town due to her surname. She praised her teacher also in the letter containing Christmas wishes. All these points show that Wanda did not hold anybody responsible for leaving the school and town. That’s why she was not roused by the idea of revenge.

vi Do you think the given quote applies to Maddie? Explain with reference to the text.

“I am no longer accepting the things I can not change.
I am changing the things I cannot accept.”


ANS: Yes, the given quote applies to Maddie. She was constantly nagged and disturbed by Wanda’s absence from the school. She regretted that she did not speak up when Wanda was being bullied by Peggy for her dress and laughed upon by other students for her weird surname. She felt guilty for being a silent partner in crime. She called herself a coward and promised herself that she won’t let it happen in future again. She tries to make a resolution that she will no more be a part of any game that her conscience does not approve of. She was determined to speak for injustice and become the voice of the weaker people.

vii Wanda and Custard were both picked on, by their peers.
a) Compare and contrast the characteristic/s of their persecutors had?
b) Also, evaluate if
1) they had the same reasons to pick on their victims.
2) both victims reacted in a similar manner.
ANS: (a)Wanda was bullied by Peggy and Maddie for wearing the same faded blue dress to the school. Peggy asked Wanda the same question every day. But, they never made her cry. Wanda was bullied by her peers for her unusual name. Peggy casually teased Wanda because she felt that Wanda was lying about a hundred dresses lined in her closet. Custard was picked on by Belinda, Ink, Blink and Mustard for being a coward. The persecutors made her cry.
(b) 1.Their reasons to pick on their victims were different
(2). Both victims reacted in a similar way. Wanda won the drawing competition by showing her hundred dresses designs. Custard showed her bravery by facing the pirates and saving everyone.

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