Never-Never Nest

II. Answer the following questions.

1. Choose the correct answer from the options given below each of the following questions
Why didn’t Jack and Jill pay rent for their house? They didn’t pay the rent because

(a) they were too poor to pay the rent.
(b) they were staying in the house illegally.
(c) they had bought the house on instalments
Ans. they had bought the house on instalments

How much did Aunt Jane give Jack and Jill as their wedding present?

(a) one hundred pounds
(b) two hundred pounds
(c) one thousand pounds
Ans. two hundred pounds

How much did Jack and Jill pay to get a car?

(a) five pounds

(b) ten pounds

(c) five hundred pounds
Ans. five pounds

iv. Why did Aunt Jane refuse to lie down on the bed? She didn’t lie down on the bed because
(a) she was angry with Jack and Jill.
(b) the bed did not belong to Jack and Jill.
(c) she was in a hurry to leave the house of Jack and Jill.
Ans. the bed did not belong to Jack and Jill.
v. Why did Aunt Jane gift a cheque of ten pounds to Jack and Jill?… because
(a) Jack and Jill asked Aunt Jane to help them with a cheque.
(b) Jack and Jill wanted to repay their loans.
(c) Aunt Jane thought that Jack and Jill could make full payments for at least one of their bills

And. Aunt Jane thought that Jack and Jill could make full payments for at least one of their bills
v . What did Jack intend to do with the ten pounds cheque?
(4) He wanted to pay off the instalments to the doctor
(b) He wanted to pay off the instalments for the houses.
(c) He wanted to pay off the instalments for the car
Ans. He wanted to pay off the instalments for the car

vii. How many persons were present in the house when Aunt Jane visited Jack Jill?
(a) four
(b) five
(c) six
Ans. four
2. Describe Jack and Jill’s house and the things that impressed Aunt Jane.
Ans. Jack and Jill had a lovely house with all comforts in it like furniture, radio set, car piano etc. That’s what impressed Aunt Jane.

3. Why was Aunt Jane worried about her gift cheque?
Ans. Aunt Jane wrote two thousand pounds instead of two hundred pounds on the cheque.

4. Why did Jack say that it was better to be Mr. Owner than to be Mr. Tenant’?
Ans. It was uneconomic to pay rent after every year. So Jack said it was better to be Mr. Owner that to be Mr. Tenant.

5. Why did Aunt Jane say that she would take a bus rather than go by Jack’s car?
Ans. Aunt Jane said so because the car did not belong to her.
6. What did Jill do with the ten pound cheque presented by Aunt Jane?
Ans. ten pound cheque was sent to Dr. Martin as first instalment for baby.

7. Many people are in the habit of buying things on instalment?
Do you support this trend? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans. Yes. I do support. Because the person whose income is low can afford big things buying on instalment.
8. Describe a situation which you find most humorous in the play.
Ans. When Jill says , “Just one instalment and baby is ours.” That’s the most humorous in the play.
9. What do you understand by the title ‘The Never, Never Nest”? Can you suggest a new title?
Ans. You can’t have house if you are poor. New title could be “Loan can make your life happy.”


I.Tick the words which are similar to the words given in bold.

1. Charming! Such a cosy little room.
(a) costly
(b) cute
(c) comfortable
Ans. comfortable

2. Aunt Jane (suddenly): Jack! I’ve just thought of something. That car is it yours? Jill: Of course it’s ours. Aunt Jane: All yours?
Jack: Well, no. Not exactly all.

(a) immediately

(b) completely

(c) correctly
Ans. completely
3. Now, tell me, how much do all these instalments come to?
(a) loans
(b) full payment
(c) part payment
Ans. part payment

4 Yes, Jack, that’s what’s worrying me.
a surprising
b irritating
c troubling
ans. troubling
5 Suppose you take it and pay off just one of your bills
a give away
b make full payment
c pay in instalments
ans. Make full payment


The shortened forms don’t, doesn’t and didn’t are used in everyday informal language. The full forms do not, does not and did not are used in more formal situations.
Fill in the blanks in the following conversation with the appropriate form of verbs do and did.

Jill: Hi Mum. Can you guess who visited us this morning?

Mother: Sorry, I can’t.

Jill: Aunt Jane, Mum.

Mother: Jane visited you this morning?

Jill: Yes, she visited us this morning.

Mother: Did she like your house?

Jill: Yes, Mum. She liked our house. But she didn’t like the idea of buying it on instalment.

Mother: How silly! She has very old fashioned ideas, I’m afraid.

Jill: Yes, Mum. She has very old fashioned ideas.

Jack: She was rather too worried.

Jill: She even refused to sit on the furniture.

Mother: Why did she refuse to sit on the furniture? That’s amazing!

Jack: But Aunt Jane was very kind and considerate. Do you know what she gave us at the time of her departure?

Mother: What did she give you?

Jill: A ten pound cheque.

Mother: She gave you a ten pound cheque! Jill: Yes, yes. A ten pound cheque.

Mother: What do you propose to do with that extra money?

Jill: We have spent it already.

Mother: Good heavens, you spent it already! What did you do with that money? Jill: I sent it to Dr. Martins. Did I do a good thing, Mum?

Mother: To Dr. Martins? Why did you send it to Dr. Martin?
Jill: For the last instalment
Mother: Oh, I see. How ncie of you! You did the right thing, my dear.
Jill: Thaks, mum.

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