The Little Mechanic Questions & Answers

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The Little Mechanic Questions & Answers

Question 1: What high hopes did Issac’s grandmother have for her grandson’s future? What hope did the neighbours have?

Answer: Issac’s grandmother thought that Issac would be an excellent workman when he grew up. She was sure that he would do well in the world. Some of her neighbours may have thought that Issac would make beautiful furniture. Some may have thought that he would become an architect who would build great mansions and churches with tall steeples. Yet, others may have thought that he would become a clockmaker when he grew up.

Question 2: How could Issac’s grandmother tell the time of the day whether it was bright or cloudy?

Answer: Issac had made a sundial which could tell the time when it was bright and sunny. He had also made a clock which was set to work by the dropping of water. The sundial and the water clock helped his grandmother tell the time whether it was bright or cloudy.

Question 3: What kind of windmill did Issac build? Did it actually work? How can you tell?

Answer: Issac built a small model windmill. It was complete in its parts and machinery. It had little linen sails that whirled around when there was a wind. We know that the model windmill really worked because if wheat was put into the little hopper of the windmill, it would be converted into flour.

Question 4: Read and answer the questions:

That unseen, inconstant and ungovernable wonder……

(a) What is this wonder?

Answer: The wind is the wonder referred to here.

(b) Why is it called inconstant and ungovernable?

Answer: The wind has been called inconstant because the wind keeps changing both speed and direction. It can blow however it likes – gently as breeze or strongly as a storm. It is ungovernable because no one can control the wind.

(c) What did Issac make it do? How?

Answer: Issac made the wind tell him the measure of its strength. He did this by jumping against the wind. By the length of his jump, he could calculate the force of the wind.

The Little Mechanic Questions & Answers

Question 5: Read and answer the questions:

As a boy Issac had discovered the mechanism of a windmill. As a man, he explained to his fellow human beings the complex mechanism of the universe.

(a) How did Issac study the mechanism of the universe?

Answer: Issac studied the mechanism of the universe by reading books on mathematics and natural philosophy. He also thought deeply about different things, for example – he gazed curiously at stars and wondered about their nature, distance and power.

(b) Which discoveries by Issac Newton does the text mention?

Answer: The text mentions that Issac was the first to find out the nature of light. He discovered the force of gravitation and then figured out all the laws by which planets are guided through the sky.

Question 6: Read and answer the questions:

‘I seem to myself as a child playing on the seashore and picking up here and there a curious shell or a pretty pebble while the boundless ocean of truth lies undiscovered before me.’

(a) In this statement, the sea or the ocean has been compared to truth. What has been represented as a curious shell or a pretty pebble? Why?

Answer: In this statement, the discoveries that Issac Newton made or the laws and mechanisms which he understood have been represented as a curious shell or a pretty pebble. These discoveries have been called curious and pretty because they are wonderful and interesting. They have been compared to shells and pebbles because although they were very important in themselves, they were small compared to the vast ‘ocean of truth’ – the many things which Issac had not been able to understand.

(b) Why do you think Issac saw himself as a child in this image?

Answer: Issac saw himself as a child in this image because he felt as small, curious, wondering and excited and as inexperienced as a child compared to the vast ocean of truth that guides our universe.

(c) What feelings does this statement express?

Answer: This statement expresses wonder at the workings of the world – the many laws and truths that still lie undiscovered. It expresses curiosity to know these truths. It also expresses humbleness – it shows that Issac Newton, far from feeling proud of his achievements, was wise enough to realise that there were still many things to be understood and discovered and thus felt humble and small instead of feeling proud and important.

So, these were The Little Mechanic Questions & Answers.