ICSE English — My Lost Dollar

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  1. BENY says:


  2. Someone Wilson says:

    Please answer these questions
    Q1. Why did Todd borrow a dollar from the narrator?
    Q2. Do you think the narrator is upset that Todd did not pay him?
    Q3. Discuss the various ways in which the narrator tries to remind Todd of his debt?
    Q4. The narrator unwittingly reveal’s his character while musing over Todd’s behavior. Discuss.
    Q5. What techniques are used by Leacock to create humour in the story?

  3. gehna jain says:

    ur answers to those questions???…im in class IX ….

  4. wansla says:

    nice helped aaa lot

  5. Raj Sherathia says:

    I also want all Que-Ans of all lessons, I have English exam on this 22nd December…

  6. shaina says:

    nice . I desperately wanted it. That was a great help. Thnx a lot.

  7. Nice explanation…. It helped me a lot…thanks for guideines

  8. khushi chhabra says:

    ANS:1 todd borrow the money from the author because he had to pay the loan for the taxi in which he came to Burmuda.so the author lent him one dollar..

    ANS:2 no narrator was not upset the thing he was only thinking that is it really like this to lend a dollar and do not give it back.

    ANS:3 The ways in which author tries to take dollar back was :-
    1. he went to railway station to take the todd.
    2. he tell him about the american dollar and ask that if he used it once or not.

  9. Yash says:

    Hello sir I am having my boards going on and I require notes on some chapters is it possible for you to send them to me or post it as I read your notes and am amused and also feeling sad that I could not get through this site earlier where there is a person like you nobody can get less than 98 in English
    I require help on the following chapters:-
    1.The kabuliwala
    2.God Lives In The Panch
    3.A doctors Journal Entry for August 6,1945

  10. rana jaydeep says:

    Thank you so much
    i had lost the book of ‘the collection of poems and short stories’ and was thinking how to learn all the lessons in it

  11. Natasha says:

    Can you please answer this question asap.
    Hypocrisy is the underlying theme of the sketch ‘my lost dolar’.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I don’t have the book with me now. however, I have posted an answer basing on my memory iin reply to one reader’s question. Read it to draw your hints for the question.

  12. gupta says:

    How is the author’s hypocrisy shown in the story?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      One dollar is too trifling an amount to break one’s head on. Yet, the author couldn’t let go of this and kept trying to recover it from his friend. He wanted not to appear greedy and mean before his friend, and so, couldn’t ask him directly to return the amount. Instead, he tried various indirect means to remind his friend about the outstanding one dollar. On the return of the friend, he broached the matter in so many ways taking care to shroud his intention to recover the amount. If he was indeed a decent man, he should have either written off the tiny loan or asked his friend politely for refund. He did neither. Like a greedy money lender he pursued the amount doggedly. So, it was nothing but hypocrisy.

      • gupta says:

        what about todd’s hypocrisy at mocking at poland for not repaying her debts while he himself is in a similar position?

      • mayank yadav says:

        sir, are you on facebook i f so, then contact me on – “max kanton”, or message me , or you can simply add me because soon i will be giving my board exams and i will need a lot of help, hope you will be standing nearby to help me, have a great day. 🙂

        • Satya Prakash says:

          No, Mayanak, I am not on Facebook. However, you may mail me in the following mail id.
          broadbase.knowledge@gmail.com. I will happily render you any help you might need. State your Class, stream CBSE/ ICSE/ State Board etc. How much you are scoring presently in English etc. etc.

  13. Darshan says:

    can i get a online tuitor if possible

  14. mayank yadav says:

    please answer me these questions
    1.who is tod ? what kind of relationship wxists between todd and the narratoe?
    2.when and why todd borrow a dollar from the narrator ? how much time has passed since then?
    3.why tod has failed to return a loan ? what does it tell us about him?
    4.as far as the memory is concerned , how do the borrowers differ from the lenders ? give an example from the story to support your opinion.
    5.relying on what is said in the story, does the narrator have any hope of beibg paid back ? why?

  15. Immortal says:

    sir can u send me the short summary of animal farm by george orwell.

  16. Ishika Das says:

    Please give me the answer to this question:-

    1)why is the narrator a humorous figure

  17. Jayesh Gupta says:

    I have question from chapter “My lost dollar”
    (1) When did Stephen Leacock part with his dollar ? How?
    (2) Decribe trhe way in which the author repeatedly wished to remind his friend of the dollar.
    (3) Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    (4) How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    (5) Comment on the irony of the text.

  18. Kajal says:

    I wish I could get answers to all my questions of all the chapters 😩

  19. pratham says:

    nice helped me a lot thank you so much sir

  20. Drashti Patel says:

    (3) Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    (4) How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    (5) Comment on the irony of the text. Pls find me d ans of dis ques
    Gseb board class 11 chapter the lost dollar

  21. Aaradhya singh says:

    Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    plzzzx sir ans this question…std :11th
    i want ans of this question in 4 to 5 sentences

  22. harshil hirpara says:

    I have question from chapter “My lost dollar”
    (1) When did Stephen Leacock part with his dollar ? How?
    (2) Decribe trhe way in which the author repeatedly wished to remind his friend of the dollar.
    (3) Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    (4) How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    (5) Comment on the irony of the text

  23. Harshil says:

    I have question from chapter “My lost dollar”
    (1) When did Stephen Leacock part with his dollar ? How?
    (2) Describe the way in which the author repeatedly wished to remind his friend of the dollar.
    (3) Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    (4) How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    (5) Comment on the irony of the text.

  24. Barika says:

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  25. mali ramesh says:

    I have question from chapter “My lost dollar”
    (1) When did Stephen Leacock part with his dollar ? How?
    (2) Decribe trhe way in which the author repeatedly wished to remind his friend of the dollar.
    (3) Why does the author brood over a lost cause? how?
    (4) How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    (5) Comment on the irony of the text.

  26. mali ramesh says:

    I have questions from chapter P.T.Usha against all hurdles
    (1)What was the motivating event in P.T.Usha’s early life ?
    (2)Describe her achievements at the international level.
    (3)How did the difference of a fraction of a second change P.T.Usha’s approach to competition ?
    (4)”Losing is the key to winning.” Explain.
    (5)”Marriage is not the end of a woman athlete’s life ? Do you agree ? Why?
    (6)What are the problems she faced in life ?
    (7)Give an account of the awards she received.

  27. mali ramesh says:

    continue …………
    (8)What is P.T.Usha’s mantra for success ?

    Write in detail on:
    (1)P.T.Usha’s childhood
    (2)P.T.Usha:Anonymity to Fame

  28. mali ramesh says:

    chapter:Kite- flying (11th science)
    (1)Why is the author in a pensive mood ?
    (2)Give instances from the lesson to prove that the author was an introvert.
    (3)Do you think that the author was a novice in kite flying? Why?
    (4)What transformation took place in the author after he bought the kites?
    (5)What has the author compared kite flying to?How?
    (6)Comment on the ending of the story.
    Write in detail:(1)The Speaker’s Views on Kite -flying
    (2)A Pen Portrait of the Central Character

  29. mali ramesh says:

    Chapter:Convocation Address (11th science)
    (1)How is convocation a beginning and not an end?
    (2)What challenges would the graduates have to face in future?
    (3)How can the farmers share the profit of production?
    (4)Mention the ways in which prices are controlled in operation Flood.
    (5)What opposition did the White Revolution face and how was it controlled?
    (6)Write in your own words the message Kurien wished to convey to the graduates.
    Write in detail:(1)The Importance of Co-operatives
    (2)Operation Flood

  30. mali ramesh says:

    chapter:Father’s Help (11th science)
    (1)Why was Swami reluctant to go to school?
    (2)How did Swami try to mislead his father?
    (3)Give instances to prove that Swami’s father was an angry man.
    (4)what effect did the letter have on Swami?
    (5)What was Swami’s state of mind before entering the school.
    (6)How did Swami instigate his teacher to punish him?
    (6)How did Swami instigate his teacher to punish him?
    (7)What was the approach of Samuel towards Swami initially and later on that day?
    Write in detail:(1)Swaminathan
    (2)Ending of the Story

    Chapter:What is Intelligence?
    (1)Why did the author think of himself as the most intelligent person?
    (2)What effect did the aptitude test have on the author’s schedule?
    (3)Give instances to prove that each professionalis intelligent in his own way.
    (4)”I’d proved to be a moron”.Explain.
    (5)How did the auto repair man outwit the author?

    Write in detail:
    (1)The Auto Repair

  31. Mali Ramesh says:

    The answers you sent to me proved helpful .
    (thank you so much for your help)

  32. Pranav says:

    hello,I have a question on the lost dollar…..but i need the answer immediately…
    -Comment on the irony of the text.
    in 5-6 lines.
    please help:)

  33. Pranav says:

    got the answer just tell me if it is correct-

    There are a few ironical strains in the story.
    1. Todd borrows a dollar not quite out of need, but more so out of convenience. He did not need the dollar to buy anything important. Instead, he used it to pay the cab driver.
    2. Throughout the story, the speaker feels awful about Todd not returning the dollar. It bothers him quite a bit, but it is only towards the end does he realise that he might have done the same to many others!
    3. The plot begins with one dollar and ends with the speaker talking in terms of a large scale campaign!

  34. Anshika says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can I get explanation/synopsis of the Kabuliwala
    Thank you.

  35. mali ramesh says:

    please sir,if you have book then try to send answers by this weekend.

  36. Rush21 says:

    Bring out aspects of Hyporcritical nature of narrator..Answer please.

  37. Atreyi says:

    Why is the author in a pensive mood?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      He is, undoubtedly, an eccentric man with no trace of pragmatism in his nature. Non-recovery of trffling amount like one dollar from a close friend should not worry a normal person. But, because of his nagging nature, he broods over the matter and becomes pensive.

  38. Prasanjan Gupta says:

    I am not getting for what I looking for.

  39. Rush21 says:

    Can u pls answer these questions:
    1) 2 aspects of hypocritical nature
    2) hypocrisy shown by author..
    (Both 4 marks)

  40. nikshitha reddy says:

    sir can u send me the summary of the poem small pain in my chest…please as i have exams

  41. Fatima Intekhab says:

    I really appreciate a retired engineer to do such a fantastic job helping children who are in great trouble with their English .Thank you sir and may God bless you and may God extend your life span so that you may continue to help we children .

  42. Rima says:

    Sir can u giva me an alternative ending of “My Lost Dollar”

  43. Arco says:

    Sir I would be very grateful to you if you could answer these questions.
    I’m in Std 8, ICSE board.

    Q: What does the author say happens with him when someone borrows a dollar from him? [ 3 marks ]

    Q2: How does borrowed dollar lead to humour in this story? [ 4 marks ]


  44. Hritibroto Barmn says:

    Sir, why is “Major” added with Todd’s name?

  45. Ameen says:

    Sir I am Ameen. I try my best to score in the exams but I am not able me to score . I am in 10th grade ICSE syllabus. Can u I find a solution for it.

  46. Gayatri says:

    good morniong sir, i am in class 9, icse board. we have an upcoming test on this lesson and it will be an essay type question on this lesson. would you please help me? the test is day after tomorrow

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I can, but I need the question or the title of the essay.

      • Gayatri says:

        sir the possible questions are as follows:
        1. describe the fight going on in Todd`s mind
        2. does Todd feel sorry for anything? describe in your own words
        3. describe the confusion in Todd`s mind about showing the story to his friend

        • Satya Prakash says:

          I feel the questions have defects. Todd was never bothered, restless, nor embarrassed. It is the author (lender) who lost sleep over his un-realized one-dollar loan. So, in the three questions replace Todd with author. Then answering them will make sense.

  47. Gayatri says:

    sir i have another question, could you explain the 2nd last para of the lesson?

  48. Gayatri says:

    sir please reply fast.

  49. Aspyn Hunter says:

    Can you explain the line ” I didn’t refer to it. One simply can’t “. from the story my lost dollar.

  50. Dibyani Sarkar says:

    Why the author was not interested in showing this writing to major todd?

  51. aditya pratap singh says:

    sir can u provide me the 2016 board paper of class 10

  52. Sudip says:

    Hi sir I am a student of std X and I want to have all the questions and answers of this story.”my lost dollar”.kindly send it to my mail.

  53. Avni says:

    Hi Sir, I have a question… How is author’s diplomatic nature shown?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      a. He avoids to ask for the refund of his one dollar directly fearing this could annoy him. Instead, he tries to remind his friend about the unpaid loan in many different ways, some of which are plainly hilarious.
      b. When the loan refund does not come through, he engages himself in self introspection to see if he himself could have defaulted likewise in the past.
      c. Lastly, he decides to launch a campaign to spread awareness among people about the morality of redeeming their debts.
      All these are the traits of a diplomat whose first job is to ensure that the host country is not offended.

  54. Sagar Joshi says:

    Please Help Me To Get Answers of Following Questions:
    2. Describe the way in which the author repeatedly wish to remind his friend of the dollar.
    3. Why does the author brood over a lost cause? How?
    4. How does the author justify his act of borrowing?
    Give me Detail on:
    1. The Borrower
    2. The Relation of the Author and his Friend

  55. Vineet says:

    Thanks for such a great help that I could use for my English Literature Exam (Mid Terms).

  56. Pratik says:

    Q. What painful thought does the author suffer from?
    Ease answer required for project.. Please sir give me the answer

  57. Pratik Agarwal says:

    referring to the story my lost dollar explain what painful thought comes tp the authors mind regarding the dollar that todd owes him

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I can’t write a full answer as I don’t have time. Nevertheless, I will give you a few points.
      a. The one dollar loan that remained un-recovered caused the author endless anxiety. ‘After all it was his hard-earned money,’ he reasoned. But he felt it awkward to ask his friend to refund it. This conundrum presented him with an agonizing challenge.

      b. The thought of people defaulting on their loans caused him a general sense of discomfort. Not paying a loan is morally reprehensible. It is a degrading habit that has to be combated. But, as a single campaigner he could do very little in this regard. This helplessness made him some grief.

      c. When he recounted that in the past he too hd forgotten to pay off small amounts in the club, he was filled with moral indignation and regret.

  58. Alisha says:

    Sir there are a few questions :
    1. What difference is mentioned between the author and other people in matter of money they lent to someone.
    2.when todd sends the author a note from hamilton,why did the figure on it confused the speaker.
    3. What does the author mean by odd dollars.
    4.what is the message conveyed by the story.
    5. What is the actual purpose behind the back to honesty movement.

    Sorry sir I know these are too much.

  59. Alisha says:

    Sir did u receive the e mail?

  60. Alisha says:

    Sir I can only send ans to the 4th ques as others answers I don’t know that why I hane written them to you.Talking about the word limit sir I don’t need properly framed ans as except 4th question all others like what is meant by odd dollar ,his real purpose behind the movement etc can be answered in just 2 sentences.
    By the thank u very much sir for that e mail.

  61. Alisha says:

    Sir I have mailed u the answer to the 4th quest

  62. Alisha says:

    Sir I know this is awfully off track but can u plz plz plz help my brother with calculus .He is doing bsc from Delhi university first year and has his exams from 4th Dec.plz being a retired engineer I am sure u must be more than thorough with this topic.Plz sir help him he is in great adversity.
    If no,then to plz reply

  63. Hermione granger says:

    Thank you sir . That was really helpful . Have you posted the notes of other proses and poems ? I would love to go through them

  64. Rudra Saha says:

    Thank u very much
    Excellent details are given here.Can u give me the same summary of the bet and last leaf.

  65. Aditya says:

    Hello sir, I’m a fan of your notes and summaries. They have helped me get better marks in English. May I ask your profession and where you teach?(which school)

    • Satya Prakash says:

      No, Aditya, I don’t deserve such accolades. Iam just an ordinry English-lover, an IITian– so rooted to technology, maths and Physics.

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