Kerala Plus One English Textbook Answers Unit 6 Chapter 3 Conceptual Fruit (Short Story)
Read and Reflect (Textbook Page No. 174-177)
How does the wife and the son react to the man’s excitement? What does this tell us about their character?
The wife and the son react to the man’s excitement in a negative manner. This tells us that they are not concerned with the happiness of the differently abled girl, Greta.
Why are the son and the wife uninterested? Do you approve of their attitude?
The son is not interested because all that he wants is Karate. The wife says that she has been sitting before the computer and she wants to spend her evenings in the garden. Both of them do not want to care for Greta who is a differently abled girl. No one can approve of their attitude.
Greta is a special child. How do you know that? Have you ever visited a special school?
We know that Greta is a special girl because she could not even tie her shoes when she was ten. Though she is sixteen years old, she is only in the 5th grade whereas her younger brother is in a higher grad. I have visited some special schools.
What is the father’s expectation of daughter’s future prospects?
The father expected that by the time she leaves school she may be able to type fast enough to get a job at some word processing Center. But he was not sure about it as Greta was a differently abled girl.
Who is Sam? Why is he mentioned here? Do you have any friend who has done interesting things in the field of computers?
Sam is the person who set up the whole library of classics on the internet. He is mentioned here to show that people can do wonderful things on the computer. I have a friend who is experimenting a new language on the computer.
How is Greta described in these lines? What does this convey about the character of Greta?
Greta is a sixteen year old girl. She is differently abled. She is studying only in the 5th level, but her younger brother is studying in a higher level. Greta is studying in a special school. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She has the habit of repeating things she hears. She picks at her sweater when she knows that she has got something right. She wants to have a big house with several rooms, each having bowls of fruit.
What made Greta disappointed? How did her father try to console her? Was his explanation convincing?
When Greta clicked bowl the word peaches appeared. She thought that she would get real peaches to eat. But they did not come and she was disappointed. Her father tells her to get real peaches one has to go to the store. He adds that when people see words like peaches or apples on the screen, they are reminded of them and people like it. His explanation does not seem to be convincing.
Why doesn’t Greta intend to have a bathroom in her house?
She did not intend to have a bathroom in her house because it was not a real house and people would not use it.
Why does she give a furtive smile when she saw the word ‘peaches’ on the computer screen. What does it indicate?
When she saw the word ‘peaches’ on the screen she made a furtive smile because she had the habit of making such a smile when she pretended to have understood something which made no sense to her. It indicates that the word without the actual thing does not make any meaning for her.
Can you identify the words that tell you that she is disinterested?
When her father says that there could be other fruit-apples pears, she responds by saying “Sure, there could be anything”. These words show that she is disinterested.
What are the thoughts of the father? Do you think that they are touching? Why?
The father knows that Greta would never have a house of her own. She would live in a group house with other people like her who are differently able. He was trying to please her by showing things she liked. The fathers words are touching. He is really sad to think of her state. He has great wishes for his daughter. But she being differently able, his hopes will not come true. This is the pitiful state of any father who has disabled children.
Activity I: Read and Respond (Textbook Page No. 177-178)
• A story can be analysed based on its characters, setting, plot, mood, structure and its language. In the light of your reading of the story discuss these elements in groups and complete the table.
Characters : A character in a story usually means a person. In this story Greta, her father, mother, brother and Sam are the characters.
Setting : The setting is where and when the action happens. In this story it is the dining room.
Plot : The Plot means the events that happen in the story. In this story Greta is a differently-abled girl. Her father tries his best to cheer her. The mother and her son are very indifferent.
Mood : The Mood is the state of mind/feelings created in the story. The hope the father has about the child and the joy the girl feels may be the mood in the story.
Structure and Language : It refers to the way the text is written. In this story the writer uses simple language. The dialogues make it more attractive.
• Read the story ‘Conceptual Fruit’ again to track the events of the plot and the characters involved. Classify the characters according to their roles and list them in the blanks given below.
• Can we call this a technology story?
Yes, we can call it a technology story.
• Why do you think so?
I think so because the father in the story tries to make his disabled daughter happy using the internet, which is part of technology.
• Do you have any evidence to cite ?
Yes “Grete clicked and this time smiled”.
• Write a short paragraph about this,
Greta is a differently abled girl. Her father tries his best to make her happy. But the other members the mother and the son are indifferent. The father creates a virtual world in order to satisfy his daughter’s desire for a better living. He does it with the help of the compuer. But the virtual world created through technology cannot make her happy. Greta glides away to her mother in the garden, Her brother is a computer programmer, but his preference is for karate. Greta is not happy with the peaches and other fruit in the computer. She comments that they are unreal and thus indirectly refers to its inability to replace the real world. But at the same time the virtual world created by means of technology can positively supplement the real world.
Activity II: Think and Respond (Textbook Page No. 178)
Read the following excerpt from the story ‘Conceptual fruit’ and answer the questions that follow:
“when he told his family about the site
on the internet where you could create
whole streets, his wife and son went on
eating their pasta and artichokes. Only his
daughter Greta looked up”.
• What is interesting about this family ?
What is interesting about the family is that the father highly interested in the Internet and his daughter also shows interest in it. But the mother and son are indifferent to it.
• Is it a middle class or upper class family?
It is a middle class family.
• How do you understand the characters of this story ?
There are four members in the family, the father, mother, daughter Greta and son. The father is very affectionate. He tries his best to make Greta happy. Greta is a differently abled girl and her father tries to satisfy her needs with the help of the computer. She shows some interest in what her shows in the internet. But the mother and the son are very indifferent and do not cooperate with the father in his attempts to satisfy the girl.
Activity III: Analysis (Textbook Page No. 178-179)
• Note down the words, phrases or passages table. Now note your analysis of the characters that creates a picture of the characters in in the column to the right, your mind in the column to the left of the
|Greta often repeated whatever she heard||She was not normal.|
|She could tie her shoes when she was ten||She was not normal.|
|She was in a lower level grade but her younger brother was in an upper level.||She was not normal.|
|His wife and son made eyes||They were indifferent, not affectionate.|
|Greta says she wants peaches, pears and artichokes||She loves fruits and vegetables|
Activity IV: Writing (Textbook Page No.179)
• If you were the author of the story, how would you end the story? Write an alternative ending of the story?
Them her invited her to help her in cutting black berries from the garden. Though she had half a mind to go, she wanted to remain with her father and watch the pictures in the computer. Mean while the father said, “See Greta, you’re doing quite well with the computer. If you practise more on the computer regularly, you can easily get the job of a computer program-mer. It will fetch you an attractive salary. With that money you can buy a new house and have peaches and pears and any other thing in plenty” Greta replied, “Let me take my laptop and begin practising now. Thank you, dad”. The father gives her a kiss. She kisses him back.
Activity V (Textbook Page No.179)
I have just finished reading a story titled “Conceptual Fruit” It is about an affectionate father who tries to satisfy the needs of this virtual house. She wants a real house with peaches and other fruits. Thus there is a clash between a conceptual house and a real house. I hope you will read the story.
Activity VI: Word Power
Now, Discuss with your friend and write down as many Internet related words as possible. You may also refer to a dictionary or to other articles on cyberspace.
Web, cyberspace, cyber crime, digital, online, download, upload, email, post, chat, access, tag, software, spam, virus, networking, links search, more info, FAQ, epub.
Activity I: Application Letter and CV (Textbook Page No. 180-181)
• You decide to apply for the post. Type an application letter and a CV on your desktop or laptop.
Kerala, India, Pin: 673017
17 July, 2015
ABC Shipping company
Ref: Advertisement in the malayala Manorama dated 15 June 2015
Sub : Application for the post of a receptionist
I am a B.com graduate with 83 percent marks in the aggregate. I can speak three languages, English, Malayalam and Hindi. I have completed a course in microsoft word and excel and have a certificate of it. I have one year experience as a clerk in a private firm. My CV and a recent photograph is enclosed here with.
I am prepared to attend an interview at any place on any day of your choice. I assure you that I can do any work assigned to me to your full satisfaction.
Expecting an early reply,
Name : Jithin George
Address : Vidyanagar colony, Chevayoor, Kozhikode, Kerala Pin:673017 Phone No: 0495 – 2356066
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
• Member – College Basketball team
• Secretary – Commerce club.
Worked as a clerk for one year at Iqura Hospital
• Malayalam, English and Hindi
Microsoft word, excel, tally, UNIX
Date of Birth : 6 June 1993
Sex : Male
Nationality : Indian
Marital Status : Single
Refrence : Ready or demand.
Activity II : Telephone interview ( Textbook Page No. 181 )
• Imagine that the company accepted your application and asked you to give a telephone interview. Prepare the script for the telephone interview.
Jithin : Good Morning. May I Know who I am speaking to.
Manager : Good Morning. I am GovindRaj, Manager of the ABC Shipping company. We received your application dated 15 June 2015 for the post of a receptionist. We want to have an interview with you over the Phone
Jithin : Welcome Sir. You may ask me whatever information you want.
Manager : Jithin, you had stated in your application that you can handle three language we need most is English. Tell me something about your proficiency in English
Jithin : Sir, I studied in English medium school throughout. Then I joined St.Joseph’s college Devagiri. It is true . that we have to study English only in the first two semesters. But we have very good teachers both for English and commerce. I feel confident that I can communicate well in English.
Manager : What about your knowledge in computer? You have said that you have a certificate in Microsoft word an excel. Can you confidently handle it?
Jihtin : I think I can manage it though I am not an expert at it now.
Manager : Now Jithin, What’s the monthly salary you expect?
Jithin : I expect a salary of Rs.30,000 to start with. I hope the company will consider a higher salary afterwards.
Manager : O.K Jithin. When will you be able to join, in case you are selected?
Jithin : I can join at any time you want. By the way, What about my accommodation?
Manager : For the first six months the company will provide you a room to live in after that you will have to find out your accommodation.
Is there anything else that you want to know from me?
Manager : Nothing else. You will be informed whether you are selected or not. So, all right Jithin.
Jithin : Thank you, sir.
Activity III: Write-up (Textbook Page No. 181)
• The interview board asked you to prepare a write-up on ‘why you want this job’. Prepare a write-up on this in about one and half pages.
Why I want this job
I am badly in need of a job. I have been searching for one for quite a long time. I have to help my parents who are not rich. Besides I have to have a family, and to maintain it need a job. I am just a B.com graduate with some training in Microsoft word and excel. I cannot expect a better job and a higher salary with my limited qualification. When I made enquiries about the company, I came to know that it is a reputed company and the employees are well taken care of. I hope I will be able to serve the company in my humble way. I also hope that the company will take care of me very well, and in future I may be promoted to a better position with a greater slary. I also learn that the company has its franchises abroad, and hard working and intelligent employees are selected and sent for special training to some such centres.
It is my great ambition to work in some foreign countries. I hope that in course of time, I will be able to fulfil my ambition. Finally, I want this job because I need money with my qualification and experience, the salary that has been offered to me is quite good for me. I see many of my friends do not succeed to get a job to their satisfaction. This is mainly due to their high qualification and the inadequate salary that is offered. In my case I feel that I cannot get a better job a higher salary. So I accept the job.
Conceptual Fruit About the Author
Thaisa Frank is a renowned short story writer. She was a psychotherapist before she became a writer. She also teaches at the University of San Francisco
Conceptual Fruit Summary in English
This is a short story related to the internet. The story happens in a middle class family. Greta the 16 year old daughter is a differently-abled and not good at studies, but admires her father’s computer expertise. The father tries to encourage the girl. The son is just 11 years old and is good at computer. But he is not interested in it. He, instead, prefers Karate. The mother also is indifferent. The father says that he can make a house for Greta in the internet. The house has several rooms and in each room there will be bowls of fruit. The father shows the picture of the house in the internet with bowls of fruit in every room. The names of fruit are also printed there. The girl wants a real house and real fruit. There is a clash between the virtual house in the internet and the real house.
Conceptual Fruit Summary in Malayalam
Conceptual Fruit Glossary