NCERT Solutions for Poem Dad and The Cat and The Tree Class 7 English Honeycomb

“Dad and the Cat and the Tree” is a humorous poem. There is a tree, a cat, and Dad as the main characters in this poem, as suggested by its title. Dad decides to get a cat down from a tree when he finds it stuck. Mom tells him to be careful as he climbs the tree, but he claims it is a cakewalk for someone as adept as him. The climb ends with him falling to the ground. Next, he comes up with a Plan B and a Plan C.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7th English Poem Dad and The Cat and The Tree

Dad and The Cat and The Tree and Answer

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Dad and The Cat and The Tree NCERT Solutions


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Working with the Poem

Question 1: Why was Dad sure he wouldn’t fall?


Dad felt assured that he wouldn’t fall as he considered himself to be a climber and thought that climbing trees was a child’s play.


Question 2: Which phrase in the poem expresses Dad’s self-confidence best?


The phrase ‘Child’s play, this is!’ expresses Dad’s self-confidence.


Question 3: Describe Plan A and its consequences.


It was Dad's plan A to use the ladder to climb up the tree and carry down the cat. However, the ladder slipped and he fell into the flower bed.


Question 4: Plan C was a success. What went wrong then?


Plan C succeeded as Dad jumped off the garden wall and landed right on the cat after jumping onto the tree. Poor Dad was stuck on the tree after the cat yelled and jumped down.


Question 5: The cat was very happy to be on the ground. Pick out the phrase used to express this idea.


The phrase used to express this idea is ‘Pleased as Punch to be’.

Question 6: Describe the Cat and Dad situation in the beginning and at the end of the poem.


At the beginning of the poem, the cat was on the tree, stuck, and Dad was trying to get it down, but at the end, the cat was safe and sound on the ground, while Dad was stuck on the tree.


Question 7: Why and when did Dad say each of the following?

(i) Fall?

(ii) Never mind

(iii) Funny joke

(iv) Rubbish


 (i) Dad said ‘Fall?’ when Mum showed concern that he may fall while climbing the tree. He said it scornfully making fun of Mum’s concern.

(ii) Dad said ‘Never mind’ when he fell from the ladder as it slipped, during the first attempt to rescue the cat. He said so to clarify that everything was alright and he was okay and wanted to try again.

(iii) Dad said ‘Funny joke’ when Mum warned him about falling again. He said it boastfully feeling quite over confident of being successful in his Plan B of rescuing the cat.

(iv) Dad said ‘Rubbish’ when Mum asked him to stop trying again for the fear that he may break his neck, after his Plan B failed. He said so because he thought that his Plan C will work and he will climb the tree easily and if he gave up, it might ruin his reputation.


Question 8: Do you find the poem humorous? Read aloud lines which make you laugh.


Yes, the poem is humorous. As Dad climbs a tree to save a cat, he comes across funny situations. Moreover, Dad’s overconfidence (about being able to climb the tree very easily as if it were a child’s play) and Mum’s scepticism add humour to the poem that reaches its height at the end when Dad remains stuck in the tree while the Cat jumps down safely on its own.

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