NCERT English - Class 9


Chapter 1: The Lost Child

The Lost Child class 9 is the 1st chapter from NCERT English textbook. Here in this chapter, we will first start by discussing the introduction of the chapter, followed by the lost child class 9 questions and answers.


A small child who gets lost in a fair or show is the theme of the story The Lost Child. He had gone to the fair with his parents, but he became fascinated by a roundabout swing and ended up wandering off alone. The story emphasizes the child's relationship of love and affection with his parents. He had been requesting various items before losing them, including candy, balloons, flowers, swings, etc. He eventually loses them and is picked up by a total stranger. The stranger tries to quiet the youngster by giving him everything he had previously wanted from his parents, but the child no longer desires them. He prioritizes his parents.

Below are the lost child questions and answers which are from the end of the chapter. Let's thoroughly study the solved answers and find out answers to: what are the things the child sees on his way to the fair and what do you think happens in the end does the child find his parents!


Question 1:

What are the things the child sees on his way to the fair? Why does he lag behind?


On his way to the fair the child sees toys, balloons of different colours, garland of gulmohur, a swing and a snake-charmer playing a flute. He gets attracted towards all these things. So, he lags behind.

Question 2:

In the fair he wants many things. What are they? Why does he move on without waiting for an answer?


The child wants many things in the fair. He wants to have toys, different sweets, garland, balloons of different colours and has a keen desire to enjoy the roundabout. He moves on without waiting for an answer because whenever he stops to see things, his parents gave him a cautionary call, “come, child, come!”

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Question 3:

When does he realise that he has lost his way? How have his anxiety and insecurity been described?


The child sees a roundabout in the fair and gets attracted to it. He wants to have a ride on it. He asks his parents for permission to enjoy it. Having no response on the part of his parents he realises that he has lost his way. He starts crying bitterly at once and runs here and there in search of them.

Question 4:

Why does the lost child lose interest in the things that he had wanted earlier?


The lost child loses interest in the things he had wanted earlier because he got lost in the fair. He is panic-stricken for being lost. Now he first wants his parents. He is afraid and feels unsafe.

Question 5:

What do you think happens in the end? Does the child find his parents?


Yes I feel that the child finds his parents at last. The kind-hearted person must have tried his best to find his parents. On the other hand the parents of the child must have left no stone unturned to find their child.


Question 1:

How to ensure not to get lost.


It is very common that children get lost in fairs and crowds. Hardly a day passes when no child gets lost. It is the duty of both the parents and the children to ensure not to get lost. The parents need to be vigilant and more careful at crowded places. Before entering a crowded place the parents should fix a point where the child should wait in case of getting lost. They should make the child memorise home address and telephone numbers. They should put or pin up a note on the pocket of the child with full details. They should attend to the need of the child and never leave him behind, in case he happens to stand at some shop.

On the other hand the child should hold the hands of his parents at a crowded place. He should keep an eye on his parents so as not to lose sight of them. In case of any emergency the help of police, help centres and media can be taken.