NCERT Solutions for Class 6 English Chapter 1 Who Did Patrick’s Homework

Welcome to our blog post all about the chapter "Who Did Patrick's Homework?" from your Class 6 English book! This chapter tells a cool story that teaches us some important stuff. We'll help you understand it better by giving you simple answers and explanations. Let's dive in and explore what makes this chapter so interesting and what we can learn from it!

Answer the following questions. (Refer to that part of the text whose number is given against the question. This applies to the comprehension questions throughout the book.)

Q 1: What did Patrick think his cat was playing with? What was it really? (2)


Patrick initially thought his cat was playing with a little doll. However, it turned out that the "doll" was actually a tiny man, about six inches tall, who had magically appeared in Patrick's pencil box.

Q 2: Why did the little man grant Patrick a wish? (2)


 Patrick had saved the tiny man’s life from the cat by not handing him back to the cat. So he promised to fulfil one wish of Patrick.

Q 3: What was Patrick’s wish? (3)


Patrick hated doing his homework. So when the little man promised to grant him a wish, Patrick asked the elf to do all his homework for 35 days, until the end of the semester.

Q 4: In what subjects did the little man need help, to do Patrick’s homework? (5,6)


The little man was particularly weak in English, Math and History. Hence, he asked for Patrick's help while doing the homework on these subjects.

Q 5: How did Patrick help him? (7)


Patrick sat next to the small man and stayed up late at night to help him with his homework. He brought books from the library and read them aloud to the small man.

Q 6: Who do you think did Patrick’s homework — the little man, or Patrick himself? Give reasons for your answer. (9, 10)


In truth, Patrick completed all the homework on his own. He needed to assist the small person repeatedly with clear guidance and fetch books from the library for the homework.


A. Fill in the blanks in the sentences below with the words or phrases from the box. (You may not know the meaning of all the words. Look such words up in a dictionary, or ask your teacher.

out of luckmysterytrue to his wordchores
semesterbetween you and melook up

1. Some people find household ————————————— a bore, but I like to help at home.

2.Who stole the diamond is still a —————————————.

3. This ————————————— we are going to have a class exhibition.

4. ————————————, the elf began to help Patrick.

5. Can you ————————————— this word in the dictionary?

6. I started early to be on time, but I was ——————————— . There was a traffic jam!

7. She says she’s got a lot of books, but ———————————— I think most of them are borrowed.


1.Some people find household chores a bore, but I like to help at home.

2. Who stole the diamond is still a mystery.

3. This semester, we are going to have a class exhibition.

4. True to his word, the elf began to help Patrick.

5. Can you look up this word in the dictionary?

6. I started early to be on time, but I was out of luck. There was a traffic jam!

7. She says she’s got a lot of books, but between you and me, I think most of them are borrowed.

B: Use the clues given below to complete this crossword puzzle.

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1.Very tired

2.had an angry look on the face

3.short trousers

4. a fault in a machine that prevents it from working properly

5. a small and naughty boy-fairy


6. work that must be done everyday, often boring

7. a basket with a lid

8. have a short, high-pitched cry


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In the story, Patrick does difficult things he hates to do because the elf pre­tends he needs help. Have you ever done something difficult or frightening, by pretending about it in some way? Tell your classmates about it.


Say what you feel about homework. (The words and phrases in the boxes may help you.) Do you think it is useful, even though you may not like it? Form pairs, and speak to each other.

For example:

You may say, “I am not fond of homework.”

Your partner may reply, “But my sister helps me with my lessons at home, and that gives a boost to my marks.”

(not) be fond of(not) take to(not) develop a liking for
(not) appeal to(not) be keen on(not) have a taste for
supportassistwith the aid of
helpbe a boongive a boost to


I: I am not fond of reading books.

My partner: But my brother told me that reading books gives a boost to your vocabulary.

I: My friend is not so keen on scoring good grades in the exams.

My partner: But my sister said that she would assist me in my lessons to score well in the exams.

I: I have not developed a liking for playing football.

My partner: But my cousin assured me that he would help me to learn how to play football.

I: My younger brother has taken to playing chess.

My partner: But my brother does not support me in playing indoor games.

I: I have appealed to my Physical Training teacher to allow me a day’s break from the drill session.

My partner: But playing outdoor games can be a boon for your health.

I: I have always had a taste for delicious food.

My partner: But my mother says that I should clean my bare hands with the aid of soap and water before touching the food.


A: This story has a lot of rhyming words, as a poem does. Can you write out some parts of it like a poem, so that the rhymes come at the end of separate lines?

For example:

Patrick never did homework. “Too boring,” he said.

He played baseball and hockey and Nintendo instead.


The man of the smallest size

He was sincere and wise

Patrick loved to play sports, not work

He wasted his time and had pending homework

The elf promised to help and wore a high tall hat

Patrick saved him from the naughty cat

B: Look at these sentences.

1. “Too boring,” he said.

2. Cleaned his room, did his chores.

When we speak, we often leave out words that can easily be guessed. We do not do this when we write, unless we are trying to write as we speak (as in the story).


So, if we were to write carefully, we would say:

“Homework is too boring,” he said.

He cleaned his room and did his chores.

C: Rewrite the following incomplete sentences carefully, so that the reader does not have to guess what is left out.

1. more and more books

2. too difficult

3. got up late, missed the bus

4. solved the mystery


1. My sister loves reading more and more books.

2. Math is too difficult to understand.

3. Last Friday, my brother got up late, he missed the bus for college.

4. The detective solved the mystery of the crime scene.

D: Look at this cartoon by R.K.Laxman. Read the sentence given below the cartoon. Discuss the following questions with your partner.

1. What is it about?

2. Do you find it funny? If so, why?

3. Do you think a cartoon is a serious drawing? Why or why not?

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1. It is about a father’s concern for the betterment of his child.

2. Yes, the cartoon is really funny. Father orders the child to labour (to work hard) with his studies. But he forbids the boy to read the laws against child labour.

3. A cartoon is chiefly meant to make us laugh.

  • It is also a serious drawing in one sense.
  • It draws our attention to some problem that affects us all.

Chapter 1- Who Did Patrick’s Homework?
Summary and Explanation 

Chapter 1 of Class 6 English NCERT textbook, titled "Who Did Patrick’s Homework?", revolves around a boy named Patrick who faces a dilemma regarding his homework. Patrick dislikes doing his homework and wishes for someone else to do it for him. His wish seemingly comes true when a strange little man appears in his room one night, offering to do Patrick’s homework in exchange for shelter and food.

Patrick eagerly agrees, and the little man starts doing Patrick’s homework every night. However, as days pass, Patrick begins to feel uneasy about the arrangement. He worries about the consequences of not doing his own homework and the possibility of getting caught by his teacher. Despite these concerns, Patrick continues to let the little man do his homework, enjoying his newfound free time.

Eventually, the little man completes Patrick’s homework for the last time and disappears. When Patrick hands in the homework the next day, his teacher is astonished by the sudden improvement in his work. However, the teacher also becomes suspicious and questions Patrick about who helped him. Patrick, realizing the mistake he made by relying on someone else, confesses the truth about the little man.

As a result, the teacher, impressed by Patrick's honesty, gives him another chance to do his homework himself. Patrick learns an important lesson about responsibility and the value of hard work. He resolves to do his homework diligently from that point forward, understanding that relying on others to solve his problems isn’t the right approach.

In conclusion, "Who Did Patrick’s Homework?" is a story that teaches the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and the consequences of relying on others to solve one's problems. Through Patrick’s experiences, the chapter delivers a valuable lesson about honesty, integrity, and the rewards of hard work.