Std 6 English Lesson 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth


admitted – accepted/confessed

intrigued – aroused curiosity headed for

genuine – truly what it is said to be

precautionary – something done in advance

cartographers – experts in map-drawing

depict – represent in words or pictures

regulations – rules for control

destination – the place where one is headed for

territory – an area

expectations – things we regard as likely to happen

reuse – to use something again

mission – an important task

in a new light– in a new perspective leading to better understanding

Class 6 English Lesson 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth Answers

The important characters in the book and what they do:

  • Milo: a school-aged boy, the main character, bored with life prior to receiving the gifts
  • Tock: a “watchdog” (with an alarm-clock in his body) who befriends Milo after saving him from the Doldrums.
  • The Humbug: a pompous insect who joins Milo and Tock on their quest.
  • King Azaz: the King of Dictionopolis, one of the two rulers of Wisdom.
  • The Mathemagician:  Azaz’s brother and the other ruler of Wisdom. He rules the city of Digitopolis.
  • Rhyme and Reason: two princesses who settled disputes.
  • Faintly Macabre: the Not-So-Wicked Which.
  • Alec Bings:  a boy of Milo’s age and weight who sees through things
  • Chroma: conductor of an orchestra that plays all the world’s colors.
  • Dischord : a scientist who enjoys creating unpleasant sounds, and curing pleasant sounds.
  • Dynne: a genie who collects noises for Dr. Dischord.
  • The Soundkeeper: who loves silence, rules the Valley of Sound. Her vaults keep all the sounds ever made in history.
  • The Dodecahedron:  an inhabitant of Digitopolis with twelve faces, each of which shows a different emotion.
  • The Everpresent Wordsnatcher: a dirty bird that “takes the words right out of your mouth”.
  • The Terrible Trivium: a demon in the Mountains of Ignorance who wastes time with useless – or “trivial” – jobs.
  • The Demon of Insincerity: a misleading demon who never says what he means.
  • The Gelatinous Giant: a demon who blends in with his surroundings and is afraid of everything, mostly ideas.
  • The Senses Taker: a demon who robs Milo, the Humbug, and Tock of their senses by wasting their time and asking useless questions.
  • Officer Shrift: a very short man, the police force of Dictionopolis.
  • The Whether Man: who deals with whether there will be weather, rather than the specific nature of the weather.
  • The Lethargians:  lethargically small, mischievous creatures who live in the Doldrums and are irresponsibly lazy.
  • The Spelling Bee: an expert speller, but sometimes an enemy of the Humbug.

Std 6 English Lesson 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth Answers


1. Read the passage and answer the following:

(a) Which book is introduced in the passage?

Answer: The novel “The Phantom Tollbooth” is introduced in the passage.

(b) Where does the story take place?

Answer: The story takes place in San Francisco in the United States.

(c) Who is the main character in the story?

Answer: Milo, a young boy who lived in San Francisco in the States is the main character in the story.

(d) Why is the tollbooth called a ‘phantom’ tollbooth?

Answer: “Phantom” is a comic character. No one knows from where he comes and goes. Just like Phantom, the tollbooth just appears from nowhere, hence the name ‘Phantom Tollbooth’.

(e) When was the book written?

Answer: The book was written more than 50 years ago.

(f) Who has written the book?

Answer: The book was written by Norman Juster.

Maharashtra Board Class 6 English Solutions Chapter 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth

2. List the various people and places mentioned in the passage. The places Milo visits and the people he meets have unusual names. Write the meanings of those names.


People Milo meets:

1. Rhyme and ReasonPurpose or explanation (usually used as a phrase: without any rhyme and reason)
2. LethargariansPeople without energy and enthusiasm

People Milo visits:

1. Land of expectationsLand filled with anticipation of things to come
2. Kingdom of wisdomA land which reflected experience, knowledge and judgment.
3. Castles of airAn imaginary fortified building
4. DoldrumsA place in a state of inactivity

Balbharti Maharashtra State Board Class 6 English Solutions Chapter 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth

3. List the various things that the Lethargarians do or want to do. Can you sum up all of it in one word or phrase?

Answer: List of things that the Lethargarians do or want to do are:

dawdle, relax, daydream, loitering around, do everything except something useful, take long naps, brooding, prodding, lagging all the time, procrastinating and complaining about how they don’t have enough time to relax.

One word or phrase to describe Lethargarians is – Procrastinate and complain

Maharashtra State Board Class 6 English Solutions Chapter 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth

4. In the novel, the Lethargarians give a whole day’s time table of their activities. Can you guess what it would be like? Use your own ideas and prepare their time table.


According to me, the timetable of lethargarians, would look like:

Wake up : 9 am

Breakfast : 9 to 11 am

Mid-morning  nap: 11 am to 1 pm

Lunch: 1 pm to 3 pm

Afternon Nap: 3  to 4 pm

Snack time : 4 to 5 pm

Loafing and daydreaming: 5 to 7 pm

Dinner: 7 to 9 pm

Complaints: 9 to 10 pm

Bedtime: 10 pm

Class 6 English Lesson 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth Questions and Answers

5. Try to write interesting time tables for imaginary people or creatures.

Time table for a mermaid:

8:00 AM – Wake up and swim in the ocean

9:00 AM – Have breakfast of seaweed and raw fish

10:00 AM – Sing and play with dolphins

12:00 PM – Explore shipwrecks and underwater caves

1:00 PM – Have lunch of clams and sea urchins

2:00 PM – Sunbathe on a rock

4:00 PM – Teach singing to mermaids

6:00 PM – Have dinner of lobster and shrimp

7:00 PM – Attend a mermaid dance party

9:00 PM – Sleep under the starry sky

Time table for a dragon:

7:00 AM – Wake up and stretch its wings

8:00 AM – Breathe fire to warm up

9:00 AM – Hunt for breakfast (sheep, deer, or cows)

10:00 AM – Soar through the sky and enjoy the view

12:00 PM – Take a nap in a cave

1:00 PM – Have lunch of roasted meat

2:00 PM – Play with dragon friends

4:00 PM – Guard its treasure hoard

6:00 PM – Have dinner of raw meat

7:00 PM – Breathe fire to signal bedtime

9:00 PM – Sleep on a bed of gold and gems

Time table for a fairy:

6:00 AM – Wake up and fly to the meadow

7:00 AM – Have breakfast of dew drops and flower nectar

8:00 AM – Visit flowers to collect their essence

10:00 AM – Sing and dance with the birds

12:00 PM – Fly to the forest and play with animals

1:00 PM – Have lunch of fruits and berries

2:00 PM – Fly to the river and play with fish

4:00 PM – Attend a fairy council meeting

6:00 PM – Have dinner of honey and pollen

7:00 PM – Attend a fairy dance party

9:00 PM – Sleep in a flower bed under the moonlight

Std 6 English Lesson 4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth Questions and Answers

7. Discuss what makes the following sentences funny. ­

Your wasted time will be refunded. ­

The above line is funny because time that as passed is gone forever and will never come back. Whether a person makes good use of his time or wastes it, time cannot be refunded by anyone at any cost.

There was no highway attached to the booth.

The above line is funny because in real life there is always a highway that is connected to a toll collection booth. But in this novel, Milo himself erected the toll booth, paid his toll and when he drove on, he realized that there was no highway attached to it.

8. The following boxes represent a word or phrase, through a special arrangement of letters. Guess the words.

(i) cornerstone  

(ii) I understand

(iii) Free Fall

(iv) Reading between the lines

(v) Falling star

(vi) Back to back

Try to represent the following words or phrases using such special graphic arrangements.

fair and square

side by side

round table

breaking news

an ice cube

once upon a time

Hurry up

cool down

as big as

9. Write a review of your favourite book. Use the following points : ­

Title of the book ­

Author/Authors ­

The central idea or story ­

The important characters ­

Some special features of the book ­

Why it is your favourite book.

“The Happy Prince” is a classic fairy tale written by Oscar Wilde.

It is a heartwarming and touching story about a statue of a prince who watches over his city from a tall column and learns about the hardships of the poor.

The story is beautifully written and the messages it conveys about selflessness, compassion, and the true meaning of happiness are timeless. The illustrations are also lovely and complement the story perfectly.

This book is suitable for children of all ages and is a great way to introduce them to the works of Oscar Wilde. It is a touching story that will leave a lasting impression on young readers and is sure to become a family favorite.

Overall, I highly recommend “The Happy Prince” for children and adults alike. It is a classic tale that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, and its message will resonate with readers of all ages.

Std 6

1.1 Don’t Give Up

1.2 Who’s the Greatest

1.3 Autobiography of a Great Indian Bustard

1.4 Children are going to School

1.5 A Kabaddi Match 

1.6 The Peacock and the Crane

2.1 Clothesline

2.2 The Worth of a Fabric

2.3 A Wall Magazine for your Class

2.4 Anak Krakatoa

2.5 The Silver House

3.1 It can be Done

3.2 Seven Sisters

3.3 Stone Soup

3.4 Sushruta – A Peep into the Past

3.5 The Donkey 

3.6 The Merchant of Venice

3.7 At the Science Fair

4.1 Sleep, My Treasure

4.2 The Story of Gautama’s Quest

4.3 Mr Nobody

4.4 A Mad Tea Party

4.5 If I can stop one heart from breaking

4.6 The Phantom Tollbooth

4.7 The Sword in the Stone

4.8 An Autumn Greeting