Class 10 English NCERT Book Footprints Without Feet Chapter 9 Bholi Questions and Answers with PDF File for cbse, hbse and other state boards.
Bholi Question Answer Class 10 English
Oral Comprehension Check
Q.1. Why is Bholi’s father worried about her?
Ans. Bholi is not like other children. Her face is full of deep pockmarks. Moreover, she is not intelligent ike others. That is why, her father is worried about her.
Q.2. For what unusual reasons is Bholi sent to school?
Ans. Bholi is not sent to school because her father wants to get her educated. She is sent to school because her father cannot say ‘no’ to the Tehsildar. So, to get rid of her, the parents decide to send her to school.
Q.3. Does Bholi enjoy her first day at school ?
Ans. At first she is frightened, but after sometime she seems to be enjoying the pictures on the wall. She is happy to see so many girls of her age in the class. The real thing that makes her happy on this very day is the loving and soothing treatment of the teacher. Thus she enjoys her first day at school.
Q.4. Does she find her teacher different from the people at home ?
Ans. Yes, she finds her teacher different from her family members. She finds that the teacher is kind. Her voice is soft and soothing. Her teacher called her by her name softly and encouraged her.
Q. 5. Why do Bholi’s parents accept Bishamber’s marriage proposal ?
Ans. Bholi is not beautiful. She has pock-marks on her face. Her father fears that no one will marry her But when he receives a marriage proposal from Bishamber, he becomes happy. He accepts the proposal.
Q. 6. Why does the marriage not take place?
Ans. At the time of Bholi’s marriage the bridegroom demands a dowry of five thousand rupees. Her father is prepared to give him the money. But Bholi refuses to marry a person who demands dowry. So the marriage does not take place.
Think about it
Q. 1. Bholi had many apprehensions about going to school. What made her feel that she was goise to a better place than her home?
Ans. Bholi was a neglected child. But that day she was given a clean dress. She was bathed. Even oil was rubbed into her dry and matted hair. This made her feel that she was going to a better place than her home
Q. 2. How did Bholi’s teacher play an important role in changing the course of her life?
Ans. Bholi’s teacher showed great love and affection to Bholi. She told her not to be afraid. She said that if she came to school daily, no one would laugh at her. She should study hard. Then other students would listen to her with respect. This created a confidence in her. Thus the loving care and encourage given to her by her teacher changed the course of her life. It made her a complete woman. She stood on her own legs. At the time of her marriage she showed rare courage and refused to marry the bridegroom who wanted dowry.
Q.3. Why did Bholi at first agree to an unequal match? Why did she later reject the marriage? What does this tell us about her?
Ans. Bholi knew that she was a burden on her parents. They were worried about her as no one was ready to marry an ugly-looking girl. Moreover, the match was fixed without her consent. But when the bridegroom came to her home with the marriage procession, she refused to marry him. It was because she found him greedy. He demanded a dowry of five thousand rupees. Although her father was prepared to give the money, yet she refused to marry him. She said that she would not marry a greedy man.
Q. 4. Bholi’s real name is Sulekha. We are told this right at the beginning. But only in the last but one paragraph of the story is Bholi called Sulekha again. Why do you think she is called Sulekha at that point in the story?
Ans. ‘Bholi’ means a simple minded and witless girl. Sulekha was not intelligent. Thats why she was called Bholi. But she is called Sulekha towards the end of the story because she is no more witless. But she is a confident and a bold girl. That is why she is called by her real name.