Class 10 English First Flight all chapters and poems 5 marks and 2 marks important questions for cbse and hbse. These all Question are asked in some previous year exams. CBSE Class 10 english important question pdf Download is also available.
Class 10 English Prose ( First Flight )
5 Marks Important Questions
Question 1 Write the story of the chapter “His First Flight”.
Answer- This story is about a young seagull. The time had come when he should fly like his parents and and sister. But he was afraid to fly. His parents tried their best to teach him how to fly. But he refused to fly. They left him alone on his ledge. His brothers and sister made fun of him. They laughed at his cowardice. At last, his mother thought of a plan. She took a piece of fish in her beak and flew towards him. She came near him but did not land on the ledge. The young seagull was very hungry. He came to the brink of the ledge. In order to get food, he dived at the fish. But he fell from the rock. He became terrified. But it was only for a moment. The next moment, he flapped his wings and started flying. Now seagull family is happy.
Question 2 What did Peggy and Maddie write to Wanda ? What happened on the last day of the school ? before Christmas ?
Answer- Maddie and Peggy write a letter to Wanda. In the letter, they wrote about Wanda’s pretty draw ings. They asked her if she liked her new place and her new teacher. They had meant to feel sorry for their behavior. But in the end, it turned out to be just a friendly letter.
On the last day of the school, Miss Mason received a letter from Wanda. She showed the letter to the class and read it Wanda had written that the girls could keep those hundred dresses because in her new house she had hundred new ones. She had gifted the green dress with the red trimmings to Peggy. She wrote that Maddie could have the blue dress. She wished merry Christmas to all.
Question 3 What arrangements G. Maxwell made to carry the otter in the aircraft ? What happened with it in the aircraft ?
Answer- The author knew that the British airline didn’t fly animals. So he booked a flight to Paris on another airline and from there to London. He took the otter into eighteen inches small box. He cover the place near his seat with newspapers. He gave the parcel of fish to the air hostess for the otter. She cooperated with the author and advised him to keep the pet on his knee. But soon Mij was out of the box. He disappeared very soon. Suddenly, there was chaos in the plane. There were squawks and shrieks all around. A woman cried, “A rat, a rat!” The author saw the otter beneath the legs of an Indian. When he tried to catch the otter, his face got covered in curry. The air hostess assured him that she would find the otter. The author returned to his seat. After sometime, the otter came to him and sat in his lap.
Question 4 Why did Lencho write a letter to God ? Who received the letter and what did he do ?
Answer- Lencho was a hard-working farmer. He was expecting a good harvest. But unfortunately, a hailstorm came and destroyed his crop completely. Now he had nothing to support the family. He had no money to purchase seed for sowing. But he had a firm faith in God. He believed that God would help him. He was a simple man. He wrote a letter to God. He asked God to send him a hundred pesos. He wanted this money in order to sow seed again and to live until the next harvest season.
Lencho went to the town and posted the letter. At the post-office, a postman took out the letter from the letter box. He read the address on it and had a good laugh. He showed the letter to the postmaster. The postmaster was greatly impressed by the faith of Lencho. He did not want to shake Lencho’s faith in God. He collected money from his employees. He put this money into an envelope and addressed it to Lencho.
Question 5 What do you learn about Wanda Petronski from the story “The Hundred Dresses” ?
Answer- Wanda Petronski was a Polish girl. Her family had immigrated to America. She studied in a school with other American students. She belonged to a very poor family. Daily she came to school in a faded blue dress. It was clean but not properly ironed. She used to sit in the corner of room number thirteen in the last row. This was a corner where the rough boys, who did not make good marks, sat. Wanda did not sit there because she was rough and noisy. On the contrary she was very quiet. But she came on foot from Boggins Heights area and brought a lot of dirt with her shoes. She was a reserve girl and did not speak much in the class. No one had ever heard her laugh.
Question 6 What do you learn about Natalya after reading the chapter “The Proposal” ?
Answer- Natalya is the heroine of the play ‘The Proposal’. She is twenty-five years old. She is still unmarried. It causes a great worry to her father. Natalya wishes that somebody should love her and propose to her. Her father calls her a love-sick cat. She is very quarrelsome. She quarrels with others over trifles. Lomov comes to propose to her, but she starts quarreling along with him over the ownership of a piece of land. Lomov leaves her house in a fit of anger.
When she comes to know that he had come to propose to her, she starts weeping. She asks her father to bring him back. When Lomov comes back, she tries to please him. But after some time, she starts quarrelling with him on the question of dogs. Lomov faints and she again begins to wail lest she should lose the opportunity for marriage. After some time, Lomov regains consciousness. Her father does not want to lose this opportunity.He at once puts Natalya ‘s hand in the hands of Lomov. He announces that they are engaged to each other.Natalya, become very happy. But she again starts quarrelling with him. Thus Natalya is an interesting character.
Question 7 Who was Kisa Gotami ? How did Buddha change Kisa Gotami’s understanding of life and death ?
Answer- A lady named Kisa Gotami had an only son. One day, her son died. She wanted that her child should become alive again. She wanted some medicine to bring her son to life. People called her mad. At last she came across a man. He advised her to meet the Buddha. She approached Buddha with a request to give her medicine so that her only son could be live again. After a deep thought, the Buddha asked her to bring a full of mustard-seed. But there was a condition. She must bring it from a house where no one had died before.Kisa Gotami went from door to door to get the mustard-seed. She found mustard-seed in every home but she could not find a house where nobody had died. By evening, she was sad and tired. She saw the light of the city. They were trimming. Soon there was darkness of the night. Now she considered the fate of man. Now she realised that death is inevitable. No one can escape it. Now she learnt about life and death.
Question 8 Write the story of Lencho’s faith in God.
Answer- Lencho was a simple farmer. He was very hard-working. But one year, his harvest was completely destroyed by the hailstorm. He had firm faith in God. He wrote a letter to God asking for a hundred pesos. The postmaster saw the letter. He decided to help Lencho. He collected money from his employees. He gave some part of his own salary also. But the money was less than what Lencho had asked for. The postmaster put the money into an envelope and addressed it to Lencho. Next Sunday Lencho came to collect his letter. When he counted the money he became angry. He wrote another letter to God. He asked God to send him the rest of money. But he asked God not to send the money through the mail as the employees of the post-office were a bunch of crooks.
2 Marks Important Questions
Question 1 Why does the postmaster send the money to Lencho ? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’ ? ( A letter to God )
Answer- The postmaster is moved by lencho’s unfailing faith in God. He doesn’t want to shatter his faith. In order to keep lencho’s faith intact, is signs letter ‘God’.
Question 2 What made the woman in the control centre look at the narrator strangely ? (Black Aeroplane)
Answer- After landing, the narrator asked about the mysterious aeroplane that had guided him through the dark clouds. But no such aeroplane had been seen on the radar. The lady did not come into contact with that aeroplane. So she was startled when the narrator asked questions about that aeroplane.
Question 3 Why was Mr. Keesing annoyed with Anne ? What did he ask her to do ? ( From the Diary of Anne Frank)
Answer- Anne Frank was a chatterbox. She talked and talked in the class. That was why her maths teacher, Mr Keesing was annoyed with her. As a punishment, he ordered her to write an essay on the topic ‘Chatterbox’.
Question 4 Why was the otter named “Maxwell’s Otter” ? (Mijbil the Otter)
Answer- The otter was named Maxwell’s otter’ because his race was not previously known to scientists.
Question 5 Why did the Buddha choose Benares to preach his first sermon ? ( The serman at benaras )
Answer- Benares is considered to be the most holy place on the banks of the sacred River Ganga. Many people come here to get rid of their sorrows and sufferings and to repent for their sins. As the Buddha wanted to lessen their sorrows and sufferings, so he choose to preach his first Sermon at Benares.
Question 6 Why does Chubukov call Lomov back home ? Why does Natalya accuse her father ? ( The Proposal )
Answer- Chubukov says how the foolish Lomov dared to bring a proposal for Natalia’s marriage. When Natalya hears this, she is deeply shocked. She is almost unconscious. She starts weeping and asks her father to bring Lomov back. Chubukov feels sad. So he goes out to call Lomov.
Question 7 What does Mandela thank the international leaders for? (Nelson Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom)
Answer- He thanks the international leaders for having come to grace the occasion of the inauguration of the black government. It is a common victory for justice, for peace and for human dignity.
Question 8 Why does Anne want to keep a diary ? (From the Diary of Anne Frank)
Answer- Anne Frank wants to keep a diary because she has no friend in whom she can confide. Secondly, she cannot discuss her day-to-happenings with anyone. But she would be able to record these happenings in a diary.
Question 9 How does Maddie feel after listening to the note from Wanda’s father ? (The Hundred Dresses-II)
Answer- Maddie is very sad. She feels greatly hurt. She has a very sick feeling in the bottom of her stomach. She has a feeling to go and tell Wanda that they hadn’t meant to make fun of her and hurt her feelings.
Question 10 How did the author manage to travel with the other ? (Mijbil the Otter)
Answer- Mij was to be transported to England by air. The author knew that the British airline didn’t fi animals. So he booked a flight to Paris on another airline and from there to London. Otter carried into a eighteen inches square box.
Question 11 Who was Gautama Buddha ? Where was he born ? (The Sermon at Benares)
Answer- Gautama Buddha was a prince in northern India. Goutama Buddha born in 563 B.C. His full name was Siddhartha Gautama and he was sent away for schooling at the age of twelve. He married Yashodhara when he returned after four years.
Question 12 What is the point of dispute between Lomov and Natalya second time ? (The Proposal)
Answer- Lomov starts praising the qualities of the dog Guess. But Natalya says that her dog Squeezer which she purchased for 85 roubles is much better than Lomov’s dog Guess. Both of them praise the qualities of their dogs. Now they start quarrelling on this topic. They again start shouting at each other.
Question 13 How did the rain change ? What happened to Lencho’s fields ? (A letter to God)
Answer- The rain changed into a hailstorm. Hail fell on the house, the garden, the hillside, the camfield and the whole valley. The hails destroyed Lencho’s crop completely.
Question 14 “The sight of the food maddened him …..” what does this suggest ? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly ? (His First Flight)
Answer- The seagull did not want to fly. But in order to get food, he had to fly. He was very hungry. The sight of food that made the seagull risk flying for the first time.
Question 15 How is Wanda seen as different by the other girls ? How do they treat her ? (The Hundred Dresses – I)
Answer-The other girls see Wanda as different because of her origin and dress. She is Polish by origin. Her name is long and strange. She always wears the same faded blue dress. Her feet are usually caked with dry mud. The other girls often make fun of her.
Question 16 What is the story about the Kodavu people’s descent ? (Coorg)
Answer- According to the story, a part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast. As their return became impractical, they settled there. They married among the locals.
Question 17 Why does the conductor call Valli ‘madam’ ? (Madam Rides the Bus)
Answer- The conductor was amused to see the self-confidence of Valli. She behaved like a grown up woman. She was quick in her answers to the conductor’s questions. So he addressed Valli as ‘madam.’
Question 18 Justify in brief, the title of the play, “The Proposal”. (The Proposal)
Answer- The Proposal’ is a romantic story of a neighbour named Ivan Lomov. He is a landowner and often gets money from Chubukov’s another landowner. Chubukov has a daughter named Natalya. Lomov comes to Chubukov with a marriage proposal for his daughter Natalya. So the title of play is ‘The Proposal’.
Question 19 What ideals does he set out for the future of South Africa ? (Nelson Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom)
Answer- He sets out the ideals of liberating his people from the bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering gender and other discrimination.
Question 20 In what way was Wanda different from the other children ? (The Hundred Dresses – I)
Answer- Wanda was different from the other children because her name was long and strange. Secondly, she always wore a faded blue dress. It didn’t hang right. She didn’t have any friends.
Question 21 What excuses does Peggy think up for her behaviour ? Why ? (The Hundred Dresses – II)
Answer- Peggy is also sad that Wanda has left the school. But she tries to make excuses for her behaviour. She says that she didn’t call her a foreigner. She also did not make fun of her name. She only thought that Wanda was dumb and had no sense to know that they were mocking at her.
Question 22 What is the Indian legend regarding tea ? (Tea from Assam)
Answer- According to an Indian legend, Bodhidharma, an ancient Buddhist monk, felt asleep during meditation. So he cut off his eyelids. Ten tea plants grew out of the eyelids. The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk banished sleep.
Question 23 Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink ? What does this tell you about her ? (Madam Rides the Bus)
Answer- Valli did not want to go to the stall and have a drink because she didn’t have the money for that. The conductor offered to pay for her. But she declined this offer. It tells that she was a wise and confident girl.
Question 24 How did Natalya justify that the Oxen Meadows were theirs ? (The Proposal)
Answer- Natalya says that the land belonged to her family for the last three hundred years. Now suddenly Lomov lays his claim to that land. She says that the land is not worth much in terms of money. But as a principle, she won’t let Lomov claim it.
Class 10 English First Flight Poetry section Important Questions
5 marks Questions
Question 1 What is the difference between animals and humans with regard to their attitude to their condition, sins and God ?
Answer- According to the poet, the animals are more humane than the humans. They have no such bad qualities as the humans have. In their world, all are happy, equal and content. They show their relations to the poet and he accepts them.
Question 2 Can there be a forest without trees ? Where are the trees in this poem ? And where do they go ?
Answer- No, There cann’t be a forest without trees. Now There is no tree into the forest. Trees are locked inside a room in the poem and they are trying to go outside through cracks, window glass and doors. Trees moves outside during night.
Question 3 Describe the poet’s observations regarding the fog.
Answer- Poet observed that fog comes silently like a cat. Fog spread inside harbour and city like a cat sits on its haunches. After some time fog goes out of the city and harbour like a cat moves out silently. In such manner fog goes.
Question 4 How is “The Tale of Custard the Dragon” a ballad ?
Answer- A ballad is a poem that tells a story. The theme of a ballad is adventure, brave, romance, etc. Then it is highly musical due to its rhyme scheme. This poem has these qualities. But it is a parody of a ballad. The poet shows these qualities in a humorous way.
Question 5 How has Carl Sandburg portrayed the nature and its silent working in “Fog” ?
Answer- Carl Sandburg portrayed the nature and its silent working like a cat. He tells that fog moves like a cat. Like a cat sits on its haunches silently, Fog also sits over city and harbour in silent manner. After some time cat moves out, in such manner fog goes out of the city after some time.
Question 6 Belinda describes her pet, the dragon as coward ? Was he really coward ? If not, how does he proves his courage and heroism ?
Answer- Belinda describes her pet, the dragon as coward in poem because custard always asks for a safe case. But actually custard the dragon is not coward. He is brave. He proves his courage and heroism with saving all the other animals and belinda from a pirate which have guns in both hands and cutlass in his mouth. The dragon gobbled him.
Question 7 Why does Walt Whitman want to leave the company of human beings and live with animals ?
Answer-The poet thinks that the animals are very peaceful and self-confident. They do not complain of their condition. They don’t weep for their sins. That is why, he wants to live with the animals. According to the poet, the animals are more humane than the humans. They have no such bad qualities as the humans have. In their world, all are happy, equal and content. They show their relations to the poet and he accepts them.
Question 8 What are the young man and young woman arguing about in the poem “For Anne Gregory” ?
Answer- A man and woman are arguing about beauty aspect of life. In this poem, a man and woman are in love. While woman thinks that his love also due to external visible signs like yellow hair, whose colour can be changed through use of hair dyes. She thinks that he loves her physically not internally.
While man says that God loves human beings on the basis of their soul and internal beauty not because external looks. True love is selfless and is not based on mere outer look.
2 Marks Questions
Question 1 What is the effect of the loss of the ball on the boy ?
Answer- The Poet sees that the boy whose ball has fallen into the harbour. He describes the effect of the loss on the boy. The boy is shaken with grief. He trembles and stares into the harbour. His past days come alive in his mind.
Question 2 What three things did the speaker ask Amanda to do which she has not done ?
Answer- The speaker asks her to finish her homework. Then he ask her if she has tidied up her room. Finally he finds that her shoes not clean even though he had asked her to clean them.
Question 3 How does the tiger terrify the villagers ?
Answer- The tiger prowls around the houses of the villagers. He terrifies them by snarling at them. There houses are situated near the jungle. He terrifies the villagers by baring his fangs and showing his long claws.
Question 4 How will the young man react on seeing the honey coloured ramparts and whose ramparts ? (For Anne Gregory)
Answer- He will be thrown into despair on seeing the honey coloured ramparts of the young women.
Question 5 Where was the poet standing and what happened to him there ? (Dust of Snow)
Answer-The poet was standing under a hemlock tree. The tree was covered with snow. Suddenly a crow shook the tree. The dust of snow fell on the poet. It changed his mood.
Question 6 Where did Belinda live and which were her pet animals ?
Answer- Belinda lived into a little white house with her pet animals named a little cat Ink, a little grey mouse Blink, a little yellow dog Mustard and a little pet dragon Custard.
Question 7 What is the symbol of “fire” and that of “ice” ?
Answer- fire is a symbol of lust and endless desire. Ice is a symbol of hatred.
Question 8 How does the tiger behave in its natural habitat i.e. jungle ?
Answer- The tiger found to be hidden into long grass and waiting for plump deers and some time tiger terrifies the people of village near jungle.
Question 9 How can one tell (recognize) the leopard ?
Answer- The poem tells us that a leopard has spots on his hide. As soon as he sees someone he leaps over him at once and starts eating. He is so terrifying and powerful.
Question 10 What is dust of snow ? How is the poet’s mood changed ?
Answer- A “dust of snow” means particles of snow. The poet was in a sad mood. But the falling of the dust of snow on him changed his mood. Now he saw the beauty of nature and appreciated it.
Question 11 How can one identify the Bengal Tiger ?
Answer- The poem tells that the Bengal tiger roams in the forest and looks noble. His skin is yellow and there are black stripes on it. As soon as the Bengal tiger notices someone he tries to eat him.
Question 12 Why does not the poet offer to give money or buy another ball for the boy who has lost his ball ?
Answer- The poet says that he will not intrude upon the boy because he must learn to tolerate loss. The pot emphasises this loss. He thinks that money cannot compensate the sense of loss. So he doesn’t give the boy money or buy another ball for him.