Class 10 English NCERT Book First Flight Chapter 9 Madam Rides the Bus Questions and Answers with PDF File for cbse, hbse and other state boards.
Madam Rides the Bus Question Answer Class 10 English
Oral Comprehension 1
Q.1. What was Valli’s favourite pastime ?
Ans. It was Valli’s favourite pastime to stand in the doorway of her house and watch what was happening in the street outside.
Q.2.What was a source of unending joy for Valli ? What was her strongest desire ?
Ans. The sight of the bus filled each time with a new set of passengers was a source of unending joy for Valli. Her strongest desire was to enjoy a ride on that bus.
Q.3. What did Valli find out about the bus journey ? How did she find out these details ?
Ans. Valli found out about the bus journey that the bus fare was thirty paise one way. The town was six miles from the village. She found out these details after hearing the conversation between her neighbours and those who had travelled by the bus.
Q.4. What do you think Valli was planning to do?
Ans. She was planning to save money so that she could ride on the bus. She could take the one-o’clock afternoon bus, reach the town at one forty-five and be back home by about two forty-five.
Oral Comprehension 2
Q.1. Why does the conductor call Valli ‘madam’?
Ans. 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.’
Q.2. Why does Valli stand up on the seat ? What does she see now?
Ans. Valli stands up on the seat because she couldn’t see outside as the bus curtain had covered the lower part of her window. Now she sees the outside scenes and is filled with wonder.
Q.3. What does Valli tell the elderly man when he calls her a child ?
Ans. Valli feels angry when the elderly man calls her a child. She tells him that she is not a child and that she has a full ticket for the bus journey.
Q.4. Why didn’t Valli want to make friends with the elderly woman?
Ans. Valli did not want to make friends with the elderly woman because she looked ‘repulsive’ and ‘smelled foul.’
Oral comprehension 3
Q.1. How did Valli save up money for her first journey ? Was it easy for her?
Ans. Valli saved up money for her first journey by resisting the temptation to buy peppermints, toys balloons, etc. It was difficult for her. She even suppressed her desire to enjoy a merry-go-round at the village fair.
Q.2. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh?
Ans. Suddenly a cow which came before the bus with her raised tail. The driver sounded the home. But the more he honked, the more frightened the animal became and the faster it galloped. This made Valli laugh.
Q.3. Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station?
Ans. Valli didn’t get off the bus at the bus station because she was going back on the same bus. So she gave the money to the conductor for the ticket for her return journey.
Q.4. Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink? What does this tell you about her?
Ans. 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.
Textual Question Answer
Q.1. What was Valli’s deepest desire ? Find the words and phrases in the story that tell you this.
Ans. Valli’s deepest desire was to ride on the bus which ran from her village to the nearby town. The words and phrases which tell this are: ‘Day after day she watched the bus’, ‘she wanted to ride on that bus’, This wish became stronger and stronger,’ ‘until it was an overwhelming desire.’
Q.2. How did Valli plan her bus ride? What did she find out about the bus, and how did she save up the fare?
Ans. Valli planned her bus ride after knowing all the related facts like the fare, the time it took to reach the town, when it started to and fro. She found out all these details by listening carefully to conversation between her neighbours and the persons who had travelled by the bus.
Q.3. What kind of a person is Valli? To answer this question, pick out the following sentences from the text and fill in the blanks. The words you fill in are the clues to your answer.
(i) “Stop the bus ! Stop the bus !” And a tiny hand was raised______
(ii) “Yes, I _________ go to town,” said Valli, still standing outside the bus.
(iii) “There’s nobody here _______ ” she said haughtily.”I’ve paid my thirty paise like everyone else.
(iv) “Never mind,” she said, “I can _______ You don’t have to help me. I’m not a child, I tell you,” she said, _______.
(v) ” you needn’t bother about me. I ______” Valli said, turning her face toward the window and staring out.
(vi) Then she turned to the conductor and said, “Well, sir, I hope_____”.
(ii) simply have to
(iii) who’s a child
(iv) get on by myself
(v) can take care of myself
(vi) to see you again
Q.4. Why does the conductor refer to Valli as ‘madam’?
Ans. The conductor was impressed by Valli’s self-confidence. She behaved like a grown up woman. She was quick in her answers to the conductor’s questions. She was self-dependent. So he addressed Valli as madam.
Q.5. Find the lines in the text which tell you that Valli was enjoying her ride on the bus.
Ans. The following lines tell us that Valli was enjoying the bus ride :
‘Suddenly Valli clapped her hands with glee,’ ‘Somehow this was very funny to Valli, ‘ ‘She laughed and laughed…….., ‘Struck dumb with wonder Valli gaped at everything.’
Q.6. Why does Valli refuse to look out of the window on her way back ?
Ans. On her way back, Valli sees the dead cow. It makes her sad. So she refuses to look out of the window on her way back because what was so beautiful earlier now looked horrible. The memory of the dead cow haunts her. It dampens her enthusiasm.
Q.7. What does Valli mean when she says, “I was just agreeing with what you said about things happening without our knowledge.”
Ans. Valli means to say that many things happen in our midst and in the world outside. We do not know about them all. Even if we know them, we can’t understand them completely.
Q.8. The author describes the things that Valli sees from an eight-year-old’s point of view. Can you find evidence from the text for this statement ?
Ans. The following evidence from the text tells us that the poet describes the things that Valli sees from an eight-year old’s point of view:
“The most fascinating thing of all was the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town,
“Valli devoured everything with her eyes,’
‘Oh, it was all so wonderful!’ palm trees, grassland, distant mountains, and the blue, blue sky,”
Valli’s stands to look outside as the bus curtain covers the lower part of her window,
“Somehow this was very funny to Valli’ (seeing the cow run ahead of the bus),
“She laughed and laughed until there were tears in her eyes.’