NCERT Solutions English Model Questions with Answers
Q. Describe how the candlesticks were stolen and retrieved.
Ans: There is a story behind how the candlesticks of the Bishop were stolen and it is like this.
The kind Bishop had once given shelter to a convict in his house. The convict came to the Bishop’s house at night seeking shelter. Out of pity, the Bishop gave shelter to the convict.
The hungry convict had stolen the silver candlesticks from the Bishop’s house. The candlesticks were also there in the room where the convict slept. When all were in fast sleep at night, the convict took the sticks under his coat and cautiously ran out of the house. Thus the candlesticks were stolen by the convict.
The candlesticks, though stolen, were retrieved then and thereby the sergeant from the convict when he was hiding by the road. The sticks fell from the pocket of the convict when the policeman was searching for him.
Thus the candlesticks were retrieved by the sergeant again.
Q. Write in brief the story of the Bishop’s candlesticks.
Ans: Norman Mckinnell relates his story, “The Bishop’s Candlesticks” to the charity and love of a Bishop who by virtue of his generosity turned a convict into a man of humane heart.
The Bishop lived in a collage with his sister Persome. He was always generous and showed helping attitude towards the people which his sister disliked. The Bishop had the candlesticks which he got from his mother. He kept the sticks carefully in sweet memory of his mother.
One day a convict came to his house asking for food and shelter for the night. The Bishop arranged everything and prepared a bed for the convict. Out of greed, the convict stole away the
candlesticks found in the room at night. He then fled away hiding the candlesticks under his coat.
While roaming on the road, the police asked him about himself, but the convict couldn’t give any proper answer. He was then arrested and searched, and the police found the candlesticks on him. The police remembered the candlesticks of the Bishop. They then brought the convict back to the Bishop’s house.
But the Bishop clearly said that the convict didn’t steal the candlesticks, he himself gave the convict them. The Bishop again said that the convict was his friend, and so he could be released.
Thus the Bishop released the convict from the police and gave him the candlesticks. The convict was moved at the kindness of the Bishop and was turned into a man of humane heart.
Q. Give an account of the first meeting of the Cabuliwallah and Mini’s father.
Ans: When Rabindranath Tagore was hard at work on the seventeenth chapter of his novel, the Cabuliwallah came to their house. To fulfil his daughter Mini’s request, Rabindranath Tagore wanted to buy something from him. He then made some small purchases from the Cabuliwallah, and a conversation took place between the two. The conversation began about Abdurrahman, the Russians, the English the Frontier Policy, and the like.
As the Cabuliwallah was about to leave, he asked the author about the little girl Mini. Mini’s father then brought out Mini
near him to overcome her false fear about the Cabultwallah. The Cabuliwallah then offered Mini nuts and raisins, but Mini was not tempted. She only clung closer to her father Rabindranath Tagore with all her doubts increased. The Cabuliwallah then left their house.
This was the first meeting of the Cabuliwallah and Mini’s father.
Q. Why was Mini afraid of the Cabuliwallah initially? Why did the
Cabuliwallah feel a special affection for Mini?
Ans: Initially Mini, the little girl, was afraid of the Cabuliwallah. It was due to the false belief of Mini that the Cabuliwallah caught little children like herself and put them in his bag and carried them away. As Mini thought, there were perhaps two or three other children like herself inside the bag, which the big man carried. And so Mini was afraid of the Cabuliwallah at the initial stage.
The Cabuliwallah felt a special affection for Mini, the little girl. It was due to the fact that he had also one daughter of Mini’s age in his distant home in Kabul. The Cabuliwallah imagined Mini as his own daughter and felt special love and affection for Mini.
He left his daughter in his home country Afghanistan.
Q. How does Severn Suzuki appeal to the delegates attending the Earth Summit?
Ans: Severn Suzuki, the environmental activist, appeals to the delegates coming from different governments, business people, organizers, reporters and politicians attending the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to save the looming environmental catastrophe that they were facing. She speaks regarding starving children, affected animals, ozone holes in the air, air pollution and various other problems based on the environment.
Severn Suzuki, though merely a child, said that if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty of the people and finding environmental answers, the world would be a very
wonderful place. Thus she earnestly requests the delegates present there at the summit, to take necessary measures to save the environment.
Q. What is it in the environment that has developed a fear in the mind of the speaker?
Ans: According to the speaker Severn Suzuki, the environment at large is degrading by degrees, and if this process goes on, there will be no existence of environment for all generations to come.
At present many man-made activities are causing great harm to the environment. Many valuable wild animals and plants are going extinct every day. Today there are holes in the ozone in the atmosphere which are harmful to lives. It may cause diseases
like skin cancer, headache etc. Again, water and air pollution and some other environmental problems may also cause an environmental catastrophe.
The immense consequence relating to these environmental problems has thus developed a fear in the mind of the speaker, Severn Suzuki.
Q. What does Wordsworth compare Lucy to?
Ans: Wordsworth, the Romantic poet, compares Lucy, the imaginary
girl, to some objects of nature. He compares Lucy to a sweet-smelling violet, covered by a mossy stone half-hidden from human sight. Again, he compares Lucy to a shining star in the sky brightening the beauty of nature.
Q. What game was popular during the time about which the poem is written?
Ans: Games like chess and dice were popular during the time about which the poem “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad”, was written.
Q. What things were made by the
Ans: (a) Ornaments like wristlet, anklet, ring and bells for the feet of blue pigeons were made by the goldsmiths.
(b) Again, crowns for the bridegroom and chaplets, etc. were made by the flower-girls in the bazaars.
Q. What do you think the poet means by ‘Slumber’s chain’?
Ans: By the term ‘slumber’s chain’, the poet Thomas Moore means uninterrupted sleep where from he could not out. The
poet was bound like a chain of slumber when he fell asleep in the stilly night.
Q. ‘Sad Memory brings the light …” What is the ‘sad memory’ that brings the light to the poet?
Ans: The ‘sad memory’ as pictured in the poem, ‘The Light of Other Days’, is the sad memory of the poet’s past life. Remembering his past, the poet now feels before he falls asleep how the smiles of his boyhood’s years, the words of love then spoken, the eyes that shone, the cheerful hearts he met, are no longer with him in his old age which he calls ‘the sad memory’.
Q. “We have to change with times.” What change is Professor Sheth referring to?
Ans: The change that Professor Sheth is referring to here is the change of the dynamic world. Nothing is static in the world. Society is dynamic, and change is the characteristic of nature. We are to adapt ourselves to time, and this is what Professor Sheth refers to here.
Q. Who does Professor Sheth refer to as ‘black sheep’, and why?
Ans: Professor Sheth refers to his third son as ‘black sheep’ or in another sense a good-for-nothing fellow belonging to his family. Sheth’s other two sons are well established of whom the first one is a Sales Manager and the second one is a Bank Manager. As his third son is not similar to the other two, so Professor
Sheth referred to his third son as ‘black sheep’.