Lesson 1 The Last Lesson
- What was Franz expected to be prepared with for school that day?
- What did Franz notice that was unusual about the school that day?
- What had been put up on the bulletin board?
- What changes did the order from Berlin cause in school that day?
- How did Franz‘s feelings about Mr. Hamel and school change?
- What was the fear in little Franz‘s mind when he started for school in the morning
- Why did Franz not want to go to school that day?
- What did Franz see while he was going to school?
- The teacher did not scold Franz for his coming late to school. Why?
- How did M. Hamel dress for school on his last day to school?
- Why did Hauser and the other villagers come to attend ―The Last Lesson?‖
- What information did M. Hamel give to the children in his class?
Lesson 2 Lost Spring
1 . What is Saheb looking for in the garbage dumps? Where is he and where has he come from?
- What explanations does the author offer for the children not wearing footwear?
- Is Saheb happy working at the tea-stall? Explain.
- What makes the city of Firozabad famous?
- Mention the hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.
- How is Mukesh’s attitude to his situation different from that of his family?
- What could be some of the reasons for the Migration of people from villages to cities?
- Why should child labour be eliminated and how?
- How can Mukesh realise his dream?
Lesson 3 Deep Water
1 . Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?
- How did the instructor ‘build a swimmer’ out of Douglas?
- How did Douglas overcome his fear of water?
- How did the experience of throwing by the bully affect him?
- What is the ‘misadventure’ that William Douglas speaks about?
- What did Douglas experience when he was thrown into the pool again?
- How did this experience affect him?
- How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror?
- “All we have to fear is fear itself.” Explain the statement in your own words.
Lesson 4 The Rattrap
1 . From where did the peddler get the idea of the world being a rat trap?
- Why was he amused by this idea?
- Did the peddler expect the kind of hospitality that he received from the crofter?
- Why was the crofter so talkative and friendly with the peddler?
- Why did he show the thirty kroner to the peddler?
- Did the peddler respect the confidence reposed in him by the crofter?
- What made the peddler think that he had indeed fallen into the rattrap?
- Why did the ironmaster speak kindly to the peddler and invite him home?
- Why did the peddler decline the invitation?
- What made the peddler accept willmansson’s invitation?
- What doubts did Edla have about the peddler?
- When did the ironmaster realise his mistake?
- What did the peddler say in his defence when it was clear that he was not the person the ironmaster had thought he was?
- Why did Edla still entertain the peddler even after she knew the truth about him?
- Why was Edla happy to see the gift left by the peddler?
- What made the peddler finally change his ways?
- How does the metaphor of the rattrap serve to highlight the human predicament?
Lesson 5 Indigo
1 . Why is Rajkumar Shukla described as being resolute?
- Why do you think the servants thought Gandhi to be another peasant?
- Why did Gandhi agree to a settlement of 25% refund to the farmers?
- How did the episode change the plight of the peasants?
- How was Gandhi able to influence lawyers?
- Why did Gandhi consider the Champaran episode to be a turning point in his life?
- What was the attitude of the average Indian in smaller localities towards advocates of ‘home rule’?
- What was Gandhi’s politics intertwined with?
- Why did Gandhi chide the lawyers of Muzaffarpur?
- “Freedom from fear is more important than legal justice for the poor.” How is this statement relevant in today’s scenario?
Lesson 7 The Interview
1 .Why do most celebrity writers despise being interviewed?
- What do you understand by the expression “thumbprints on his windpipe”?
- How does Eco find the time to write so much?
- What was distinctive about Eco’s academic writing style?
- What is the reason for the huge success of the novel, ‘The name of the rose’?
- How have interviews become a common place of journalism?
- Why did Rudyard Kipling refuse to be interviewed?
Flamingo (Poetry section)
Poem 1 My Mother at Sixty Six
1 . What is the kind of pain and ache that the poet feels?
- Why are the young trees described as ‘sprinting’?
- Why has the mother been compared to the ‘late winter’s moon’?
- What do the parting words of the poet and her smile signify?
- What worried the poet when she looked at her mother?
- What were the poet’s feelings at the airport? How did she hide them?
Poem 2 An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum
1 . What does the poet want for the children of the slums? How can their lives be made to change?
2. How is the atmosphere inside an elementary school classroom in a slum different from the one outside it?
Poem 3 Keeping Quiet
1 . Why does the poet ask us to keep still?
2.What symbol from Nature does the poet invoke to say that there can be life under apparent stillness?
Poem 4 A Thing of Beauty
1 . What pleasure does a beautiful thing give us?
- Why is ‘grandeur’ associated with the ‘Mighty dead’?
- What image does the poet use to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth?
- What makes human beings love life in spite of trouble and suffering?
Poem 5 A Roadside Stand
1 . Where was the stand situated and how was it made?
- What will be a great relief to the poet? How can the problems of the rural people be solved?
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Lesson 2 The Tiger King
1 . Who is Tiger King? Why does he get that name?
- What did the royal infant grow up to be?
- What is the author’s indirect comment on subjecting innocent animals to the willfulness of human beings?
- Which matter about the Tiger King is of extraordinary interest?
- Why did the Maharaja ban tiger hunting in the state?
- Why did the Maharaja order the Deewan to double the land tax?
- How did the hundredth tiger take its revenge upon the Tiger King?
Lesson 3 Journey to the End of the Earth
1 . What was the purpose of the visit to Antarctica?
- What unique opportunities does the Antarctic environment provide to scientists?
- What are phytoplanktons?
- How do geological phenomena help us to know about the history of humankind?
- ‘The world’s geological history is trapped in Antarctica’. How is the study of this region useful to us?
Lesson 4 The Enemy
1 . What did Dr Sadao and his wife do with the man?
- Why was Dr Sadao kept in Japan and not sent abroad with the troops?
- Where did Dr. Sadao and Hana meet?
- In what condition did Dr Sadao and Hana find the white man at the seashore?
- How did Dr Sadao help Tom, the white man to escape?
- Describe the difficulties faced by Dr sadao and his wife, Hana, when they tried to help the enemy soldier?
Lesson 5 Should Wizard Hit Mommy?
1 . What was the basic plot of each story told by Jack?
- What was Roger Skunk’s problem? Why did his mother not like her son smelling like roses?
- Why did Jo want the wizard to hit Roger Skunk’s mommy?
- Why is an adult’s perspective on life different from that of a child?
- What is the moral issue that the story raises?
Lesson 6 On the Face of It
1 . What kind of a person was Evans?
- Who visited Evans on the morning of the examination? What did they visit him for?
- What two purposes did the correction slip serve? Which of them did Evans consider more important?
- How was Evans able to devise a foolproof plan for escape from prison?
- Should criminals in prison be given the opportunity of learning and education? Give reasons in support of your answer.