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Class 10 English Madam Rides the Bus Important Questions
Short Answer Type Questions
Question. The town was six miles from her village. The fare was thirty paise one way — “which is almost nothing at all,” she heard one well-dressed man say, but to Valli, who scarcely saw that much money from one month to the next, it seemed a fortune. The trip to the town took forty-five minutes.
(a) Why did Valli know all these details of a journey?
(b) What did Valli wish for with all her heart?
(a) These details were of a bus journey to the town from Valli’s village. Valli had discreetly enquired people about the time and bus fare because she wanted to travel by bus.
(b) Valli wished to travel in the bus. She longed to sit in the bus and go to other towns to see the sights of different places. It was her favourite pastime to watch the bus coming at the bus stop.
Question. What did the conductor advise Valli while on the bus?
Ans. The conductor advised Valli to sit on her seat comfortably because she had taken a full ticket and there was no need for her to stand on the seat and travel uncomfortably. Moreover, if she remained standing she could have hurt herself while observing outside.
Question. What of the town did Valli see after the train station? How did she react to it?
Ans. When the bus reached the outside of the town, it had shops on both sides of the road. The bus came through a busy and well-laid-out shopping street after the train station. It turned and entered a wider thoroughfare. There were bigger and better looking shops. There was a shining display of clothes and other articles. A huge crowd was accumulated.
Question. Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink? What does it tell you about her?
Ans. Valli had accumulated only sixty paise, which was the cost of her bus ride between her village and the nearest town, and did not have enough money to spend at the stall. This shows that Valli was a firm and decisive little girl.
Question. Who was Valliammai? What was her favourite pastime?
Ans. Valliammai fondly known as Valli was an eight-yearold girl. She was a mature girl but did not have any playmate of her age on her street. So, her favourite pastime was standing in the front doorway of her house, observing what was happening in the street outside.
Question. What happened when Valli stood near the bus when it stopped? OR How did Valli conduct herself before and after entering the bus for a ride?
Ans. Valli stood near the bus when it stopped at the fixed spot. She told the conductor that she had to go to the town. She showed some coins for the fare. The conductor told her to get inside the bus. When he tried to help her enter, she told him that she could get on by herself. This shows her self-reliance.
Question. How did Valli react when she saw the dead cow by the roadside?
Ans. When Valli saw the dead cow by the roadside, she became very sad. She was now in pensive mood as it was shocking to her that the animal she’d been laughing at just a while ago, was lying in the stillness of death.
Question. Give examples from the text to show that Valli was a meticulous planner ?
Ans. Valli was a keen observer as well as a meticulous planner. Her desire to experience a bus ride was realized by systematic and organised planning. She had collected all the useful information by observing and planning and making discreet inquiries about the time of the bus, the duration of the journey as well as the fare. She was focussed and saved every penny to finance her trip and finally accomplished it by efficient execution of her plans.
Question. How did Valli save up money for her first journey ?
Ans. Valli needed sixty paise for her journey to the town and back home. She hardly ever saw that much money in a month. She had to save every coin that came her way. She stifled all her desires for toys, balloons and peppermints. She didn’t even ride the merry-go-round at the village fair. Thus, she was at last able to save just sixty paise for her first journey.
Question. How did Valli save money for her first bus journey?
Ans. To save money for her first bus journey, she resisted the temptation of buying balloons, toys etc in the village fair. She also didn’t enjoy merry-go-round there. Hence, she collected the amount, required for the bus-journey.
Question. What was Valli’s deepest desire ?
Ans. Valli was an eight year old girl. She had listened to people who had travelled by bus and had gathered some details about the trip. It was her deepest desire to undertake a bus ride.
Long Answer Type Questions.
Question. Valli sternly refused the conductor’s offer of a cold drink though she might be willing to have one. What lesson do you learn from her gesture?
Ans. By the end of the journey, the conductor had developed fondness of Valli. When the bus reached its destination, the conductor went to the nearby stall to have something to drink. He offered to bring one for Valli as a treat from him but Valli refused sternly. She didn’t have much money and out of the feeling of self-respect, she was not ready to take any favour either. Such a conduct from an eight-year-old girl shows her good upbringing. We must not get lured by temptations or any attractions, however strong they may be. It is always wise to spend money judiciously. Children must not waste their pocket money on unwanted items.
Question. Valli got jealous every time one of her friends told her about the bus ride and the sights of the town. Do you think jealousy is a positive trait? What should be done to keep jealous thoughts away?
Ans. Valli has a deep desire to visit the town and experience a bus journey. The world outside holds a charm for her. Whenever one of her friends tells Valli about her bus ride and the sights of the town, she gets jealous and tells them to shut up. Jealousy is not a positive trait. It’s a negative feeling that arises out of hatred and contempt for others. We must never be jealous of others instead, we must share the achievements and happiness of our friends. We should feel inspired by their accounts and try to achieve our goal with all our heart.
Question. Once we decide to achieve something, so many difficulties come in our way but with focused attention we can make that achievement. How did Valli succeed in fulfilling her desire of riding a bus?
Ans. Eight-year-old Valli’s desire was to ride the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town. Her desire was so strong that it overcame her fears prompting her to plan the trip meticulously. She collected all the details of the journey and saved every coin that came her way. She maintained her will power so much that she did not even get tempted to go shopping. After taking all the precautions to ensure that she had a safe journey, she fulfilled her dream of riding a bus. Despite her young age, she returned back home safely. Valli teaches us that once we decide to achieve something, many difficulties may come our way but with courage and confidence, we can accomplish the task.
Question. “Never mind”, she said, “I can get on by myself.” “You don’t have to help me,” said Valli to the conductor.
She shows extraordinary courage in making the bus journey all alone. Taking inspiration from Valli’s character, write how ability and courage to take risk are essential to fulfil one’s dream.
Valli plans and prepares for her bus journey in advance. How ?
How did Valli plan her bus ride ?
Ans. Valli made detailed plans about her bus ride. She gathered information about the distance the bus travelled, the time it took and the fare by listening to the conversations of others and asking discreet questions. She planned the time, i.e., when she would board the bus and when she would return. She saved money for the trip by not buying peppermints and sweets and also by not going to the fare.
Two characteristics which made Valli to fulfil her dream her bus ride was courage and her ability to plan. These are the traits which need to be consciously developed so that a person can undertake what he wants to do.Courage to do something by taking risk and ability to plan will make a person go ahead in life.