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Class 10 English Two Stories About Flying Important Questions
Short Answers Type Questions
Question. How does the author describe the young seagull’s fear of flying?
Ans. The young seagull was afraid of flying. Everytime he flapped his wings, he would get scared. He thought he would die if he tried to fly. The sea stretched down beneath him. He felt certain that his wings would never support him. So he would bend his head and run away back to the little hole everytime.
Question. Where did the author go after landing? Why?
Ans. The author went to the control centre. He went there to ask where he was and who the other pilot was? He met a woman there to know about it all. But she looked at him very strangely. Then she laughed as she told him that there was no other plane except his.
Question. What did the young seagull’s mother do when he cried to bring him some food?
Ans. The young seagull cried for some food. It was because he was greatly hungry. He felt the fear of flying. His mother screamed back but he kept calling her. She picked up a piece of fish and then flew across to him. He leaned out trying to get near her. It was to get food from her but she halted with the fish in her beak.
Question. Then a monstrous terror seized him and his heart stood still. He could hear nothing. But it only lasted a minute. The next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. The wind rushed against his breast feathers, then under his stomach, and against his wings. – He could feel the tips of his wings cutting through the air. He was not falling headlong now. He was soaring gradually downwards arid outwards, He was no longer afraid.
(a) Why did a monstrous terror seize the young seagull? Do you think his fear about his wings was justified?
(b) Which word in the passage mean “slowly and steadily”?
Ans. (a) The young seagull felt the fear when he first tried to fly. No. Instead his wings cut easily through the wind and supported him.
Question. What did the young seagull do to attract his mother’s attention ?
Answer. In order to attract his mother’s attention, the young seagull stood on one leg and pretended to be falling asleep on the brink of the ledge. He closed his eyes and he hid his other leg under his wing, to attract his mother’s attention.
Question. What happened when the young seagull dived at the fish picked up by his mother ?
Answer. When the young sea gull dived at the fish, he fell outwards and downwards with a scream. His monstrous terror seized him and his heart stood still. Soon his wings spread outwards and he could feel the tips of his wings cutting through the air.
Long Answers Type Questions
Question. Read the extracts given below and comment on the similarity in the nature of the scientists expression and creativity of both the young girls mentioned in the extracts. (a) The sun was now ascending the sky, blazing on his ledge that faced the south. He felt the heat because he had not eaten since the previous nightfall. He stepped slowly out to the brink of the ledge, and standing on one leg with the other leg hidden under his leg. (His first flight) (b) The moon was coming up in the east, behind me, and stars were shining in the clear sky above me. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was happy to be alone high up above the sleeping countryside. (The Black Aeroplane)
Ans. In the first extract, the time of the day is mentioned to show the sick feeling of the seagull because he had not eaten since the previous night and so the heat of the sun was adding to his discomfort. The seagull could not fly like his siblings and the heat of the sun was making him feel more miserable. He ultimately stood on one leg to get some escape from the scorching heat. In the second extract, night time is mentioned when the moon is up in the sky. At this hour, the atmosphere is cool and pleasant and adds to the happy mood of the narrator as he looks forward to be with his family and have breakfast with them. The moon and the stars furthers the happiness and makes him treasure the feeling that he is high up in the sky when the whole world is sleeping.
Question. Justify the title for the story ‘His First Flight’.
Ans. The story ‘His First Flight’ is about a young seagull who is reluctant to take his first flight off a ledge. His sister and brothers have all learnt to fly the previous day buy he is scared to take the first step off the ledge. His parents try everything to make him take the plunge but to no avail. Then his mother uses his hunger and gets him to take off the ledge. His first flight is thrilling for him and his family rejoices with him. The story is about the young seagull’s first flight and so the title is justified.
Question. Describe in brief the journey of the author in his aeroplane.
Ans. The author was flying his old Dakota aeroplane over France back to England. Then he suddenly saw stormy dark clouds. He could not understand what to do. But he flew straight into the storm. He couldn’t see anything outside his aeroplane The compass didn’t work. Suddenly, he saw another pilot. Who asked him to follow his plane? After half an hour, he came out of the clouds. He landed safely. He asked the lady at the airport about the black aeroplane but she told him that there was no such aeroplane. He couldn’t understand anything about the aeroplane.
Question. A young seagull is too afraid to fly. His father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly. Don’t you think that such type of strategy is followed by almost all parents to make their children learn ? Substantiate your answer with examples.
The young seagull is scared to fly. He is afraid of the vast exposure of the sea beneath him. His parents cajole him to fly but he is too scared to fly. At the same time, he is desperate with hunger. He expects his parents to feed him. But he is left alone without food. They threaten him that he’ll die of hunger if he doesn’t fly. Then the mother persuades him with a fish within his reach, but not closer to him. He ultimately falls to temptation and dives into the sea and finally succeeds. All the parents should follow such type of strategy to make their children learn. They should not pamper their children by spoon feeding. They should make them independent. Parental strictness in making a child learn a skill shouldn’t be taken as a threat. It is in favour of child as without threat, the seagull won’t have learnt to fly; he would be starved to death.
Question. Do you think hunger was a good motivation for the young seagull in his first flight ?
Answer. Even though his parents motivated him to fly, he denied. They warned him that if he did not fly, he would die of hunger. But he could not move.
But whatever parents do, it is for the betterment of their child’s future. So they took a harsh step of starving him for more than 24 hours, which was a good time to teach him lesson to fly and hunt food for himself.It was a wonderful lesson which parents can teach their children to make their future bright.
Yes, in this case, hunger was a great motivation for the young seagull. He was cowardly and full of fear. All the efforts of his parents had failed to coax him into flight. For 24 hours, no one went near him and he was almost faint with hunger. Finally, the mother flew near him with a scrap of food in her beak. Unable to resist, he plunged into the air to catch it and fell out. To save himself, he opened his wings, wind rushed to them and he found that he could fly. Then he completely forgot that he had not always been able to fly. Around him was his family, offering him scraps of dog-fish. Hence, hunger proved to be a good motivation for the young sea gull.