NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 6
|Subject:||English – First Flight|
|Chapter 6:||The Hundred Dresses – II|
10th English First Flight Chapter 6 Question – Answers
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 6: The Hundred Dresses – II is given here with all questions answers in updated form free to download for session 2020-21. Visit to Class 10 English main page to download all chapter’s solutions.
Passages for Comprehension
I. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
“I think that’s where the Petronskis live,” said Maddie, pointing to a little white house. Wisps of old grass stuck up here and there along the pathway like thin kittens. The house and its sparse little yard looked shabby but clean. It reminded Maddie of Wanda’s one dress, her faded blue cotton dress, shabby but clean.
1. Who is the speaker in the first line?
2. What did she point out to?
3. How did the yard look?
II. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
How are you and Room Thirteen? Please tell the girls they can keep those hundred dresses, because in my new house I have a hundred new ones, all lined up in my closet. I’d like that girl Peggy to have the drawing of the green dress with the red trimming, and her friend Maddie to have the blue one. For Christmas, I miss that school and my new teacher does not equalise with you. Merry Christmas to you and everybody.
1. Who is the writer and to whom is it being written?
2. What did the writer offer to the girls?
3. Find a word in the passage which means same as ‘almirah’.
III. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
Tears blurred her eyes and she gazed for a long time at the picture. Then hastily she rubbed her eyes and studied it intently. The colours in the dress were so vivid that she had scarcely noticed the face and head of the drawing. But it looked like her, Maddie! It really looked like her own mouth.
1. What was there in the drawing?
2. Who had prepared the drawing?
3. Find a word in the passage which means same as ‘deeply’.
Suggested Answers of Passages
Comprehension Passage I – Answers
1. Maddie is the speaker in the first line.
2. She pointed out to a little white house where dangled small bundles of old grass.
3. The yard looked shabby but clean.
Comprehension Passage II – Answers
1. Wanda Petronski is the writer and she is writing to Miss Mason.
2. The writer offered hundred dresses to the girls.
Comprehension Passage III – Answers
1. There was a drawing having a picture.
2. The drawing was prepared by Wanda Petronski.
Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 6 – Important Questions
What did Mr Petronski’s letter say?
While all the students were looking at the drawing made by Wanda, Miss Mason received a letter from Mr Pertronski’s. The letter said that Wanda and Jake would not come to school anymore as they were shifting away to a big city. He showed his anger by saying that, nobody would ask them why they had funny names because there were plenty of funny names in the new city.
Is Miss Mason angry with the class, or is she unhappy and upset?
After reading the letter from Wanda’s father Miss Mason was unhappy and upset. She was disturbed by the behaviour of students towards Wanda. She was sure that none of the boys and girls would do such a thing deliberately. Though she didn’t back the students for the ill-treatment of child just because of her name, dresses and house.
How does Maddie feel after listening to the note from Wanda’s father?
After listening to the note from Wanda’s father, Maddie felt very sick and guilty in the bottom of her stomach. She wasn’t able concentrate as she tried to prepare for her lessons. She had not enjoyed listening to Peggy ask Wanda how many dresses she had in her closet.
What does Maddie want to do?
Maddie wanted to find Wanda. She wanted to tell Wanda that she had won the contest and they thought that she was smart and her dresses were beautiful. Also she wanted to tell her that she didn’t want to hurt her feelings.
What excuses does Peggy think up for her behaviour? Why?
Peggy said that she never called Wanda a foreigner or made fun of her name, which made her pretty satisfied. She also said that she never thought Wanda had even the sense to know that they were making fun of her. She thought of Wanda as a dumb girl. Peggie made such excuses because she realised her mistake of thinking that Wanda was not smart enough to understand her insult.
What are Maddie’s thoughts as they go to Boggins Heights?
Maddie was relieved that peggie had the same thought of going to find Wanda. All the way down to Boggin Heights she was feeling bad about Wanda. She wanted to tell her sorry for making fun of her but did not get a chance to say sorry to Wanda.
Why does Wanda’s house remind Maddie of Wanda’s blue dress?
When Maddie and Peggie reached Wanda’s house, they saw a little yard it was shabby but clean. It reminded them of Wanda’s blue dress she wore to school. It was old, faded but used to be neat and clean. Similarly her house was small and makeshift but clean. Therefore, it reminded Maddie of Wanda’s blue dress.
What does Maddie think hard about? What important decision does she come to?
Maddie was deeply hurt about what they did to Wanda. She thinks about not letting injustice happen to anyone. She makes vow that she would protest if anybody misbehaves with anybody. She won’t be a mute spectator the way she did earlier even if it would cost it her friendship with Peggie.
What did the girls write to Wanda?
Maddie and Peggie wanted to tell Wanda that they were sorry. But instead girls wrote a friendly letter to Wanda telling her that she had won the contest. They also wrote how pretty her drawings were. They asked her if she liked the place where she was living and if she liked her new teacher. They ended up with just writing a friendly letter. They signed it with lots of X’s for love.
How did the girls know that Wanda liked them even though they had teased her?
One day Miss Mason received a letter from Wanda. She had asked how everyone and room thirteen was. In her letter she had asked Miss Mason to Miss Mason to give the green dress with red trimming to Peggy and the blue one to Maddie. Maddie placed that dress in her room and looked at the drawing very carefully. She realized that the dress had a face and a head, which looked like her own self. She rushed to Peggy to see her drawing it also had head and face that looked just like Peggy. That is why the girls knew that Wanda liked them even though they had teased her.
Why do you think Wanda’s family moved to a different city? Do you think life there was going to be different for their family?
Wanda’s family moved to different city because her father felt bad about the bad behaviour of other girls towards Wanda at her school and the way they all teased her about her dresses.
Maddie thought her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing. Was she right?
Maddie was guilty that she did not raise her voice when Peggie teased Wanda for her blue dress. Her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing. She unintentionally encouraged Peggie to tease her. Maddie was afraid to say anything because she did not want to lose Peggy’s friendship. Moreover, Maddie was poor herself. She feared that everybody would make fun of her too.
What important decision did Maddie make? Why did she have to think hard to do so?
The important decision that Maddie made was that from now she would never stand by and say nothing again. If she ever heard anybody picking on someone because they were funny-looking or because they had strange names, she would speak up. This time she did not even mind losing Peggy’s friendship over it. She knew she could not make things right with Wanda as she did not even get a chance to say her sorry.
She was unhappy that she could not find Wanda at her home. She could not sleep that night and kept on thinking about Wanda, her faded blue dress, and the little house she lived in. She was feeling guilty of not having said anything when everybody else was teasing Wanda. It was her guilt that made her think very hard and arrive at the important decision.
Why do you think Wanda gave Maddie and Peggy the drawings of the dresses? Why are they surprised?
Wanda never disliked Maddie and Peggie. Maddie and Peggy made fun of her hundred dresses as she lied constantly about her hundred dresses. They were surprised because they always made fun of her dresses and teased her, but she had gifted them with those beautiful designs.
Do you think Wanda really thought the girls were teasing her? Why or Why not?
Wanda may or may not have thought that the girls were teasing her. But it was confirmed that they had hurt her feelings beyond limits. Their making fun and asking about dresses and shoes were the different issues that started to disturb her mind. She was alone and had no friends so that both could oppose or say something. Seeing the students in great number she adopted the rule, “Silence is golden.” But the students surpassed all the limits. Not to speak of this, she belonged to a poor Polish family. She could do nothing in the majority. She was meditating every action of the students. Peggy considered her as a dumb but it was not so. She was a very sensitive girl having all the qualities of head, heart and soul.