NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 8
|Subject:||English – First Flight|
|Chapter 8:||Mijbil the Otter|
10th English First Flight Chapter 8 Question – Answers
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 8: Mijbil the otter is given here with all questions answers and chapter end exercises with grammar portion as well as language part.
Passages for Comprehension
I. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
Early in the New Year of 1956 I travelled to Southern Iraq. By then it had crossed my mind that I should like to keep an otter instead of a dog, and that Camusfearna, ringed by water a stone’s throw from its door, would be an eminently suitable spot for this experiment.
When I casually mentioned this to a friend, he as casually replied that I had better get one in the Tigris marshes, for there they were as common as mosquitoes, and were often tamed by the Arabs.
1. What pet did Maxwell think of keeping?
2. Where could Maxwell easily get his pet and why?
3. Which phrase in the passage means the same as ‘at a short distance’?
II. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
Two days later, Mijbil escaped from my bedroom as I entered it, and I turned to see his tail disappearing round the bend of the corridor that led to the bathroom. By the time I got there he was up on the end of the bathtub and fumbling at the chromium taps with his paws. I watched, amazed; in less than a minute he had turned the tap far enough to produce a trickle of water, and after a moment or two achieved the full flow.
1. How did the author notice Mijbil escaping from his bedroom?
2. What did he try to do there?
3. Which word in the passage means the same as ‘surprised’?
III. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
Mij and I remained in London for nearly a month. He would play for hours with a selection of toys, ping-pong balls, marbles, rubber fruit, and a terrapin shell that I had brought back from his native marshes. With the ping-pong ball he invented a game of his own which could keep him engrossed for up to half an hour at a time. A suitcase that I had taken to Iraq had become damaged on the journey home, so that the lid, when closed, remained at a slope from one end to the other.
1. What were the pastimes of Mij?
2. What did it do with the ping-pong ball?
3. Find a word in the passage which means same as ‘busy’.
Suggested Answers of Passages
Comprehension Passage I – Answers
1. Maxwell thought of keeping an otter.
2. He could easily get his pet in the Tigris marshes because there they were as common as mosquitoes and were often tamed by the Arabs.
3. A stone’s throw.
Comprehension Passage II – Answers
1. The author noticed Mijbil escaping from his bedroom by making his tail disappear round the bend of the corridor leading to the bathroom.
2. He fumbled at the chromium taps with his paws.
Comprehension Passage III – Answers
1. There were toys, ping-pong balls, marbles and rubber fruits, etc.
2. It invented a game of its own.
Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 8 – Important Questions
What ‘experiment’ did Maxwell think Camusfearna would be suitable for?
Maxwell thought it was better to keep an otter instead of a dog. Camusfearna, ringed by water a very short distance from its door, would be an eminently suitable spot for the experiment.
Why does he go to Basra? How long does he wait there, and why?
Maxwell went to Basra, to the Consulate-General to collect and answer his mail from Europe. He had to wait for three days before anything could happen. It took him a waiting period of five days. His mail didn’t reach on time. The call had to be booked 24 hours in advance in those times. Then he tried to make a telephone call but telephone line was not working properly on the first day. Next day it was some public holiday so it was not operational. Finally after a tortuous wait of five days his mail arrived.
How does he get the otter? Does he like it? Pick out the words that tell you this.
When he finally received his mail after waiting for five long days, he carried it to his bedroom to read. There, he saw two Arabs squatting on the floor and beside them was a sack that squirmed from time to time. They handed him a note from his friend saying that he had sent him an otter. Yes liked otter. We know this because he uses the term ‘otter fixation’ to refer to his feeling towards the otter. He felt that this otter fixation or this strong attachment towards otters was something that was shared by most other people who had ever owned one.
Why was the otter named ‘Maxwell’s otter’?
The otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell’s otter.
What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
Maxwell made a body-belt for Mijbil and took him on a lead to bathroom. It went wild with joy in the water for half an hour, plunging and rolling in it, shooting up and down the length of the bathtub underwater, and making enough slosh and splash for a hippo. Two days later, it escaped from his bedroom to the bathroom. By the time Maxwell got there, Mijbil was up on the end of the bathtub and fumbling at the chromium taps with its paws. Maxwell was left amazed. In less than a minute, it had turned the tap far enough to produce some water and after a moment, achieved the full flow.
How was Mij to be transported to England?
Maxwell was in great fear by the thought of transporting Mij to England and to Camusfearna. He booked a flight to Paris and from there he would go on to London. The airlines insisted that Mij should be packed in a box not more than eighteen inches square, so that it could be carried on the floor near his feet.
What did Mij do to the box?
When Maxwell came after having his hurried meal he observed complete silence from the box. Blooded had trickled and dried. Mij didn’t find it comfortable to be there so tried to escape. In its attempt to escape Mij tore into the metal lining of the box to shreds. As a result it hurt itself and started bleeding.
Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?
As there was no other way to carry Mij to London so the author had put it back into the box. He must have felt pity on the way the otter had hurt itself. Moreover, he must be worried as well.
Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was “the very queen of her kind”?
Luckily Maxwell got a seat in front. He covered the floor with newspaper. He rang for the air hostess and gave her a parcel of fish to keep in cool place. He took her into his confidence about the incident with the box. She suggested that he might prefer to have his pet on his knee. Hearing this, he developed a profound admiration for her, for she understood the pain of both the otter and its owner. This is because he calls the airhostess “the very queen of her kind”.
What happened when the box was opened?
When the box was opened, Mij went out of the box. He disappeared at a high speed down the aircraft. There were squawks and shrieks. There were cries all around. A woman stood up on her seat screaming that there was a rat. He saw Mij’s tail disappearing beneath the legs of a portly white-turbaned Indian passenger. He dived for it, but missed. The airhostess suggested him to be seated and that she would find the animal and bring it back to him. After a while, Mij had returned to him. It climbed on his knee and began to rub its nose on his face and neck.
What game had Mij invented?
Mij had invented a game with ping-pong ball. He would put the ball at one end of a sloping lid and then grab it as it ran to the other end.
What group of animals do otters belong to?
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others.
What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mij was?
According to Maxwell, he faced a continuous barrage of conjectural questions that sprayed all the Mustellines but the otter. He said that the average Londoner does not recognize an otter. The Londoners who saw Mij made different guesses about who Mij was. Some same that it was a baby seal, a squirrel, a walrus, a hippo, a beaver, a bear cub, a leopard and a brontosaur.
What things does Mij do which tell you that he is an intelligent, friendly and fun-loving animal who needs love?
Mij was an intelligent animal. It had invented its own game out of the ping-pong balls. He was fond of water. He was intelligent enough that it screwed the tap till water began to flow and then it would play and splash in the water. Initially Mij was aloof and indifferent but soon became very friendly. It formed a special attachment with Maxwell we can say this after the incident, when Maxwell locked Mij in the box it became desperate to come out as it felt uncomfortable. When Maxwell took him out it clung to his feet. It was a fun-loving animal. It responded when Maxwell called out his name It enjoyed playing all kinds of games. It would play with a selection of toys, ping-pong balls, marbles, rubber fruit, and a terrapin shell. It required love and affection from Maxwell and it got that readily.
What are some of the things we come to know about otters from this text?
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others. Maxwell’s otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell’s otter. They are found in large numbers in marshes.
Why is Mij’s species now known to the world as Maxwell’s otter?
Maxwell’s otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata Maxwell or Maxwell’s otter.