NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Chapter 8 Going Places Flamingo revised and updated for new session 2023-24. Class 12 English Flamingo solutions contains NCERT textbook exercises, MCQ and extra question answers which are important for exams
Class 12 English Chapter 8 Question Answers
Think as you read (Page No. 79)
Where was it most likely that the two girls would find work after school?
Both the girls Sophie & Jansie were likely to get job in a biscuit factory. Sophie was engrossed in the world of her dreams but Jansie lived in reality.
What were the options that Sophie was dreaming of? Why does Jansie discourage her from having such dreams?
Sophie had many dreams for her future. She wanted to become a fashion designer, boutique owner and also an actor. She wanted to live a glamorous life and used to get lost in dreams even during the day. On the other hand Jansie was better aware of the hardships of real life. That’s why she always advised her to avoid such dreams. She knew the dreams of the lower middle class didn’t come true so easily and they get hurt badly. She wanted Sophie to be practical from being an emotional.
How did Geoff and his father react when they heard about Sophie’s meeting with Danny Casey?
Sophie trusts her brother Geoff the most, so she tells him about Danny’s meeting first at home. He doesn’t trust her at all and asks where did she found him and how does Danny look like. But when her father comes to know, he stares angrily at his daughter. He warns Sophie that if she does not stop dreaming like this, she will be in big trouble one day.
He knew that meeting and talking to such a big celebrity is nothing less than a joke and such things are true only in movies. Her father continued to watch TV, ignoring Sophie’s and Geoff’s comments. He never entertained such things.
Think as you read (Page No. 81)
Why did Sophie wriggle when Geoff told her father that she had met Danny Casey?
Sophie was thinking that her father would not believe Geoff’s words and would reprimand her. No one in the house believed in her words like this. The reason for this was clear that meeting a middle class girl and a celebrity was no joke. Being attracted to Danny was a different thing, but meeting him was difficult for anyone to digest. It was natural to be scolded for.
Does Geoff believe what Sophie says about her meeting with Danny Casey?
No Geoff does not believe on his sister about her meeting with Danny Casey. He asks many questions about their meeting but he doesn’t believe on any such claims.
Does her father believe her story?
Sophie’s father, like Geoff, does not wish his daughter things and tells her to be careful when she comes. He said that living with such stories or dreams; she would one day land in big trouble. He knew these antics of her from childhood and disliked such dreamy dreams.
How does Sophie include her brother Geoff in her fantasy of her future?
Sophie used to share all secrets with her brother Geoff because she believed in him so much. So she told him all the things about Danny Casey and also told about the upcoming meeting with him. She used to dream that she is going to date Danny Casey wearing a yellow dress and Geoff is the one who’ll drop her till venue.
Which country did Danny Casey play for?
Danny Casey is an Irish Footballer. He was born in Ireland and he plays for Sacramento Republic.
How did Jansie react at Sophie’s story of her meeting with Danny Casey?
Jansie knew Sophie very well as she was not only a friend but her neighbor also. She knew about Sophie’s strange dreams but never knew that one day she’ll share with her about date with Danny Casey.
At first, Jansie did not believe that she was telling the truth, but when Sophie told that she was about to take Danny’s autograph, she (Jansie) told her with excitement that “I wish I was there too”. After confirming from Sophie that she has really met Danny, Jansie got excited.
Think as you read (Page No. 85)
Why didn’t Sophie want Jansie to know about her story with Danny?
Sophie didn’t want Jansie to know about her story with Danny because she wanted to keep this thing a secret for a while. If everyone in the neighborhood came to know about Danny Casey, then there could be trouble in her good relation. She wanted to express it herself when the time came. Moreover the way of thinking of both of them was very different, so she did not tell her secrets and fantasy stories to Jansie first.
Did Sophie really meet Danny Casey?
No, Sophie had never actually met Danny. She was just in her dream world. She used to think about his style and good looks and used to think that if she becomes his partner then how good life will be. She thought so deeply that she felt Danny Casey was sitting right in front of her and both of them were talking.
Which was the only occasion when she got to see Danny Casey in person?
The only occasion when Sophie got to see Danny Casey in person was when the family went to watch USL Championship on Saturday. Sophie, Derek and their father sit down together by the goal and Geoff sits upstairs with his friends. In this match, Danny’s team wins and the whole family enjoys the match to the fullest. So this was the only occasion where she saw Danny in person.
How could Sophie have been prevented from having such dreams?
There are a few ways in which problem of Sophie can be fixed. The most important thing is to engage her in something. Engaging in physical tasks, like writing, playing with a fidget spinner, or typing, are great ways to break a daydreaming spell, as they force one to focus on a task at hand.
By turning day dreaming into visualization, one has to sustain his attention and increase focus on day to day tasks. People like Sophie must stay away from negative thoughts and can consult doctor for medication. In such a situation, instead of scolding that person, the family should morally support him and take him in the right direction.
Understanding the text (Page No. 85)
Sophie and Jansie were class-mates and friends. What were the differences between them that show up in the story?
Sophie & Jansie were classmates but the special thing is that despite having different nature, they were good friends. Jansie being mature before her age always used to explain her about hardships of life. Sophie was into her day dreaming and she didn’t live in the present. She was not very strong financially but her dreams were those of the rich which were almost impossible to achieve. Jansie wanted to make a living by doing a small job but Sophie used to dream of becoming an actress. Jansie was serious in life whereas Sophie was absolutely not.
How would you describe the character and temperament of Sophie’s father?
Sophie’s father was like any normal middle class father. He had gained a lot of experience in life by working hard. His temperament was different from rest of the family members because Sophie was not mature by age and she still used to act childish. Her father didn’t like her dreaming and discussions of becoming a big star one day. Even though Sophie’s father was not financially strong, he does not miss a soccer match or going to the pub for his hobbies.
Why did Sophie like her brother Geoff more than any other person? From her perspective, what did he symbolise?
Sophie trusted her brother Geoff more than anyone else because he kept secrets and other stuff to himself and did not tell anyone. The main reason for this was that he was introvert and was lost in himself. Derek also used to make fun of her and his father was short tempered who did not entertain such things. From her perspective, Geoff symbolises an elder brother who has grown up and visited places unknown to her. As an elder brother he also warns Sophie from dreaming of Danny Casey because he knows that she will land into trouble when his sister is faced with bitter truth of life.
What socio-economic background did Sophie belong to? What are the indicators of her family’s financial status?
Sophie belongs to a lower middle class family who could hardly meet necessities of daily life. Luxury was a distant thing for them. This story shows that she lived in a normal house. She had a bed and a stove in the same room with lots of dirty clothes lying on floor. His brother Derek also used to make fun of her for strange dreams. Geoff was an apprentice mechanic and his father too didn’t have a very good job. And keeping all these things in mind, dreams of becoming an actress or opening a boutique used to take Sophie far away from reality. Only a miracle could make her dreams come true.
When she waits for him next week and he doesn’t come, does she stop dreaming?
Sophie is lost in a deep despair as she waits for Danny next week, for which she never knew how many dreams she had dreamed of. On this day, she wanted to prove everyone wrong, who make fun of her words or scold her for having big dreams. She wanted to show that she had really met Danny and that she is going to meet him again today but this did not happen. She was deeply shocked and was hurt when the king of her dreams did not come. Her heart was crying and was not ready to believe that Danny had not come. She was thinking now how will she face the family members.
All the members of the house will get a chance to say that she was always wrong. And with these thoughts she decided to go back home. But as Sophie’s nature she didn’t stop dreaming big. After some time, she again drowned in her thoughts which she had always lived. Big fantasies of becoming an actress or opening a boutique started coming in her mind.
Talking about the text (Page No. 85)
Sophie’s dreams and disappointments are all in her mind.
Everyone has the right to dream but Sophie should have had dreams that could come true considering her financial background. First she should have tried to strengthen her financial background and supported her father. However, her focus was only on weaving dreams of opening a boutique, becoming an actress or going on dates with celebrities. Jansie tried a lot to bring her on the right path, but those things were rarely understood by her. Sophie also dreamed of dating Danny Casey and discussed these things in the family as well. She felt scared but happy inside that a celebrity liked her or came to meet her. However, some people understand only by stumbling in life and Sophie was one of those. This was the reason when she waited for Danny the next week and he did not come, she was very disappointed and felt sad. All thoughts, good and bad, were always running in her mind. Day dreaming had become a habit.
It is natural for teenagers to have unrealistic dreams. What would you say are the benefits and disadvantages of such fantasising?
Teenage is when the child steps out of the world of toys and is welcomed by the reality outside. Books give him knowledge and his future stands in front of him, from which the decision to choose is up to him. Children at this age have different types of dreams and they try to fulfill them. But most children have dreams that are unrealistic. They don’t know the struggles of real life and what the difference is between dreams and reality. Like Sophie had a dream to become an actress but she didn’t have money to go to acting school or open a boutique, because she was from a lower middle class family and she could not fulfill her dream even after taking loan. Or someone has a dream that he should become the Prime Minister of the country and serve the nation but he does not have money to contest elections. We call such dreams as unrealistic dreams.
If you have a desire in your heart that’s so strong you dream of it night and day, its certain that the dream will come true. The only thing you require is to have a zeal or passion to achieve it. There should be dreams in life for which we are firm and concentrated to achieve. Another aspect of dreaming leads to the destruction of teenagers is that it sometimes leads them to despair, depression or suicide. If there is mental stress due to dreaming of any kind, it is obviously a deal of loss.
Thinking about language (Page No. 87)
Notice these words in the story.
• “chuffed”, meaning delighted or very pleased
• “nosey”, meaning inquisitive
• “gawky”, meaning awkward, ungainly.
These are words that are used in an informal way in colloquial speech.
Make a list of ten other words of this kind.
- Huh – Used to express anger
- ASAP (As soon as possible) – Without delay
- Mum – One’s mother
- Plus – Moreover
- In a nutshell – To summarize
- Photo – Photograph
- Kids- Children
- Loaded – Rich
- Wrong – Incorrect
- Really big – Considerable
Writing (Page No. 87)
– Think of a person who you would like to have as your role model.
– Write down the points to be discussed or questions to be asked, if you were asked to interview that person on a television show.
Interviewing Actor Sunil Dutt:
- Tell us something about your journey that started from Pakistan to Mumbai
- What did your parents want you to be?
- When and how did you meet Nargis?
- Who pays more attention to the upbringing of children..you or Nargis?
- What is the reason behind your name change? Balraj Dutt is also a good name
- Which film do you consider to be the turning point of your life?
- What would you like to say about the government awarding you the Padma Shri?
- Do you help Sanjay in selecting the story of the film?
- What do you do if a new star feels uncomfortable with you because of your stardom while shooting?
- It is said about you that you are a strict person…is this true?
Class 12 English Chapter 8 Short Answer Type Quesions
- What do Sophie’s dreams reveal about her nature or character?
Sophie’s words seem like she liked a glamorous world. In this story we see that Sophie either wanted to become an actress or a fashion designer or wanted to open a big boutique. She dreamed of a boy who was a famous Irish footballer. She thought so much about him that she only talked to him while sleeping or awake. She was not interested in supporting her family by doing some petty job.
- Why was Sophie jealous of her brother’s silence?
The reason for this was that Geoff talked very little. He was introvert and had little talks at home even with family members. Sophie knew he was too mature at a young age and didn’t dream like her. She thought that when Geoff is silent, he must have been thinking something that Sophie did not know. He has seen the outside world and Sophie wanted to see the outside world by riding with him. His being so quiet was an enigma to Sophie. She felt that her life was confined to a limited circle whereas her brother travels around the world. This was the reason behind her jealousy to her brother’s silence.
Class 12 English Chapter 8 Long Answer Type Questions
Why Sophie’s future plans named as dreams?
Sophie’s plans didn’t appear to be future plans because she talked more than she could. If it was about doing a fashion designing course or doing a small job in acting school, then also it was understandable but she wanted to buy a boutique or becoming an actress that too when her financial condition was nothing special. It is such a dream that we can even call it a mental illness. This is because she often thought that Ireland’s great footballer Danny Casey was sitting in front of her and they were talking. Not only did she make fun of these things at home or outside, but she also had to face scolding from her father. She did not take life seriously, and did not put any goal in front of her, despite Jansie persuading her thousands of times.