NCERT solutions for class 10 English chapter 7 ‘Glimpses of India’ all intext and end text questions with their answers.
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Class 10 English Chapter 7 ‘Glimpses of India’ All Question & Answers
|Subject||English (First Flight)|
|Chapter 7||Glimpses of India
The Tress (Poem)
I. A Baker from Goa
Oral Comprehension Check [Page No.-86]
What are the elders in Goa nostalgic about?
The elders in Goa were nostalgic about the good old Portuguese days, the Portuguese and their famous loaves of bread.
Is bread-making still popular in Goa? How do you know?
Yes, bread-making is still popular in Goa. The author says that the mixers, molders, and those who bake the loaves were still present in Goa. The age-old, time-tested furnaces still existed. The ‘thud’ and ‘jingle’ of the traditional baker’s shampoo, making his arrival in the morning, could still be heard in some places. It was a family profession that was carried out generation after generation.
What is the baker called?
The bakers are known as pader in Goa.
When would the baker come every day? Why did the children run to meet him?
The baker came twice every day, once when he set out in the morning on his selling round and then again when he returned after emptying his huge basket.
The children ran to meet him not because of their love of the loaf, which was bought by the maid-servant of the bose. They actually longed for the bread-bangles, which they chose carefully.
Oral Comprehension Check [Page No.-87]
Match the following. What is a must
- as marriage gifts? – cakes and bolinhas
- for a party or a feast? – sweet bread called bol
- for a daughter’s engagement? – bread
- for Christmas? – sandwiches
- as marriage gift? – sweet bread called bol.
- for a party or a feast? – bread.
- for a daughter’s engagement? – sandwiches.
- for Christmas? – cakes and bolinhas.
What did the bakers wear: (i) in the Portuguese days? (ii) when the author was young?
(i) In the Portuguese days, the bakers had a peculiar dress known as the Kabai. It was a single-piece long frock reaching down to the knees.
(ii) When the author was young, he saw the bakers wearing a shirt and trousers, which were shorter than full-length ones and longer than half pants.
Who invites the comment – “he is dressed like a pader? Why?
Anyone who wears a half-pant which reaches just below the knees invites the comment that “he is dressed like a pader”. This was so because the bakers were known as pader and they wore such half pants.
Where were the monthly accounts of the baker recorded?
The monthly accounts of the baker were recorded on some wall in pencil.
What does a ‘jackfruit-like appearance’ mean?
A ‘jackfruit-like appearance’ means a plump physique. Such a physique was linked to the bakers because they never started. Baker was a profitable profession. The baker, his family, and his servants always looked happy and prosperous and had a ‘jackfruit-like appearance’.
Thinking about the Text
Which of those statements are correct?
- The pader was an important person in the village in old times.
- Paders still exist in Goan villages.
- The paders went away with the Portuguese.
- The paders continue to wear a single-piece long frock.
- Bread and cakes were an integral part of Goan life in the old days.
- Traditional bread-baking is still a very profitable business.
- Paders and their families starve in the present times.
Is bread an important part of Goan life? How do you know this?
Bread is an important part of Goan life. Marriage gifts are meaningless without the sweet bread known as bol. For a party, bread is a must, while for Christmas, cake and bolinhas are a must. Sandwiches must be prepared by the lady of the house on her daughter’s engagement.
The author says that everybody loves the fragrance of loaves. The elders were given loaves and the children were given bread-bangles, which they longed for. Also, the fact that a bakery is a profitable profession shows that the love for bread is enormous in Goa.
Tick the right answer. What is the tone of the author when he says the following?
- The thud and the jingle of the traditional baker’s bamboo can still be heard in some places. (nostalgic, hopeful, sad)
- Maybe the father is not alive but the son still carries on the family profession. (nostalgic, hopeful, sad)
- I still recall the typical fragrance of those loaves. (nostalgic, hopeful, naughty)
- The tiger never brushed his teeth. Hot tea could wash and clean up everything so nicely, after all. (naughty, angry, funny)
- Cakes and bolinhas are a must for Christmas as well as other festivals. (sad, hopeful, matter-of-fact)
- The baker and his family never starved. They always looked happy and prosperous. (matter-of-fact, hopeful, sad)
Thinking about the Text
What is Coorg?
Coorg is the smallest district of Karnataka, located midway between Mysore and Mangalore.
What is the story about the Kodavu people’s descent?
According to the author, the fiercely independent people of Coorg are possible of Greek or Arabic descent. A part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast. They settled there when return became impractical. These people married amongst the locals and their culture is evident in the martial traditions, marriage, and religious rites, which are distinct from the Hindu mainstream.
The Kodavus wears a long black coat with an embroidered waist-belt, known as kuppia. It resembles the kuffa worn by the Arabs and the Kurds, hence supporting the theory of Arab origin.
What are some of the things you know about?
- the people of Coorg?
- the main crop of Coorg?
- the sports it offers to tourists?
- the animals you are likely to see in Coorg?
- its distance from Bangalore and how to get there?
- The people of Coorg are fiercely independent. They are of Greek or Arabic descent. They have a tradition of hospitality. Kodavus are the only people in India permitted to carry firearms without a license. The author has described the people of Coorg as a proud race of martial men and beautiful women.
- Coffee is the main crop of Coorg. The coffee estates stand tucked under tree canopies in prime corners.
- The sports that Coorg offers to tourists are river rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and trekking.
- The animals that one is likely to see in Coorg are birds, bees, butterflies, macaques, Malabar squirrels, langurs, loris, and wild elephants.
- The distance between Coorg and Bangalore is around 260 km. There are two routes from Bangalore and both are of the same distance. The most frequented route is one via Mysore. The other route is via Neelamangal, Kunigal and Chanrayanapatna.
III. Tea from Assam
Thinking about Language
Look at these words: upkeep, downpour, undergo, dropout, walk-in. They are built up from a verb ( keep, pour, go, drop, walk ) and an adverb or a particle ( up, down, under, out, in ).
Use these words appropriately in the sentences below. You may consult a dictionary.
- A heavy downpour has been forecast due to low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.
- Rakesh will undergo major surgery tomorrow morning.
- My brother is responsible for the upkeep of our family property.
- The dropout rate for the accountancy course is very high.
- She went to the Enterprise Company to attend a walk-in interview.
Now fill the blanks in the sentences given below by combining the verb given in the brackets with one of the words from the box as appropriate.
[over, by, through, out, up, down]
- The army attempted unsuccessfully to —— the government. (throw)
- Scientists are on the brink of a major —- in cancer research. (break)
- The State Government plans to build a —- for Bhubaneswar to speed up traffic on the main highway. (pass)
- Gautama’s —- on life changed when he realised that the world is full of sorrow. (look)
- Rakesh seemed unusually — after the game. (cast)
The Trees (Poem)
- Find, in the first stanza, three things that cannot happen in a treeless forest.
- What picture do these words create in your mind: “… sun bury its feet in shadow…? What could the poet mean by the sun’s ‘feet’?
- Where are the trees in the poem? What do their roots, their leaves, and their twigs do?
- What does the poet compare their branches to?
- In the poem, the trees are in the poet’s house. Their roots work all night to disengage themselves from the cracks in the veranda floor. The leaves make effects to move towards the glass, while the small twigs get stiff with exertion.
- The poet compares the ‘long cramped’ branches that have been shuffling under the roof to newly discharged patients who look half-dazed as they move towards the hospital doors after long illnesses and wait to get out of the hospital. The branches also have cramped under the roof and want to get out into the open to spread themselves in fresh air.