Class 10 English Chapter 8 ‘Mijbil the Otter’ Question and Answers

NCERT solutions for class 10 English chapter 8 ‘Mijbil the Otter’ and the poem ‘Fog’s questions with answers from the English First Flight textbook.

On this page, you get the complete in-text and end-text questions and answers of class 10 English chapter 8 ‘Mijbil the Otter’ and the poem ‘Fog’ from the First Flight textbook.

Class 10 English Chapter 8 Questions with Answers

Class 10
Subject English (First Flight)
Chapter 8
  • Mijbil the Otter
  • Fog (Poem)

Mijbil the Otter

Class 10 English Chapter 8 ‘Mijbil the Otter’ written by Gavin Maxwell. The chapter contains three ‘Oral Comprehension Check’ of a total of 15 questions. Here below we covered all the questions with answers.

Oral Comprehension Check [Page No.-106]

Question 1

What ‘experiment’ did Maxwell think Camusfearna would be suitable for?

Answer

Maxwell thought that he would keep an Otter instead of a dog. Camusfearna, ringed by water a very short distance from its door would be eminently suitable for the experiment.

Question 2

Why does he go to Basara? How long does he wait there and why?

Answer

He wants to Basara, to the consultants-General to collect and answer his mail from Europe. There he found that his friend’s mail had arrived, but his had not. When nothing happened even three days, he tried to telephone.

On the first day, the line was out of order, on the second the exchange was closed for a religious holiday. On the third day, there was another breakdown. He arranged to meet his friend who had left in a week’s time. Finally, his mail arrived five days later.

Question 3

How does he get the Otter? Does he like it? Pick out the words that tell you this?

Answer

When he received his mail, he carried it to his bedroom to read. There, he saw two Arabs, and beside them was a sack that twisted from time to time. They handed him a note from his friend saying that he had sent him an Otter.

Yes, he liked it. We know this because he uses the term “otter fixation that I have since found to be shared by most other people who have ever owned one.”

Question 4

Why was the otter named ‘Maxwell’s otter?

Answer

The otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by Zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or maxwell’s otter.

Question 5

Tick the right answer. In the beginning, the otter was

  • aloof and indifferent
  • friendly
  • hostile

Answer

Aloof and indifferent.

Question 6

What happened when Maxwell took Mujibil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?

Answer

When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom, the otter went wild with joy. It plunged and splashed water happily.

After two days, Mijbil alone entered the bathroom and screwed the tap and water came out in the full flow.

Oral Comprehension Check [Page No.-108-109]

Question 1

How was Mij to be transported to England?

Answer

Maxwell booked a flight to Paris and from there he would go on to London. The airline insisted that Mij should be packed in a box that was to be placed on the floor, near his feet.

Question 2

What did Mij do to the box?

Answer

Maxwell had put Mij in the box and left for a meal. When he came back, he saw a horrific spectacle. There was complete silence from the box. However, from its airholes and chins around the lid, blood had trickled and dried.

He took off the lock and tore open the lid. Mij, exhausted and covered with blood, whimpered and caught his leg. It had torn the lining of the box to shreds. He removed the last of it so that there were no cutting edges left.

Question 3

Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?

Answer

Maxwell had to rush to the airport which was five miles away and that is why he put the miserable otter back into the box.

He would also have felt miserable for putting it back in the box, particularly so, after seeing that the otter disliked being in the box.

Question 4

Why does Maxwell say the air hostess was “the way queen of her kind”?

Answer

Maxwell said that the air hostess was “the very queen of her kind” because she was extremely friendly and helpful. 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.

Question 5

What happened when the box was opened?

Answer

When the box opened, Mij leaped out of it immediately. It disappeared very quickly down the aircraft. Several passengers shrieked. A woman stood up on her seat screaming that there was a rat. Maxwell saw Mij’s tail disappearing beneath the legs of an Indian passenger. He dived for it but missed.

The air hostess suggested him to be seated and that she would find the otter. After a while, Mij had returned to him. It climbed on his knee and began to rub its nose on his face and neck.

Oral Comprehension Check [Page No.-110]

Question 1

What game had Mij invented?

Answer

Mij invented a game with a ping-pong ball, which kept him engrossed for up to half an hour at a time. Maxwell had a suitcase that had become damaged, such that the lid when closed remained at a slope from one end to the otter.

Mij discovered that if the ball was placed on the high end, it would run down the length of the suitcase. It would dash around to the other end to surprise the ball. Then it would grab it and trot off with it to the high end once more.

Question 3

What group of animals do otters belong to?

Answer

Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink, and others.

Question 4

What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mij was?

Answer

According to Maxwell, the average Londoner does not recognize an otter. The Londoners who saw Mij made different guesses about who Mij was. They guessed among things that it was a baby seal, a squirrel, a walrus, a hippo, a beaver, a bear cub, a leopard, and a brontosaur.

Fog (Poem)

Class 10 English Chapter 8 only poem ‘Fog’ written by Carl Sandburg.

Question 1. (i)

What does Sandburg think the fog is like?

Answer

According to Sandburg, the fog is like a cat.

Question 1 (ii)

How does the fog come?

Answer

The fog comes on little cat feet.

Question 1 (iii)

What does ‘it’ in the third line refer to?

Answer

In the third line ‘it’ refers to the fog that has covered the city and it seems as if it is looking over the city like a cat.


More Class 10 English Answers

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Chapter 2: Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Chapter 3: Two Stories about Flying

Chapter 4: From the Diary of Anne Frank

Chapter 5: The Hundred Dresses – I

Chapter 6: The Hundred Dresses – II

Chapter 7: Glimpses of India

Chapter 9: Madam Rides the Bus

Chapter 10: The Sermon at Benares

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