NCERT Class 10 English Chapter 11 First Flight Answers

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Chapter 11: The Proposal of the English First Flight textbook all the questions with a proper answer are given below. The solutions are updated for the academic session 2021-2022.

NCERT Class 10 English Chapter 11 Answers

Class 10
Subject English – First Flight
Chapter 11 The Proposal

Thinking about the Play

Question 1

What does Chubukow at first suspect that Lomov has come for? Is he sincere when he later says “And I’ve always loved you, my angel, as if you were my own son”? Find reasons for your answer from the play.


At first, Chubukov suspected that Lomov had come to borrow money. He was not sincere when he told Lomov that he had always loved him and that he was like his own son. He had decided that he would not give Lomov any money if he tried borrowing from him. If he truly meant what he had said, then he would not have thought of not giving him money. He said so only because Lomov had with the proposal to marry his daughter.

Question 2

Chubukow says of Natalya: “… as if she won’t consent! She’s in love; egad, she’s like a lovesick cat…” Would you agree? Find reasons for your answer.


Chubukow thought that Lomov was a good marriage prospect for his daughter. He had been waiting for his proposal. When Lomov expressed his doubt regarding Natalya’s consent to the proposal, Chubukow immediately told him that she was in love with him. However, this was not true. Natalya did not seem to be in love with Lomov at any point in the play.

Question 3

(i) Find all the words and expressions in the play that the characters use to speak about each other, and the accusations and insults they hurl at each other. (For example, Lomov, in the end, calls Chubukow an intriguer; but earlier, Chunukow has himself called Lomov a “malicious, double-faced intriguer.” Again, Lomov begins by describing Natalya as “an excellent housekeeper, not bad-looking, well-educated.”)

(ii) Then think of five adjectives or adjective expressions of your own to describe each character in the play.

(iii) Can you now imagine what these characters will quarrel about next?


Thinking about Language

I. 1. Read through the play carefully, and find expressions that you think are not used in contemporary English, and contrast these with idiomatic modern English expressions that also occur in the play.

2. Look up the following words in a dictionary and find out how to pronounce them. Pay attention to how many syllables there are in each word, and find out which syllable is stressed, or said more forcefully.

palpitations, interfere, implore, thoroughbred, pedigree, principle, evidence, misfortune, malicious, embezzlement, architect, neighbors, accustomed, temporary, behavior and documents. 

3. Look up the following phrases in a dictionary to find out their meaning, and then use each in a sentence of your own.

(i) You may take it that

(ii) He seems to be coming round

(iii) My foot’s gone to sleep

II. Reported Speach

You must have noticed that when we report someone’s exact words, we have to make some changes in the sentence structure. In the following sentences fill in the blanks to list the changes that have occurred in the above pairs of sentences. One has been done for you.

(i) To report a question, we use the reporting verb asked (as in sentence set 1).

(ii) To report a statement, we use the reporting verb ———–.

(iii) The adverb of place here changes to ———.

(iv) When the verb in direct speech is in the present tense, the verb in reported speech is in the ——— tense (as in sentence set 3).

(v) If the verb in direct speech is in the present continuous tense, the verb in reported speech changes to ——– tense. For example, ——— changes to was getting.

(vi) When the sentence indirect speech contains a word denoting respect, we add the adverb ——– in the reporting clause (as in sentence set 1).

(vii) The pronouns I, me, our, and mine which are used in the first person in direct speech, change according to the subject or object of the reporting verb such as ——–, ———, ———-, or ——— in reported speech.


That’s the complete NCERT Class 10 English Chapter 11 “The Proposal” questions and answers notes for academic session 2021-2022.

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