Lesson 3 His First Flight
Extract.1 His First Flight
He stepped slowly out to the brink of the ledge, and standing on one leg with the other leg hidden under his wing, he closed one eye, then the other, and pretended to be falling asleep. Still they took no notice of him. He saw his two brothers and his sister lying on the plateau dozing with their heads sunk into their necks.
(a) Seagull’s family wanted to help him.
(b) Who is ‘they’ in above lines ?
(i) Seagull’s friends (ii) Seagull’s parents. (iii) Birds (iv) fish
(c) What was the seagull afraid of ?
(i) Falling (ii) Sinking in the sea
(iii) Flying (iv) Starving
(a) False (b) (ii) Seagull’s parents. (c) (iii) Flying.
Extract 2 His first flight
His parents and his brothers and sister had landed on this green flooring ahead of him. They were beckoning to him, calling shrilly. He dropped his legs to stand on the green sea. His legs sank into it. He screamed with fright and attempted to rise again flapping his wings. But he was tired and weak with hunger and he could not rise, exhausted by the strange exercise. His feet sank into the green sea, and then his belly touched it and he sank no farther. He was floating on it, and around him his family was screaming, praising him and their beaks were offering him scraps of dog-fish.
(a) Who made his first flight?
(i) Eagle (ii) Crow (iii) Baby seagull. (iv) Mother seagull.
(b) Seagull tried hard to fly as he was very hungry. (True/ False)
(c) Identify the word from the extract which means ‘summoning’.
(i) Beckoning (ii) Seeing (iii) Collecting (iv) Storming.
(a) (iii) Baby seagull.
(c) (i) Beckoning.
Extract 3 His first flight
He saw his two brothers and his sister lying on the plateau dozing with white back. Only his mother was looking at him. their heads sunk into their necks. His father was preening the feathers on his
(a) How did the seagull feel looking at his family?
(i) happy (ii) angry (iii) homesick (iv) sad
(b) What was the family of the seagull doing then?
(i) brothers, sister, parents were doing various things
(ii) brothers and sister were dozing
(iii) father was preening his feathers
(iv) mother was looking at him
(c) The seagull could not be a part of the group because. His mother’s looking at him showed From (d) (e) ………….
(d) His mother’s looking at him showed ………….
(e) from which chapter this extract has been taken ?
(f) The name of the auther of the given lines is Liam O Flaherty
Ans (a) (iii) homesick
(b) (i) brothers, sister, parents were doing various things
(c) he cannot fly
(d) her concern/worry at his not flying
(e) Two Stories About Flying
There was no answer. The radio was dead too. I had no radio, no compass, and I could not see where I was. I was lost in the storm. Then, in the black clouds quite near me, I saw another aeroplane. It had no lights on its wings, but I could see it flying next to me through the storm. I could see the pilot’s face-turned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved.
(a) The author of ‘Black Aeroplane’ is
(i) Liam O’Flaherty
(ii) Frederick Forsyth
(iii) Leslie Norris
(iv) John Berryman
(b) Whom do ‘I’ and ‘the’ refer to?
(i) the narrator and the pilot of the black aeroplane
(ii) the pilot and the black aeroplane
(iii) the pilot of the Dakota and the pilot of the black aeroplane
(iv) all the above
(c)The problem faced by the pilot of the Dakota was . storm.
(d) The pilot of the black aeroplane lifted his hand to ………. him.
(e) Which word in the extract means an instrument to find the direction ?
(f) ‘He’ refers to the person flying in the plane next to the narrator’s.
Ans.(a) (ii) Frederick Forsyth (b) (iv) all the above (c) of being lost in the (d) ask him to follow (e) Compass (f) True
LESSON 3 HIS FIRST FLIGHT THINKING ABOUT Object type of Questions
Who has written the story ‘His First Flight’?
(a) Liam O’Flaherty
(b) Anne Frank
(c) Frederick Forsyth
What was the seagull afraid of ?
(b) Anne Frank
(d) Nelson Mandela
What food did the seagull’s mother get for it?
(a) Insect (b) Crab. (c) Prawn
Why did mother seagull stop midway while giving fish?
(a) To push him to fly
(b) She got tried
(c) She didn’t want to give
(d) None of these
What did his parents threaten him with ?
(a) Never to talk with him (b) To punish him
(c) To starve him. (d) None of these
The lesson ‘His First Flight’ is about
(a) Pigeon. (b) pilot
(c) Parrot. (d) Seagull
What did the seagull pretend ?
(a) Running fast
(b) Falling asleep
Who was alone on the ledge?
(a) Brother of seagull
(b) Mother of seagull
(c) Father seagull
(d) Young seagull
How many brothers did young seagull have? (a) One (b) Two (c) Three (d) Four
Who was with the young seagull on the ledge?
(a) His mother
(b). His father
(c) His brother
(d) He was alone
Two Stories About Flying Class 10
1. Why was the young seagull afraid to fly? Do you think all young birds are afraid to make their first flight, or are som take its first steps?
? Do you think a human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first steps?
Ans. The young seagull was afraid to fly because he thought that he would fall. All young birds are afraid to make their first flight. Human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first step.
2. “The sight of the food maddened him.” What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?
Ans. It suggests that food is the most necessary thing for a living creature. It was this necessity that compelled the Seagull to take risk. Food is the primary need. Hunger shades away fear.
3. “They were beckoning to him, calling shrilly.” Why did the seagull’s father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly?
Ans. Seagull’s father and mother wanted him to became self-dependent. So they threatened him and cajoled him to fly.
4. Have you ever had a similar experience, where your parents encouraged you to do something that you were too scared to try? Discuss this in pairs or groups.
Ans. Yes, I had a similar experience while learning to ride a bicycle in class V. In my initial attempts, I fell down many times and developed a fear of cycling which was difficult to overcome.
5. In the case of a bird flying, it seems a natural act, and a foregone conclusion that it should succeed. In the examples you have given in answer to the previous question, was your success guaranteed, or was it important for you to try, regardless of a possibility of failure?
Ans. My father encouraged me to overcome the fear and helped in learning cycling. He took me on a small hill near our village, made me sit and asked me to put my hands on the handle and feet on the pedals. When he pushed me, the cycle moved and I enjoyed it without fear, which developed my confidence. Thus, I overcame my fear of cycling and started riding a cycle regularly after a little practice
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