NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Unit 10

The Sermon at Benares Class 10

Unit 10 The Sermon at Benares Exercise Answers & Summary

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Thinking about the text : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 135

Q1 :  

When her son dies, Kisa Gotami goes from house to house. What does she ask for? Does she get it? Why not?


Answer :

When Kisa Gotami's son died, she went from house to house, asking if she could get some medicine that would cure her child.

No, she did not get it because her child was dead and no medicine could have brought him back to life.

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Q2 :  

Kisa Gotami again goes from house to house after she speaks with the Buddha. What does she ask for, the second time around? Does she get it? Why not?


Answer :

When she met the Buddha, he asked her to get a handful of mustard seeds from a house where no one had lost a child, husband, parent, or friend. She went from house to house, but could not get the mustard seeds because there was not a single house where no one had died in the family.

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Q3 :  

What does Kisa Gotami understand the second time that she failed to understand the first time? Was this what the Buddha wanted her to understand?


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Why do you think Kisa Gotami understood this only the second time? In what way did the Buddha change her understanding?


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How do you usually understand the idea of 'selfishness'? Do you agree with Kisa Gotami that she was being 'selfish in her grief'?


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Thinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 136

Q1 :  

This text is written in an old-fashioned style, for it reports an incident more than two millennia old. Look for the following words and phrases in the text, and try to rephrase them in more current language, based on how you understand them.

  • give thee medicine for thy child

  • Pray tell me

  • Kisa repaired to the Buddha

  • there was no house but someone had died in it

  • kinsmen

  • Mark!


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Q2 :  

You know that we can combine sentences using words like and, or, but, yet and then. But sometimes no such word seems appropriate. In such a case was can use a semicolon (;) or a dash (-) to combine two clauses.

She has no interest in music; I doubt she will become a singer like her mother.

The second clause here gives the speaker's opinion on the first clause.

Here is a sentence from the text that uses semicolons to combine clauses. Break up the sentence into three simple sentences. Can you then say which has a better rhythm when you read it, the single sentence using semicolons, or the three simple sentences?

For there is not any means by which those who have been born can avoid dying; after reaching old age there is death; of such a nature are living beings.


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