NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Unit 3

Two Stories About Flying Class 10

Unit 3 Two Stories About Flying Exercise Answers & Summary

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Thinking about the text : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 36

Q1 :  

Why was the young seagull afraid to fly? Do you think all young birds are afraid to make their first flight, or are some birds more timid than others? Do you think a human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first steps?


Answer :

The young seagull was afraid to fly because it was its first flight. It is a well known fact that doing something for the first time is challenging. Therefore, all young birds must be afraid to make their first flights. Similarly, a human baby would also find it a challenge to take its first step.

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Q2 :  

"The sight of the food maddened him." What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?


Answer :

The young seagull was very hungry. It was this hunger that ultimately compelled it to fly. Its hunger only intensified when it saw its mother tearing at a piece of fish that lay at her feet. It cried to her, begging her to get some food. When its mother came towards it with food in her beak, it screamed with joy and anticipation. However, she stopped midway. It wondered why she did not come nearer. Not being able to resist or control its hunger any longer, it dived at the food in its mother's beak. At that moment, his hunger overpowered his fear of the great expanse of sea beneath the cliff. Finally, this plunge was followed by the natural reaction of its body, i.e., to fly.

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Q3 :  

"They were beckoning to him, calling shrilly. "Why did the seagull's father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly?


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Q4 :  

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.


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Q5 :  

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?


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Thinking about the textthinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 40

Q1 :  

"I'll take the risk." What is the risk? Why does the narrator take it?


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Q2 :  

Try to guess the meanings of the word 'black' in the sentences given below. Check the meanings in the dictionary and find out whether you have guessed right.

1. Go and have a bath; your hands and face are absolutely black __________.

2. The taxi-driver gave Ratan a black look as he crossed the road when the traffic light was green. __________

3. The bombardment of Hiroshima is one of the blackest crimes against humanity. __________

4. Very few people enjoy Harold Pinter's black comedy. __________

5. Sometimes shopkeepers store essential goods to create false scarcity and then sell these in black. __________

6. Villagers had beaten the criminal black and blue. __________


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Q3 :  

Describe the narrator's experience as he flew the aeroplane into the storm.


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Q4 :  

Why does the narrator say, "I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota…"?


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Q5 :  

What made the woman in the control centre look at the narrator strangely?


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Q6 :  

Who do you think helped the narrator to reach safely? Discuss this among yourselves and give reasons for your answer.


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Thinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 41

Q1 :  

Match the phrases given under Column A with their meanings given under Column B:

A

B

1.

Fly a flag

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Move quickly/suddenly

2.

Fly into rage

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Be successful

3.

Fly along

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Display a flag on a long pole

4.

Fly high

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Escape from a place

5.

Fly the coop

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Become suddenly very angry


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Q2 :  

We know that the word 'fly' (of birds/insects) means to move through air using wings. Tick the words which have the same or nearly the same meaning.

swoop

flit

paddle

flutter

ascend

float

ride

skim

sink

dart

hover

glide

descend

soar

shoot

spring

stay

fall

sail

flap


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