NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Unit 8

Mijbil the Otter Class 10

Unit 8 Mijbil the Otter Exercise Answers & Summary

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Oral comprehension check : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 106

Q1 :  

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 an eminently suitable spot for the experiment.

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Q2 :  

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


Answer :

He went to Basra, to the Consultate-General, to collect and answer his mail from Europe. There, he found that his friend's mail had arrived, but his had not. He sent a message to England. When nothing happened even after three days, he tried placing a call to England. On the first day, the line was out of order; on the second day, 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. His mail finally arrived five days later.

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Q3 :  

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


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Q4 :  

Why was the otter named 'Maxwell's otter'?


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Q5 :  

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

  • aloof and indifferent

  • friendly

  • hostile


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Q6 :  

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


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Q7 :  

How was Mij to be transported to England?


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Q8 :  

What did Mij do to the box?


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Q9 :  

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


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Q10 :  

Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was "the very queen of her kind"?


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Q11 :  

Whathappened when the box was opened?


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Thinking about the textoral comprehension check : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 110

Q1 :  

What things does Mij do which tell you that he is an intelligent, friendly and fun-loving animal who needs love?


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Q2 :  

What game had Mij invented?


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Q3 :  

What are some of the things we come to know about otters from this text?


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Q4 :  

What are 'compulsive habits'? What does Maxwell say are the compulsive habits of

(i) school children

(ii) Mij?


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Q5 :  

Why is Mij's species now known to the world as Maxwell's otter?


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Q6 :  

What group of animals do otters belong to?


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Q7 :  

What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mij was?


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Thinking about the textthinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 111

Q1 :  

From the table below, make as many correct sentences as you can using would and/or used to, as appropriate. (Hint: First decide whether the words in italics show an action, or a state or situation, in the past.) Then add two or three sentences of your own to it.

Emperor Akbar

would

used to

be found of musical evenings.

Every evening we

take long walks on the beach

Fifty years ago, very few people

own cars.

Till the 1980s, Shanghai

have very dirty streets.

My uncle

spend his holidays by the sea.


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Q2 :  

Maxwell in the story speaks for the otter, Mij. He tells us what the otter feels and thinks on different occasions. Given below are some things the otter does. Complete the column on the right to say what Maxwell says about what Mij feels and thinks.

What Mij does

How Mij feels or thinks

Plunges, rolls in the water and makes the water splosh and splash

-

Screws the tap in the wrong way

-

Nuzzles Maxwell's face and neck in the aeroplane

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Q3 :  

Read the story and find the sentences where Maxwell describes his pet otter. Then choose and arrange your sentences to illustrate those statements below that you think are true.

Maxwell's description

(i) makes Mij seem almost human, like a small boy.

(ii) shows that he is often irritated with what Mij does.

(iii) shows that he is often surprised by what Mij does.

(iv) of Mij's antics is comical.

(v) shows that he observes the antics of Mij very carefully.

(vi) shows that he thinks Mij is a very ordinary otter.

(vii) shows that he thinks the otter is very unusual.


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Thinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 112

Q1 :  

From the table below, make as many correct sentences as you can using would and/or used to, as appropriate. (Hint: First decide whether the words in italics show an action, or a state or situation, in the past.) Then add two or three sentences of your own to it.

Emperor Akbar

would

used to

be found of musical evenings.

Every evening we

take long walks on the beach

Fifty years ago, very few people

own cars.

Till the 1980s, Shanghai

have very dirty streets.

My uncle

spend his holidays by the sea.


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Q2 :  

II. Noun Modifiers

1. Look at these examples from the text, and say whether the modifiers (in italics) are nouns, proper nouns, or adjective plus noun.

(i)

An otter fixation

(iv)

The London streets

(ii)

The iron railings

(v)

soft velvet fur

(iii)

The Tigris marshes

(vi)

A four-footed soccer player

2. Given below are some nouns, and a set of modifiers (in the box). Combine the nouns and modifiers to make as many appropriate phrases as you can. (Hint: The nouns and modifiers are all from the texts in this book.)

temple

three girls

triangle

dresses

person

thoughts

boys

roar

gifts

scream


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Q3 :  
  1. Match the words on the left with a word on the right. Some words on the left can go with more than one word on the right.

(i)

a portion of

-

blood

(ii)

a pool of

-

cotton

(iii)

flakes of

-

stones

(iv)

a huge heap of

-

gold

(v)

a gust of

-

fried fish

(vi)

little drops of

-

snow

(vii)

a piece of

-

water

(viii)

a pot of

-

wind

2. Use a bit of/a piece of/a bunch of/a cloud of/a lump of with the italicised nouns in the following sentences. The first has been done for you as an example.


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