NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Literature Reader Unit 7

The Frog and the Nightingale Class 10

Unit 7 The Frog and the Nightingale Exercise Answers & Summary

Summary of "The Frog and the Nightingale"

The frog and the nightingale is poetic fable with a satire on the human behavior. The poem starts with the frog that sat under a Sumac tree and croaked all night in a loud and unpleasant voice right from dusk to dawn. All the creatures hated his voice. Their complaints, insults and brickbats couldn't stop him from croaking stubbornly. Nothing could shatter his determination.

Then, one night a nightingale came flying and sat on the branch of Sumac tree. She started singing in her melodious voice. They all got completely engrossed in the nightingales' song and kept on looking at the sumac tree where the nightingale was sitting. Ducks and herons swam towards the Sumac tree to hear the nightingale serenade. Some lonely creature even wept hearing her song.

The entire event left the frog very jealous and he decided to get rid of this new rival, the nightingale. The next night, when the modest bird prepared to sing, the plotting frog interrupted. He posed as a music critic and said that the technique was fine, of course, but it lacked a certain force. The dominating frog told the nightingale she must not boast about her talent. He also said that he could give her training to make her winner else she would always remain a beginner. The nightingale said the frog that she could not believe her luck. The frog said that she would train her and also charge her nominal fee. That night the nightingale sang melodiously and the frog charged admission fee from all the animals that came to hear the song.

The next morning there was a heavy downpour. Despite the bad weather the frog forced the nightingale to sing though she was unwilling. Probably, the nightingale was not feeling well. The frog and the nightingale sang continuously six hours still she was shivering and her voice had become rough and unclear. Meanwhile, the frog made the nightingale rehearse hard and constantly criticized and abused her, with an intention to break her spirit. The disappointed nightingale sings, burst her veins and dies. The unsympathetic frog dismissed her off - calling her 'stupid'. He summed up the nightingale was too nervous and prone to influence, hence bringing her own downfall. Now, the frog once again sings at night in his bog.

The poet Vikram Seth, very cleverly gives us a message of the importance of self-confidence and moral courage in his poem," The 'Frog and the Nightingale'
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Unit-7 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 85

Q1 :  

Listed below are a few character traits of people. Some are positive qualities, while others are not. Tick mark the ones you feel are desirable qualities in a person.

Characteristic

Tick Mark

Characteristic

Tick Mark

Characteristic

Tick Mark

Insensitive

High- headed

Manipulative

Humorous

Egoistic

Patronizing

Naïve

Humble

Submissive

Opportunistic

Foolish

Arrogant

Creative

Original

Conniving

Disapproving

Helpful

Innocent

Commanding

Calculative

Condescending

Benevolent

Crafty

Scheming

Simple

Wise

Rude

Overbearing

Generous

Boastful

Sly

Gentle

Proud

Territorial

Aggressive

Servile


Answer :

The following are the qualities desirable in a person:

  • Humorous,

  • Creative,

  • Benevolent,

  • Simple,

  • Humble,

  • Helpful,

  • Gentle,

  • Generous,

  • Wise,

  • Innocent,

  • Condescending.

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Q2 :  

Have you come across people who are not what they seem to be - like someone who is extremely friendly and helpful yet you are not very comfortable with him /her as you feel it is a put-on? Have a class discussion about such people and why you feel as you do.


Answer :

Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some pointers for discussion have been provided for your reference.

Yes, I have come across such persons. They, at first, are and can be successful in impressing others. However, when the real picture is revealed, they are subjected to embarrassment and humiliation. They also lose their popularity and the previously formed impression gets marred.

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Q3 :  

Before you read the poem complete the word - web with the words that we associate with a Frog and a Nightingale.

Frog: Croak, Ugly, etc.


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Q4 :  

The following is a summary of the poem but it is jumbled up. Write out the events in their correct order to form a continuous paragraph.

(a) As a result, her voice lost its beauty, and the other creatures stopped coming to hear her sing.

(b) Soon the nightingale became famous, and creatures from miles around came to hear her sing.

(c) All the creatures in the bog cheered and clapped at her beautiful song.

(d) He offered to train the nightingale, so that she could sing even more beautifully.

(e) So the frog could sing unrivalled in the bog once more.

(f) The next night the frog introduced himself.

(g) The frog charged an admission fee, and earned a lot of money from these concerts.

(h) A frog croaked all night in a bog, in an unpleasant voice.

(i) But the frog made the nightingale rehearse continuously in the rain.

(j) One night a nightingale began to sing in a melodious voice.

(k) Finally the nightingale burst a vein and died.


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Q5 :  

Now that you have read the poem, add more personality traits to the word-web of the frog and the nightingale as depicted in the poem. Then complete the table given below. (Some of the words in the box below may help you. You may also use the words given in Q. 1.)

Character

Extract

Personality

Nightingale

Sorry - was that you who spoke?

Polite, Timorous

Frog

Yes,… you see,

I'm the frog who owns this tree

In this bog I've long been known

For my splendid baritone.

Nightingale

Did you…did you like my song?

Frog

Not too bad - but far too long

The technique was fine, of course,

But it lacked a certain force.

Frog

Without proper training such as I

And a few others can supply

You'll remain a mere beginner,

But with me you'll be a winner.

Nightingale

But I can't sing in this weather.

Nightingale

…This is a fairy tale -

And you're Mozart in disguise

Come to earth before my eyes.

Frog

Come, my dear - we'll sing together.

Frog

We must aim for better billing

You still owe me sixty shillings.

Frog

Brainless bird - you're on the stage

Use your wits and follow fashion.

Puff your lungs out with your passion.

Frog

…I tried to teach her,

But she was a stupid creature.

Dismissive

Nervous

Timid

Presumptuous

Superior

Fawning

Shy

Polite

Meek

Possessive

Dominating

Mercenery


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Q6 :  

Situations

The efforts made by the other creatures of the bog to still the frog's determination 'to display his heart's elation'.


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Q7 :  

Situations

The first time the Nightingale sings.


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Q8 :  

Situations

The nightingale is awestruck when the frog introduces himself.


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Q9 :  

Situations

The practice session when it is raining.


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Situations

The nightingale is reprimanded by the frog when the box office crashes.


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Q11 :  

The frog's aim was to

(a) make the nightingale a sensation

(b) make the nightingale as good a singer as him

(c) maintain his supremacy in the bog

(d) make a lot of money


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Q12 :  

The animals reacted to the nightingale's song with

(a) hatred

(b) admiration

(c) indifference

(d) suggestions for improvement


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Q13 :  

The nightingale accepted the frog's tutelage as she

(a) was not confident of herself

(b) wanted to become as good a singer as the frog

(c) wanted to become a professional singer

(d) was not a resident of Bingle Bog


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Q14 :  

Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

The nightingale was sorrowful and pale because

1. she had been practicing in the rain

2. she had been performing all night

3. she was losing confidence in herself

4. she was falling ill


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Q15 :  

Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

The audience was tired of her song because

1. they had heard it many times

2. it had become mechanical

3. she looked tired

4. she had added trill to her song


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Q16 :  

Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

She no longer enjoyed singing alone as

1. she wanted to sing only for titled crowd

2. she was now used to the appreciation she got

3. the frog was no longer with her

4. she had become proud of herself


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Q17 :  

How did the creatures of Bingle bog react to the nightingale's singing?


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Q18 :  

Which are the different ways in which the frog asserts his importance?


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Q19 :  

Why is the frog's joy both sweet and bitter?


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Q20 :  

Why was the frog angry?


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Q21 :  

How did the frog become the unrivalled king of the bog again?


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Writing taskunit-7 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 95

Q1 :  

Bring out the irony in the frog's statement - 'Your song must be your own'.


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Q2 :  

Do you think the end is justified?


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Q3 :  

Do you think the nightingale is 'brainless'? Give reasons for your answer.


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Q4 :  

Inspite of having a melodious voice and being a crowd puller, the nightingale turns out to be a loser and dies. How far is she responsible for her own downfall?


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Q5 :  

Do you agree with the Frog's inference of the Nightingale's character? Give reasons for your answer.


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Q6 :  

The Frog and the nightingale is a spoof on the present society. Study the Mind Map given below. Divide yourselves into groups, select a box and discuss the statement given. Then present your views to the class.

CLASS DISCUSSION

How a person tries to put down another when that perosn is succeeding in his or her life.

Our self-image is often based on what others make us believe we are. A poor self-image can do irrepairable damage to us. Do you agree with this statement? Elaborate with suitable reasons and exmples.


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Q7 :  

The nightingale has scaled the heights of success. But now the audience is dwindling, the frog is unhappy and reprimands her all the time. She is mentally and physically exhausted and fears failure. As the nightingale, write a diary entry highlighting her fears and analyzing the reasons for her failure.


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Q8 :  

Write an obituary for the nightingale. You may begin like this: May the kind soul……… (or you may make use of your own beginning)


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