NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Main Course Book (MCB) Unit 24

Unit-6 Challenges to National Integration Class 10

Unit 24 Unit-6 Challenges to National Integration Exercise Answers & Summary

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Unit-6 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 209

Q1 :  

What are the narrow domestic walls being referred to?


Answer :

The "domestic walls" in the poem refer to the petty social divisions prevailing in the society such as caste, creed, religion region, etc.

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Q2 :  

Why are they 'narrow'?


Answer :

The poet calls the "domestic walls" narrow as they are making the society stagnant and incapable for progress and revolutionary idea are unable to proliferate through these walls. Thus, it is capturing the society in old and obsolete customs, stopping it from evolving.

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Q3 :  

How / when does the 'clear stream of reason' lose its way?


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Q4 :  

What is the poet's appeal?


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Q5 :  

'Despite these disadvantages, he possessed great innate wisdom and a true generosity of spirit'. The expression 'these disadvantages' here refers to

(a) lack of formal education and riches

(b) middle class social status and a small town

(c) lack of comforts and luxuries


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Q6 :  

Kalam's childhood was

(a) secure

(b) insecure

(c) austere


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Q7 :  

'That forced my cousin Samsuddin'… 'That' here refers to

(a) world War II

(b) increase in the demand of tamarind seeds

(c) withdrawal of train halt at Rameshwaram station


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Q8 :  

Samsuddin was forced to seek a helping hand because

(a) the Second World War had begun

(b) the train now halted at Rameshwaram station

(c) newspapers thrown from the moving train had to be collected


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Q9 :  

Kalam continues to be proud of the money he had earned during the time of World

War-II because

(a) his cousin Samsuddin had helped him earn it

(b) it was the first wages he had earned

(c) he was able to supplement his father's income


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Q10 :  

Kalam owes his honesty and self-discipline to his

(a) brothers

(b) father

(c) mother


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Q11 :  

As children Kalam and his friends did not have any

(a) religious differences

(b) right upbringing

(c) realization that they were different in any way


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Q12 :  

Paragraph 5 shows that Kalam's mother and grandmother had

(a) great scholarship and wisdom

(b) excellent ability to tell stories of historic importance

(c) all embracing outlook on religion and communities


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Q13 :  

'As the new teacher saw it' (Paragraph 6). Which of the following best explains the meaning of this expression?

(a) as our new teacher understood it

(b) as our new teacher wanted it

(c) as our new teacher was asked to ensure


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Q14 :  

Lakshmana Sastry made the newly appointed teacher realize that

(a) it was wrong on his part to discriminate on the basis of religion

(b) it was wrong to separate two great friends

(c) it was wrong to impose one's own ideas on others


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Q15 :  

Kalam's science teacher Sivasubramania was something of a rebel in the sense that

(a) he used to spend hours with his students

(b) he used to defy his wife

(c) he encouraged people of different communities and castes to mix up freely


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Q16 :  

The science teacher's wife's behaviour during Kalam's second visit to their home showed that

(a) she had understood and adopted her husband's outlook on the oneness of mankind

(b) she wanted to repent for her earlier mistake

(c) she had purified her kitchen ritually


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Q17 :  

Father gave Kalam the example of the seagull to

(a) encourage him to be adventurous and fearless

(b) encourage him to study the science of flying

(c) encourage him to be creative and imaginative


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Q18 :  

"Once you decide to change the system, such problems have to be confronted."

Which problems are referred to here?

(a) keeping kitchens ritually pure

(b) discrimination and boycott on the basis of one's faith

(c) differences in the way people of different communities live


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Q19 :  

Complete the following sentences.

a. An example of the generosity and kindness of Kalam's parents is

____________________________________________________

b. Kalam feels he had a very secure childhood because____________________

c. The suspension of train halt at Rameshwaram station proved to be a blessing in disguise for Kalam because_______________________________

d. Kalam continues to feel proud about the money he had earned in childhood by picking up bundles of newspaper because______________________________

e. Some traits and values Kalam and his siblings inherited from their parents were_____________________________

f. The salient feature of Kalam's relationship with his three childhood friends was that_____________________________

g. Two unique examples of communal harmony and brotherhood of mankind are________________________________

h. The nation should be wary of people like the grade V teacher of the narrator because___________________________

i. However, the country needs more and more people like Kalam's Science teacher Sivasubramania and Kalam's mother and grandmother because__________________

j. Kalam's second visit to his science teacher's house surprised him because ___________________________________________________________


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Q20 :  

For reasons I have never been able to understand, a sudden demand for tamarind seeds erupted in the market.

(a) came up

(b) blew up

(c) ended


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Q21 :  

My brother-in-law Jallaluddin would tell me stories about the War which I would later attempt to trace in the headlines in Dinamani.

(a) draw

(b) locate

(c) copy


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Q22 :  

The first casualty came in the form of the suspension of the train halt at Rameswaram station.

(a) target

(b) something destroyed as an indirect result of a particular event or circumstances

(c) victim


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Q23 :  

My cousin Samsuddin, was looking for a helping hand to catch the bundles and, as if naturally, I filled the slot.

(a) was found suitable for the purpose

(b) applied for the job

(c) was rejected


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Q24 :  

The new teacher could not stomach a Hindu priest's son sitting with a Muslim boy.

(a) tolerate

(b) dislike

(c) face


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Q25 :  

He looked utterly downcast as I shifted to my seat in the last row.

(a) happy

(b) angry

(c) dejected


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Q26 :  

Sivasubramania Iyer was not perturbed, nor did he get angry with his wife

(a) relaxed

(b) agitated

(c) panicky


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Q27 :  

Then the Second World War was over and India's freedom was imminent.

(a) at hand

(b) well-known

(c) distant


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Q28 :  

Phrases

Match the phrases in Column A with their meanings in Column B

Column A

Column B

Break out

to try to find somebody or something

To look for

as a rule or in general taking all relevant factors into account

To take over

start suddenly and strongly

To go into

to obtain or assume control of something, or gain control of something from somebody else

On the whole

to begin a job or career in a particular area of activity


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Q29 :  

Why is national integration important for a country like India?


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Q30 :  

What are the aims of national integration?


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Q31 :  

What are the forces that challenge national integration?


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Q32 :  

What are the steps that we should take to strengthen the nation and its unity?


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Q33 :  

How can we bind the people of the country and create an emotional bond?


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Q34 :  

How can we attain internal freedom for the people of the country?


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Q35 :  

Read the passage carefully and familiarize yourself with the new words used in the passage by working out their meanings. Match the words in column A with their meanings in column B.

Column A

Column B

Foster

The act of accepting someone as a part of a group

Pernicious

Excessive enthusiasm for an extreme political or religious cause

Integration

Encourage the development of

Fanaticism

Agreement and support resulting from shared interests, feelings or opinions

Solidarity

Having a harmful effect


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