# NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English It So Happened Chapter 10

## The Comet - II Class 8

### Comprehension check : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 83

Q1 :

"For a moment James wondered if he had done his sums right." Why was James doubtful about his sums and calculations?

James became doubtful about his sums and calculations when he looked up from his window and saw a star-studded night sky. He knew that somewhere amongst those stars was Comet Dutta, which was heading for a collision with the earth. It was hard for him to believe the calamity of the future on such a peaceful night.

Q2 :

What did the scientists at the conference say about James's 'sums'?

The scientists said that James' 'sums' were correct and that there was no escape from the direct hit predicted by him. There was a small chance that the comet might just graze the atmosphere of the earth and not collide. In that case, the loss of life and property would not be total. However, that was hardly reassuring. Therefore, they decided to take some action.

Q3 :

Immediate action was needed, the scientists decided. Give one exampleeach of 'defensive' and 'offensive' action mentioned in the text.

Q4 :

I am not buying any Christmas presents till December 15.” What did Sir John mean by that?

Q5 :

What is Duttada expected to do on his return from London?

Q6 :

What is his reaction to the proposal?

Q7 :

(i) What does 'Project Light Brigade' refer to?

(ii) What does Sir John say about the Project in his letter to Duttada in October?

Q8 :

Q9 :

Why, according to Indrani Debi, had the comet not been disastrous?Do you agree with her?

Q10 :

(i) rational?

(ii) moral?

Choose the right word. Say why you think it right.

### Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 88

Q1 :

Should a scientist's findings be suppressed if they seem disturbing? Give reasons for and against the topic.

Q2 :

Do you think ours is a traditional society? What are some of the things we do to be called traditional? Do you find these things useless or useful?

Q3 :

Give two or three examples to show how science has been useful to us.

Q4 :

Give one example to show how science has been misused, and has as a result been harmful to us