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Chapter : The Portrait of a Lady

“My grandmother always went to school with me because the school was attached
to the temple”

1. Whom does ‘me’ refer to?
2. What do infer about the character of the grandmother from the given line?
3. Which stage of his life is the narrator talking about?

“When I went up to University, I was given a room of my own. The common link
of friendship was snapped. My grandmother accepted her seclusion with

1. Explain the phrase ‘accepted her seclusion with resignation’
2. Which stage of his life is the narrator referring to?
3. Name the author.

Short answer questions:

1. Why did the grandmother hate music?
2. How did the sparrows mourn the death of the grandmother?
3. Why was the grandmother unhappy with the city education?
4. How did the grandmother celebrate the home coming of her grandson?

Long answer questions

1. Gradually the author and the grandmother saw less of each other and their
friendship was broken. Was the distancing in the relationship deliberate or
due to the demand of the situation?
2. Draw the character sketch of author’s grandmother.

Why do you think did the narrator call Ile Amsterdam „the most beautiful islandin theworld‟? 2. Jon asked. “But. Describe Ile Amsterdam. Why it was the most beautiful island in the world? Short answer questions: 1. are we going to die?” I tried to assure him that we could make it.” 1. Daddy.Chapter : We are not afraid to die RTC 1 “When I went in to comfort the children. 2. with little vegetation — the most beautiful island in the world!” 1. It was only a bleak piece of volcanic rock. Chapter : A photograph RTC 1 . why did the narrator go to comfort the children? 2. How did Sue try to enliven the gloomy atmosphere? 4.” he went on. How can you say that Suzanne’s injuries were serious? Long answer questions 1. How did the narrator respond to little John’s words? What do his actions revealabout hischaracter? 3. Justify the title of the story. Sue and I. Why did the narrator felt determined afterwards? 3. “Daddy. RTC 2 “I rushed on deck and gazed with relief at the stark outline of Ile Amsterdam. Give the meaning of the word ‘assure’. 3. “we aren’t afraid of dying if we can all be together — you and Mummy. Describe the steps taken by the crewmen to protect the boat from the storm and the gigantic waves. Why was the narrator relieved after seeing Ile Amsterdam? 2.

With whom did the girl go paddling? RTC 2 A sweet face My mother’s. How does the poet describe her mother? 3. “See Betty And Dolly. “and look how they Dressed us for the beach. 3. The three stanzas of the poem depict the three different phases." she’d say. What does the cardboard refer to? 2." 1. Who was the big girl? How old she was? 3. What has stood the onslaught of time and what has not? 2. Describe the theme of the poem. 1. . Where was the mother?What was she doing? RTC 3 Some twenty.years later She’d laugh at the snapshot. 1. What does the changelessness of sea suggest to you ? 2. Who would laugh twenty-thirty years later? 2.The cardboard shows me how it was When the two girl cousins went paddling Each one holding one of my mother’s hands. What are they? 4. And she the big girl .thirty. Who were Betty and Dolly? Short answer questions: 1.some twelve years or so. What do you learn about the poet’s mother? Long answer questions 1. How did the mother remember her past? 3. that was before I was born And the sea. Explain the line ‘Both wry with the labored ease of loss’. which appears to have changed less Washed their terribly transient feet.

That’s all I know. How would you classify ‘art’ on the basis of your reading the chapter ‘Landscape of the Soul’? 3. the Chinese painter does not choose a single viewpoint. What is the expectation of a European painter from his onlookers? 2. Explain the concept of Shanshui and the fundamental notions of Daoism 2. What happened to the painter as he entered the cave? 2. How does the Chinese view of art differ from The European view? Illustrate your answer with examples. . (a) Where did the poet in childhood go? (b) Why does the poet call it a forgotten place? (c) Find out similar word to ‘toddler‘ in meaning. Give meaning of the word ‘Landscape’. How has Nek Chand followed the notions of ‘art brut’ or ‘raw art’ in his works? 4. That’s hidden in an infant’s face. Chapter : Childhood RTC1 Where did my childhood go? It went to some forgotten place. from a specific angle. 1. How does Nathalie Trouveroy define the role of Man? Long answer question: 1. What is the expectation of a Chinese painter from his onlookers? 3. Short answer question: 1.Chapter : Landscape of the Soul RTC 1 Whereas the European painter wants you to borrow his eyes and look at a particular landscape exactly as he saw it.

Chapter : Summer of the beautiful White Horse RTC 1 ‘ It’s no harm. But did not act so lovingly…’ keeping in mind this line describe how the poet points at the hypocritical life of the elderly. (a) When did the childhood go? (b) What are hell and heaven? (c) What massage did the author want to convey? RTC 3 When did my childhood go? Was it the time I realized that adults were not All these seemed to be. What does the Hell and heaven stand for? 2. They talked of love and preached of love. Where does the poet find his lost childhood? How can he get it back? 4. Was that the day ! (a) What does the poet realize about adults (b) Why is the poet feeling sorry? (c) Trace the word from the extract which means to teach Short answer questions: 1. And therefore could not be.RTC2 When did my childhood go? Was it the day I ceased to be eleven Was it the time I realized that Hell and Heaven Could not be found in Geography. What did the poet realize when he was twelve years? Long Answer question 1. ‘They talked of love and preached of love. pay no attention to it’ a) Who said these words in the lesson? . What contrast did he find in adult’s behaviour? 3. But did not act so lovingly.

Why was Ranga’s homecoming a great event? 7. Why does the narrator call the Indians a flock of sheep? 8. How was ‘the Bombay’ . Which incident you like the most and why. Gangadhar Pant had not been to ‘this Bomabay before’. Why does the narrator often deviate from the main story? Q2 Answer the following question in about 100-125 words 1 What kind of a person do you think the narrator is? 2 Ranga’s views on marriage are quite different. Highlight the similarities between Khosrove and Mourad. yet he follows the conventional way of choosing a girl for himself. How does Aram justify the act of stealing? 4. State some of the humorous incidents of the story. Chapter – RANGA’S MARRIAGE Q1 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words. What are the narrator’s views about English language? 4. What impression do you form of the cousin Mourad? 2. Elucidate. The Adventure A. What did you get to know about the families of two boys from this story the beautiful white horse? 2. Who was Ranga? What was special about him? 2. SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS (Word limit: 40 words) 1. What were Ranga’s views on marriage? 6. b) What does the statement reflect about the speaker’s character? c) Name the author of the lesson Short answer question: 1. How did the narrator carry out his resolve to get Ranga married to Ratna? 3. What plan of action had Professor Gaitonde arrived at? 2. Long answer question 1. How did the narrator let Ranga have a glimpse of Ratna? 5. 1. Why did the boys return the horse to John Byro? 3.

Why do you think Gangadharpant appreciated the India he had seen recently? 12. Calcutta and Madras. It established their supremacy in northern India. How did the shops and office buildings along Hornby Road differ from those he knew well? 5. What was the state of India Gangadharpant had seen during the twentieth century? 11. Why do you think Rajendra’s ‘smile’ was replaced by a ‘grave expression’? 18. How did the audience react to Professor Gaitonde’s remarks: ‘‘an unchaired lecture is like Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ without the Prince of Denmark’’? 16. perhaps before 1857? 4. Which lines revealed that Vishwasrao had come quite close to being killed? 14. ‘‘How did the Marathas win the battle?’’ and what did he think about it? 13.’’ Which account is referred to here? Why did he read it avidly? 8. The Company’s influence was reduced to small areas near Bombay. Vishwasrao and his brother Madhavrao had political sharpness and bravery. How did the Victory in the Battle of Panipat affect the balance of power? Ans. 9. not totally unexpected. Where from did Gangadhar Pant get the clue for the question. It was a great morale booster to the Marathas. What led Professor Gaitonde to believe that ‘history has taken a different turn. What happened as Professor Gaitonde kept on trying valiantly to correct the sacrilege? 17. What do you think made Rajendra realize that ‘‘facts can be stranger than fantasies’’? .different? 3. Which according to Gangadharpant was the precise moment where history had taken a different turn? 7. The influence of Bhausaheb and Vishwasrao increased. ‘‘Gangdharpant read through the account avidly. ‘‘This was a blow.’’ What was the blow and how was it not totally unexpected? 6. Why was Professor Gaitonde staring at the platform in Azad Maidan as if mesmerized? 15. How was the balance of power maintained in the nineteenth century? 10. The East India Company postponed its expansionist programme.

What had Professor Gaitonde been thinking at the time of collision? 26.’’ says Professor Gaitonde. according to Rajendra. How. ‘‘We live in a unique world which has a unique history. What do you understand by. What do you learn about Professor Gaitonde’s thousandth presidential address? .19. ‘‘The lack of determinism in quantum theory’’? 23. How does Rajendratry to convince him with guess work? 25. What prompts him to make this remark? 21. What do you know about ‘reality’ on the basis of your study of Jayant Narlikar’s 22. ‘‘But why did I make the transition?’’ asks Gangadharpant. How does Rajendra explain the disparity in the two accounts of the same crucial event in the Battle of Panipat? 20. was Gangadharpant able to experience two worlds? 24.

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