Important Question Answers for CBSE Board Examination
English Literature (Footprints Without Feet)
Q2. Fiction writers prefer creating grey characters rather than black and white. Analyse the statement with reference to both the characters in ‘The Thief’s Story’.
Ans. White refers to hero or noble characters, black refers to villain or evil characters and grey refers to mixed personalities having their strengths and weaknesses.
Anil also is not a heroic character. He earns and spends, borrows and lends without thinking of his future. They both are very simple people leading life of ups and downs.
Ans. Noodle is very smart, clever and manipulative. He knows how to put in his ideas or opinions without offending his boss, Think Tank or without letting him know that his ideas are not so good. Noodle uses the words like insignificant idea or trifling mind for his suggestions even when his ideas are brilliant as he doesn’t want to be condescending towards his boss as well as retain his job with dignity.
Q4. How is Horace different from other thieves? Why can't he be categorised a stereotypical thief?
Q5. How does the story 'Bholi' highlight social evils prevalent in Indian Society?
Bholi's father sent his sons to schools and colleges for education but not his daughters. Villagers think that an educated girl is difficult to get married. Bholi’s marriage was the greatest concern as if a girl without marriage is unacceptable in the society. A girl’s physical and facial beauty is a major concern and a matter of worry for a family as if a girl is an object of beauty and without physical beauty she is worthless.
Q6. A lot of fiction writers have glorified grey characters such as cons and thieves. Justify the statement with reference to 'The Hack Driver'.
A. A lot of fiction writers have glorified clever cons like Lutkins in the story who with his gift of gab and remarkable talent of making stories impressed gullible lawyer. Other fiction writers have done the same in their creations i.e. Open Window, Dusk and movies like Bunty Aur Bubli and Dhoom. Hack driver was a liar and an unlawful person who doesn't obey the court's order. But he was presented as a smart, clever and pleasant personality who impressed the lawyer with his cheerfulness. On the contrary, lawyer who is a law abiding and simple man was described as a fool and gullible person.
Q7. Who is responsible for Matilda's loss? How could she have avoided this tragic turnout in her life?
A. Matilda herself was responsible for her loss. Her greed and strong desire to lead a lavish and luxurious life led her to the tragic end of the story. In order to satisfy her desires, she had to borrow the necklace which was lost. She could have chosen something within her husband’s budget and given more importance to real happiness, and a loving and caring husband. Even her own beauty was a great asset, If she had told truth to her friend when necklace was lost, she could have avoided this tragic end.
Q8. "Mother is a child's first school". Elaborate the statement in the light of Richard Ebright's mother's contribution in making him a scientist.
Ans. "Mother is a child's first school." This statement is truly justified. The role of Ebright’s mother is immense in making him a scientist. She bought all the necessary equipments such as microscope, telescope, camera, mounting material, brought friends for him, gave him tasks to do. She discussed things with him on dining table, played with him. Most importantly, she brought a magazine – Travels of Monarch X which was a turning point in making him a scientist.
Q9. How does Mrs. Pumphrey and her pampering and uncontrolled love led Tricki to obesity and sickness?