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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English It So Happened Chapter 10 The Comet II

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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English It So Happened Chapter 10 The Comet II

TEXTUAL EXERCISES

COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 83)
1. “For a moment James wondered if he had done his sums right.” Why was James doubt¬ful about his sums and calculations ?
2. What did the scientists at the conference say about James’s ‘sums’ ?
3. Immediate action was needed, the scientists decided. Give one example each of‘defensive’ and ‘offensive’ action mentioned in the text.
4. “I am not buying any Christmas presents till December 15.” What did Sir John mean by that ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK {Page 77)
1. Why does Indrani Debi dislike Duttada’s ‘hobnobbing’ with Dibya ?
2. She is complaining and smiling. Why is she smiling ?
3. (i) What was Duttada’s secret ambition ?
(ii) What did he do to achieve it ?
4. What is the difference between a planet and a comet, as given in the story ?
5. Why was Duttada hopeful that he would discover a new comet soon ?
6. Why does Duttada say-“I almost wish I had not discovered this comet. ” ?
7. Why is his wife unhappy about the discovery ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 49)
1. In what way is the forest pool different from the one which Ranji knew in the Rajputana desert ?
2. The other hoy asked Ranji to ‘explain’ himself
(i) What did he expect Ranji to say ?
(ii) Was he, in your opinion, right or wrong to ask this question ?
3. Between Ranji and the other boy, who is trying to start a quarrel ? Give a reason for your answer.
4. “Then we will have to continue the fight,” said the other.
(i) What made him say that ?
(ii) Did the fight continue ? If not, why not ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 20)
1. Why is the Giant called selfish ?
2. On one occasion the children said : “How happy we are here !”
Later they said : “How happy we were there !”
What are they referring to in both the cases ?
3. (i) When spring came, it was still winter in the garden. What does winter stand for or indicate here ?
(ii) Winter has been presented like a story with its own characters and their activities. Describe the story in your own words.
4. Was the Giant happy or sad over the state of the garden ?
5. What effect did the linnet’s song have over Hail and the North Wind ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 65)
1. Why didn’t he pay the school fees on the day he brought money to school ?
2. (i) What were the coins ‘saying’ to him ?
(ii) Do you think they were misguiding him ?
3. Why didn’t he take the coins’ advice ? Give two or three reasons.
4. (i) What did the oldest coin tell him ?
(ii) Did he follow his advice ? If not, why not ?
5. He reached home with the coins in his pocket. What happened then ?

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Film making, Website development, Digital Marketing & Education CenterCOMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 38)
1. How many daughters did the royal couple have ?
2. Why were they named after the months of the year ?
3. The king had a peculiar habit. What was it ? Why is it called peculiar ?
4. (i) What was Princess September’s reaction to the loss of her parrot ?
(ii) What was her mother’s reaction to it ?
(iii) What do the reactions indicate about the nature and temperament of each ?
5. What pulled the Princess out of her gloom ?
6. How did the Maids of Honour come to know that the Princess and the bird had become intimate friends 1
7. The new bird was full of new songs but the old parrots always repeated themselves. What did they say ?
8. What is the King’s opinion about his Councillors ? Why did he form that opinion ?
9. (i) The eight Princesses made an offer to Princess September. What was it ?
(ii) Why, in your view, did they do it ?
10. What did the sisters advise the Princess to do about her bird ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 9)
1. Velu stood on the platform hut he felt “as if he was still on a moving train”. Why ?
2. What made him feel miserable ?
3. (i) Vela travelled without a ticket. Why ?
(ii) How did he escape the ticket collector’s attention ?
4. Why had Velu run away from home ?
5. Why did he decide to follow the ‘strange’ girl ?

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 57)
1. Why had Framton Nuttel come to the “rural retreat” ?
2. Why had his sister given him letters of introduction to people living there ?
3. What had happened in the Sappleton family as narrated by the niece 1

 

Answers
1. Framton Nuttel had been suffering from nervousness and worry. So he had come to the ‘rural retreat’ for cure.
2. His sister knew that he would meet very few people in the countryside. So he would feel very unhappy. His condition would become worse than before. So she had given him letters of introduction to the people she knew there.
3. A great tragedy had happened in the Sappleton family about three years ago. Her aunt’s husband and brothers had gone for hunting as usual. Unfortunately they were swal¬lowed up by the marsh.

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COMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 28)
1. What did Hafeez Contractor have nightmares about ?
2. What did the Principal say to him, which influenced him deeply ?
3. “… that year I did not step out onto the field.” What was he busy doing that year ?
4. (i) What “distraction” did Hafeez Contractor create one day ?
(ii) Would you have liked to participate in the “distraction” had you been with him ? Answers

 

Answers:
1. Hafeez Contractor had nightmares about mathematics examination.
2. The Principal said to Hafeez Contractor that he must rise to the occasion. He asked him to study hard for his SSC examination.
3.He was busy studying books that year.
4.(i) He played chor-police for an hour.
(ii) Yes.Every school-boy loves distractions.

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Film making, Website development, Digital Marketing & Education CenterCOMPREHENSION CHECK (Page 3)
Questions:
1.What tasks, do you think, were assigned to the dog and the ox ?
2. Why did the camel live in the middle of the desert ?
3. What made the dog, the horse and the ox very angry ?
4. How did the Djinn know the horse was complaining against the camel ?
Answers
1. The dog was assigned the task of fetching and carrying things. The ox was given the task of ploughing fields.
2. Camel lived in the middle of the desert because he did not want to work. He ate the sticks and thorns provided by the desert.
3. The dog, the horse and the ox were very angry. The man had asked them to work double¬time. It was to compensate for the camel who didn’t work.
4. The Djinn was the master of all the deserts. He knew about all desert animals. The horse had spoken of long legs so the Djinn knew he was talking of the camel.

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