UP Board syllabus Class 11th
Board UP Board
TextbookNCERT
Class 11th
Subject English
Chapter 1
Chapter nameMy Struggle for An Education
CategoryEnglish PROSE Class 11th

UP Board chapter 1 Class 11 English

My Struggle for An Education Class 11
Summary of the Lesson 1 Class 11
Explanations with Reference to the Context Class 11th
Comprehension Questions or Paras Class 11th
Short Answer Type Questions Class 11th
Long Answer Type Questions class 11
FILL IN THE BLANKS Class 11th

Comprehension Questions or Paras Class 11th Chapter 1

(1) I must have walked the streets till after midnight. At last I became so exhausted that I could walk no longer. I was tired, I was hungry, I was everything but discouraged. Justabout the time when I reached extreme physical exhaustion,
I came upon a portion of a street where the board sidewalk was considerably elevated.I waited fora few minutes till I was sure that nopassers-bycould see me, and then crept under the sidewalkand lay for the night on the ground, with my satchelof clothing forapillow. Nearly all night I could hear the trampof feet over my head.

Questions:

  • Why could the author not walk?
  • Describe the condition of the author.
  • Was the author discouraged?
  • Where could he lay for the night and what did he feel there ? |

Answers:

  1. The author could not walk because he became exhausted.
  2. The author was tired and hungry.
  3. The author was not discouraged.
  4. The author could stay at the sidewalk. He could hear the tramp of feet | nearly all night.

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Questions

  1. Why did the writer become very exhausted?
  2. What was his condition at that time? Did he lose hope because of that?
  3. Where did he sleep that night?
  4. What did he hear throughout the night?

Answers:

  1. The wirter became veryexhausted because he had been walking the streets
    till after midnight.
  2. At that time he was so much exhausted that he could walknolonger. He
    did not lose hope due to it.
  3. That night he slept on the ground under the sidewalk.
  4. He heard the trampof feet over his head throughout the night.

(2) The next morningl found myself somewhat refreshed, but I was extremely hungry. As soon as it became light enough for me to see my surroundings,I noticed that I was nearalarge ship. It seemed to be unloading a cargoolpig.iron. I went at once to the vessel and asked the captain topermit me to help unload the vessel in order togetmoney for food. The captain, a white man, who seemed to be kind-hearted, consented.I worked longenough to earn money for my breakfast; and it seems to me, as I remember it now to have about the best breakfast that I have ever eaten.

Questions:

  1. What request did the writer make to the captain of the ship?
  2. What did he notice in the morning?
  3. How did he earn money for his break fast?
  4. How did he like the breakfast and why?
  5. What was being unloaded from the large ship?
  6. Howdid the captain seem to the author?

Answers:

  1. The writer requested the captain of the ship to permit him (author) to
    unload theship in order to get money for food.
  2. He noticed that there was a large ship nearby.
  3. He earned money for his breakfast by working long to unload pig iron
    down the ship.
  4. He liked the breakfast very much because he was extremelyhungry.
  5. Pig-iron was being unloaded from the large ship.
  6. The captain seemed to be kind-hearted to the author.

Questions:

  1. How did the narrator feel like when hegot up the next morning ?’
  2. Why did the narrator go to the vessel?
  3. What kind of man was the captain?
  4. Why does the narrator call the breakfast as the best breakfast of his
    life?

Answers:

  1. The narrator found himself somewhat refreshed.
  2. The narrator went to the vessel for job.
  3. The captain of the ship was a kind hearted man.
  4. The narrator was hungry sohecalled the breakfastas thethest breakfast of
    his life.

(3) When I had savedenough money with which to reach Ham pton, Ithanked the captain of the vessel for his kindness, and started again. Without any unusual occurrencel reached Hampton, withasurplus ofexactly fifty cen is with whichtos
begin myeducation. The first sight of the large, three storey brick school building seemed to have rewarded me for all that I had undergone in order to reach the place. The sight of it seemed to give me new life.

Questions:

  1. When did the writer thankthe captain?
  2. What was the amount of money with which the writer reached Hampton?
  3. What rewarded the writer for all he had undergone?
  4. Why did the writer undertake journeys and voyages? |

Answers:

  1. The writer thanked the captain when he had saved enough money with
    which to reach Hampton.
  2. The writer reached Hampton with fifty cents.
  3. The sight of the large, three-storey school building seemed to have
    rewarded the writer for all that he had undergone. ।
  4. The writer undertook long journeys and voyages to reach Hampton.

(4) As soon as possible after reaching the grounds of the Hampton Institute, I presented myself before the head teacher for assignment to aclass. Having been so long without proper food, a bath, and change of clothing, I did not, of course, make a very favourable impression upon her. I could see at once that there were doubts in her mind about the wisdom of admitting me as a student. For some
time she did not refuse to admit me, neither did she decide in my favour. I continued to linger about her, and to impress her in all the ways I could with my
worthiness. In the meantime, I sawheradmitting other students, and that added greatly to mydiscomfort. Ifelt, deep down in my heart, that I could doas well as | they, If I could only get a chance to show what was in me.

Questions:

  1. Where did the writer present himself for assignment to aclass?
  2. Why did the writer not make a favourable impression upon the head
    teacher?
  3. Why did the writer continue to lingerabout the head teacher?
  4. What added greatly to the discomfort of the writer?

Answers:

  1. The writer presented himself before the head mistress for assignment. ‘
  2. The writer was wearing dirty dress. He was hungry and exhausted. So hel
    could not impress the head teacher.
  3. The writer continued to linger about the head teacher to impress her for
    admission.
  4. The head teacher was admitting other students that added greatly to his
    discomfort.

(5) She went into the room and inspected the floorandclosets; then she took her handkerchief and rubbed it on the woodwork about the walls and over the table and benches. When she was unable to find one bit of dirt on the floor ora particleof dust on any of the furniture, she quietly remarked, “I guess you willdo to enter this institution”.

Questions:

  1. Write the words which, in the extract, mean a small piece.
  2. Who does ‘she’ refer to in the passage ?
  3. Why did she ask the author to clean the classroom ?
  4. How did she inspect the room?

Answers:

I. The word ‘one bit’ means a small piece in the extract

  1. In the passage ‘she’ refers to the head teacher.
  2. She asked the author to clean the room because she wanted to examine theefficiencyof theauthor.
  3. She took her handkerchief and rubbed it on the wood-work about the walls and over the table and benches.
My Struggle for An Education Class 11
Summary of the Lesson 1 Class 11
Explanations with Reference to the Context Class 11th
Comprehension Questions or Paras Class 11th
Short Answer Type Questions Class 11th
Long Answer Type Questions class 11
FILL IN THE BLANKS Class 11th

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