UP Board chapter 1 Class 12 Comprehension Questions on Paras
|Chapter name||A GIRL WITH A BASKET|
|Chapter Number||Number 4 Comprehension Questions on Paras|
|Category||English PROSE Class 12th|
UP Board Chapter 1 Class 12 English
The platforms were packed with people
(1) The platforms were packed with people-Sikhs, Moslems, Hindus; sol- diers, merchants, priests, porters, beggars, hawkers. Almost everyone was bare- foot and dressed in loose white garments. I would ask at least three people before I could find one who spoke English. We would talk world affairs and every major topicthe news of the day produced. In this way I was trying to gera feel of the pulse of the nation, checking opinion against official attitudes and reports.
- In what way were the people on the platform dressed ?
- How could the writer find a person whospoke English?
- What did he talk to the people about?
- What was his purpose in talking to the people ? |
- The people in the platforms were dressed in loose white garments.
- The writer tried to find out a person who could speak English. He found an English speaking person after asking three or four persons. .
- He talked to the people about the events in the world. He also talked about the important topics the news of the day produced.
- The main purpose of the author, in talking to the people, was to find out how they felt about the important topics..
These were refugee children
(2) These were refugee children. When partition between India and Pakistan was decreed, hundreds of thousands,of people pulled up their rootsand changed their residences. Nine million people left Pakistan and came to india, driven by the fear of religious fanaticism. They were poor people to start with; they were poorer as they began their long trek; for all they could carry was a bit of food and a
few belongings. Soon they were out of food. A few days after they started, the began to fall by the way-side from the weakness of hunger, and died where they fell.
- When did the people pull up their roots and change their residences
- Why did people carry very little when they left fora long journey? |
- How many people left Pakistan at the time of partition?
- Why did the refugees leave Pakistan?
- When partition betweenindiaand Pakistan was decreed people pulled up their roots and changed their residences.
- They were poor people to start with. So they carried very little when they left for a long journey..
- Nine nmillion people left Pakistan at the time of partition. ‘
- The refugees left Pakistan driven by the fear of religious fanaticism.i
- Which refugee children are being referred to in the first sentence ?
- Why did so many people come to India from Pakistan ?
- How we re they poorer as they began their long trek?
- Could all of them reach India well? If not, why?
- The children referred to in the first sentence are those children who sur- rounded the authorat one station.
- So many people came to India from Pakistan for fear of religious fanati- cism.
- They could carry only a little food and a few belongings.
- All of them could not reach India well because many of them died because | of starvation during their long journey.
The children selling baskets
(3) The children selling baskets were sons and daughters of these refugees. Theyor their parents or relatives had gathered in the cities, setting up stalls, manu- facturing simple articles, trying to make a living in markets already overcrowded.
They lived in cloth and grass sheds that lined the streets. The peasants among these rerugees, had been accustomed to little all their lives for the annual income of an agricultural family does not on the average exceed one hundred dollarsa
year. The averag: unskilled labourer makes thirty cents a day or less than two dollars a week. There is one meal a day an onion, a piece of bread, a bowl of pulsewith milk, perhapsabit of goat cheese. Notea, no coffee, no fat, no sweets, no
meat. One hundred dollars a year is not two dollars a week, yet even that small amount is hard to earn by selling baskets topeople toopoor to buy them. That no doubt is the reason these little children des.cended on me like locusts. L, anAmeri-
can, was doubtliess the most promising market they had seen
- Where did the children of the refugees, their parents and relatives make their sheds?What did they do for their livelihood ?
- How much did the parents among the refugees earn every year according Havailo to the writer? –
- What was the normal meal of these people?
4 Complete the following statement by choosing the correct alternative:To. TOD.E00 make a living means
(a) making a house to live in
(b)earning one’s bread..
- Why did the children descend on the writer like locusts?
- Why did the refugee children consider the writer, an American, a promising customer?
- They made their sheds along thesides of the streets. They manufactured simple articles and sold them for their livelihood..
- According to the writer, theagricultural parents earned less than one hun- dred dollars a year. The unskilled parents earned less than two dollars aa week.
- The normal meal of these people contained an onion, a piece of bread,a bowl of pulse with milk, anda bitofgoat cheese. It was without tea, coffee, fat, sweets and meat.
- To make a living means ‘earning one’s bread.
- The children descended like locusts on the writer because they thought him to be a good customer of their articles.
- They considered the writerapromising customer because he was an Ameri- can.
Myarms were filled
(4) Myarms were filled and I had not spent fifty cents. The children passed in, shouting their wares. I was a prisoner, completely surrounded, unable to move. The most diligent, aggressive vendor was a beautiful girl of nine right in front of me. She hadalovely basket with handle; and she wanted a rupeeandahalf for it or about thirty cents. She was an earnest pleader. There were tears in her eyes. She pleaded and begged in tones that would wring any heart.-
- Whom does the word ‘T’ stand for?
- How was laprisoner?
- Why has the girl been called aggressiver
- What did the girl want?
- The word ‘T’ stands for the writer,W.C. Douglas.
- The writer was a prisoner because he was completely surrounded by the children and he could notmove.
- The girl has been called aggressive because she was pleading so earnestly that it was difficult to refuse.
- She wanted that the writer should buy her basket.
I told this story to Prime Minister
(5) I told this story to Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.Itold him it was one reason I had fallen in love with India
The peoplel saw in India-those in the village as well as those in high office- have both pride and a lively sense of decency and citizenship. They also have ar ‘passion for independence. This beautiful child-born in squalor and poverty, uneducated in both grammar and manners had given meaglimpse of the warm soul of India.
- Which qualities of character does the writer find in the people of India? |
- How do you know that the people in the country held self respect in high esteem?
- How has the child been described in the passage ? |
- What is the impression of the writerabout India?
- According to the writer the people of India have both pride and a lively sense of decency and citizenship.
- They have a passion for Independence. It shows their self-respect…
- The child born in dirty condition and poverty uneducated gave the writer aglimpse of the warm soul of India.
- Passion for liberty, sense of self-respect of Indians impressed the writer.
- Which story did the author tell Pandit Nehru?
- What virtues did the author discover in Indian people? India?
- How had the beautiful child given the author a glimpse of the warm soul of India?
- Who have a passion for Independence?
- The author told Pandit Nehru the story of the little girl who was selling her basket. She had a great sense of self respect.
- The author discovered that the Indian people have pride, alivelvsense of decency and citizenship and love for Independence.
- The beautiful child had given the author a glimpse of the warm soul of India by showing pride and grace in her dignified behaviour.
- The people of India have a passion for Independence.
UP Board Chapter 1 Class 12 English