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- WBBSE Class 10th English Lesson 4 MY OWN TRUE FAMILY by Ted Hughes || Textual Comprehensions || Textual Question Answers || Bliss || Class X My Own True Family || Some Important Question Answers || WEST BENGAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
WBBSE Class 10th English Lesson 4 MY OWN TRUE FAMILY by Ted Hughes || Textual Comprehensions || Textual Question Answers || Bliss || Class X My Own True Family || Some Important Question Answers || WEST BENGAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
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WBBSE Class 10th English Lesson 4 My Own True Family by Ted Hughes || Textual Comprehensions || Textual Question Answers || Bliss || Class X My Own True Family || Some Important Question Answers || WEST BENGAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
My Own True Family
1. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences:
a. Creeping in an oakwood, the poet was looking for a -
b. Whenever an oak tree is felled, the number of trees the poet must plant is -
c. When the poet came out of the oakwood, his heart was that of a -
iii. human child
iv. old woman
2. State whether the following statements are True or False. Provide sentences/ phrases/ words in support of your answer.
a. The old woman held the poet’s secrets in her little bag. [True]
Supporting statement: “I have your secret here inside my little bag.”
b. The tree tribe said that the poet is bothered to see the chopping down of oak trees. [False]
Supporting statement: “....you do not blink an eye.”
c. The poet never came out of the oakwood. [False]
Supporting statement: “I came out of the oakwood.”
3. Answer the following questions :
a. When did the poet come twice awake ?
When the old woman opened up her little bag and the poet glanced into it, he came twice awake.
b. What would happen to the poet if he failed to make the promise ?
If the poet failed to make the promise, he would die.
c. What was it that altered the poet ?
It was a visionary dream that altered the poet.
Grammar in use
4. Change the following into indirect speech:
a. Rahul asked Dipa,”Will you go to school today?”
Rahul asked Dipa if she would go to school that day.
b. Rita said to Ayesha,”Please give me a glass of water.”
Rita requested Ayesha to give her a glass of water.
c. The old man told the little girl,”May you be happy!”
The old man blessed the little girl that she might be happy.
5. Do as directed:
a. Ranjan said, “Who does not know the name of Rabindranath?” (Change into affirmative sentence)
Ranjan said that everyone knows the name of Rabindranath.
b. Sangeeta runs faster than any other girl in her class. (Rewrite using the positive degree of ‘faster’)
No other girl in her class runs as fast as Sangeeta.
c. Kaushiki blamed her friend for the trouble. (Rewrite using the noun form of ‘blamed’)
Kaushiki put the blame for the trouble on her friend.
Kaushiki put the blame on her friend for the trouble.
6. Read the following composition carefully:
ABC HIGH SCHOOL
Students are hereby informed that our school is going to organize an interschool music competition on 3 September, 2015 in the school auditorium. The competition will be on several categories of music. Students of class VIII to XII can participate in the competition. There will be a screening prior to the competition. Interested students should register their names with the music teacher before 22 July, 2015. The categories in the competition are : Hindustani Classical, Rabindra Sangeet and Folk. A student can compete in any two categories. No registration fee is required for participating in the competition. For any further information the undersigned may be contacted.
ABC High School
Your school is going to host the Inter-school District sports competition. Suppose you are the secretary of the sports club of your school. Write a notice (within 100 words) calling students to participate in the competition. Mention the time, date and venue of the competition. Your notice should be countersigned by the Headmistress/Headmaster of your school.
ABC HIGH SCHOOL
All the Students of ABC High School are hereby informed that our school is going to organize an Inter-school District sports competition on 3 September, 2022 in our school playground. The competition will be on several categories of sports. Students of class V to XII can participate in the competition. Interested students should register their names with the sports teacher before 24th July, 2022. The events in the competition are : 100 meter race, 200 meter race, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, musical chair and go as you like. A student can compete in any two categories. No registration fee is required for participating in the competition. For any further information the undersigned may be contacted.
ABC High School
Some Very Important Question Answers
Who is the poet of the poem ‘My Own True Family’?
Ted Hughes is the poet of the poem ‘My Own True Family’
Where did the poet enter ?
The poet entered into an oakwood.
How did the poet enter the oakwood ?
The poet crept into the oakwood.
Why did the poet go to a wood ?
The poet went to the oakwood in search of a stag (male deer).
What was the child looking for ?
The child was looking for a stag.
Whom did the poet meet in an oakwood ?
In an oakwood the poet met an old woman.
How was the old woman ?
The old woman was unsteady wearing torn and tattered clothes.
Describe the woman the narrator met in the oakwood.
The woman whom the narrator met in the oakwood was dressed in ragged clothes and was unsteadily walking with a stick. She also carried a bag with the poet’s secret in it.
What did the old woman tell the poet ?
The old woman told the poet that she had his secret inside her little bag.
What was the old woman carrying in her bag ?
The old woman was carrying the poet’s secret in her bag.
What did the old woman mean by ‘I have your secret inside my little bag” ?
By this line, the old woman meant to say that human beings are indifferent and careless towards nature.
What did the old woman do ?
The old woman began to cackle and then she opened her bag.
What happened when the old woman began to cackle ?
When the old woman began to cackle, the poet began to tremble in fear.
What does the ‘old woman’ stand for ? Is there any symbolic suggestion behind ‘knobbly stick and rag’?
The ‘old woman’ stands for an age-old oak tree. In a broader sense it symbolises mother nature. ‘Knobbly stick and rag’ symbolically suggests the withered, leafless and decaying state of the old oak tree.
“I came twice awake”-What does the expression ‘twice awake’ suggest ?
The expression suggests a moral reawakening of the poet-a transmission from ignorance to knowledge.
Who were the ‘staring tribes’ ? What did they say ?
The ‘staring tribes’ were the oak-trees. They said that they were being chopped down and torn up indiscriminately (নির্বিচারে) but human beings do not feel hurt for them.
What was the complaint of the oak trees ?
The oak trees complained that they were being chopped down mercilessly but the humans remained indifferent.
“Unless you make a promise”-Who is the person spoken to ? What promise is he asked to make ?
Here the person spoken to is the poet-persona. He is asked to promise that whenever he sees an oak tree felled, he would plant two instead.
Where according to the tree tribe was the poet born ?
According to the tree tribe the poet was born among the oak-trees.
What was the poet asked to swear ?
The poet had to swear to plant two oak-trees whenever he saw an oak-tree felled.
What would happen if the poet did not swear ?
If the poet did not swear the bark of the black oak-trees would wrinkle over him and root him among the oaks.
“Unless you swear the black oak bark will wrinkle over you”-What does it symbolically suggest ?
It suggests that unless mankind protects trees or encourages afforestation, the world will turn into a desert.’ The black oak-bark’ is the symbol of aridity and barrenness.’
“The dream that altered me”-How did the dream alter him ?
The visionary dream gave him a new realization. He came to know that trees are his own true family and his relation with trees is indissoluble. Therefore, on his way back he was a human child in form, but a tree at heart.
What was the poet’s realization at the end of the poem ?
At the end of the poem the poet realized that it was a dream which changed his life.
What message does the poem leave ?
The poem leaves a message that human beings and trees should thrive as a single family. It focuses strongly on the need to protect our natural environment for the welfare of mankind.
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