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                    ENGLISH  -REVISION PLAN  FOR  SPLIT 2 ( 2013-2014)

                                      ( For average and above average)


Lesson 1- The Last Lesson

Short Questions

1. Give 2 reasons why Franz thought of running away and spending the day out of doors?

2. What was more tempting than the rule of participles?

3. What was the bulletin board famous for?

4. Describe the usual scene and how was it different that day?

5. Describe the appearance of the master M. Hamel that day?

6. What surprised Franz on entering the classroom?

7. What was the news that came as a thunderclap to Franz?

8. Do you think Franz was upset for not learning his French lessons during the whole year?

9. Give 3 reasons for the presence of villagers in the classroom on the day of the last lesson?

10.What role did the parents and teachers play for the children’s neglect of French language?

11.What was the opinion of M. Hamel regarding French language?

12. Mention a characteristic each required of both from the teacher and the student for effective

learning as portrayed in the text.

13. How does M. Hamel evoke feelings of patriotism in the class towards the end of the lesson?

14. Do you think the group of children in the classroom belonged to a heterogeneous age group? If

yes substantiate with evidence from the text?


1. Political enslavement leads to an identity crisis Discuss with reference to the Last Lesson.

2. Do you think either the students or the teacher sincere in their task till the day of the last

lesson? Substantiate with evidence from the text?

3. When you have sight you never realize the value of your eyes’ how far is this true with thestory `The Last Lesson?’

Lesson 2-The Lost Spring

Short Questions

1. Where does the author meet Saheb every morning?

2. What reason did Saheb give for not going to school?

3. Bring out the contrast drawn between his life in reality and the meaning of his name?

4. What reason does a person give for walking barefoot? What is the author’s personal opinion

regarding this reasoning?

5. Bring out the difference in the standard of living of the priests of the past and the present?

6. How does rag picking differ for an adult and for a child?

7. Why does the hole in the shoe not bother Saheb?

8. Was Saheb happy with the newfound job? If not, why?

9. Bring out the horrible condition within the glass blowing industry?

10. Describe the living condition in Firozabad?

11. Why does Mukesh`s grandmother feel it a futile exercise for Mukesh to fight taking up the job in

glass blowing industry?

12. Why are they reluctant to form into cooperatives?

13. What all things comprise the vicious circle from where there is no escape?

14. Why is daring a difficult task? What cheers the narrator while talking to Mukesh?

15. Why is Mukesh content to dream only of cars and not of planes?

16. Why are promises to the poor rarely kept?


1. Do you think the child labour law should be enforced? If the child labour law is enforced

approximately how many rag pickers and how many bangle makers would be freed from

Seemapuri and Firozabad? Envisage the life Saheb and Mukesh would enjoy if they were freed?

How would it be different from the present condition?

2. Bring out from the lesson the pathetic condition of children working in inhuman conditions?

3. Saheb has lost all the joy and freedom by working in the tea stall where he is no longer his own

master. Do you think his decision was wise or could he have made a better choice? Or was it still

better to leave him at rag picking where he was his own master?

4. Draw the similarities between the life of the rag pickers and the bangle makers as portrayed in

Lost Spring

Lesson 3-Deep Water

Short Questions

1. Why the YMCA pool was considered safer when compared to Yakima River?

2. When did his aversion to water begin?

3. What was the misadventure that happened one day?

4. What strategy did he remember as he went down the water?

5. What effect did the drowning in the YMCA pool have on Douglas?

6. Why did he decide to have an instructor to teach him swimming?

7. What method did he adopt to overcome terror?

8. Bring out the significance of the `yellow water` though he has specifically mentioned

that the water was as clean and clear as the bathtub before experiencing drowning.


1. The childhood fear and the way he overcomes it brings about a deeper meaning to the

readers. Bring out how the negative traits can be changed into positive traits with

reference to the techniques used by Douglas?

2. The tenacity and determination on the part of Douglas helped him to shirk away the fear

factor. Discuss.

Lesson 4-The Rattrap

Short Questions

1. Why does the peddler feel that the whole world is a rattrap?

2. How did people usually treat the peddler and what made the crofter different?

3. Breach of trust is the worst crime one can commit? How is it true in the case of peddler?

4. How does the writer bring out the allegory in the lesson when the peddler is trapped in

the forest?

5. What made the peddler respond to the name Nils Olof?

6. What made the ironmaster send his daughter to persuade the peddler?

7. What shows that Edla was very observant, quick and sharp by nature?

8. Why does Edla stop the peddler from going away though she knew that he was not the


9. What trait of the daughter is brought out when her father talks about her being worse

than a parson?

10. Safety and security is a distant dream even in one’s own home. What makes the peddler

safe and secure in the house of ironmaster?

11. What was Edla`sX`mas gift to the peddler?

12. What was the peddler’s gift to Edla?

13. Why does he sign in as the captain?


1. How were the two hosts’ - the crofter and the ironmaster different from one another?

2. In what way does humour help us to sympathize with the peddler?

3. Is the reader relieved by the way the story ended. Justify your answer

4. The story Rattrap is highly philosophical. Discuss

5. The metaphor of Rattrap highlights human nature. Discuss

Lesson 5 – Indigo

Short Questions

1. What was the positive quality about RajkumarShukla? How did he benefit from this


2. What proves that Gandhiji was an unknown figure in Patna?

3. Why were the government servants scared to be acquainted with a person like Gandhiji?

4. What was the first instance of achieving freedom from fear by the peasant community?

5. What made the lawyers shamefaced before Gandhiji?

6. Narrate how the civil disobedience became a triumph for the first time?

7. Why did Gandhiji agree to 25% refund when the actual demand was for 50%?

8. What qualities was he able to make in the Indians by the Champaran episode?

9. Why did he feel that help from the foreigner Mr Andrews was unnecessary?

10. Why does he entrust teachers rather than politicians to make changes in the society?


1. To think differently is a challenging job but ultimate victory comes to those who are not

the usual run of the mill. In what way is this true of Gandhiji in the lesson Indigo?

2. “Freedom from fear is more important than legal justice for the poor” how does he bring

home this point in this lesson? State whether Indians have attained freedom from fear

even in this post independence era-justify your answer?

3. What are the qualities of a good leader as portrayed by Gandhiji in the lesson Indigo


Lesson 6 – Going Places

Short Questions

1. Sophie flits from one dream to another. What trait of hers is brought out by this action?

2. What made her dissatisfied with her life?

3. The unknown things are always a fascination for human beings. How is it true in the

case of Sophie?

4. When Geoff queried whether she told their father about meeting Danny Casey, why

was she chastened?

5. Does father believe his daughter’s encounter with Danny Casey? If not, why?

6. What made her heave a sigh of relief when she knew that Geoff had not divulged all

what she said?

7. How has Geoff helped in developing her fantasy about Danny Casey?


1. Fantasy is a pleasant relief at times but at times it can takes a serious turn, which may

prove detrimental to mental growth. . Elucidate with reference to the text focusing on

the negative impact of fantasizing?

2. Sophie aspires for a romantic touch in her relationship with Danny Casey. What is the

root cause of her imagination running wild?

3. What in your opinion is the reason behind her weaving a fantasy, is it a crush for an ace

footballer or is it the love for glamour of a celebrity, if not at least the glamour of a

person associated with a celebrity. Elucidate

Poetry 1 - My Mother At Sixty Six

1. What did the mother look like? What made the poet feel so?

2. What did she realize with pain?

3. How did she take her mind off the thought?

4. What does ‘sprinting of trees’ and ‘spilling of children’ refer to’?

5. Bring out the contrast portrayed by the scene outside with the state of the poet’s


6. Why is the mother compared to ‘a late winter’s moon’?

7. What is the childhood fear of the poet

8. Though filled with negative thoughts in her mind, outwardly what did the poet reflect?

Substantiate your point from the words /phrases from the poem.

2. An Elementary School Classroom In A Slum

1. The poem begins on a very potent simile about the children’s faces. Explain.

2. Bring out the powerful imagery presented in the first stanza depicting despair and


3. Why does the poet use ‘rat’s eye’ for the ‘paper seeming boy’?

4. Describe the powerfully telescopic image drawn by the picturisation of a sick boy.

5. Why is the class described referred to as ‘dim’?

6. Do you agree that the poet has dealt with a universal theme? How far has he succeeded

in depicting the role of every individual towards development of the underprivileged?

7. Where does the sweet and young boys’ mind wander? What does it show?

8. What are the things that adorn the walls of the classroom? Why does it have no

significance to the children?

9. Why is the ‘window’ depicted as the world of the children?

10. Why is their world far from river capes and star of words?

11. Why is Shakespeare wicked and maps a bad example?

12. What picture comes to your mind with the phrases ‘slag heap’ and ‘skin peeped

through by bones’?

13. Why is the mended glass referred to as ‘bottle bits of stones’?

14. Explain: “so blot their map with slums”

15. Why is the slum referred to as ‘catacombs’?

16. What is the significance of the white and green leaves?

17. What can create history?

18. Bring out the various poetic devices used by the poet to drive home the point

19. How far does he succeed in presenting an allegorical representation of haves and havenots?

3. A Thing Of Beauty

1. In what way is a thing of beauty a joy forever?

2. Even though life is filled with sufferings what gives us the urge to go on and how?

3. What are the different sufferings drawn by out by the poet?

4. Name the objects of beauty

5. How does art and Literature inspire man?

6. What is picturised as an immortal drink? What makes it outstanding?

7. Nature acts as a buffer against all the pain and sufferings .In what manner has God

provided it to man?

4. Keeping Quiet

1. What does the poet mean by keeping still?

2. In order to achieve stillness what are we to do?

3. The period of stillness would provide a peaceful world. Explain with reference to the


4. Why does the poet not want any ‘truck with death’? How is inactivity and death

different from stillness he is advocating?

5. Why do we threaten ourselves with death and what is the solution for this threat?

6. Nature is a great teacher. Discuss.

5. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers

1. Justify the title `Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers`

2. Why is uncle’s wedding band heavy on Jennifer’s hand?

3. What are the characteristics of the tiger depicted in the poem?

4. How does the poet imply the point that art survives the artist?

5. Though aunt Jennifer is a representative of women fighting against masculine

authority and power what is the implication of creating a tiger that is extremely

masculine and authoritative?


 Vistas   Chapter 1. The Tiger King

1. What was the secret the astrologers had to reveal? How did they behave when

compelled to speak the truth?

2. What incredible matter took place in the court? Why has this been compared to

bulletins issued by the war office?

3. What justification did the tiger king give before he started out on tiger hunt?

4. Did the maharaja relent to the demands of the English officer? What did he do?

5. Why did tiger population become extinct in his kingdom?

6. Why did the king decide to get married? How far was the marriage successful?

7. What was the important factor that was considered for his marriage?

8. Once the maharaja decided to exempt a village from paying taxes, which he changed

later on, and levied double tax on the village. What does this speak about the king?

9. “I have killed the hundredth tiger. My vow have been fulfilled”-was the Tiger King’s

vow really fulfilled? What happened on that day?

10. Why was the Maharaja not in a position to gift a real tiger to his son?

11. How did the death of the Tiger King take place?

12. Why does the author say the hundredth tiger took its final revenge?

Long Questions

1. The story` Tiger King` reflects `the whims and fancies of people in power’ Elucidate.

2. Tiger king shows the general behaviour of people towards animals. People like the tiger

king are responsible for making some of creatures’ endangered species. Express your


3. A person like the Tiger King does not believe that in this universe there is equal place for

all living creatures. It is a world created by the rich and the powerful to live the way they

want. The author brings out this simple truth through this political satire “Tiger King”


Chapter 2 -The Enemy

1. What did Dr. Sadao’s father tell him showing the islands visible from seashore?

2. What was his father’s chief concern?

3. Why was Sadao not sent abroad with the troops?

4. Why didn’t Dr. Sadao show his interest in Hanna before knowing that she was a


5. Why did Dr. Sadao hesitate to go to the American professor’s house?

6. Why did Dr. Sadao&his wife discover on the seashore.

7. Though, a doctor why did Dr. Sadao& his wife hesitate a moment to help the bleeding

& seriously injured man?

8. What did they think would be the best & the kindest thing to do for the injured man?

9. What made the doctor concerned that he was an American soldier?

10. What was the final decision taken by the doctor?

11. Why did they think of handing over the man to the police?

12. . Why did Hanna hesitate to put the injured soldier on his deceased father in law’s


13. What made DrSadao attend to the injured soldier

14. Why did DrSadao decide to operate on the prisoner of war?

15. “What was the reaction of the servants? Can it be justified?

16. What thoughts came to Hanna’s mind when she was washing the wounds of the


17. This man” he thought there is no reason under heaven why he should live.” What

prompted Dr. Sadao to say this? What does he do after this?

18. What impression do you form of General Takima?

Chapter3. Should Wizard Hit Mommy

1. What was the regular routine of Jack in the evening and for Saturdays?

2. What were the special features of the stories created by Jack?

3. Why didn’t other animals play with Roger Skunk?

4. Is there any autobiographical element in the story created by Jack?

5. What was the observation made by Jo about God? What does it speak about her?

6. Why didn’t Jack like to be interrupted by Jo?

7. What did the wizard tell Roger Skunk to do?

8. Why did Roger Skunk`s mother dislike the new smell? What does it reveal about

mothers` in general?

9. What did Roger’s mother ask him to do?

10. How did Jo want the story to end?

11. There is difference in opinion about the ending of the story of Roger Skunk. What does

John Updike want to say through this story?

12. Why did Jack feel trapped?

13. What pic