CBSE OFFICIAL QUESTION BANK SOLUTIONS : HIS FIRST FLIGHT
HIS FIRST FLIGHT
Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract
(A)I Based on the given sentence, pick the option that corresponds to what human parents would say. ‘while his parents circled around raising a proud cackle.’
a) Well done!
ii) Which option lists the image nearest to ‘skim the waves?
c) image (iii)
iii) Imagine that the young gull attended a workshop on inspiration and confidence-building and received a couple of pieces of advice.
c) (iii) and (iv)
iv) Which of the following feelings did the young gull, NOT feel according to the given context?
d) iv, v, vi
v) Select the most appropriate option for the following:
(B)i 1. Pick the most appropriate reason why the young gull felt dizzy.
d) He was flying for the first time.
ii) How would you describe the screams of the gulls in the given extract?
iii) The line “he completely forgot that he had not always been able to fly” implies the
b) naturalness of the act of flying for the young gull.
iv) The extract refers to the many movements of the young gull’s brothers and sister. Choose the option that correctly sequences these movements
c) The young gull’s brothers and sister flew with darting movements, titled their wings, rose high and plunged headfirst.
v) Which of the following mirrors the use of the literary device in “shrieking shrilly”?
b) singing softly.
Q.10 Answer in 20-30 words
Describe the young seagull’s emotions when he flew over the sea
Ans: The seagull felt no more afraid of flying. He can feel the excitement of not only himself but also his family's. The young seagull now could trust on his wings and himself that he would not fall and can easily fly now.
ii) The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘hangry’ as ‘bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger’. To what extent can the young seagull’s motivation to fly be attributed to being hungry? Support your stance with evidence from the text.
Ans: The seagull was extremely hungry it has been 24 hours since his family abandoned him on the cliff, to starve least it should fly. The sight of a mother seagull tearing a piece of fish maddened the bird. Finally, when the mother flew towards it with the fish in its beak and halted some distance away, the young bird dived for it and took its first flight.
iii) “The young seagull was alone on his ledge.” How far do you think this condition was by his choice?
Ans: The seagull was away in the ledge . His younger brother and sister had flown away the previous day. The bird was afraid of flying with them the previous day. We cannot say that he chose to stay there. The scared seagull had no other option that remained there
Q.11 Answer in 40-50 words.
i) If you were the family member of the young seagull, would you also decide not to go near him? Elaborate with reason.
Ans: It would be a tough decision to remain strict but for the betterment of a family member, I would not go near it. This decision of abandoning the bird proved beneficial for it. We have to take certain firm decision in which we think are essential for achieving something.
ii) The young seagull “failed to muster up the courage to take that plunge”. In what way can the reference to the ‘plunge’ here be both literal and metaphorical? Explain
Ans: Literally to plunge means to dive in the air. Metaphorically it refers to our first step towards a new prospect. So, for the seagull to plunge means both- literally and metaphorically. It was scared of diving into the air as it feared the deep sea. Also it was the first flight and so, it was scared it would drown in the sea.
iii) The ‘fight or flight response’, that is, to stay and face a situation or run from it- is an automatic reaction to an event perceived as stressful or 23 harmful. How would you evaluate the young gull’s response to finding himself off the ledge?
Ans: Initially the seagull was terrorised. But the fear momentary. The next second,it flapped its wing and soared in the sky. It could feel the wings soaring through the air. So we can infer that it overcame the terror and flew well.
Q.12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i) The young seagull’s parents wanted him to fly, like his brothers and sister. How could the young seagull’s newly flying siblings (Brother 1, Brother 2 and Sister) have motivated him? Write a brief conversation among them
ii) A noted author, Richard Bach wrote – “For most gulls, it was not flying that mattered but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.” Evaluate this statement with respect to the young seagull.