UP Board syllabus Class 11th

UP Board chapter 3 Class 11 Comprehension Questions on Paras

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Text bookNCERT
Class 11th
SubjectEnglish
Chapter Chapter 3
Chapter nameTHE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
Chapter Number Number 4 Comprehension Questions on Paras
CategoryEnglish PROSE Class 11th

UP Board chapter 3 Class 11 English

(1) Among those I learnt was The Ant And the Grasshopper’, which is devised to bring home to the young the useful lesson that in an imperfect world industry is rewarded and giddiness punished. In this admirable fable (Ianologise for telling | something, which everyone is politely, but inexactly, supposed to know the ant spendsa laborious summer gathering its winter store, while the grasshopper sits | on a blade of grass singing to the sun.Winter comes and the ant is comfortably
provided for, but the grasshopper has anempty larder: he goes to the ant and begs for a little food. Then the ant gives him her classicanswer: |
“What were you doing in the summer time?”
“Saving our presence, I sang, I sang all day, all night”.
“You sang.why, then go and dance.”

Questions:

  1. What makes the grasshopper sing in summer?
    2 Why did the ant work hard in summer?..
  2. What message do youget from the passage?
  3. Why do you think the grasshopper was hungry but helpless:

Answers:

  1. The grasshopper is idle. So he sings in the summer.
  2. Theant worked hard in summer gathering its winter store.
  3. We get message from the passage that hard work is rewarded and laziness punished in this world.
  4. The grasshopper went to the ant foralittle food. It means he was helpless.

Questions:

  1. What was the author made to learn by heart ? |
  2. What lesson does one learn from the fable? |
  3. What do the ant and the grasshopper do in the fable? |
  4. What happens when winter comes?

Answers:

  1. He was made to learn by heart certain of the fables of La Fontaine.
  2. One learns from the fable that industry is rewarded and giddiness pun- ished.
  3. In the fable the ant works hard and the grasshopper spends his time in laziness.
  4. When winter comes the antis comfortably provided for, but the grasshop- per has an empty larder.

(2) I suppose every family has a black sheep. Tom had beenasore trial to him for twenty years. He had begun life decently enough : he went into business, mar- ried and had two children. The Ramsays were perfectly respectable people and there was every reason to suppose that Tom Ramsay would have a useful and honourable career. Butone day, without warning, heannounced that he didn’tlike workand that he wasn’t suited for marriage. He wanted to enjoy himself. He would listen to no expostulations.

Questions:

  1. What is the opinion of the writer about every family?
  2. How did Tom begin his life?
  3. What type of people had the Ramsays been ?
  4. How did Tom belie the expectations of Ramsays? |

Answers:

  1. The writer is of the opinion that every family has a black sheep.
    2 Tom began his life every decently. He started business. He married and _had twochildren.
  2. The Ramsays had been perfectly respectable family. |
  3. One davTom declared that he didn’t like work,and that he was not suited for marriage. He wanted to enjoy himself.

(3) The man Tom had cheated,aman called Cronshaw, was vindictive. He was determined to take the matter into court; he said, Tom was ascoun dreland should bepunished. It cost Georgean infinite deal of trouble and five hundred poundston settle the affair. I have never seen him in such a rage as when he heard that Tom and Cronshaw had gone off together to Monte Carlo the moment they cashed the cheque. They spent a happy month there.

Questions:

  1. Who was Cronshaw?
  2. What did it cost George to settle the affair?
  3. Which behaviour of Tom sent George into a rage?
  4. Why was Tom peforming the role of a cheat?

Answers:

  1. Cronshaw was a friend of Tom.
  2. Five hundred pounds costed George to settle the affair.
  3. When George heard that Tom and Cronshaw had gone off together to Monte Carlo to spend the money they got from George it sent him into rage.
  4. Tom was a lazy person. He wanted money from his brother. So he was performing the role ofa cheat.

(4) Poor George, only a year older than his scapegrace brother, looked sixty. He had never taken more than a fortnight’s holiday in the year for a quarter ofai century. He was in his office every mornin gat nine-thirty and never leftittill six. He
was honest, industrious and worthy. He had a good wife, to whom he had never been unfaithful even in thought, and four daughters to whom he was the best of fathers. Hemdeapoint of savinga third ofhis income and his plan was to retireat | fifty five to a little house in the country where he proposed to cultivate his garden and playgolf. His life was blameless. He was glad that he was growing old because Tom was growing old too.

Questions:

  1. How old did George look?
  2. Howpunctual was George in his duty?
  3. What kind of father and husband was George?
  4. What was George’s plan after retirement?

Answers:

  1. I. George looked sixty, while he was only a year elder than Tom.
  2. George was very punctual in his duty that he always reached his office at nine-thirtyand returned homeafter six.
  3. George was the bestand loving father to his daughters and a faithful hus- band to his wife.
  4. After his retirement, George’s plan was to cultivate his garden and playing golf.
    (5) “You’re not going to deny that all my life I’ve been hard-working, decent, respectable and straight-forward. After a life of industry and thrift I can look for- ward to retiring on a small income in gilt-edged securities. I’ve always done my
    duty in that state of life in which it has pleased Providence to place me”. |

Questions:

  1. What has been the author’s wayoflife?
  2. What do you understand by the expression, ‘a life of industry’?
  3. The author hopes to retireacontented man-how do youknow?
  4. What do you understand by the term Providence’?

Answers:

  1. The author’s way of life has been hard-working, decent, respectable and straight-forward.
  2. The expression a life of industry’ means hard labour.
  3. After retirement the author will geta small amount of money but he would be contented forthat.
  4. The term Providence’ means God.

UP Board chapter 3 Class 11 English

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