CBSE Chapter Wise Question Bank for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 8 Madam Rides the Bus
CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 8 Summary
‘Madam Rides the Bus’ is the story of a young girl who travels for the first time outside her village by a bus.
Valliammai, Valli for short, was an eight year old girl who wanted to know a number of things. She had no one to play with. A bus ran between her village and the nearest town and Valli longed to travel by that bus.
Listening to people who had travelled by the bus, she gathered little details about the trip. She decided to gather enough money to travel by it. When she had the required money, she went on the bus.
The conductor was surprised to see a young girl, travelling by herself but jokingly called her ‘Madam’ and offered her the front seat. Valli observed everything very carefully the trees that seemed to be running towards them, a cow that suddenly moved in front of the bus and so on.
When they reached the town, Valli gaped at everything in amazement—the big shops and so on. The conductor asked her to get down and have a look at the sights, but Valli refused. She said that she had come only for the bus ride. The conductor offered to buy a cold drink for her but she refused.
On the journey back, Valli saw a young cow dead by the roadside. The conductor told Valli that it was the same cow they had seen earlier. Valli felt sad. The memory of the cow haunted her. When they reached the village, the conductor told her to come again, but to remember to bring the fare. When Valli reached home, she found an aunty with her mother. Her mother asked her where she had been. Valli did not reply but only smiled secretively.
Extract Based Questions (4 marks each)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
But for Valli, standing at the front door was every bit as enjoyable as any of the elaborate games other children played. Watching the street gave her many new unusual experiences.
The most fascinating thing of all was the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town. It passed through her street each hour, once going to the town and once coming back. The sight of the bus filled each time with a new set of passengers, was a source of unending joy for Valli. (1×4 = 4)
(a) What was Valli’s favourite pastime ?
(b) What was the source of unending joy for Valli ?
(c) Find a word from the passage which means the same as ‘very interesting’.
(d) From where did the bus pass ?
(a) Her favourite pastime was to stand at the gate.
(b) The source of unending joy for Valli was to watch the bus and the people going in the bus.
(d) It passed through Valli’s streat each hour.
It was slack time of the day, and there were only six to seven passengers in the bus. They were all looking at Valli and laughing with the conductor. Valli was overcome with shyness. Avoiding everyone’s eyes she walked quickly to an empty seat and sat down It was a new bus, its outside painted a gleaming white with some green stripes along the sides. Inside, the overhead bars shone like silver. (1×4 = 4)
(a) Why were all the passengers laughing ?
(b) Where was Valli going ?
(c) Write the adjectival form of ‘shyness’.
(d) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘Shining’.
(a) All the passengers were laughing as they were amused at her remark of being grown up.
(b) She was going on a bus journey, just to fulfil her dream, i.e., to travel to town and come back on the same bus.
Her first journey-what careful, painstaking, elaborate plans she had to make for it; she had thriftily saved whatever stray coins came her way, resisting every temptation to buy peppermints, toys, balloons and the like, and finally she had saved a total of sixty paise. How difficult it had been, particularly that day at the village fair, but she had resolutely stifled a strong desire to ride the merry-go-round, even though she had the money. (1×4 = 4)
(a) Who does ‘her’ refer to in the passage ?
(b) Where was her first journey made to ?
(c) Why had she resisted all temptations ?
(d) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘Swing’ ?
(a) ‘Her’ refers to Valli.
(b) Her first journey was till the next town.
(c) She had resisted all temptations to save money for a bus ride.
The bus rolled on, now cutting across a bare landscape, now rushing through a tiny hamlet or past a tiny wayside shop. Sometimes, the bus seemed on a point of gobbling up another vehicle that was coming towards them or a pedestrian crossing the road. But lo! Somehow it passed on smoothly, leaving all obstacles safely behind. Trees came running towards them but then stopped as the bus reached them and simply stood there helpless for a moment by the side of the road before rushing in other direction. (1×4 = 4)
(a) ‘Sometimes the bus ……….. crossing the road.’ What does this sentence tell about the speed of the bus?
(b) Which poetic device is used in ‘trees came running towards them’ ?
(c) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘difficulties’ ?
(d) How did the bus pass ?
(a) This sentence tells us that the bus was going at a high speed.
(b) The poetic device used here is ‘personification’.
“Don’t you want to have a look at the sights, now that you’re here ?
“All by myself ? Oh, I’d be much too afraid.”
Greatly amused by the girl’s way of speaking, the conductor said, “But you weren’t afraid to come in the bus.” “Nothing to be afraid of about that,” she answered. (1×4 = 4)
(a) Who is the ‘girl’ mentioned in the passage ?
(b) Why didn’t she get off the bus when she reached her destination ?
(c) Write the meaning of the word, ‘amused’.
(d) Was Valli really afraid ?
(a) The ‘girl’ mentioned in the passage is Valliammai (Valli for short).
(b) She didn’t get off the bus because she didn’t have to go anywhere; she had come only for the bus ride.
(c) To cause to laugh/entertained.
Short Answer Type Questions (30-40 words & 2 marks each)
What was Valli’s deepest desire ? [Board Term-II, 2012 Set EL (62012)]
Valli’s deepest desire was to undertake a bus ride at least once.
What details did Valli pick up about the bus journey 7 How did she pick up these details ? [Board Term-II, 2012 Set EL (62012)]
The details that Valli picked up was the distance that the bus travelled, the duration and fare. She gathered this information by hearing the conversation of others and by asking a discreet question or two.
Give examples from the text to show that Valli was a meticulous planner ? [Board Term-II Delhi Set-II, 2014, Code-2/1/2]
The passage provides evidence that Valli was a keen observer as well as a meticulous planner. Her desire to experience a bus ride was realized by systematic and organised planning. She had collected all the useful information by observing and planning and making discreet inquiries about the time of the bus, the duration of the journey as well as the fare. She was focussed and saved every penny to finance her trip and finally accomplished it by efficient execution of her plans.
How did Valli save money for her first bus journey? [Board Term-II, 2016, Set-2/2/l][NCERT]
Value Point :
Resisted the temptation of buying balloons, toys etc. didn’t enjoy merry-go-round in the village fair -collected the amount required. [CBSE Marking Scheme, 2016]
To save money for her first bus journey, she resisted the temptation of buying balloons, toys etc in the village fair. She also didn’t enjoy merry-go-round there. Hence, she collected the amount, required for the bus-journey.
How can you say that the conductor was a good natured jolly fellow ? Support your answer with examples. [Board Term-II Foreign Set-1,2014, Code-2/2/1]
The conductor of the bus was a good natured fellow, with pleasant manners. He was concerned that such a small girl was travelling to town alone and took care that she was comfortably seated. When Valli objected to being treated as a child, he took it in good spirit and jokingly addressed her ‘Madam’. His behaviour, thus, reflects the congeniality of his nature.
Why does Valli stand upon the seat ? What does she see now ? [Board Term-II, 2013 Code-2/1/1, 2/1/2,2/1/3] [NCERT]
Valli could not see anything outside as the blind of the bus covered the lower part of the window. So, Valli stood up on her seat. Now, she was able to see the canal and the greenery beyond it.
Why did Valli not get off from the bus when it was terminated at the bus stand ? [Board Term-II, 2012 EL (62023)]
Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station ? [NCERT]
Valli did not get off from the bus when it was terminated at the bus stand because she had come in the bus just for a ride and would go back in the same bus.
How did Valli react when she saw the dead cow by the roadside? [Board Term-II, 2016, Set-2/1/1,2/1, 2/1/3]
Value Point :
She becomes sad, no more enthusiasm to see the dead cow, now in pensive mood, negative views towards life. [CBSE Marking Scheme, 2016]
When Valli saw the dead cow by the roadside, she became very sad. She was now’in pensive mood as it was shocking to her that the animal she’d been laughing a while ago, was lying in the stillness of death.
What information did Valli collect from her first bus ride ? [Board Term-II, 2012 Set EL (62022)]
The information that she collected was that the town was six miles from her village and it took thirty paise one way. She also came to know that the one way ride was of forty five minutes.
How did Valli save up money for her first journey ?
Valli needed sixty paise for her journey to the town and back home. She hardly ever saw that much money in a month. She had to save every coin that came her way. She stifled all her desires for toys, balloons and peppermints. She didn’t even ride the merry-go-round in the village fair. Thus, she was at last able to save just sixty paise for her first journey.
Long Answer Type Questions (100-120 words & 8 marks each)
“Never mind”, she said, “I can get on by myself.” “You don’t have to help me,” said Valli to the conductor. She shows extraordinary courage in making the bus journey all alone. Taking inspiration from Valli’s character, write how ability and courage to take risk are essential to fulfil one’s dream.
Valli plans and prepares for her bus journey in advance. How ?
How did Valli plan her bus ride ?
Valli made detailed plans about her bus ride. She gathered information about the distance the bus travelled, the time it took and the fare by listening to the conversations of others and asking discreet questions. She planned the time, i.e., when she would board the bus and when she would return. She saved money for the trip by not buying peppermints and sweets and also by not going to the fare.
Two characteristics which made Valli to plan her bus ride was courage and her ability to plan. These are the traits which need to be consciously developed so that a person can undertake what he wants to do. Courage to do something and ability to plan will make a person go ahead in life.
Valli was so overcome with sadness to see the dead cow that she lost all enthusiasm. Do you feel the same way ? If you feel concerned about the plight of animals falling prey to the fast moving traffic, what efforts will you make to make road travel safer ?
What made Valli sad in her bus journey ?
The incident of the playful cow, being hit by a fast moving vehicle, indeed disturbed Valli a lot. It was a rude shock that the animal that she’d been laughing at a while ago, enjoying fully its clumsy efforts to dodge the vehicles, lay in the stillness of death.
Stray animals on the road are definitely a menace and can endanger the safety of many commuters in addition to their own. The municipal corporation must see to it that the cattle are not let loose on the road just because they are not beneficial to their owners any more. Precaution should be taken that speed limits are strictly followed in the larger interest of safety for all.
Behaviour of the conductor in ‘Madam Rides the Bus’ is an example of good manners. Mentioning the instances of good manners shown by the conductor in the story, write how you can make your life happy by observing good manners
The bus conductor in ‘Madam Rides the Bus’ comes across as an amiable person, with pleasant manners and a general inclination to help and spread happiness. He exhibits genuine concern for a young girl, travelling alone and makes sure that she is comfortably seated and also offers to buy her something to drink. He takes it in a good spirit when Valli demands respect and does not wish to be treated as a child, for she had paid him for her ticket like everyone else.
Such people are not just happy and pleased with themselves but also radiate positive energy. Words like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ should be a frequent part of our conversation because they are not only basic etiquettes, but also because they have a magical effect on the listeners and often stimulates a smile on their face.