Monday, 8 June 2020

LESSON: SPARROWS

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LESSON: SPARROWS


Q. 1. Who is the writer of the story, ‘Sparrows’?
Ans. K.A. Abbas.




Q. 2. What for had the peasants gathered at the chaupal?
Ans. For their evening smoke.

Q. 3. Who called Rahim Khan “The hard-hearted devil”?
Ans. Kallu.

Q. 4. Who was Nanha?
Ans. The fat sweet-seller.

Q. 5. Who had beaten Ramoo's child?
Ans. Rahim Khan.

Q. 6. Why had Rahim Khan beaten Ramoo's child?
Ans. For throwing stones at his oxen.

Q. 7. Who was Ramnath?
Ans. The village zaildar.

Q. 8. Whose mare had gone into Rahim Khan's field?
Ans. The zaildar’s.

Q. 9. Who told Rahim Khan that his wife had gone to Nurpur?
Ans. An old woman in the neighbourhood.

Q. 10. How long had Rahim Khan been married?
Ans. Thirty years.

Q. 11. Who was Bundu?
Ans.  Rahim Khan’s eldest son.

Q. 12. Who was Nuru?
Ans. Rahim Khan's younger son.

Q. 13. What profession did Rahim Khan want to take up in his youth?
Ans. He wanted to join a touring circus.

Q. 14. Who did Rahim Khan fall in love with in his youth?
Ans. Radha.

Q.15. Who was Radha?
The village banya's daughter.

Q. 16. Who was Ram Charan?
Ans. The village banya.


A1- Rahim Khan was a farmer.

A2- This suggests that he was friendless in the village.

A3- The villagers were always in fear of Rahim Khan.

A4- No, Rahim Khan was not entirely to blame.

A5- Rahim Khan’s wife had left him as he always ill-treated her.

A6- Her absence angered him all the more and he felt uncomfortable and unhappy also.

A7- Rahim Khan’s first ambition was to join a touring circus. Secondly he wanted to marry a Hindu girl named Radha. These ambitions were not fulfilled .His parents killed both these ambitions.

A8- Because his father thought it to be a low type of work.

A9- His romance with Radha ended when she was married to another man.

A10- This me that Rahim Khan was once a kind man. But he turned into a hard hearted man.

A11- He held his parents, his family and the society responsible for the frustration of his dreams. He became cruel to his wife and children. He became unfriendly with everyone.

A12- The mother sparrow’s love for her young ones moved Rahim Khan. He became a kind man again.

A13- Rahim Khan felt unhappy when the group of children ran away from him.

A14- While repairing the roof of his cottage in the rain. During his last moments, his only worry was about the sparrows.
A15- It shows that Rahim Khan was not bad at heart. Only the society had made him hard hearted.

A16- The sparrows kept vigil over the dead body of Rahim Khan.

CHARACTER SKETCH OF Rahim Khan- Rahim Khan is the main character of the story ‘Sparrows’ this story is written by K.A. Abbas. He was a son of farmer. He had two ambitions in life. Rahim Khan’s first ambition was to join a touring circus. Secondly he wanted to marry a Hindu girl named Radha. These ambitions were not fulfilled. His parents killed both these ambitions. After that he turned into a hard hearted man. He became cruel to his wife and children. He became unfriendly with everyone. His kindness returned in the last due to sparrows. When he was on his death bed, he was worried about sparrows. We feel pity for him.

MESSAGE CONVEYED- This story conveys the message that man is not bad from birth. But circumstances make him bad. Rahim Khan was a kind hearted man. Rahim Khan’s first ambition was to join a touring circus. Secondly he wanted to marry a Hindu girl named Radha. These ambitions were not fulfilled .His parents killed both these ambitions- He held his parents, his family and the society responsible for the frustration of his dreams. He became cruel to his wife and children. He became unfriendly with everyone. But in the end while repairing the roof of his cottage in the rain. During his last moments, his only worry was about the sparrows. It shows that Rahim Khan was not bad at heart. Only the society had made him hard hearted.

QUESTIONS 1-10

Compete the table below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each
Answer to
Answer.
Persons who remarked about Rahim khan  Their remarks
Kallu  The 1_____________________ devil.
2 _________________________      He beat a child for throwing a 3 _________ at his 4____________.
Ramnath, the 5_______________    He nearly killed my 6 _________ for straying into his 7__________.
Patel was the 8_______________    Such a cruel man! No compassion for the helpless 9__________. His
to open his mouth.           own 10 _________ have run away from home.


READING (PASSAGE)

As a youth there had been none in the village to beat Rahim Khan in feats of athletics skill — in wrestling, in kabaddi, in diving from the canal bridge. He had loved a girl and wanted to join a touring circus which happened to pass through the village. In the circus he had felt, lay the key to his ambitions - a career after his own heart - travel - fame. And in Radha, the daughter of Ram Charan, the village banya, he thought he had found his soulmate. He had first noticed her watching him at a wrestling match and it had been the greatest moment of his life when, standing up after vanquishing his adversary, he had found Radha looking at him with the light of love in her eyes. After that there had been a few brief and furtive meetings when the unlettered but romantic youth had declared his love in passionate though halting words. But his parents had killed both his ambitions. Circus work was too lowly and immoral for a respectable peasant. Anyway, his father, grandfather and all his ancestors had tilled the land, so he, too had to do it. As for marrying Radha, a Hindu, a Kafir, the very idea was infamous and irreligious.

QUESTIONS 1-10

Write True; if the statement matches the information in the passage.
Write False; if the statement contradicts the information in the passage.
Write Not Given; if the information is not found in the passage.

1 Nobody could beat Rahim Khan in wresting.
2 Rahim Khan was good at driving over the canal bridge.
3 He wanted to join a circus party.
4 His third ambition was to become a singer.
5 Radha was not interested in him.
6 His ambitions were frustrated because of parental authority.
7 Ram Nath was the sarpanch of the village.
8 Both Radha and Rahim had met secretly.
9 Radha was a Muslim kafir girl.
10 Rahim’s ancestors were farmers.