Oral Comprehension Check#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Question 1. What ‘experiment’ did Maxwell think Camusfearna would be suitable for?
The writer had gone to Southern Iraq in the year 1956. He took a fancy to the idea that instead of keeping a dog as a pet, he would go for an otter. Camusfearna was surrounded by water, so it would be an eminently suitable spot for this experiment.
Question 2. Why does he go to Basra? How long does he wait there, and why?
The writer went to Basra to collect and answer his mail from Europe.
He had to wait there for 5 days as his mail did not arrive.
Question 3. How does he get the otter? Does he like it? Pick out the words that tell you this.
His friend bought the otter for him and sent it to the place where he was staying.
The author liked it. This is seen in “The second night Mijbil came on to my bed in the small hours and remained asleep in the crook of my knees….” “ I made a body-belt for him…”.
Question 4. Why was the otter named ‘Maxwell’s otter’?
The otter was named by zoologists as Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwelli. Hence, it was called Maxwell’s otter in short.
Question 5. Tick the right answer. In the beginning, the otter was
1. aloof and indifferent
What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
In the beginning, the otter was aloof and indifferent.
Question 6. What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
When the author first took Mijbil to the bathroom, the otter first went wild with joy in the water. He plunged and rolled in it. He jumped up and down the length of the bathtub. He made enough slosh and splash. After two days, the otter suddenly disappeared and went to the bathroom to play in the water and opened the tap on his own.
Page 108#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Question 1. How was Mijbil transported to England?
Mijbil was packed in a box as the airlines had directed the author. As British airlines did not allow pets on board the author had to book a ticket on a different airline from Iraq to Paris and then Paris to London.
Question 2. What did Mij do to the box?
The box was lined with a metal sheet. Mij didn’t feel comfortable in the box and tried to escape. In his attempt to escape, Mij tore into the metal lining of the box and in the process hurt himself.
Question 3. Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?
As there was no other way to carry Mij to London, Maxwell put in the box again. He must have felt pity on the way the otter hurt himself. Moreover, he must be worried as well.
Question 4. Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was “the very queen of her kind”?
The airhostess was very sympathetic after listening to Maxwell’s story. She understood how he might be feeling and then gave him permission to take the otter out of the box. Due to all this, Maxwell referred her as “the very queen of her kind”.
Question 5. What happened when the box was opened?
As soon as the box was opened, Mij ran out. Then it ran all over the place scaring all the passengers. It created a claos and most of the people in the plane got scared.
Page 110#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Question 1. What game had Mij invented?
Mij invented a game of playing with the ball in a unique way. One of the author’s suitcase was damaged and had a slope on the top part. Mij would put the ball on the high end and run to catch it as it slided to the lower end.
Question 2. What are ‘compulsive habits’? What does Maxwell say are the compulsive habits of
1. school children
Compulsive habits are usually strange act or behaviour which a person does without clear reason. For example a cricket player may put on his right shoes first as he believes it would bring him good luck or a kid jumping over a fence, instead of going through the passage way. Usually compulsive beahviour of children are full of childhood mischief and those of adults are of incorrigible type.
1. As per this story, children must place their feet squarely on the centre of each paving block; must touch every seventh upright of the iron railings, or pass to the outside of every second lamp post.
2. Mijbil while on its way to home would jump over the boundary wall railing and run at full speed throughout its length.
Question 3. What group of animals do otters belong to?
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines. The other animals of this group are badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others.
Question 4. What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mij was?
As otters are not found in England so Londoners made the wildest possible guesses about Mij. Their guesses ranged from a baby seal, a squirrel, a hippo to a brontosaurus.
Thinking about the Text#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
(Page 110, 111)
Question 1. What things does Mij do which tell you that he is an intelligent, friendly and fun-loving animal who needs love?
Mij invented his own game out of ping-pong ball and a worn down suitcase. He loved water, and once he understood that on opening the tap water came out of it, he would get into the tub and played with water.
He had gradually formed a special attachment with Maxwell. It giyw desperate when Maxwell left it in a box and wanted to come out as soon as possible.
Question 2. What are some of the things we come to know about otters from this text?
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others. They are found in large numbers in marshes. Arabs keep them as pets and tame them. Otters love to spread water and splash in it. Maxwell’s otter was of a race previously . unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwelli.
Question 3. Why is Mij’s species now known to the world as Maxwell’s otter?
Maxwell’s otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwelli, hence, it is known as Maxwell’s otter in short.
Question 4. Maxwell in the story speaks for the otter, Mij. He tells us what the otter feels and thinks on different occasions. Given below are some things the otter does. Complete the column on the right to say what Maxwell says about what Mij feels and thinks.
|What Mij Does||How Mij Feels or Thinks|
|Plunges, rolls in the water and makes the water splosh and splash|
|Screws the tap in the wrong way|
|Nuzzles Maxwell’s face and neck in the aeroplane|
|What Mij Does||How Mij Feels or Thinks|
|Plunges, rolls in the water and makes the water splosh and splash||He thinks it is a hippo and is very happy.|
|Screws the tap in the wrong way||He chitters with irritation and disappointment.|
|Nuzzles Maxwell’s face and neck in the aeroplane||He feels much comfort and content after its distressed chitter.|
Question 5. Read the story and find the sentences where Maxwell describes his pet otter.
Then choose and arrange your sentences to illustrate those statements below that you think are true. Maxwell’s description
1. makes Mij seem almost human, like a small boy.
2. shows that he is often irritated with what Mij does.
3. shows that he is often surprised by what Mij does.
4. of Mij’s antics is comical.
5. shows that he observes the antics of Mij very carefully.
6. shows that he thinks Mij is a very ordinary otter.
7. shows that he thinks the otter is very unusual.
Thinking about Language#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Question 1. Look at these examples from the text, and say whether the modifiers (in italics) are nouns, proper nouns or adjective plus noun
1. An offer fixation
2. The iron railings
3. The Tigris marshes
4. The London streets
5. Soft velvet fur
6. A four- footed soccer player
3. Proper noun
4. Proper noun
5. Adjective plus noun
6. Adjective plus noun
Question 2. Given below are some nouns and a set of modifiers (in the box). Combine the nouns and modifiers to make as many appropriate phrases as you can. (Hint: The nouns and modifiers are all from the texts in this book.)
|2.||Gifts||Ordinary gift, birthday gift.|
|3.||Time||First time, family time, college time|
|5.||Physique||Plump physique, ordinary physique|
|6.||Girls||Incorrigible girls, plump girls, college girls|
|7.||Thoughts||Uncomfortable thoughts, ridiculous thoughts, ordinary thoughts, good thoughts, invigorating thoughts|
|8.||Scream||Loud scream, heartbreaking scream|
|10.||Flight-||First flight, ordinary flight, uncomfortable flight|
|11.||Coffee||Black coffee, ordinary coffee|
|12.||Farewell||Tremendous farewell, college farewell|
|14.||Chatterbox||Incorrigible chatterbox, ridiculous chatterbox|
|15.||View||Panoramic view, ordinary view|
|16.||Dresses||Ordinary dresses, birthday dresses, marriage dresses|
|17.||Handkerchief||White handkerchief, clean handkerchief|
|19.||Celebration||Birthday celebration, tremendous celebration|
Question II.#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Question 1. Match the words on the left with a word on the right. Some words on the left can go with more than one word on the right.
1. A portion of — blood
2. A pool of — cotton
3. Flakes of — stones
4. A huge heap of — gold
5. A gust of — fried fish
6. Little drops of — snow
7. A piece of — water
8. A pot of — wind
1.A portion of fried fish
2. A pool of water
3. Flakes of snow
4. A huge heap of stones,
5. A gust of wind
6. Little drops of blood, Little drop of water
7. A piece of cotton, A piece of fried fish
8. A pot of gold
Question 2. Use a bit of/a piece of/a bunch of/a lump of/a cloud of with the italicised nouns in the following sentences. The first has been done for you as an example.
1. My teacher gave me some advice.
2. Can you give me some clay please?
3. The information you gave was very useful.
4. Because of these factories, smoke hangs over the city.
5. Two stones rubbed together can produce sparks of fire.
6. He gave me some flowers on my birthday.
1. My teacher gave me a bit of advice.
2. Can you give me a lump of clay please?
3. The bit of information you gave was very useful.
4. Because of, these factories, a cloud of smoke hangs over the city.
5. Two pieces of stone rubbed together can produce sparks of fire.
6. He gave me a bunch of flowers on my birthday.
#(First Flight Mijbil the Otter)
Class 10 English Chapter 8 Mijbil the Otter Important Questions
Short Answer Type Questions
Question 1. How was Mij to be transported to England?
Answer: The British Airline to England would not fly animals. So, Maxwell booked a flight to Paris on another airline and from there to London. The airline insisted that Mij should be packed into a box not more than eighteen inches square. Thus, Mij was transported to England in that box, which was kept on the floor at his feet.
Question 2. What happened when the box was opened?
Answer: When the box was opened, Mij went out of the box. He disappeared at a high speed down the aircraft. There were cries all around. A woman stood up on her seat crying, “A rat! A rat!”.
Question 3. Why did Maxwell get his mail after five days and what did he do to get it? [CBSE 2011]
Answer: Maxwell got his mail after 5 days due to some delay. He cabled and tried to telephone in order to get his mail.
Question 4. What did the otter look like?
Answer: The otter looked like a small dragon belonging to the middle ages. It was covered with symmetrical pointed scales of mud. One could see between the scales a soft velvet fur like that of a chocolate-brown mole.
Question 5. What did Mijbil do during the second night?
Answer: Mijbil came on to Maxwell’s bed soon after midnight. It remained asleep in the crook of his knees until the morning.
Question 6. What, according to the writer, is the real play’ of the otter? [CBSE 2015]
Answer: The real play of an otter is lying on his back and juggling with small objects between his paws. Mijbil would roll two or more marbles up and down on his wide, fat belly. He never dropped one to the floor.
Question 7. Why was the narrator not able to communicate when there was a delay in the arrival of the mail?
Answer: The narrator was not able to contact because the telephone lines had to be booked twenty-four hours in advance. On the first day, the line was out of order; on the second day, the exchange was closed for a religious reason; and on the third day, there was a breakdown.
Question 8. What was the first characteristic of the otter discovered by the narrator? [CBSE 2014]
Answer: The first thing that the narrator observed about the otter was that he liked to play with water. When he was taken to the bathroom, for half an hour he went wild in the water with joy. He was plunging, jumping and rolling in the water.
Question 9. How did Mij spend his time?
Answer: Mij spent most of his time in play. He spent hours shuffling the rubber ball round the room like a four-footed soccer player. His real play was when he used to juggle small objects between his paws. Marbles were his favourite toy for his pastime.
Question 10. While staying in London, what was the pastime of Mij?
Answer: While staying in London, Mijbil would play for hours with his own selection of toys. His favburite toys were ping-pong balls, marbles, rubber fruit and a terrapin shell that the narrator had bought from his native marshes.
Question 11. How did Mij behave outside the house in London?
Answer: Mij used to follow the narrator while walking on the streets. He developed certain habits during those walks. He went with him like children playing, running and touching things in the street. He would take the author near the wall of a primary school and then gallop on it.
Question 12. What special characteristic of Mijbil did Maxwell learn after he took it to the bathroom?
Answer: When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom, he learnt that he went wild with joy in water, plunging and rolling in it and splashed water.
Question 13. Why did the writer stay in Basra?
Answer: The writer and his friend were going to Basra to the Consulate—General to collect and answer their mails. They found that the mail of his friend was available but the author had to stay in Basra for five days.
Question 14. What did the otter look like?
Answer: The otter looked like a very small dragon. Its appearance was very pretty. It was coated with pointed scales of mud on its back. It spread mud all round.
Question 15. How did Maxwell get the otter?
Answer: Maxwell wanted to keep an otter as a pet instead of dog. He expressed his wish before his friend who managed to get an otter and sent it to Maxwell through two Arabs. Thus, Maxwell got his tamed otter.
Question 16. What happened when Maxwell decided to transport Mijbil to England by air?
Answer: When Maxwell decided to transport Mijbil to England, Mijbil was kept into a box. He tore off the box and wounded himself. Then Mijbil disappeared down the aircraft, terrorizing the other passengers. After that, he settled on Maxwell’s knee and gave no further inconvenience to others.
Question 17. What game did Mijbil invent?
Answer: Mijbil discovered that if he placed the ball on the high end of the damaged suitcase, it would run down the length of the suitcase. He would dash around to the other end to ambush its arrival, hide from it,. crouching, to spring up and take it by surprise, grab it and trot off with it to the high end once more.
Question 18. What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mijbil was?
Answer: The writer was not surprised to know that the Londoners could not recognize an otter. They thought he was a baby seal, a squirrel, a walrus, a hippo, a beaver, a bear cub, a leopard.
Question 19. What ‘experiment’ did Maxwell think Camusfearna would be suitable for?
Answer: Maxwell was staying in a cottage in Camusfearna. There was a lot of water around the cottage. He thought to have an otter as a pet instead of a dog. An otter likes flowing water. So the author thought that Camusfearna would be suitable spot for that experiment.
Question 20. How does he get the otter? Does he like it? Pick out the words that tell you this?
Answer: Maxwell expressed his desire to have an otter as a pet to his friend. His friend kept it in mind and sent an otter through two
Question 21. Why was the otter named ‘Maxwell’s otter’?
Answer: This race of animals was unknown to the scientists in the beginning. After its discovery it was christened by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell’s otter.
Question 22. What happened when the box was opened?
Answer: The airhostess suggested the author that he could keep the pet on his knee. The author opened the box. Mij was out of the box in a flash. He disappeared at high speed down the aircraft. There was chaos all around in the plane.
Question 23. What game had Mij invented?
Answer: Mij had invented a game of his own with a ping-pong ball. During the journey, the suitcase of the author was damaged. It got a slope on one end. Mij discovered that if he placed the ball on the high end it would run down the length of the suitcase.
Long Answer Type Questions
Question 1. In the name of rules and regulations, basic values are ignored but people like the airhostess in ‘Mijbil the Otter’ are a ray of hope. What virtues do we find in the airhostess?
Answer: The airhostess was somewhat friendly, and she allowed the narrator to place the otter on his lap. She could relate and empathise with the situation faced by the narrator. This shows that apart from being professional, she was a caring lady. She not only wanted to do her job but was also responsible as she helped the narrator in finding the otter back.
She did all that she could do for Maxwell and the otter. She was hard working and was ready to help as she did not say ‘no’ to help the narrator.
Question 2. The narrator called the airhostess the queen of her kind. This shows how caring and supportive she was. Do you find such people these days? Are people having a change in their values?
Answer: In today’s world, it is getting difficult to find people who show their care and support. Rather than helping others, they start giving excuses and quote rules and regulations. Earlier, people used to think about the situation faced by others and helped them in all possible ways.
This is changing because of the change in the values of the people. People give first priority to their own safety and security. They care for themselves first and then think about others.
Question 3. Why do you think the otter was not friendly at first with the narrator? Can you relate this to the human nature as well? [CBSE 2016]
Answer: At first, the otter was not very friendly with the narrator as he had seen him for the first time. He was brought to a new place and new surroundings. He neither knew the narrator nor the place which made him stay away from the narrator. But, as soon as he started becoming comfortable with the surroundings, he became friendly and came close to the narrator.
This is very similar to the human nature. Even, the human beings first take time to understand others and then only become friendly with them. Unless they are comfortable in being with somebody, they try to stay away from that person.
Question 4. Why does he go to Basra? How long does he wait there, and why?
Answer: He goes the Basra to the Consulate General to collect and answer his mail from Europe. His mail did not arrive in time. He cabled to England, and when, three days later, nothing had happened, he tried to telephone. The call had to be booked twenty-four hours in advance. On the first day the line was out of order; on the second day, exchange was closed for a religious holiday. On the third day there was another breakdown. His mail arrived five days later. He had to wait for five days.
Question 5. What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
Answer: When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom he went wild with joy in the water, plunging and rolling in it, shooting pp and down the length of the bathtub underwater, and making enough slosh and splash for a hippo. Two days after, Mijbil escaped from the bedroom and entered the bathroom. He struggled with the chromium tap till it had a full flow.
Question 6. How was Mij to be transported to England?
Answer: The British airline to London did not permit to fly animals. The author had to book a flight to Paris on another airline. The airline insisted that Mij should be packed into a box not more than eighteen inches square. The author acted accordingly and transported Mij to England.
Question 7. What did Mij do to the box?
Answer: The author put Mij into the box an hour before he started for the airport so that Mij would become accustomed to it and left for a meal. When he came back he found complete silence in the box. He saw blood stains around the airholes. Mij had tom the lining of the box to shreds. He got himself hurt.
Question 8. Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?
Answer: Maxwell put the otter back in the box because he was already late for the airport. It was just ten minutes time for the flight, and the airport was five miles distant. He felt bad in doing so. He did not want to keep the’miserable otter in the box but there was no other option due to time constraint.
Question 9. Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was “the very queen of her kind”?
Answer: The author told the airhostess about the incident that took place half an hour before at home and took her into his confidence. The airhostess was a considerate lady. She cooperated with the author and suggested him to keep his pet on his knee. This made the author call her “the very queen of her kind”.