Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Important Questions

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NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Book Chapter 2 Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Important Questions

Here are the Nelson Mandela important questions of 1,2,3 and 5 Marks for CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Book Chapter 2.  The important questions we have compiled will help the students to brush up on their knowledge about the subject. Students can practice Class 10 English important questions to understand the subject better and improve their performance in the board exam. The solutions provided here will also give students an idea about how to write the answers. Take Free Online MCQ Test for Class 10

Important Questions for CBSE Class 10 English Flamingo Book Chapter 2 Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom

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Class 10 English Nelson Mandela Important Questions (one mark) MCQs

“We, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil. We thank all of our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.”

1. The guests at the spectacular ceremony are being called distinguished because
a) they have been invited as guests to attend it.
b) they are eminent world leaders witnessing it.
c) they are visiting the country for this purpose.
d) they have resumed diplomatic relations with the country.

2. It is a victory for ‘human dignity’. Pick the option that lists the correct answer for what ‘human dignity’ would include.
a) i) equality ii) liberty iii) indecency
b) i) liberty ii) indecency iii) self-respect
c) i) immorality ii) self-respect iii) equality
d) i) equality ii) liberty iii) self-respect

3. Why does the speaker say that it is a ‘rare privilege’?
He says this as they have
a) been deprived of this honour.
b) seldom been given this honour.
c) experienced it for the first time.
d) been chosen over other countries, for this honour.

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4. How do you think the speaker feels? Choose the option that best fits his state of mind.

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a) i) emotional ii) elated iii) unmindful
b) i) elated ii) unmindful iii) overwhelmed
c) i) overwhelmed ii) elated iii) honoured
d) i) elated ii) honoured iii) unmindful

5. Pick the option that showcases the usage of ‘host’ as in the extract.
a) He was praised for his hospitality as the host of the party.
b) She was able to host the event without any hindrance.
c) She met the host and apologised for her friend’s misbehaviour.
d) He is the best host that one can ever come across.

“It was only when I began to learn that my boyhood freedom was an illusion, when I discovered as a young man that my freedom had already been taken from me, that I began to hunger for it. At first as a student I wanted freedom only for myself, the transitory freedoms of being able to stay out at night, read what I pleased and go where I chose. Later, as a young man in Johannesburg, I yearned for the basic and honourable freedoms…”

1. The title that best suits this extract is
a) Freedom for everything
b) Knowledge about Freedom
c) Significance of Freedom
d) Realisation of Freedom

2. Why do you think the speaker mentions some freedoms as ‘transitory’?
a) The freedoms are momentary and keep changing with time.
b) The definition of freedom is constant but perspectives differ.
c) Freedom means different things to different people.
d) Freedom is not that important after a certain age.

3. Choose the option that best fits the usage of the word ‘illusion’ as used in the extract.
a) He was never able to get past the illusion.
b) The illusion I experienced was quite intriguing.
c) A large mirror in the room creates an illusion.
d) I was living under the illusion that this is possible.

4. The speaker says, ‘at first as a student I wanted freedom only for myself.’
Why do you think he only thought about himself?
a) He didn’t want to think about the freedom denied to others.
b) He was being selfish and was only bothered about himself.
c) He didn’t think that freedom denied to him was important for others.
d) He was too young to realise that freedom was denied to others as well.

5. A part of the extract has been paraphrased. Choose the option that includes the most appropriate solution to the blanks in the given paraphrase of the extract.
The speaker’s belief about freedom, since childhood proved false. It was not until the speaker grew up to be a young man when it i) ____ on him that he was ii) ________ of freedom. Then he began iii) ___ it.
a) i) desired ii) dawned iii) depriving
b) i) dawned ii) deprived iii) desiring
c) i) dawned ii) arrived iii) desiring
d) i) arrived ii) deprived iii) dawned

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Class 10 English Nelson Mandela Important Questions (2 Marks) – 20 to 30 words

Q. Based on your reading of the lesson, what can you infer about Mandela as a father and as a leader?
A. Mandela was a loving father. He wanted to provide everything to his family. Not only this, he was a great leader. He felt for all his countrymen. So, he gave up his family for the greater cause of gaining freedom for his countrymen.

Q. Mandela says that his country’s greatest wealth is its people and not the purest diamonds. Justify his statement.
A. The strength of a country lies in it’s people. The great patriots of South Africa were Mandela’s comrades in the struggle for freedom. They fought for an idea, went to prison, were pushed to their limits but did not give in. Such great men achieved freedom which cannot be achieved by possessing the purest of diamonds. Thus, these men are more precious than diamonds.

Q. Mandela feels that courage is triumph over fear. How would you define courage in this context?
Q. Who according to Nelson Mandela is a courageous man?   

A. A courageous man is not the one who experiences the absence of fear. One who faces fear and triumphs over it is a courageous man.

Q. Why is 10th May, 1994 important for South Africa? 
A. 10th May 1994 is important for South Africa because it marks the end of Apartheid. The first democratic elected government, headed by Nelson Mandela was formed on this day.

Q. How is 10th May, 1994 an ‘autumn day’ in South Africa? 
A. 10th May 1994 was an auspicious day for the country because the first democratically elected government was formed. Dignitaries from all over the world had gathered to extend their support to the nation.

Q. What did being free mean to Mandela as a boy and as a student? 
A. As a boy, freedom meant his personal liberty. He was not restricted from going anywhere, he could run in the fields, swim in the village stream. He wanted the freedom to study and stay away at night.

Q. If you were in Mandela’s position, would you have given preference to your family or your country? Why?
A. Family is as important as one’s country. I would have tried to create a balance between the two. I do not think that abandoning one’s family is a good act.

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Class 10 English Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom 3 Marks Important Questions – 40 to 50 words

Q. Create a questionnaire of two most important questions that you would have liked to ask Nelson Mandela during an interview. Give your reasons for choosing those questions.
A. 1. How did you enter this freedom struggle?

2. Did you feel guilty for leaving your family for your country?
I want to ask these questions because I want to know the idea that struck Mandela and gave him immense courage. Also, I think that leaving his family was not a good decision.

Q. Your teacher organised a mini-debate competition in class on the topic: Courage, Wisdom and Generosity are the ONLY attributes of a remarkable leader. Write the debate script with two points to supplement your stand, either as a proposition speaker or as an opposition one.
A. For (Value points)
Courage makes a real leader as he overcomes all fears.

  1. Wisdom gives him the ability to judge the actions required.
  2. Generosity makes one compassionate towards fellow men.


Q. Struggles teach us many lessons. With reference to the times you struggled with mastering a skill or learning a concept, write about the lessons you learnt.
A. Value points-
Struggles are very important.
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Class 10 English Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom 5 Marks Important Questions – 100 to 120 words

Freedom is inconsequential if it is behind bars of prejudice and narrow mindedness. How would you explain this statement? Support your answer with suitable examples from the real world.

After having read the lesson on the oppression that communities faced in South Africa, you were deeply hurt. You could also relate to the struggles and hardships of millions of Indians who fought against the oppressive British rule.
Write a diary entry expressing your feelings about oppression faced by people in their homeland.
You may begin like this:

11 Jan., 2021. Monday  6:00 pm
My heart is filled with pain when I think of people who have to face oppression in their own country. When a stranger commands you and restricts your freedom, it feels so suffocating. They are helpless and seek liberty – to do what they want to, go where they want to, to wear what they like.
Humanity has faced oppression since time immemorial. A person can be oppressed on various grounds – gender, age, religion, colour, caste, etc. This brings me immense sadness and I hope that all should embrace humanity. Kindness and generosity towards all should be our motto.

Prejudice based on race and colour or any other reason causes profound hurt.
Write about any one character from the chapters in First Flight who was subjected to such prejudice?
Discuss the consequence of this prejudice for the character.
A. Value Points
Prejudice based on race and colour does cause a lot of pain and hurt.  Nelson Mandela was subjected to such prejudice.
this change to the entire course of his life.  converted a law abiding citizen into a criminal.  he gave up his family and became a monk.  could not become a good husband,  father,  son.  give up his life for the cause of his countrymen.  served prison for almost 30 years

Q. Tenth May dawned bright and clear. For the past few days I had been pleasantly besieged by dignitaries and world leaders who were coming to pay their respect before the inauguration. How did Nelson Mandela describe the scene of the inauguration?
A. (Take clues as have been mentioned in the chapter)

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