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Glimpses of India Important Questions of 1, 2, 3 and 5 Markers CBSE Class 10 English Chapter 7

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A. “Our elders are often heard reminiscing nostalgically about those good old Portuguese days, the Portuguese and their famous loaves of bread. Those eaters might have vanished but the makers are still there. We still have amongst us the mixers, the moulders and those who bake the loaves. Those age-old, time-tested furnaces still exist. The fire in these furnaces has not yet been extinguished. The thud and jingle of traditional baker’s bamboo, heralding his arrival in the morning, can still be heard in some places. ”

1. The narrator says that the furnaces were ‘time-tested’ because

a) they had been thoroughly tested each time, before being used.
b) they had proved the test of time and were working well.
c) they had been tested by modern day experts.
d) they had the power to withstand inexperienced usage.

2. Those eaters might have vanished but the makers are still there. Pick the option that expresses the tone of the narrator.

1) elated
2) morose
3) nostalgic
4) hopeful
5) sarcastic
6) critical
7) celebratory

a) 1 and 7
b) 2 and 6
c) 3 and 4
d) 4 and 5

3. Pick the idiom that brings out the same meaning of ‘reminiscing’ as used in the passage

a) train of thought.
b) commit something to memory.
c) a trip down memory lane.
d) jog somebody’s memory.



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4. Why do you think the baker came in with ‘a thud and a jingle’?

a) He wanted to make everyone alert and active with his presence.
b) He wanted to wake up everyone from their slumber and ask them to visit the bakery.
c) He was used to making a loud noise as most people responded to just that.
d) He wanted to make people aware that he had come around to sell his goodies.

5. The ‘fire in the furnaces has not yet been extinguished’ implies that

a) the furnaces are still being used to bake the loaves of bread.
b) The fire is in the process of being reviewed as a replaceable method for heating furnaces.
c) The furnaces are very strong and cannot be shifted for use in other areas.
d) The fire in the furnaces takes a long time to cease burning, once lighted.


(B) “Tell me another!” scoffed Pranjol. “We have an Indian legend too. Bodhidharma, an ancient Buddhist ascetic, cut off his eyelids because he felt sleepy during meditations. Ten tea plants grew out of the eyelids. The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk, banished sleep.” “Tea was first drunk in China,’’ Rajvir added, ‘‘as far back as 2700 B.C.! In fact, words such as tea, chai and chini are from the Chinese. Tea came to Europe only in the sixteenth century and was drunk more as medicine than as beverage.”

1. The main idea of this extract is

a) Tea as a popular beverage in Europe and how it spread.
b) Origin of tea in India and why it became popular in Europe.
c) Importance of India in popularising tea and influencing Europe.
d) Indian legend on tea and how it travelled from China to Europe.

2. Why do you think Pranjol ‘scoffed’?

a) He was upset with the legend Rajvir shared.
b) He was mocking Rajvir for his lack of knowledge.
c) He was amused and tickled at what Rajvir shared.
d) He was impressed with what Rajvir had shared.

3. Pick the option that includes the tea label information that corresponds to the given sentence. “The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk, banished sleep.”

(1) Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.
(2) It increases levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and improves overall sleep quality by shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and decreasing night-time awakenings.
(3) It interferes with REM sleep, has some unwanted side effects, keeps sleep away and allows the possibility of inducing hours of sleeplessness and increased night-time awakenings.
(4) It alleviates anxious thoughts and soothes the sprit before bedtime. It improves energy levels and helps banish stress and results in a better night’s sleep, naturally.
a) Option 1
b) Option 2
c) Option 3
d) Option 4

4. Based on the inference from the extract, which of these is NOT TRUE about tea drinking in the sixteenth century Europe? Dr. Smith is a doctor of sixteenth century Europe.

a) Dr. Smith encouraged drinking of green tea whenever available, to reduce chances of tooth loss.
b) Dr. Smith prescribed regular tea drinking to all his patients with a weak heart.
c) Dr. Smith always served tea as refreshment when he has guests, as they all enjoyed this beverage.
d) Dr. Smith usually recommended black tea to reduce inflammation in the body.


5. Based on this extract, how do you think Rajvir felt while narrating?

a) i) excited

ii) agitated

b) i) hysterical

ii) nervous

c) i) nervous

ii) agitated

d) i) enthusiastic

ii) passionate

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Class 10 English Glimpses of India 2 Marks Questions (20 to 30 words)

1. Why does the author in ‘Coorg’ say that the visitors’ search for the heart and soul of India would be found in Coorg?
Ans. Coorg showcases many varied aspects of Indian culture and traditions. There are beautiful landscapes, brave Coorgi men, traditional kuppia dresses, Buddhist monasteries, rich flora and fauna, plantations of coffee and spices. Thus, Coorg shows the heart and soul of India.

2. How did the baker become synonymous with celebrations and occasions in Goa?
Ans. The baker had a lot of importance in Goan traditions. A feast was incomplete without bread. Marriages meant preparation of a sweet bread called ‘bol’. Sandwiches were prepared on a daughter’s engagement. Cakes and bolinhas were a must for Christmas.

3. Do adventure sports like river rafting and rock climbing require a person to possess just physical strength? Why/Why not?
Ans. Adventure sports require physical strength, alertness and mental toughness too. As these sports are done in natural surroundings, one must be alert and cautious while performing them. A person needs to have excellent judgement and should have a quick response system.

4. Pranjol buried his head in his detective book while Rajvir was eager to look at the beautiful scenery during the train journey. Why was there a difference in their attitude?
Ans. Pranjol belonged to Assam and had travelled on the route many times. So he was not eager to see the scene outside. Whereas Rajvir was travelling to Assam for the first time. So, rather than reading a book, he was interested in looking at the scenery.

5. Coorgis belong to a valorous and hospitable race. Comment on this statement with reference to the text.
Ans. Coorgis are of Greek or Arabic descent. Some say that a part of Alexander’s army moved south and settled here. Their garment kuppia resembles the kuffia worn by Arabs and Kurds. They have martial traditions, marriage and religious rites, different from Hindu culture. The Coorg regiment is one of the most decorated in the Indian Army. They are the only race, permitted to carry firearms without a licence.



Class 10 English Glimpses of India 3 Marks Questions (40 to 50 words)



1. Rajvir did his study before his visit to the tea plantation. Is it good to do one’s research before the start of a new venture or does it take away from the thrill of discovery? Elucidate your stance.
Ans. It is good to do research before starting a new venture. One gets an idea about the destination and one can plan the journey accordingly. We can prepare an itinerary according to the research. We can identify places or activities of our interest. This helps in planning a better holiday. The practical experience can be tallied with the research done before.


2. Inspired by the diversity in the chapter, ‘Glimpses of India’, you wrote an article for your school magazine on the topic, ‘Diversity-the Uniqueness of India’. Write a paragraph, sharing two key opinions from the article.
Ans - Value points

Geographical abundance

Influx of a variety of traditions and cultures

3. The culture, lifestyle and traditions of a place are influenced by the people who lived or settled there at some point of time. Cultural assimilation adds flavour to the existing structure of a society.
Summarise your opinion on the given idea.


Ans - Value points

Goa – Portuguese culture

Coorg – Arab, Greek traditions

Assam – Chinese heritage


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Class 10 English Glimpses of India 5 Marks Questions (100 to 120 words)

1. Pen down a brief travelogue* entry, narrating any personal impression/s about a visit to Coorg. Include your reflections about the differences between the place where you live and the place you’ve visited. (* A travelogue is a person’s account of a journey to another country or place. It can either be a written report with many factual details or a narrative story about personal impressions and experiences.) You may begin like this… As I stepped into the land of evergreen forests, I was blown away by the pristine beauty and ………………………………(continue)

Ans -  Value points

As I stepped into the land of evergreen forests, I was blown away by the
pristine beauty and calm atmosphere.

Natural beauty versus concrete jungle

Coffee plantations, fragrance

Variety of flora and fauna

Natural adventure treat

Tibetan culture at Bylakuppe

2. The narrator shares, “Baking was indeed a profitable profession in the old days.”
a) What do you feel has changed now? Why?
b) State any one way, you feel, the paders can regain their lost glory.
Ans -  Value points
a) Younger generations - alternate careers – higher income
b) Prevent migration
c) Better lifestyle – more income – retain paders

3. In the chapter, ‘A Baker from Goa’ the narrator talks about his childhood in Goa and his fond memories.
Compare the childhood of Nelson Mandela with that of the narrator.

Ans. Value points

Nelson Mandela

Lucio Rodrigues

Enjoyed freedom – went to fields, swam in streams, roasted mealies under the stars, rode on bulls.
Sought freedom to stay out at night, read as per his choice, not to be obstructed in a lawful life

Bakers were friends, companions and guides. Ate bread bangles. Peeped into the baker’s basket. Ate without brushing teeth or washing face.


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