CBSE Class 10 English (First Flight) Chapter Wise Important Extract Based Questions With Answers

This post contains CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Important Quote Based Questions With Answers for Board Exam 2023. This article contains questions from Prose and Poetry which have been prepared by subject experts specially for upcoming CBSE Class 10 English Board Exam 2023.

As per official CBSE class 10 English syllabus 2023 extract based questions will be asked for 10 mark in Section C. According to CBSE sample paper in Section C, Literature Two questions based on quotations from textbooks and supplementary reading will be asked in board examination 2023.

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CBSE Class 10 English (First Flight) Chapter Wise Important Extract Based Questions With Answers
CBSE Class 10 English (First Flight) Chapter Wise Important Extract Based Questions With Answers

Given Below Are Chapter Wise Questions With Answers.

A Letter To God

1. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body, and when he returned he exclaimed, ‘‘These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. The big drops are ten cent pieces and the little ones are fives.’’

i) Pick out the example for Metaphor from the given lines.
a) Big drops of rain
b) Huge mountains of clouds
c) The pleasure of feeling
d) The man went out

ii) Lencho was ____________when the rain started falling
a) remorseful
b) dejected
c) regretful
d) delighted

iii) The humongous clouds approached Lencho’s field from __________
a) North west
b) North east
c) South west
d) South east

iv) What did Lencho compare the rain drops to?
a) mountains
b) pleasure
c) coins
d) sweets

v) Which of the following statement is not true according to the given extract?
a) Lencho’s prediction about the rain became true.
b) Lencho took shelter in his house during the rain.
c) Lencho’s hopes for a good harvest were reinforced when the rain began.
d) Lencho was overjoyed when it started raining.

i) b ii) d iii) b iv) c v) b

2. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

With a satisfied expression, he regarded the field of ripe corn with its flowers, draped in a curtain of rain. But suddenly a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall. These truly did resemble new silver coins. The boys, exposing themselves to the rain, ran out to collect the frozen pearls. ‘‘It’s really getting bad now,’’ exclaimed the man. “I hope it passes quickly.” It did not pass quickly. For an hour the hail rained on the house, the garden, the hillside, the cornfield, on the whole valley. The field was white, as if covered with salt.
i) Why was Lencho satisfied?

a) Because he had a good business and was very rich.
b) Because he was going to get a good harvest owing to the timely rain.
c) Because he had a good dinner.
d) Because all his wishes had come true and he was extremely happy.

ii) Lencho’s hopes turned into despair when the rain transformed into ____________
a) a cyclone
b) a tornado
c) a torrent
d) a hailstorm

iii) What is compared to ‘new silver coins’?
a) Rain drops
b) Hailstones
c) Prosperity
d) Harvest

iv) Choose the statement that coveys the same meaning for ‘pass’ as it is used in the extract.
a) He speaks French well enough to pass for a Frenchman.
b) You’ll need your lift pass for using the ski lifts.
c)) Martha’s aunt passed away last week.
d) The holiday weekend passed quickly.

v) The statement ‘The field was white, as if covered with salt.’ suggests that ______
a) The field was filled with salt and was white in colour.
b) The field was covered with hailstones and was white in colour.
c) The field was full of ripe corn and was white in colour.
d) The field was bright and sparkling as if covered with crystals.

i) b ii) d iii) b iv) d v) b

Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

1. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

10th 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 respects before the inauguration. The inauguration would be the largest gathering ever of international leaders on South African soil. The
ceremonies took place in the lovely sandstone amphitheatre formed by the Union Buildings in Pretoria. For decades this had been the seat of white supremacy, and now it was the site of a rainbow gathering of different colors and nations for the installation of South Africa’s first
democratic, non-racial government.

1) When was the inauguration day in the story?
a.20 March
b.10 May
c.10 March
d.20 May

2) It was a celebration of South Africa’s first ______ government.
a.democratic and racial
b.autocratic and racial
c.monarch and non-racial
d.democratic and non-racial
3) Where did the ceremonies take place?
c.New York
d.New Delhi

4) For decades South Africa had been the seat for:
a.White Supremacy
b.Power of Politicians

5) What does “rainbow gathering” refer to :
a.People of all races, caste, color, national and international had come together to celebrate the
glory of democratic elections.
b.People of all colors
c.Seven rainbow colors
d.People of all communities and nations

1 i) b ii) d iii) b iv) a v) a

2. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

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. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

1) 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.

2) “We have achieved our political emancipation.” What is the meaning of emancipation?
a. freedom from restriction
b. enslavement and slavery both
c. enslavement
d. slavery
3)”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 ____.”

a. peace
b. justice
c. human dignity
d. all of these

4) 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.

5) 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


2 i) c ii) a iii) d iv) b v) d

From the Diary of Anne Frank

1. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

Paper has more patience than people.’ I thought of this saying on one of those days when I was feeling a little depressed and was sitting at home with my chin in my hands, bored and listless, wondering whether to stay in or go out. I finally stayed where I was, brooding: Yes, paper does have more patience, and since I am not planning to let anyone else read this stiff backed notebook grandly referred to as a diary unless I should ever
find a real friend, it probably won’t make a big difference.

a) ‘Paper has more patience than people.’ What does this imply?
i. Anne believed in the power of writing more than speaking to people.
ii. She felt that she could pour her heart out on paper without any hindrance.
iii. She had more faith in sharing her thoughts and feelings with paper.
iv. She felt that she could share her feelings openly on paper.

b) Who does Anne want her diary to be read?
i. Anne doesn’t want anyone to read her diary.
ii. Anne wants people having patience to read her diary
iii. Anne doesn’t want anyone but a true friend, if she finds one, to read her diary.
iv. She wants to read it herself when she is bored and listless.

c) What does this extract tell you about her relationship with others?
i. She was emotionally cut off from others.
ii. She was physically cut off from others.
iii. She was intimately bound to others.
iv. She had a diplomatic relationship with others

d) What provides the impetus for her dedicated diary writing?
i. Her confidence in her readers.
ii. Her weak relationship with others.
iii. Her perpetual feeling of being lonely.
iv. The trust that she reposes on everyone

e) If the diary were a ‘real friend’, what qualities would Anne expect it to have? Pick the option that lists these correctly.
1. optimistic
2. good listener
3. confidant
4. energetic
5. non-judgemental
6. outgoing
7. ambitious
i. 1 & 4
ii. 5, 6 & 7
iii. 2, 3 & 5
iv. 3 & 7


a) ii b) iii c) I d) ii e) iii

Glimpses of India

1. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

During our childhood in Goa, the baker used to be our friend, companion and guide. He used to come at least twice a day. Once, when he set out in the morning on his selling round, and then again, when he returned after emptying his huge basket. The jingling thud of his bamboo woke us up from sleep and we ran to meet and greet him. Why was it so? Was it for the love of the loaf? Not at all. The loaves were bought by some Paskine or Bastine, the maid-servant of the house! What welonged for were those bread-bangles which we chose carefully. Sometimes it was sweet bread of special make. (Glimpses of India)

1)What according to the narrator was the reaction of the children hearing the
baker’s bamboo thud?
i.They avoid the loud noise and would turn around and sleep.
ii.They would wake up from their sleep.
iii.They would jump out of bed quickly.
iv.They would run to meet and greet him.
v. They would go to buy loaves

Choose the correct option from the following:
(a) (i) and (v)
(b) (ii), (iii) and (iv)
(c) (ii) and (iii)
(d) (iii) (iv) and (v)

2) Select the option which displays an example of ‘’jingling’
(a)The hawker pushed through the crowd in the market.
(b)The little boy ran across the road to fetch the ball.
(c)The ice-cream vendor began ringing a small bell attached to his cart on the beach.
(d)The two old women were strolling in the park

3) From the options given below, identify the attitude of the children in the extract:

Ans. (c) Excited

4) ‘Not at all’ in the above extract means…
Choose one from the following to answer:
(a)Of course
(b)In every respect
(c)By no means

5) Select the most appropriate option for (1) and (2).
(1)Paskine or Bastine were male servants of the house.
(2)The narrator ate only the sweet bread bangles.
(a)(1) is true and (2) is false.
(b) (2) is the opposite of (1).
(c)(1) furthers the meaning of (2).
(d)Both (1) and (2) cannot be inferred from the extract.

1) b 2) c 3) c 4) c 5) d

2. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

Midway between Mysore and the coastal town of Mangalore sits a piece of heaven that must have drifted from the kingdom of God. This land of rolling hills is inhabited by a proud race of martial men, beautiful women and wild creatures. Coorg, or Kodagu, the smallest district of Karnataka, is home to evergreen rainforests, spices and coffee plantations.

(a) Which kind of animals are we likely to see at Coorg?
i. cows, horses, rare birds
ii. wild creatures
iii. rare breeds of monkeys
iv. lions, tigers, jaguars

(b) What is the other name of Coorg?
i. Mysore
ii. Mangalore
iii. Kodagu
iv. Bangalore

(c) Which word in the extract means the same as ‘having to do with war’?
i. race
ii. drifted
iii. inhabited
iv. martial

(d) What does not Coorg have?
i. hills
ii. evergreen rainforests
iii. spices and coffee plantations
iv. beaches

(e) Which word in the extract means the same as “resided”?
i. drifted
ii. inhabited
iii. evergreen
iv. plantations

(a) wild animals
(b) Kodagu
(c) Martial
(d) beaches
(e) inhabited

The Sermon at Benares

1. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:

Poor Kisa Gotami now went from house to house, and the people pitied her and said, “Here is mustard-seed; take it!” But when she asked, “Did a son or daughter, a father or mother, die in your family?” they answered her, “Alas! the living are few, but the dead are many. Do not remind us of our deepest grief.” And there was no house but some beloved one had died in it.

1)The community’s response to Kisa in the above extract was somewhat different from before.
Why do you think that was the case?
a) They had learned from Buddha’s sermons.
b) They were able to help Kisa in some way this time.
c) They understood parental grief.
d) They liked Kisa and enjoyed talking to her.

2)Which of the following options represent the correct understanding of the word “poor” in the
phrase “Poor Kisa Gotami”?
a) in need of money
b) weak
c) unfortunate
d) inferior

3)“Do not remind us of our deepest grief.” The tone of the speaker(s) is
a) disillusioned.
b) skeptical
c) ironic.
d) solemn.

4)Pick the option that explains — ‘…the living are few, but the dead are many.’
a) It shows the high death rate and low birth rate in the city of Benares.
b) It highlights the holy status of Benares where many Hindus go to die.
c) It throws light on the numerous loved ones the villagers had lost over time.
d) It reflects that many children had died in the village for various reasons.

5)Choose the option that appropriately completes the following: lamentation : grief :: _______ : _______
(a) laughter : sadness
(b) discomfort : fear
(c) celebration : joy
(d) resignation: loss

1) b 2) c 3) d 4) c 5)c

Poetry Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree.

a) What did the poet do to the hemlock tree?
i) Shook it
ii) Destroyed it.
iii) Laid eggs in it
iv) Build a nest in it.

b) Where do you think the poet was then?
i) At his home
ii) In the field
iii) Under the hemlock tree
iv) None of these

c) The crow and the hemlock are considered as ……………… symbols of nature.
i) Positive
ii) Negative
iii) Pleasant

d) From where did the snow fall on the poet?
i) From the hemlock tree
ii) From the body of the crow
iii) From the sky
iv) From the nest of a bird

e) What is the rhyme scheme of the given stanza?
i) abab
iii) abcb
iv) Blank verse

a) i) Shook it
b) iii) Under the hemlock tree
c) ii) Negative
d) i) From the hemlock tree
e) i) abab


Don’t bite your nails, Amanda!
Don’t hunch your shoulders,
Amanda!Stop that slouching and
sit up straight,Amanda!

(i) Select the option that fits with the
following;Slouching ; straight:: :
(A) Transparent: translucent
(B) Lazy: agile
(C) Forgetful: lively
(D) Generous: liberal

(ii) The purpose of the speaker’s words in the given extract is to
(A) Show the speaker’s power over the listener
(B) Make the listener a better human being
(C) Advice the listener as an elder
(D) Improve the listener’s posture and habits

(iii) What does the repetition of “Amanda!” at the end of each line reflect?
A) It describes who the speaker is talking to
B) It represents the absent-mindedness of the speaker
C) It shows the frustration of the speaker
D) It helps create a rhyme scheme

(iv) All the three lines above begin with—————
A) A taunt
B) Concern
C) A cool tone
D) A nagging tone

(v) The above lines reflect that Amanda——-
A) is an obedient girl
B) is a carefree child
C) does not fear the elders
D) Both B and C

(i) (B) lazy: agile
(ii) (D) improve the listener’s posture and habits
(iii) C) It showsthe frustration of the speaker
(iv) D) a nagging tone
(v) D) both B and C


The Trees

1. My head is full of whispers
which tomorrow will be silent.
Listen. The glass is breaking.
The trees are stumbling forward
into the night. Winds rush to meet them.
The moon is broken like a mirror,
its pieces flash now in the crown
of the tallest oak.

i) The crown of the oak lies in its
a) Topmost branch
b) Roots
c) Rich and tasty fruit
d) Broad leaves

ii) The wind rushes to meet the —
a) Forest
b) Roots
c) Rich and tasty fruit
d) Broad leaves

iii) Where are the pieces of the broken moon shining?
a) In the sky
b) In the forest
c) On the roof
d) On the top branches and leaves of the tallest oak tree

iv) Find the word from the extract which means the same as Shine
a) Crown
b) Mirror
c) Flash
d) None of the above

v) ‘The glass is breaking.’ The implied meaning here
a) Glass is breaking due to the growth of trees.
b) The freedom of trees
c) The glass is breaking due to the wind
d) Emancipation of women by breaking the shackles ofstereotypes imposed by the patriarchal society

i) a
ii) a
iii) d
iv) c
v) d

2.The trees inside are moving out into the forest,
the forest that was empty all these days
where no bird could sit
no insect hide
no sun bury its feet in shadow
the forest that was empty all these nights
will be full of trees by morning.

i) Where are the trees inside moving to?
a) On road
b) In plains
c) On mountains
d) Into the forest

ii) Why can’t birds sit or insects hide in the trees?
a) Trees don’t have branches
b) Birds and insects are not attracted towardsthe trees ‘
c) Trees not too leafy for birds and insects to be hidden in the branches
d) The trees are the decorative pieces in a house

iii) Which word here means ‘hide from view ‘?
a) Bury
b) Empty
c) Shadow
d) Moving out

iv) The trees in poem are the extended metaphor for
a) Society
b) Nature
c) Women who urge for their emancipation
d) Women

v)‘No sun bury its feet in shadow ‘. The poet implies here thata) The sunset
b) The sun never appears in the forest
c) The forest is empty
d) Sunlight could never disappear under the shadows of the trees as the forest is empty

i) d
ii) d
iii) a
iv) c

For Anne Gregory

’Never shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey -coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’’

a) Whose honey-coloured hair is mentioned here?
i. Anne Gregory
ii. Amanda
iii Maria James
iv. Anne James

b) What is the antonym of the word ‘despair’
i. Optimistic
ii. melancholy
iii sarcoma
iv. liturgy

c) Which poetic device is used in the underlined line?
i. alliteration
ii. metaphor
iii simile
iv. enjambment

d) Find a word in the passage which means a thick wall’?
i. despair
ii. honey-coloured
iii ramparts
iv. None of the above

a) i
b) i
c) ii
d) iii

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