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Chapter 7: The Frog and The Nightingale

CBSE solutions for Class 10 English - Communicative Chapter 7 [Pages 85 - 96]

Q 1 | Page 85

MarkMarkListed below are some character traits of people. A few of these are positive qualities, while others are not. Tick mark the ones you feel are desirable qualities in a person.

Characteristic Tick  Mark  Characteristic  Tick Mark Characteristic Tick Mark
Insensitive   High - headed   Manipulative   
Humorous   Egoistic   Patronizing  
Naïve   Humble   Submissive  

Opportunistic

  Foolish   Arrogant  
Creative   Original   Conniving  
Disapproving   Helpful   Innocent  
Commanding   Calculative   Condescending  
Benevolent   Crafty   Scheming  
Simple   Wise   Rude  
Overbearing   Generous   Boastful  
Sly   Gentle   Proud  
Territorial   Aggressive   Servile  
Q 2 | Page 85

Have you come across people who are not what they seem to be - like someone who is extremely friendly and helpful yet you are not very comfortable with him / her as you feel it is a put-on? Have a class discussion about such people and why you feel as you do.

Q 3 | Page 86

Before you read the poem complete the word - web with the words that we associate with a Frog and a Nightingale

Q 5 | Page 91

The following is a summary of the poem but it is jumbled up. Write out the events in their correct order to form a continuous paragraph.
(a) As a result, her voice lost its beauty, and the other creatures stopped coming to hear her sing.
(b) Soon the nightingale became famous, and creatures from miles around came to hear her sing.
(c) All the creatures in the bog cheered and clapped at her beautiful song.
(d) He offered to train the nightingale, so that she could sing even more beautifully.
(e) So the frog could sing unrivalled in the bog once more.
(f) The next night the frog introduced himself.
(g) The frog charged an admission fee, and earned a lot of money from these concerts.
(h) A frog croaked all night in a bog, in an unpleasant voice.
(i) But the frog made the nightingale rehearse continuously in the rain.
(j) One night a nightingale began to sing in a melodious voice.
(k) Finally, the nightingale burst a vein and died.

Q 6 | Page 91

Now that you have read the poem, add more personality traits to the word-web of the frog and the nightingale as depicted in the poem. Then complete the given table. (Some of the words in the box below may help you. You may also use the words given in Q. 1.)

Character  Extract Personality traits
Nightingale Sorry - was that you who spoke? Polite, Timorous
Frog

Yes,… you see, I'm the frog who owns this tree In this bog I've long been known For my splendid baritone.

 
Nightingale Did you…did you like my song?  
Frog Not too bad - but far too long The technique was fine, of course, But it lacked a certain force.  
Frog Without proper training such as I And a few others can supply You'll remain a mere beginner, But with me you'll be a winner.  
Nightingale But I can't sing in this weather  
Nightingale …This is a fairy tale - And you're Mozart in disguise Come to earth before my eyes.  
Frog Come, my dear - we'll sing together.  
Frog We must aim for better billing
You still owe me sixty shillings.
 
Frog Brainless bird - you're on the stage Use your wits and follow fashion. Puff your lungs out with your passion.  
Frog …I tried to teach her,
But she was a stupid creature.
 

 

Dismissive       Nervous      Timid           Presumptuous
Superior          Fawning         Shy          Polite
Meek          Possessive          Dominating          Mercenery

 

Q 7 | Page 93

Divide yourselves into groups of four or five and brainstorm on any one of the given situations in order to create an imaginary dialogue or a comic strip. Keep in mind the characters and situations while doing so. Representatives from each group could then present the dialogues / read them to the class.

Situations
a. The efforts made by the other creatures of the bog to still the frog's determination 'to display his heart's elation'.
b. The first time the Nightingale sings.
c. The nightingale is awestruck when the frog introduces himself.
d. The practice session when it is raining.
e. The nightingale is reprimanded by the frog when the box office crashes.
Q 8.1 | Page 93

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, complete the sentences given below by choosing the appropriate option.

  • The frog's aim was to
  • make the nightingale a sensation

  • make the nightingale as good a singer as him

  • maintain his supremacy in the bog

  • make a lot of money

Q 8.2 | Page 93

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, complete the sentences given below by choosing the appropriate option.

  • The animals reacted to the nightingale's song with
  • hatred

  • admiration

  • indifference

  • suggestions for improvement

Q 8.3 | Page 93

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, complete the sentences given below by choosing the appropriate option.

  • The nightingale accepted the frog's tutelage as she
  • was not confident of herself

  • wanted to become as good a singer as the frog

  • wanted to become a professional singer

  • was not a resident of Bingle Bog

Q 9.1 | Page 94

Read the stanza given below and complete the sentence by choosing the appropriate option.

  • The nightingale was sorrowful and pale because
  • she had been practicing in the rain

  • had been performing all night

  • she was losing confidence in herself

  • she was falling ill

Q 9.2 | Page 94

Read the stanza given below and complete the sentence by choosing the appropriate option.

  • The audience was tired of her song because
  • they had heard it many times

  • it had become mechanical

  • she looked tired

  • she had added trill to her song

Q 9.3 | Page 94

Read the stanza given below and complete the sentence by choosing the appropriate option.

  •  She no longer enjoyed singing alone as
  • she wanted to sing only for titled crowd

  • she was now used to the appreciation she got

  •  the frog was no longer with her

  •  she had become proud of herself

Q 10.1 | Page 94

Answer the following question briefly.

How did the creatures of Bingle bog react to the nightingale's singing?

Q 10.2 | Page 94

Answer the following question briefly.

Which are the different ways in which the frog asserts his importance?

Q 10.3 | Page 94

Answer the following question briefly.

Why is the frog's joy both sweet and bitter?

Q 10.4 | Page 94

Answer the following question briefly.

Why was the frog angry?

Q 10.5 | Page 94

Answer the following question briefly.

How did the frog become the unrivalled king of the bog again?

Q 11.1 | Page 95

Discuss the following question and write the answer in your note-books.

Bring out the irony in the frog's statement - 'Your song must be your own'.

Q 11.2 | Page 95

Discuss the following question and write the answer in your note-books.

Do you think that the end of the poem is justified ?

Q 11.3 | Page 95

Discuss the following question and write the answer in your note-books.

Do you think the nightingale is 'brainless'? Give reasons for your answer.

Q 11.4 | Page 95

Discuss the following question and write the answer in your note-books.

Inspite of having a melodious voice and being a crowd puller, the nightingale turns out to be a loser and dies. How far is she responsible for her own downfall?

Q 11.5 | Page 95

Discuss the following question and write the answer in your note-books.

Do you agree with the Frog's inference of the Nightingale's character? Give reasons for your answer.

Q 12 | Page 95

The Frog and the Nightingale is a spoof on the present society. Study the Mind Map given below. Divide yourselves into groups, select a box and discuss the statement given. Then present your views to the class.

Topics for CLASS DISCUSSION

a. How a person tries to put down another when that person is succeeding in his or her life.

b. Our self-image is often based on what others make us believe we are. A poor selfimage can do irreparable damage to us. Do you agree with this statement?
Elaborate with suitable reasons and examples.

Q 13 | Page 95

The nightingale has scaled the heights of success. But now the audience is dwindling, the frog is unhappy and reprimands her all the time. She is mentally and physically exhausted and fears failure. As the nightingale, write a diary entry highlighting her fears and analyzing the reasons for her failure.

Q 14 | Page 95

Write an obituary for the nightingale. You may begin like this: May the kind soul……… (or you may make use of your own beginning)

Q 15 | Page 96

Listen to your teacher recite the poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and compare the Fly to Vikram Seth's Nightingale.

Chapter 7: The Frog and The Nightingale

CBSE English Course Communicative: Literature Reader - Class 10

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