English CBSE Class 10 NCERT First Flight Chapter 10 The Sermon at Benares Free Solution of Textbook Questions and Answers


(Textbook Questions)

Thinking about the Text

Answer: Kisa Gosami asks for medicine for her child who was dead so that he can be cured.

Nobody had medicine to make a dead person alive. Hence she did not get any medicine from any house.



Answer: Kisa Gosami asks for some mustardseeds. But nobody in the family or friends should have died from that house.

She could not find such house. So she could not get musterseed from anywhere.



Answer: Kisa Gotami understood that nobody in this world is free from death of their loved ones. She also understood that everyone who has come to this world would someday die.

Yes, Buddha wanted her to understand this.

Answer: During first time Kisa was concerned only about death of her son. In her grief she could not understand that everybody in this world is immortal and the whole world is full of grief.

Buddha had asked Gotami to get mustardseed from a house where death had not occurred. This way Gotami understood reality of this immortal world.

Answer: Selfishness is a behaviour in which the person is concerned about well-being of oneself only. He or she does not bother about any other person or aspect.

Kisa was very sad at the death of her son. Probably she was feeling lonely and anxious about her life. We can say that she had become ‘selfish in her grief’.


Thinking about language

Give you medicine for your child

Please tell me

Kisa went to the Buddha

There was not a single house in which no one had died


Notice or listen




(Textbook questions)

Thinking about the Poem

Answer: This expression means the bright yellow coloured hair of the lady. These hair have fallen up to her ears and form a sort of wall around her face.

Many young men fall in love with her but get rejected by her. Thus they are ‘thrown in despair’.

Answer: Colour of hair of woman is bright yellow colour of honey.

Young men love her only because of beauty of her hair and her physical appearance. But she wants to be loved because of her own self; not for her beauty. Hence she says that she will change colour of her hair to black, brown or of carrot colour.

Answer: Following could be desired qualities in some of the items –

Car – Brand, Fuel consumption, Features, Size, After-sale services, Reliability, Price

Phone – Brand, Features, Size, Reliability, Memory, Camera, Price

Dress – Brand, Trend, Price, Fitting, Colour, Material

While selling anything we should be aware of quality and features of the product and its comparison with other similar products. We should quickly asses what is the need of the customer and what parameter is important for the customer. We should emphasize those parameters to sell the product.


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