English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Vistas Chapter 6 On The Face Of It Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions


(Extra Questions)

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. Lamb’s my name. Mind the apples. Crab apples those are. Windfalls in the long grass. You could trip.

1. To whom the above extract spoken to?

Answer: To Derry.

2. Which word in the extract mean ‘to be careful’?

Answer: Mind

3. Where is Mr Lamb sitting now?

Answer: In his garden

4. Which word in abstract is synonym of ‘fall’?

Answer: Trip



EB 2. Look at them….orange and golden. That’s magic fruit. I often say. But it’s best picked and made into jelly. You could give me a hand.

1. Who is speaker of above extract?

Answer: Mr. Lamb

2. What has been referred as ‘magic fruit’?

Answer: Crab apples.

3. Who is referred as ‘you’ in above extract?

Answer: Derek

4. Which phrase in the extract means of ‘to help me’?

Answer: Give me a hand

EB 3. You’re a boy who came into the garden. Plenty do. I’m interested in anybody. Anything. There’s nothing God made that doesn’t interest me. Look over there….over beside the far wall.

1. To whom is above extract addressed to?

Answer: Derek

2. To what the speaker is pointing to beside the wall?

Answer: Weeds.

3. What is the age of ‘you’?

Answer: 14

4. Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘several’?

Answer: Plenty



EB 4. I’m old. You’re young. You’ve got a burned face, I’ve got a tin leg. Not important. You’re standing there…. I’m sitting here. Where’s the difference?

1. How did the face of ‘you’ got burnt?

Answer: Acid had spilled on one side of his face.

2.How did one leg of the speaker got blown off?

Answer: It was blown off in a bomb explosion.

3. Why does speaker say ‘where’s the difference’?

Answer: Because they both had a physical disability.

4. Which phrase in the extract mean an ‘artificial leg’?

Answer: Tin leg.

EB 5. And no one’ll kiss me, ever. Only my mother, and she kisses me on the other side of my face, and I don’t like my mother to kiss me, she does it because she has to.

1. Who is referred as ‘I’ in above extract?

Answer: Derek

2. Why mother kisses on other side of the face?

Answer: Because one side of the face is damaged.

3. Who is the listener of the above extract?

Answer: Lamb

4. Please write opposite gender of ‘mother’?

Answer: Father



EB 6. You could lock yourself up in a room and never leave it. There was a man who did that. He was afraid, you see. Of everything. Everything in this world.

1. Who is referred as ‘you’ in above extract?

Answer: Any person. A common man.

2. How did ‘he’ die?

Answer: A picture frame fell on his head and he died.

3. Who is speaker of above extract?

Answer: Mr Lamb

4. Who is writer of the lesson from which the above extract has been taken?

Answer: Susan Hill

EB 7. After I’d come home, one person said, “He’d have been better off stopping in there.

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Derek

2. According to speaker, where ‘he’ should have stayed?

Answer: In the hospital

3. Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Derek

4.To whom is he narrating?

Answer: Mr. Lamb



EB 8. I don’t know what I want. I want….something no one else has got or ever will have. Something just mine.

1. Who is referred as ‘I’ in above extract?

Answer: Derek

2. How can the speaker find what he wants?

Answer: By waiting, watching and listening.

3. Who is listener of the above extract?

Answer: Mr. Lamb

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘possessed’?

Answer: Got

EB 9. You think I don’t know about him, you think. I haven’t heard things?

1. Who is referred as ‘you’ in above extract?

Answer: Derek

2. Who is referred as ‘I’ in the above extract?

Answer: Mother of Derek

3. Who is referred as ‘him’ in above extract?

Answer: Mr Lamb

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘listened’?

Answer: Heard



Short Answer Questions – 30 to 40 words

SA 1. Why does Derry enter Mr. Lamb’s garden. Why was Derry startled as soon as he entered the garden?

Answer: Derry thought that the garden was empty. He entered just for his curiosity.

Suddenly he hears the voice of Mr. Lamb to be careful about the apples. Therefore he was surprised.

SA 2. How does Mr Lamb react when Derry enters his garden?

Answer: Mr Lamb is gentle and friendly. Lamb told Derry that anybody could come to his garden. Lamb does not speak about the appearance of Derry. Lamb listens to Derry and tries to motivate him to get out of his loneliness. He gives good thought to lead a better life.



SA 3. What complex did Derry suffer from?

Answer: One side of Derry’s face was burnt by acid. People took pity at him. They told him stories of suffering of other people. Nobody motivated him to lead a good life.

So he started thinking that nobody liked him. He started leading a secluded life.

SA 4. Why does Derry feel that Mr Lamb had changed the subject?

Answer: Derry was telling Lamb about how people behave with him. He was talking about his appearance.

Then Lamb starts talking about weather and his routine. Lamb does not respond to Derry’s narration.

Hence Derry feels that Lamb had changed the subject of discussion.



SA5. Why Derry does not like being with people?

Answer: Some people had told Deryy that his was the ugliest face they had ever seen. They did not like to come near him. They were afraid of him.

Some people took pity at Derry. But he too wanted to lead life full of dignity.

Hence he stopped meeting people and started leading a lonely life.

SA 6. What is Mr Lamb’s response to Derry’s question if the tin leg hurts him?

Answer: Lamb tells him that he has learnt to lead his life with tin leg. He has changed his life style to remain happy. Some kids try to tease him by saying ‘Lamey Lamb’. But he does not get affected by it.

SA 7. How does Lamb explains difference between a ‘weed’ and a ‘flower’?

Answer. Mr Lamb says that a weed and a flower both are green plants. They are variations of the same life. They are both developing and growing just like Mr Lamb and Derry. Lamb is trying to tell a perception that makes the biggest difference.

SA 8. Why does advice of people fail to motivate Derry?

Answer: People used to compare Derry’s life with other disabled persons. Such comparison strengthened his thought that he was ugly and people were taking pity at him.

He wanted to lead his own life with dignity and maintain his individuality.

Hence he is not motivated.

SA 9. Describe feelings of Derry about conversation of the two women at the bus stop?

Answer: Derry once overheard a woman whisper to another woman. She told his face was a terrible thing. It was a face only a mother could love.

Deny felt it was a cruel statement. He was very upset.

SA 10. Why Mr Lamb narrated the story of a man who locked himself in a room?

Answer: Mr Lamb narrated this story to make Deny realize that living a secluded life has no meaning. One needs to live outwards and accept the life as it is. One must remove fears to lead pleasant and dignified life.

SA 11. Why Derry decided to go back to Mr Lamb from his house?

Answer: Derry had understood that it was useless to think about his appearance. Right attitude towards life is important.

Derry realised that if did not go back, he will never be able to come out of his dark loneliness.

So he decided to go back to Mr. Lamb.

SA 12. What is the bond that unites Mr. Lamb and Derry?

Answer: Mr Lamb and Derry suffer from physical impairment. Derry is disappointed with his life but Lamb has overcome his grief. Lamb did not take pity at Derry nor did he talk about the damaged face. Lamb tried to motivate Derry to lead a life full of dignity.

Thus Derry is drawn towards Mr. Lamb.

SA 13. How does Derry feel the fairy story ‘Beauty and the Beast’?

Answer: In this story a beast changes into a handsome prince when a princess kisses him. Derry feels his situation will never change. No one ever kissed him. Even his mother kisses him on the other side of the face.

SA 14. “It ate my face up. It ate me up,” says Deny to Mr Lamb. Explain significance of this statement.

Answer: Derry’s face was burnt by acid. One side of his face was damaged. This is the meaning of ‘It ate my face’

After the incident people took pity at him. Many were afraid of Derry. So Derry started feeling bad about himself. This is the meaning of ‘It ate me up’.

SA 15. How does Mr Lamb spend his spare time?

Answer: Mr Lamb likes to sit in the sun. Reading books is his hobby. He engages himself in plucking apples and making apple jelly. He is rearing bees. He takes care of these and listens to their songs.

SA 16. What opinion does mother of Derry have about Mr Lamb.?

Answer: Mother does not have a good opinion about Mr Lamb. She tells Derry that during their stay of three months in the town, people have warned not to meet Mr Lamb. She advises Derry not to go to meet Lamb.

SA 17. Why Mr Lamb always keeps gate of his garden open?

Answer: Mr Lamb does not want to restrict entry of anybody into his garden. When a person comes to his garden, he get the opportunity to talk to them. This removes his loneliness.

SA 18. What qualities of Mr. lamb attracted Derry towards him?

Answer: Mr. Lamb did not show fear or shock due to the burnt face of Derry. He had welcomed Derry to his garden. He presented a different point of view towards life that respects individuality and openness. This positive attitude of Mr. Lamb towards life attracted Derry.

Long Answer Questions – 120-150 words

LA 1. Both Derry and Mr Lamb suffer from physical handicaps, yet their outlook towards life is different. Please explain.

Answer: Mr Lamb had lost his one leg in a bomb explosion. He uses a tin leg. Derry has a deformed face due to acid attack. They both have physical deformity.

Derry does not like when someone takes pity at him. Derry is not able to cope up with remarks of people. He starts leading a lonely and secluded life. He develops negative attitude towards himself and his life. He becomes so sensitive that he cannot even tolerate people staring at him.

Mr. Lamb has learnt to accept his physical limits. He likes reading books. He likes being in open, looking  at and listening to nature. He has a positive attitude towards life. His garden is open to everybody. He is not affected when children call him ‘Lamey Lamb’.

Thus Derry and Mr Lamb have different attitude towards life. Eventually Mr. Lamb motivated Derry to be positive towards life.

LA 2. The play ‘On The face Of It’ is a presentation of the loneliness experienced by persons with a disability. Explain.

Answer: Derry has a deformed face due to acid attack. Derry does not like when someone takes pity at him. Derry is not able to cope up with remarks of people. He starts leading a lonely and secluded life. He develops negative attitude towards himself and his life.

Mr Lamb lost his one leg in bomb explosion. He lives alone. People of village do not mix with him. His books are his only company. He sits in the sun and works in his garden to kill his loneliness. His bees are his friends. He keeps gate of his garden open in the hope that someone will come and he gets to talk to them.

Derry and Lamb appears to have become friends. But mother tries to stop Derry meeting Lamb. Finally Lamb dies alone and Derry is again alone in the world.

Thus the play narrates loneliness of two people.

LA 3. Derry sneaks into Mr. Lamb’s garden and it becomes a turning point of his life. Please comment.

Answer: Derry had entered Lamb’s garden by jumping the boundary wall. He was not aware that its gates were open. He was not aware about presence of Lamb in the garden.

A discussion between two starts. Lamb convinces Derry that he is not afraid of deformed face of Derry. It does not matter to him. He convinces Derry about his individuality.

Gradually, Lamb convinces Derry that one needs to look outwards to lead a life full of dignity. He narrates story of a person who had lived indoors and his fate.

Derry gets convinced that if he himself did not care about remarks of others, those did not matter at all. The world outside is full of life and beauty.

Now Derry is a changed person. He gets motivated to lead a life that is full of self-worth. Thus the meeting changed outlook of Derry.

LA 4. Mr. Lamb has all the qualities of head and heart that every wise person should exhibit. Please comment.

Answer: Mr. Lamb is a physically challenged person. Kids used to call him ‘Lamey-Lamb’ but he was not troubled. He has realigned his hobbies. He likes reading books. He sits in the sun. He plucks crab apples and makes jelly. His bees are his friends. He keeps gate of his garden open to welcome everybody to his garden. Thus he has upgraded his thoughts and routine that only a wise person can do.

Lamb understood that Derry was leading a secluded life. Step by step Lamb defines a new meaning of life to him. Lamb exhibits that he was not concerned about deformed face of Derry. Lamb further tells Derry to hear good words and see beauty of nature. He motivates Derry to understand individuality of a person. Derry is a changed person.

Only a wise person can change attitude of another. So we can conclude that Lamb was good at heart and head.

LA 5. Justify title of the play ‘On The face Of It’.

Answer: The phrase ‘On the Face Of It’ means ‘apparently’, ‘the outward look’ or ‘which looks true but may not be true’.

Mr. Lamb and Derry both have a physical restriction. Derry has a burnt face and Mr. Lamb has lost one leg. So one may have a tendency to assume that both will have similar attitude.

Derry is a self-contained person. He feels that everybody hates him. He easily gets affected when others takes pity at him. He feels that whole world is full of negative thoughts. His self-esteem is low. He lives in a family but still feels lonely.

Mr. Lamb who is a physically challenged person has positive outlook. He is not troubled by people teasing him. He has realigned his lifestyle to keep himself busy. He enjoys his hobbies. He always welcomes anybody who comes to his garden.

So we can say that outwardly both Derry and Mr. Lamb are physically handicapped. But their attitude towards life is  different.

Hence tile of the play is justified.

LA 6. Both Derry and Lamb are physically impaired and lonely. How should one behave with such people? Explain.

Answer: Both Derry and Lamb are physically impaired and lonely. Behaviour of society towards them is not correct.

Derry always gets to listen to remarks that he is ugly. People take pity at him. He says that even his mother does not love him. Nobody seems to respect his individuality.

Mr. Lamb is alone in his house. People have spread rumours about him. None wants to talk to him though he keeps his gates open. He has realigned his lifestyle. Trees, weeds, flowers, nature and bees are his friends. In the play he has been projected as a wise person who can motivate people.

The society should stop taking pity at them. We must realise their mental strength is equal or more than anybody else. When  we start respecting their individuality, they will feel part of us and contribute more.


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