English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Hornbill Chapter 1 The Portrait of a Lady Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions
THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)
SA 1. How author has described her grandmother?
SA 2. What could the author not believe about his grandfather?
SA 3. Why author calls her grandmother ‘an expense of pure white serenity’?
SA 4. How grandmother took care of author while they stayed in the village?
SA 5. Why grandmother started feeding sparrows in the city?
SA 6. What routines confirm that grandmother had faith in God and religion?
SA 7. Why friendship between the author and grandmother became weak? Did it ever break?
SA 8. What were thoughts of grandmother about the English medium school and lesson of music?
SA 9. What changes grandmother had to make in her routine in the city?
SA 10. Why grandmother had to make changes in her routine in the city?
SA 11. ‘At her age one could never tell’. Explain this sentence.
SA 12. How did grandmother celebrate home coming of her grandson?
SA 13. When did grandmother break her routine of prayer? Why was it broken?
SA 14. How did sparrows behave on the day of death of grandmother?
Long Answer questions (120-150 words)
LA 1. How did friendship between the author and his grandmother started and then changed with passage of time? Please describe.
LA 2. Compare routine of grandmother in village with that in city. Why did such change happen?
LA 3. Enumerate instances from the text to indicate that grandmother was interested in education of her grandson. Do you think her concerns about education in city school were justified? What tells you that later she had reconciled with new set of education?
LA 4. Grandmother was unhappy that in city school education about God and scriptures was not being extended. Do you feel that such education should be provided in schools?
Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)
SA 1. Explain the contrast expressed between sea and human beings in the poem ‘ A photograph”?
Answer: The sea has not changed much but life of human beings has changed a lot. Their preferences have changed. The mother has died and the poet has become middle aged.
Thus poet has impressed that needs, deeds and circumstances of life goes on changing.
SA 2. What can you infer about childhood of the mother of poet?
Answer: In the photograph shows mother at sea-shore with her cousins Mother used to laugh while looking at the photograph.
Thus we can infer that the mother had enjoyed her childhood. It was full of fun time and family time.
SA 3. What impression can you form about the mother of poet?
Answer: She was a pretty girl since her childhood. She had enjoyed decent family time during her childhood. She believed in treasuring memories of the past. Her attachment with present is shown by the love of her daughter towards her.
Thus she had balanced past and present.
SA 4. What can you understand from ‘sea, which appears to have changed less’?
Answer: It implies that change in the physical or external world happens at a slower rate. But changes in the life of human beings are faster. Our emotions change a lot. One needs to tolerate the loss of near and dear ones.
SA 5. What do infer about feelings of poet in the poem “A Photograph’?
Answer: The poet is getting nostalgic to recall childhood days of her mother and her own childhood days. They both had enjoyed their favorite pastime and togetherness. The poet is sad that her mother is no longer with her.
Long Answer Questions (120-150 words)
LA 1. In the last line of the poem ‘A photograph’ the poet writes ‘the silence silences’. Do you agree with the thoughts of the poet? Please elucidate.
Answer: Every living being is mortal. One who has taken birth will surely die some day. Buddha has advised to remain nonchalant even in cases of utter grief.
We would always cherish the memories of our loved ones even after their death. The time spent, the emotional bonding would be in our heart forever.
But we need to remember that the life must go on. We must keep progressing. This can be done only when we have taken every eventuality into our stride. We must remain calm and composed.
Let us remember that we need to transfer good moral and emotional values to next generation. We need to inculcate principles of karma into their life style.
Thus ‘the silence silences’ does not depict the right philosophy of life. The ‘show must go on’ needs to be the guiding principle of life.
LA 2. Life is never stationary but it is transient. But can always sail through difficult situations by recalling the good moments of life. Please elucidate.
Answer: The only constant thing in life is that will change. Right from the beginning of one’s birth, life undergoes several changes. Every stage of life like childhood, middle age and old age brings about its own situations. There are some pleasant moments and some tough situations.
One should adore the happy moments of life. These are treasures of life. These motivate us and propel us to life of karma. Thus we can work ourselves for improvement and remain hopeful about better future.
The circumstances are changing almost every day. Difficult times do not remain forever. We must cherish the pleasant time and use to build a ‘can do’ attitude amongst ourselves. It is our moral responsibility to transmit and inculcate this attitude to next generation.
This paves the way for success and happiness.