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Class 10 English CBSE Guide - The Frog and the Nightingale by Vikram Seth - NCERT Solutions

The Frog and the Nightingale by Vikram Seth

Class 10 NCERT English Literature Reader - CBSE Guide NCERT Solutions


NCERT Answers of Textbook Exercise (Important questions only)

Question 1: The following is a summary of what happened in the story, in mixed order. Write 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 song.
     b)  Soon the nightingale became famous, and creatures for miles around came to hear the nightingale song.
     c)  All the other 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 once more sing at night in his bog, unrivalled.
     f)  The next night, the frog introduced himself.
     g)  The frog charged an admission fee, and earned a lot money from these concerts.
     h)  A frog croaked all night in a bog, in a loud unpleasant voice.
     i)  But the frog made the nightingale rehearse too much, and in the rain.
     j)  One night, a nightingale suddenly began to sing.
     k)  Finally, the nightingale burst a vein and died.
Answer:
     a)  A frog croaked all night in a bog, in a loud unpleasant voice. (h)
     b)  One night, a nightingale suddenly began to sing. (j)
     c)  All the other creatures in the bog cheered and clapped her beautiful song. (c)
     d)  The next night, the frog introduced himself. (f)
     e)  He offered to train the nightingale, so that she could sing even more beautifully. (d)
     f)  Soon the nightingale became famous, and creatures from miles around came to hear the nightingale sing. (b)
     g)  The frog charged an admission fee, and earned a lot of money from these concerts. (g)
     h)  But the frog made the nightingale rehearse too much, and in the rain. (i)
     i)  As a result, her voice lost its beauty, and the other creatures stopped coming to hear her song. (a)
     j)  Finally, the nightingale burst a vein and died. (k)
     k)  So the frog could once more sing at night in his bog, unrivalled. (e)

Question 2: Identify the poem's rhyme scheme.
Answer: The rhyme scheme of the poem is - aa, bb, cc.

Question 3: Now the frog puffed up with rage.
"Brainless bird - you're on the stage
Use your wits - follow fashion.
Puff your lungs out with your passion."
(a) Why was the frog so angry?
(b) Do you think that the nightingale was truly "Brainless"? (Give two reasons to support your answer).
(c) In what way did the frog become the unrivalled king of the bog once again?
(d) How did the creatures of Bingle Bog react to the nightingale’s singing?
(e) Which are the different ways in which the frog asserts his importance?
(f) Why is frog’s joy both sweet and bitter?
Answer (a): The frog was angry because the number of creatures who came to nightingale's performance decreased day by day.
Answer (b): Yes, I think the nightingale was truly 'brainless'. There are many reasons. First, she couldn't see through the trick of the frog who offered to train her. Secondly, she didn't know her real worth. Thirdly, she couldn't see through the treachery of the frog who made her sing non-stop. Fourthly, she couldn't understand the frog's hint when he said that she owed him "sixty shillings". Also, she was a poor judge of music and acted on his advice. Eventually, she sang loudly and burst her lung.
Answer (c): The cunning frog used to train the poor nightingale day and night. One day he told her to sing with all her passion and the nightingale puffed up her lungs and died of a vein burst. So, the frog became the unrivalled king of the bog once again.
Answer (d): The creatures of Bingle Bog shouted in appreciation to the nightingale’s singing. They said that she snag beautifully and her voice was heavenly. They requested her to sing once again.
Answer (e): The frog was a crafty fellow. He first pulled her down by pointing out the draw backs in her song. Then he offered to train her. He made her sing aloud and in cold weather. He made a fortune by organizing musical nights. He befooled her, misguided her, and drove her to untimely death.
Answer (f): The frog’s joy was sweet because he was earning a lot of money at the nightingale’s expense. His joy was bitter also because he was jealous of the nightingale’s fame.      

Question 4: Do you agree with the frog’s inference of the nightingale’s character? Give reasons for your answer.
Answer: I agree with the frog’s inference of the nightingale’s character. The nightingale did not trust in herself. She asked frog’s comments on her singing. The frog made tall and false claims about his talent in the field of music and writing. The nightingale got impressed and accepted him on face value. She believed that he was a great art critic and felt flattered to be his disciple. She did not recognize a crook and she hence, became his prey.

Question 5: "The Frog and the Nightingale" contains many words describing different kinds of noise. Find these words, and group them in the way you think is most suitable.
Answer: These words are: Croaked, cacophony, blared out, minstrelled, melody, serenaded, baritone, twittering, trills, zipped, bounced, foghorn.
These could be grouped according to their qualities- sweet / unpleasant or attractive / repulsive.
(a). croaked, cacophony, blared out, bounces, foghorn - unpleasant / repulsive.
(b). minstrelled, melody, serenaded - neither sweet nor repulsive.
(c). twittering, trills, zipped - neither sweet nor repulsive.

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