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Question 1:
Listed below are a few character traits of people. Some 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

Answer :

The following are the qualities desirable in a person:

Humorous,

Creative,

Benevolent,

Simple,

Humble,

Helpful,

Gentle,

Generous,

Wise,

Innocent,

Condescending.


Question 2:
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.
Answer :
Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some pointers for discussion have been provided for your reference.

Yes, I have come across such persons. They, at first, are and can be successful in impressing others. However, when the real picture is revealed, they are subjected to embarrassment and humiliation. They also lose their popularity and the previously formed impression gets marred.


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Question 3:
Before you read the poem complete the word - web with the words that we associate with a Frog and a Nightingale.

Frog: Croak, Ugly, etc.


Answer : 




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 Question 5:
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.
 

Answer :
\(h) A frog croaked all night in a bog, in an unpleasant voice.

(j) One night a nightingale began to sing in a melodious voice.

(c) All the creatures in the bog cheered and clapped at her beautiful song.

(f) The next night the frog introduced himself.

(d) He offered to train the nightingale, so that she could sing even more beautifully.

(b) Soon the nightingale became famous, and creatures from miles around came to hear her sing.

(g) The frog charged an admission fee, and earned a lot of money from these concerts.

(i) But the frog made the nightingale rehearse continuously in the rain.

(a) As a result, her voice lost its beauty, and the other creatures stopped coming to hear her sing.

(k) Finally the nightingale burst a vein and died.

(e) So the frog could sing unrivalled in the bog once more.


Question 6:
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 table given below. (Some of the words in the box below may help you. You may also use the words given in Q. 1.)
Character
Extract
Personality

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


Answer :
Character
Extract
Personality

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.
Territorial, proud, arrogant, haughty, boastful

Nightingale
Did you…did you like my song?
Susceptible, modest

Frog
Not too bad - but far too long

The technique was fine, of course,

But it lacked a certain force.
Dismissive, patronising

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.
Superior, haughty, boastful

Nightingale
But I can't sing in this weather.
Timid, condescending, meek, nervous, polite

Nightingale
…This is a fairy tale -

And you're Mozart in disguise

Come to earth before my eyes.
Eager to please, flattering

Frog
Come, my dear - we'll sing together.
Polite, hypocrite

Frog
We must aim for better billing

You still owe me sixty shillings.
Possessive, witty, selfish

Frog
Brainless bird - you're on the stage

Use your wits and follow fashion.

Puff your lungs out with your passion.
Arrogant, overbearing, authoritative

Frog
…I tried to teach her,

But she was a stupid creature.
Deceitful, arrogant, clever


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Question 7-(a):
Situations

The efforts made by the other creatures of the bog to still the frog's determination 'to display his heart's elation'.
 

Answer :
Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some points that could be discussed in group activity together with characters and situations in each case given here.

Other creatures hate the croaking frog. They take recourse to stoning him, praying to him to stop croaking and use sticks. However, the frog refuses to budge. They also insult him publicly, complain against him or throw stones at him. Still, everything is futile to silence him.


Question 7-(b):
Situations

The first time the Nightingale sings.
 

Answer :
Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some points that could be discussed in group activity together with characters and situations in each case given here.

When the nightingale sings for the first time, the frog gapes with amazement. Other creatures stare towards the sumac tree, fully charmed by the melodious song of the nightingale. Ducks swim to her and herons wade to her to hear her sing. When she stops singing they clap in admiration:

Toads, teals, and tiddlers call it Bravo!

Too divine, and demand her to sing more.


Question 7-(c):
Situations

The nightingale is awestruck when the frog introduces himself.
Answer :


Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some points that could be discussed in group activity together with characters and situations in each case given here.

The nightingale is awestruck when the frog introduces himself because she had never anticipated such a varied view about her song. Strangely, the frog introduces himself in a detailed manner emphasising the chauvinistic and authoritative attitude. He tells her that he edits the Bog Trumpet and writes songs for it also. Shallow people always succeed in showing off their hollowness through hyperbolic overtone


Question 7-(d):
Situations

The practice session when it is raining.
 

Answer :
Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some points that could be discussed in group activity together with characters and situations in each case given here.

The nightingale offers herself to be trained by this Mozart. It is the morning and it is raining. Her ‘training’ starts. When she says that it is not possible for her to sing in such weather, the frog offers to sing with her. His training lasts for six hours and he makes her sing from this tree to that tree physically exhausting her. The nightingale shivers due to cold and her voice gets hoarse and quivering


Question 7-(e):
Situations

The nightingale is reprimanded by the frog when the box office crashes.
 

Answer :
Note: This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, some points that could be discussed in group activity together with characters and situations in each case given here.

The nightingale becomes a huge sensation. Creatures from far and wide crowd the place to hear her sing. The frog charges admission fee and earns huge money. A large number of titled gentry crowd the place. However, such a thing never remains permanent.

Soon the nightingale fails to earn money for the frog. He calls her to give the audience ‘something sharper, snappier’ and add some frills. However, the nightingale can’t continue serenading for long. Her voice zips and trills and the ticket office crashes.

The frog gets very upset with the nightingale and calls her ‘brainless’ and asks her to puff her lungs in passion. However, he has drained her energy. Weeping and trembling she puffs up to sing and dies.

The reaction of the frog was such that he called her stupid, too prone to influence. He leaves no alibi to be responsible for her death- a crafty and wicked being.


Question 8-(1):
The frog's aim was to

(a) make the nightingale a sensation

(b) make the nightingale as good a singer as him

(c) maintain his supremacy in the bog

(d) make a lot of money
 

Answer :
(c) maintain his supremacy in the bog


 Question 8-(2):
The animals reacted to the nightingale's song with

(a) hatred

(b) admiration

(c) indifference

(d) suggestions for improvement
 

Answer :
(b) admiration


Question 8-(3):
The nightingale accepted the frog's tutelage as she
(a) was not confident of herself

(b) wanted to become as good a singer as the frog

(c) wanted to become a professional singer

(d) was not a resident of Bingle Bog
 

Answer :
(c) wanted to become a professional singer


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 Question 9-(i):
Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

The nightingale was sorrowful and pale because

1. she had been practicing in the rain

2. she had been performing all night

3. she was losing confidence in herself

4. she was falling ill
 

Answer :
2. she had been performing all night


Question 9-(ii):
Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

The audience was tired of her song because

1. they had heard it many times

2. it had become mechanical

3. she looked tired

4. she had added trill to her song
 

Answer :
2. it had become mechanical


Question 9-(iii):
Day by day the nightingale

Grew more sorrowful and pale.

Night on night her tired song

Zipped and trilled and bounced along,

Till the birds and beasts grew tired

At a voice so uninspired

And the ticket office gross

Crashed, and she grew more morose -

For her ears were now addicted

To applause quite unrestricted,

And to sing into the night

All alone gave no delight.

She no longer enjoyed singing alone as

1. she wanted to sing only for titled crowd

2. she was now used to the appreciation she got

3. the frog was no longer with her

4. she had become proud of herself
 

Answer :
2. she was now used to the appreciation she got


Question 10-(a):
How did the creatures of Bingle bog react to the nightingale's singing?
 

Answer :
The creatures of Bingle Bog favoured the nightingale’s songs to a great extent. In fact, they gathered in crowds to hear the nightingale sing. Animals and birds, from far and wide, came to hear her sing her melodious songs.


Question 10-(b):
Which are the different ways in which the frog asserts his importance?
 

Answer :
The frog asserts his importance in the form of a musician as well as that of a critic of art. He flaunts his reign, and thus, power and supremacy in Bingle Bog. He also asserts himself as a trainer and asks the nightingale to take training from him.


Question 10-(c):
Why is the frog's joy both sweet and bitter?
 

Answer :
The joy of the frog was sweet as the nightingale could gather so many people to attend her concert. The more the audience, the more would be the earning, which the nightingale was bound to pay to the frog as tuition fees. Moreover, he was happy that he succeeds in torturing the bird and pushing her towards death. However, it was bitter as he knew deep within his heart that the nightingale's talent surpassed his own and thus, nobody as great as the present audience had ever come to hear him from far and wide. It was pure jealousy. 


Question 10-(d):
Why was the frog angry?
 

Answer :
The frog was angry because the nightingale didn’t sing sweetly to enable him to earn more. Secondly, her voice was becoming ‘uninspired’ as her song now zipped, trilled and bounced along.


Question 10-(e):
How did the frog become the unrivalled king of the bog again?
 

Answer :
The frog became the unrivalled king of Bingle Bog, after the death of the nightingale. Now no bird or animal would compete with the frog in singing. Secondly, all of them over there were greatly scared of him. 

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