Friday, 30 March 2018


Ncert intext questions and answers


Ncert intext questions and answers

1) Who is Mr. Lamb? How does Derry get into his garden?

Ans: Mr. Lamb is an old man, having a garden of his own. Deny gets into his garden when there is the occasional sound of birdsong and of trees leaves rustling. The gate of the garden is always kept opened for the people to come in.

2)  Do you think all this will change in Derry’s attitude towards Mr. Lamb?

Ans: Before he comes in the contact with Mr. Lamb. Derry shows the signs _ of loneliness and disappointment. He feels the sense of alienation due to , the behaviour of the people. He thinks Mr. Lamb is like the other people who draw back from him. But after sometime, he finds Mr. Lamb is different from others. Though Mr. Lamb says peculiar things and Derry is unable to comprehend, yet he feels that these are the important things. Derry who considers Mr. Lamb in the beginning as a crazy old man, is filled with love and admiration for him at the end of the play. This is quite obvious from his weeping over the death of Mr. Lamb.

Ncert questions and answers

1) What is it that draws Derry towards Mr. Lamb in spite of himself?

Ans: Mr. Lamb was the first person in Derry’s life who had stirred his thinking For the first time Derry was confident enough to face the world with his burnt face. Earlier, the people had only sympathised with him. Their sympathy had made him feel that he was the most unfortunate person. He was convinced that nobody would like to associate with him. Mr. Lamb made him feel that a burnt face did not matter and that he could make his place in the world like any other human being. Above all, Derry saw that Mr. Lamb himself needed his help. He felt he could be useful. So he was drawn towards Mr. Lamb.

2. In which section of the play does Mr. Lamb display signs of loneliness arid disappointment? What are the ways in which Mr. Lamb tries to overcome these feelings?

Ans: It is towards the end of the first scene that Mr. Lamb displays signs of loneliness and disappointment. He wants Derry to stay with him. Derry is intelligent enough to see his loneliness. He bluntly tells him that he was there by himself. That he was miserable and that no body bothered about him. Mr. Lamb does not want to prolong this conversation and pretends that he had to go to the bees. Derry calls him daft and crazy but instead of being angry he says that it is Derry’s excuse of not coming back to him. This idea is further confirmed when Derry has gone to his mother. Mr. Lamb says to himself that everybody promises to come back to him but nobody does. His ways of overcoming these feelings are to read or to look after his garden. He tries to lose himself in his thoughts and in his bees and apples.

3. The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the person with disabilities. What is the kind of behaviour that the person expects from others?

Ans: It is indeed true that a physically impaired suffers the pain of isolation more than the pain caused by his disability. The society, perhaps unknowingly, causes this sense of alienation. We pity the disabled. We may even make a show of respect for them. But we are not often ready to have them for friends.
This is what Derry in the story ‘On The Face Of It’ feels. That’s why he thinks that he should live in a place where only the people with burnt faces live. He found the people running away from his presence and this gave him immense mental anguish. His chance meeting with Mr. Lamb, a disabled person, restored his confidence. Both of them became good friends. In spite of all Mr. Lamb’s wisdom, Derry was able to see that he was as alienated as Derry himself.
A disabled person needs friends, even more than a normal man does. He expects from the others to be treated on equal footing. it is not so much the kindness as the companionship that a disabled person needs.

4) Will Derry get back to his old seclusion or will Mr. Lamb’s brief association effect a change in the kind of life he will lead 1n the future?

Ans: Derry has come to Mr. Lamb in spite of himself. His mother had tried her best to prevent him from going to him. Even Mr. Lamb did not expect him to come back to him. Yet he did. This was an indication of his firm resolve. He came to Mr. lamb because he hated his seclusion. He was attracted by Mr. Lamb’s thoughts. He wanted to think for himself and here, the garden of Mr. Lamb gave him a perfect opportunity to do that. Above all, there was the first man who did not run away from himbut on the other hand wanted his help. So there seems to be no reason why Derry should go back to the seclusion he hated.

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