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Std.10 | An Encounter of a Special Kind |

A very emotional lesson with a great intimacy , here is a worksheet for the students

An Encounter Of A special Kind worksheet

Set - 1

My father was a medical  professional  working for a private  company in Raniganj  in West Bengal. The officers of the company were housed in individual bungalows inside a large  campus.  Our  house was in  a corner of  the  campus.  The  officer’s club  was adjacent to the boundary wall of our garden. The compound was luxurious with green grass, colourful flowers and a host of tall and majestic trees. The seasonal vegetables in the kitchen gardens of the households and the magnificent trees constantly attracted squirrels and many species of birds; a group of langurs had even made their den in an aswatha tree nearby. They had all become a part and parcel of our.
existence and daily life. A small incident on a Saturday afternoon left a profound effect on me and unfolded before my eyes a whole new dimension to the wonders of God’s creation. It was a few days into the Puja vacation.
Just like for any other child, the holidays provided an opportunity for me to become engrossed in various magazines and storybooks published specially for children in the festive season.

Questions:
A1. State the sentences True or False.


1] The writer’s father was a professor.
2] The writer’s house was in corner of the campus. 
3] The writer has the summer vacations.
4] A small incident happened on a Sunday afternoon.

A2

 

Description of the campus where the writer’s family lived

 

A3. Write the same meaning words.
1. Personal ________________________________________________
2. Occupied in _________________________________________
3. Holidays ______________________________________________
4. Splendid. __________________________________________


A4. 1. They had all become a part and parcel of our existence and daily life.
(Not only……But also)


2. The holidays provided an opportunity for me. (Voice)


A5. How do you spend your Holidays?     _________________________________________________________  _________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________  
_________________________________________________________   _________________________________________________________

Set - 2

After a hearty lunch, my parents and my younger sisters lay down for an afternoon nap and I settled down with a storybook. The quiet afternoon presented the perfect backdrop for reading an adventure story.
The silence was occasionally broken by the sound of my family snoring, the intermittent chirping of house sparrows, the harsh cawing of a crow the shrill call of a kite flying high above the ground. Minutes ticked by. I became deeply absorbed in the book.
Suddenly, I heard a group of street dogs barking furiously in the distance. I chose to ignore the commotion thinking that the pack of dogs might have cornered a hapless pig. But soon, the barking became louder and more aggressive and the alarmed cawing of a flock of crows added to the cacophony. I also heard the disturbance approaching closer. Curiosity got the better of me. Leaving the book aside, I rushed to the veranda to see what was going on. I glanced towards the roof of the club house and saw something horrible. A big male langur, apparently the leader of its group, was holding a baby langur in his hands and mercilessly biting it all over with a definite intent to kill. The helpless mother of the baby and other lesser members of the langur group were scattered on the roofs of the buildings nearby watching the baby being killed. I recalled the terrible custom in the animal clan according to which a dominant male usually does not allow another male baby or adult to survive within its group.

Questions:
A1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words from the passage.
1. The writer was reading a………………….
2. A group of street dogs barking ……………………..
3……………………… was biting a baby Langur.
4. The pack of dogs might have cornered a…….. pig.


A2. Write all the sentences in the proper order.
1. A group of street dogs barking
2.The silence broken by the sound of chirping of sparrows and cawing of
3. The writer saw a big male langur biting the baby
4. The writer was reading a story


A3.Write the same meaning words from     the passage.
1. Frequent……………………….. 2. Noise and confusion
2. Unfortunate 4. A very large family                      


A4. 1. The silence was occasionally broken by the sound of my family    snoring.

(Begin the sentence with ‘The sound of family snoring)
The barking became louder and more aggressive. (Use as well as)


A5. Do you think that custom of baby killing by dominant male in       animal clan is good? Explain?
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Set - 3

Without losing any time, I gathered a stout stick in one hand and hurled a piece of stone at the marauding langur. The langur was so infuriated that it hardly took any notice of my assault. But then I started throwing more stones. The dogs on their part raised their pitch of cry. The changed circumstances and the sudden unexpected attack from unknown quarters forced the langur to drop the baby from the sloping roof over the veranda. The baby was listless and appeared to be dead. As its body started to slide down, the  excitement of the  pack of dogs grew manifold at the prospect of a good kill and meal. Keeping the dogs at  bay  with the  stick,  I managed to catch hold of the baby langur’s tail just as it tipped over the edge of the tiled roof. The baby  appeared inert and lifeless. It was indeed a male baby. By this time, my parents and sisters had come out on to the veranda and were witnessing my rescue operation. Some of our neighbours had also gathered in the distance.

A1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.
1. The writer gather a……………… in one
2. The dogs raised their……………………..
3. The baby langur was …………… and ……………
4. It was indeed a…………
A2.
1. ………………………………………………………………………………………………
2. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….
Writer’s actions to save baby

1. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….
2. ………………………………………………………………………………………………
A3. Write synonyms falling words.

1. Attack ______________________________________   
2. Move downwards_________________________________
3.
 Powerless___________________________________________4. Future benefit._________________________________

A4. 1. The langur was so infuriated that it hardly took any notice of my assault. (Use too…to)
2. The dogs on their part raised their pitch of cry. (Add a question tag)
A5. Write your experience that saved any bird or animal life
…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Set - 4

I  took  the baby langur to  our backyard and gently laid  him on the  floor inside  the poultry coop. His body was full  of deep bite marks  and  scratched.  Blood  was oozing from some of the wounds. The  baby  remained  motionless.  My  father  provided first aid to clean the wounds and stop the bleeding. I was relieved to find out that the baby was breathing, even though his breaths were shallow. Splashes of cold water made the baby stir and after a few shaky attempts, he sat up. He was in state of shock and started trembling like a leaf in the wind.  His two  little  twinkling eyes welled  up with tears and he started to sob with a muffled cry- just like a human child would after experiencing trauma. I offered him a peeled banana which he accepted with his unsteady hand and began  taking hesitant bites. My attention was fixed on the revival of the baby langur. Suddenly, I had an uncanny feeling of being watched. I turned away from the coop and looked up. There sat the mother langur on our kitchen roof, watching every move I made. She simply sat there quietly, as if convinced that no harm was being done to her child. Meanwhile, the baby sensed the presence his mother and started to  sob and cry a little louder. I retreated from the door of the coop to allow the mother access to her baby.
A1. Complete the following sentences.

1. The writer offered the baby langur  …………………………………………….
2. The baby langur was  in  a  state  of  ………………………………………………..
3. The mother langur was sitting on their ……………………………………….
4.Splashes of cold water made the baby  ………………………………………….
A2. Arrange the following events as per their sequence:
1] Writer’s father provided first aid to clean the wounds.
2] After a few shaky attempts, the baby langur sat up.
3] The writer turned away from the coop.
4] The writer took the baby langur to their backyard.
A3. Match the synonyms.

A

Answer

B

1. trauma

 

a. move

2. coop

 

b. still

3. stir

 

c. great distress

4. motionless

 

d. cage for poultry

A4.1. The baby remained motionless.(Make negative without changing the meaning.)
2. She simply sat there quietly. (Choose the correct question tag.)
 A]  doesn’t she?                           b. didn’t she?
b]   wasn’t she?                             d. don’t she?
A5. Guess and write feelings of mother langur?
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Set - 5

Immediately, the mother descended on the floor of the coop and picked up the baby in her arms. She  gave the baby a thorough body inspection to check his injuries and then cuddled him tightly in her bosom. The baby found great solace in her caring arms. The mother sat still with the baby in her lap for a few minutes. It was almost as if she was pondering over her options and trying to figure out how she could keep the baby safe from further assault. For a few seconds, the mother langur looked straight into my eyes. Even today, I cannot forget that look in her eyes, showering silent gratitude on me for saving her child. I was overwhelmed by the emotion, the sentiment and the way she said thanks to me. There sat a universal mother holding a stricken child in her lap.
Then, in a flash, she jumped with her baby clinging to her belly and reached our kitchen roof. She surveyed the area for the vicious male langur and then leapt away in the direction opposite to the place of the violent encounter.
The brief meeting with the mother and the baby langur convinced me that interspecies communication and mutual trust is indeed a reality and should anyone strike the right chord, the relationship hums into action. The mother langur showed me that food was not the only means of communication between man and animal but that there were other means of establishing a bond through trust, compassion and mutual understanding. Fifty-five years have passed since that day. I am now seventy years old. But I still fondly remember that ‘encounter of a special kind’
Questions:
A1. Fill in the blanks.
1. Mother langur check baby’s …………………………………
2. The baby found great……………………… in mother’s
3. The present age of the writer is ……………………………………
4. The mother langur looked straight into…..
A2. Different Actions of Mother langur.
1……………………………………………………………………
2.……………………………………………………………………
3.……………………………………………………………………
4.……………………………………………………………………
A3. Write the same meaning words of…….

1. Think over deeply
2.Evil                                                
3.
Sympathy and kindness

4. Held closely. _______________________
A4. 1. I cannot forget that look in her eyes.(Use able to)
2. I am now seventy years old but I still fondly remember that ‘encounter of a special kind’. (Use Though)
A5. What truth about animal – human relationship did this incident     reveal to the narrator?
1……………………………………………………………………
2.……………………………………………………………………
3.……………………………………………………………………
4.……………………………………………………………………

Set - 6

1. State whether you agree or disagree with the following Justify your choice with proper reasons.
A] The compound where the writer was living, rich in nature’s bounty.
B] Holidays provide us an opportunity to read various magazines and storybooks.
C] The narrator made a mistake by saving the baby langur.
D] Animals cannot convey emotions.
E] The narrator was fifty-five year’s old when this incident occurred.
2. Match the phrases given in Group ‘A’ with their meanings in Group ‘B’.

Group A

(a)        to be a part and parcel of

(b)        to be engrossed in

(c)        to take notice of

(d)        to figure out

(e)       to ponder over

(f)       to be overwhelmed by

(g)       in a flash

Ans                 

Group B

(i)     to observe and give attention

(ii)       to be able to solve a problem

(iii)        to find comfort and peace

(iv)        to think about seriously

(v)       to be completely occupied in

(vi)        to be an essential or integral part

(vii)              to be affected emotionally in a powerful way

(h) to find a solace

 

(viii) very quickly

3. Write in your own words
a. Why did the narrator ignore the barking of dogs
1._______________________________
2._______________________________
b. Why did mother-langur make no effort to grab her baby from the coop?
1._______________________________
2._______________________________
4. Read the text carefully and arrange the occurrence of  happenings         in  the  text in a sequential order.
1. I took the baby langur to the backyard.
2. I cannot forget that look in her eyes.
3.I heard the disturbance approaching closer.
4.I recalled the  terrible custom  in the animal clan.
5. I became deeply absorbed in the book.
6. I was engrossed in various magazines and story books.
7. I offered him a peeled banana.
8. I still fondly remember that encounter.
9. I gathered a stout stick and then started throwing stones.
10. I saw something horrible.
11. I was showed that food was not the only means of communication.
12. I managed to catch hold of the baby langur’s tail.
13. I allowed the mother, access to her baby

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