Extracts of The Proposal | Class 10 | English | First Flight |


Extracts of The Proposal | Class 10 | English | First Flight |

Extract 1

Well, you see, it’s like this. [Takes his arm] I’ve come to you, honoured Stepan Stepanovitch, to trouble you with a request. Not once or twice have I already had the privilege of applying to you for help, and you have always, so to speak… I must ask your pardon, I am getting excited. I shall drink some water, honoured Stepan Stepanovitch.

Q1. Name the chapter.

Ans : The Proposal by Anton Chekov

Q2. Who is the author of The The Proposal?

Ans : Anton Chekov

Q3. Who is the speaker of these lines?

Ans : Lomov

Q4. Why did Lomov go to Chubokov’s home?

Ans : Lomov went to Chubokov’s home to ask for his daughter’s hand.

Q5. Who has been referred as Stepan Stepanovitch in this extract?

Ans : Chubokov has been referred as Stepan Stepanovitch in this extract.

Extract 2

My late aunt and her husband, from whom, as you know, I inherited my land, always had the greatest respect for your father and your late mother. The Lomovs and the Chubukovs have always had the most friendly, and I might almost say the most affectionate, regard for each other. And, as you know, my land is a near neighbour of yours. You will remember that my Oxen Meadows touch your birchwoods.

Q1. Who is the speaker of these lines?

Ans : Lomov

Q2. What created the dispute between Lomov and Natalya?

Ans : Lomov’s claiming the land (Oxen Meadows) led to the dispute between both of them. 

Q3. How did Natalya turn down Lomov’s claim of being the owner of Oxen Meadows?

Ans : When Lomov claimed that Oxen Meadows was his, Natalya got angry stating that the same land was theirs not his.

Q4. Find out the synonym of the word ‘Lovesome’ from the extract?

Ans : Affectionate

Extract 3

No, you’re simply joking, or making fun of me. What a surprise! We’ve had the land for nearly three hundred years, and then we’re suddenly told that it isn’t ours! Ivan Vassilevitch, I can hardly believe my own ears. These Meadows aren’t worth much to me. They only come to five dessiatins, and are worth perhaps 300 roubles, but I can’t stand unfairness. Say what you will, I can’t stand unfairness.

Q1. What is a meadow?

Ans : Meadow is a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay.

Q2. Who is the speaker of these lines?

Ans : Natalya

Q3. How long had Natalya hand her family been owning Oxen Meadows according to her?

Ans : 300 Years

Q4. What does the speaker mean by ‘I can’t stand unfairness’?

Ans : Here the speaker means to stay she doesn’t want to support the lie being told by Lomov.

Extract 4

There’s some demon of contradition in you today, Ivan Vassilevitch. First you pretend that the Meadows are yours; now, that Guess is better than Squeezer. I don’t like people who don’t say what they mean, because you know perfectly well that Squeezer is a hundred times better than your silly Guess. Why do you want to say he isn’t?

Q1. Who has been referred as ‘Ivan Vassilevitch’ in this extract?

Ans : Lomov has been referred as Stepan Stepanovitch in this extract.

Q2. Who were Squeezer and Guess?

Ans : They are the dogs of Natalya and Lomov.

Q3. Who was overshot and a bad hunter according to Lomov?

Ans : Squeezer (Dog of Natalya)

Q4. Find out the synonym of ‘Fiend’ from the extract?

Ans : Demon

Extract 5

Don’t excite yourself, my precious one. Allow me. Your Guess certainly has his good points. He’s purebred, firm on his feet, has well-sprung ribs, and all that. But, my dear man, if you want to know the truth, that dog has two defects: he’s old and he’s short in the muzzle.

Q1. Who is the speaker of these lines?

Ans : Lomov

Q2. What does the word ‘Purebred’ mean in this extract?

Ans : One who is bred for many generations from member of a recognized breed or strain.

Q3. Who has been referred as dog in the last line?

Ans : Guess (Dog of Lomov)

Q4. What made Lomov and Chubokov argue again?

Ans : The comparison of Squeezer and Guess (Dogs of Chubokov and Lomov) made them argue with each other.

Extract 6

Who’s dead?  So he is! My word! Water! A doctor!  Drink this! No, he doesn’t drink. It means he’s dead, and all that. I’m the most unhappy of men! Why don’t I put a bullet into my brain? Why haven’t I cut my throat yet? What am I waiting for? Give me a knife! Give me a pistol! He seems to be coming round. Drink some water! That’s right.

Q1. Who is being considered as dead in this extract?

Ans : Lomov

Q2. Who is the speaker of these lines?

Ans : Chubokov

Q3. Who  called ‘Old rat’ to whom?

Ans : Lomov Called Chubokov ‘Old rat’.

Q4. What made Chubokov restless?

Ans : Chubokov thought Lomov was dead. He found himself responsible for that. All that made him restless.

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