The Fight Summary Class 8 English Questions Answers NCERT Solution
The Fight Summary
The Fight Summary : This chapter, The Fight, revolves around two boys named Ranji and Suraj. Ranji had moved to Rajpur and found a pool in the forest. He was surprised because the water was clear and cool on that hot day. So he jumped into the water and swam across it, enjoying it very much. The next day he went back but another boy was standing by the pool so he left without swimming there again.
As Ranji was friendly, he started talking to the other boy. Ranji asked him to come in the pool for swimming. But the other boy did not react well and acted differently. He told Ranji that he did not like talking to strangers and liked chasing them away from the pool. This made Ranji angry, so he threatened. They got into a big fight and started throwing punches at each other and fought until they were tired. The next day, they decided to continue fighting.
When Ranji got home and he had cuts and bruises. His mom was worried about him. Ranji said that he wanted to go to the store because he wanted a drink. He went to the store but then ran into someone from his school. They both started fighting and then left without doing anything.
The next day, both boys walked to the pool. Ranji felt weak and lazy about fighting with Suraj again, but he didn’t give up. Suraj said that they would decide who can swim in the pool if Ranji could swim across it. So Ranji jumped into the water and then he swam easily across it without any help.
Suraj was very surprised when Ranji agreed to teach him to dive. Ranji wanted to become a Pahlawan, so Suraj decided to teach him some wrestling techniques and help him learn how to do this. They continued with these lessons at the pool every day. Finally, the boys became friends and decided to help each other learn skills. They also agreed that no one else would be allowed in their pool without permission.
NCERT Solutions of The Fight
Comprehension Check (Page 49)
Question 1: In what way is the forest pool different from the one which Ranji knew in the Rajputana desert?
Answer: The forest pool was very clean and cold. A place that people like to go. The other pool in the Rajputana desert is not good because they cannot see it and it’s muddy where buffaloes wallow in it.
Question 2: The other boy asked Ranji to ‘explain’ himself.
(i) What did he expect Ranji to say?
(ii) Was he, in your opinion, right or wrong to ask this question?
- The other boy wanted Ranji to apologize for entering the forest pool without asking him. He wanted Ranji to leave the pool at once.
- He was wrong to ask Ranji to leave the pool because it was open to everyone and he did not have personal rights.
Question 3: Between Ranji and the other boy, who is trying to start a quarrel? Give a reason for your answer.
Answer: The other boy started the fight with Ranji. It is clear from the fact that when Ranji saw him in the pool, he did not start a fight nor say anything to him. But the other boy came to start a fight with Ranji even though he tried to be friendly. And when he saw how hostile this boy was being, ranji was surprised and taken aback. After that, he and Ranji started to fight. He called himself a ‘Warrior’ but Ranji called himself a ‘Fighter’.
Question 4: “Then we will have to continue the fight,” said the other.
(i) What made him say that?
(ii) Did the fight continue? If not, why not?
- Ranji and the other boy were fighting for a long time. Ranji refused to leave the pool, so they kept fighting. The other boy saw that Ranji did not accept defeat, and he said that they would fight again tomorrow.
- Apparently, the fight did not continue the next day. They both had a bad experience and they were not willing to continue fighting. When Suraj saw that Ranji could dive into the water, he was amazed and Suraj wanted to learn how to do it too. He said he would help Ranji become a wrestler if Ranji helped him swim and learn how to dive in like Ranji did.
Comprehension Check (Page 53-54)
Question 1: What is it that Ranji finds difficult to explain at home?
Answer: When Ranji got home, he couldn’t explain his cuts and bruises to his mother. He was in a fight with Suraj. His mother didn’t want him to go out because of the injury. So she told him to stay home for the day.
Question 2: Ranji sees his adversary in the bazaar.
(i) What does he wish to do?
(ii) What does he actually do, and why?
- Ranji saw his enemy in the bazaar and he tried to avoid him. He was so angry that he felt like throwing a lemonade bottle at his enemy.
- Ranji didn’t do anything. He just stood there and glared at the other boy who walked past him. He wasn’t going to start a fight with that boy because he didn’t need one with him, even if he did glare back just as fiercely.
Question 3: Ranji is not at all eager for a second fight. Why does he go back to the pool, then?
Answer: Ranji was not happy to fight the other boy, but he left his home anyway. He remembered that he had accepted the challenge and so he had to defy his enemy in order to gain respect. If he gave up, then this meant that Ranji acknowledged that the other boy won.
Question 4: Who was the better swimmer? How do you know it?
Answer: Ranji was a better swimmer. This is because he answered that the other boy would not be able to go across the pool when he made fun of Ranji. When Ranji heard this, he dove into the water and swam to the other side of the pool quickly. The other boy asked how Ranji did it so well. He then asked Ranji if he could teach him how to swim under water so that they could both become wrestlers.
Question 5: What surprises the warrior?
Answer: Suraj was amazed when Ranji dove into the water. When he came up, he surprised Suraj. Ranji was able to swim underwater while circling Suraj and then coming up from behind him.
Question 6: Now that they are at the pool, why don’t they continue the fight?
Answer: The two boys were at the pool together. Suraj was surprised when he saw Ranji’s skills because he could dive and swim under water. Suraj wanted to learn these skills from Ranji.
Question 7: Ranji’s superiority over the other boy is obvious in the following:
physical strength, good diving, his being a fighter, sense of humour, swimming under water, making a good point,willingness to help.
Underline the relevant phrases.
Answer: Good diving, sense of humour, swimming under water, willingness to help.
Question 8: What, according to you, makes the two adversaries turn into good friends in a matter of minutes? Explain it as you have understood it.
Answer: The two boys, Ranji and Suraj, started to fight each other. But then they saw that they were both really good at things the other one was good at. They decided to learn from each other. When Suraj saw what a great swimmer Ranji was, he asked him to teach him how to swim so well so he could be better than everyone else too. Finally, they gave up their fight and befriended each other.
Exercise (Page 54)
Discuss the following topics in small groups.
Question 1: Is fighting the only way of resolving differences of opinion? What else can be done to reach a mutually acceptable settlement?
Answer: No, fighting is not the only way to solve a disagreement. You can talk and come up with a solution that makes both parties happy. If you can’t reach an agreement, someone else might help you find a solution.
Question 2: Have you ever been in a serious fight only to realize that it was unnecessary and futile? Share your experience/views with others frankly and honestly.
Answer: Sometimes people get into fights about little things. It is natural for people to do this sometimes. But they can fix it by talking and respecting each other’s opinion. If they agree to work it out peacefully, then they can figure it out without hurting each other’s feelings or emotions.
Question 3: Why do some of us find it necessary to prove that we are better than others? Will you be amused or annoyed to read the following sign at the back of the car in front of you?
“I may be going slow but I am ahead of you.”
Answer: When one person tries to show that they are better than another, it can cause ego clashes and misunderstandings. It is often in human nature. We should try not to do this when we speak with other people because it could hurt them and cause misunderstandings. For example, if I saw a sign that said “I may be going slow but I am ahead of you,” I would take the sign as a joke and laugh at it.
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