The Tale of Custard the Dragon Class 10 CBSE Question Bank

Easy and to-the-point answers for lesson ‘The Tale of Custard the Dragon’ Class 10 are added for students preparing for 2022 Board Exams. These questions are based on a new pattern released in CBSE question Bank. The tale of Custard important MCQ and Extra Questions need a proper understanding of the summary of the poem. A video with the Hindi explanation will be uploaded soon. These competency-based questions are important for the 2022 board exam.

P 10-The Tale of Custard the Dragon Class 10- First Flight MCQ


Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract. MCQ (A)
(A) “Ink trickled down to the bottom of the household,
And little mouse Blink strategically mouseholed.
But up jumped Custard, snorting like an engine,
Clashed his tail like irons in a dungeon,
With a clatter and a clank and a jangling squirm,
He went at the pirate like a robin at a worm”

i Which option lists the quotes that support the ideas in the extract?
1) Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
2) If you’re brave enough to start, you’re strong enough to finish.
3) Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.
4) You get in life what you have the courage to ask for
5) Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is strong.
a) 1 and 5
b) 2, 3 and 4
c) 2 and 3
d) 1,3 and 5

ii What is the poet’s purpose of using the onomatopoeic words given in the extract?
e) It is to emphasize on the might and boldness of Custard.
f) It is to introduce the character Custard to the readers.
g) It is to impress upon the readers that Custard was ready.
h) It is to make Custard bold enough to face the situation.

iii Pick an option that best fits the usage of the word’ trickled’ as used in the extract.
e) The water trickled down the tap and filled the trough.
f) Students trickled into the classroom as the teacher entered.
g) Tears trickled down her cheeks as she heard the sad news.
h) His enthusiasm for the task slowly trickled away.

iv Select the option that fits with the reaction of the characters in the context of the extract.
Ink: terrified : : Blink : i) ______
Pirate: ii) _____:: Custard: undaunted

i) i) shocked ii) displeased
j) i) petrified ii) wondered
k) i) upset ii) dazed
l) i) petrified ii) shocked

v ‘He went at the pirate like a robin at a worm. Why has this comparison been used here? Just like the robin catches the worm,
a) Custard attacked the pirate after careful observation.
b) Custard attacked the pirate without delay.
c) Custard attacked the pirate valorously.
d) Custard attacked the pirate stealthily.

vi Extra Q
Pick the option that does not display a simile from the extract.
a) Clashed his tail like irons…
b) at the pirate like a robin at a worm.
c) Custard, snorting like an engine…
d) trickled down to the bottom…

vii Extra Q
The extract mentions ‘irons’ in dungeons. According to this extract, ‘irons’ is a reference to
a) iron racks for scared books.
b) iron cases housing treasures.
c) iron chains holding the prisoners captive.
d) iron coffins for burying the royal dead.

Answer Key MCQ A
i. c) 2 and 3
ii. a) It is to emphasize the might and boldness of Custard.
iii. b) Students trickled into the classroom as the teacher entered.
iv. d) i) petrified ii) shocked
v. b) Custard attacked the pirate without delay.
vi. d) trickled down to the bottom
vii. c) iron chains holding the prisoners captive.

Class 10 The Tale of Custard the Dragon MCQ B CBSE Question Bank 2021

(B) Belinda giggled till she shook the house,
And Blink said Weeck!
which is giggling for a mouse,
Ink and Mustard rudely asked his age
When Custard cried for a nice safe cage.
Suddenly, suddenly they heard a nasty sound,
And Mustard growled, and they all looked around.

i What can you infer from the repetition ‘suddenly, suddenly’ in the above extract?
a) There was an immediate change in the scene.
b) It focuses on the hasty attack and the loud noise.
c) It emphasises that an unexpected noise was heard.
d) It draws our attention to the loud cry that occurred.

ii A cage means captivity. Why is Custard inclined to remain in a cage despite what it symbolises? This is so because he viewed it as a
1) sanctuary
2) guardhouse
3) cubicle
4) refuge
5) booth

a) 1, 2 & 5
b) 1 & 4
c) 3, 4 & 5
d) 3 & 5

iiiWhy has the poet used the word ‘weeck’ to signify the giggling of the mouse? The poet
a) uses it to add suspense to the poem.
b) has imagined how the mouse would sound in this mood.
c) has mocked at the mouse for giggling at Custard.
d) uses it to create a scary effect for readers.

iv Pick the option with the correct matches for columns A and B.
Word Meaning

WORDMEANING
1. ChuckleA. to smile in a half-suppressed mocking way
2. SniggerB. to smile in an irritated, conceited manner
3. SmirkC. to let out a quiet and suppressed laugh
D. to let out a laugh heartily and loudly

a) 1- D, 2-A, 3-C
b) 1-C, 2-A, 3-B
c) 1-B, 2-D, 3-C
d) 1-A, 2-C, 3-D

v Which belief about dragons is in contrast to Custard’s behaviour in the extract.
i) Dragons are brave and feared.
j) Dragons can grant wishes.
k) Dragons can become invisible at will.
l) Dragons are soft-hearted and kind.

vi Extra Q: A hyperbole is a literary device where the poet/writer/speaker purposely and obviously exaggerates to an extreme. Choose the option that includes an example of hyperbole, from the extract.
a) And Mustard growled, and they all looked around
b) Ink and Mustard rudely asked his age,
c) Belinda giggled till she shook the house,
d) When Custard cried for a nice safe cage.

Answer Key MCQ B

i. c) It emphasises that an unexpected noise was heard.
ii. b) 1&4
iii. b) has imagined how the mouse would sound in this mood.
iv. b) 1-C, 2-A, 3-B
v. a) Dragons are brave and feared.
vi. c) Belinda giggled till she shook the house,

Custard the Dragon Class 10 Extra Questions | CBSE Question Bank 2021

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words
i Custard humbly accepts that other animals are braver than him. Give a reason to support your stance that humility is a virtue worth possessing.
ANS: Humility is a great virtue as it shows real maturity, confidence and strength. Custard knew of his capabilities and showed it through his action rather than speaking in front of others. He was a humble dragon.

ii The usage of words like ‘realio trulio’ creates a wonderful poetic effect. How?
ANS: This poem is a Ballad. The poet has changed the spellings of the words ‘real’ and ‘true’ to realio and trulio. It has created a musical effect on the poem. These words would not have added the same effect with their correct spelling.

iii Why is it fair to say that Custard could be the ‘poster boy’ for the belief that the real nature of a person is revealed at times of the greatest difficulty?
ANS: Belinda and her pets used to make fun of Custard and call her a coward. But Custard displayed his courage and strength in times of real danger by fighting with the pirate. This incident proved him a superhero who was capable of becoming a poster boy.

iv State the reason you think the poet named the animals- Ink, Blink, Mustard and Custard?
ANS:  It seems the poet had named the kitten- Ink, because she was black in colour, mustard is a yellow plant and the dog was also yellow in colour. I believe she changed the name slightly and called him Custard to rhyme with Mustard.

v The poet could have included a burglar or an intruder in the poem but chose to include a pirate. Explain this choice.
ANS: A normal burglar or intruder could not portray the frightening appearance correctly. The pirate can easily be visualised as a man carrying pistols and cutlass. The attributes of a black beard and wooden leg adds to the terror.

Custard the Dragon Class 10 | CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answer Key

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words (3 Marks)
i Belinda shares a post on Instagram with the following hashtags Ink#Blink#Mustard#Bravehearts#My family#My world She doesn’t mention Custard in her post. As a friend of Belinda, what would be your advice to her and why?
ANS: I would advise her not to underestimate someone due to his modesty and introverted nature. Bravery is not about beating your own trumpet in front of others. A real Braveheart faces the problem and takes quick action. At the end of the poem, it was proved that custard was a real hero who fought with the pirate while other pets hid here and there.

ii The poem is a light-hearted ballad with a powerful message. If the poem was written in any other style, do you think it would have created the same effect on readers? Justify your response with reason(s).
ANS: Obviously, the Ballad style has added a musical effect to the poem. But, I think it could have conveyed its message had it been written in any other style. Besides the style, the rhyming scheme, literary devices and words selected also make an effect on the readers. Moreover, it’s not a pure ballad, the humourous elements make it a ‘Parody’. It can also be called a ‘Fable’ as it gives a moral lesson with the help of speaking animals.

iii Imagine that Custard writes a blog on ‘Overcoming fears’. A part of the blog focuses on ways to overcome the fears within. As Custard, write this part of the blog. You may proceed like this: While we agree that fear is like a big monster that resides within us. This monster shall continue to overpower us if we do not overpower it……
ANS: While we agree that fear is like a big monster that resides within us. This monster will continue to overpower us if we don’t overpower it. I shall discuss with you some easy ways to overcome the fear
1. first of all keep a positive approach towards life.
2. don’t think about the problem too much.
3. courage has to be activated from within yourself.
4. be prepared to face the consequences of fighting with the problem.
5. don’t accept failure without trying.
6. don’t think about the consequences of failing; failure opens the door for success.

iv Blowing one’s trumpet is a well-known idiom. Disagree with a friend’s opinion in the context of this idiom.
Friend: It’s important to recount your achievements whenever there’s an opportunity. People need to know about your qualities, accomplishments and awards. Always project yourself as superior.
You: Gosh! I disagree. What’s the point blowing one’s own trumpet? You see, ………………………(continue).

ANS: Dialogue writing over the idiom- “Blowing one’s trumpet”
Friend: It’s important to recount your achievements whenever there is an opportunity. People need to know about your qualities, accomplishments and awards. Always project yourself as superior.
You: Gosh, I disagree. What is the point of blowing one’s own trumpet, you see.
Friend: If you do not speak about your work or qualities how would others know about it.
You: I feel actions speak louder than words. The quality of work done by a person tells everything on its own.
Friend: But it takes a lot of time to get noticed by people.
You: When you don’t boast of yourself, people trust you and get attracted to you like a magnet. Humbleness is a virtue worth possessing.
Friend: I believe it has lost its value in today’s time.
You: Everything depends on one’s perception and personal nature.

Custard the Dragon Class 10 Long Questions | CBSE Question Bank 2021

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i Custard was discriminated against, bullied and made fun of. Such behaviour often has a disastrous impact on the victims and etches a permanent scar on their minds. Write opinions of Wanda and Mandela on this issue.
Wanda: In my personal opinion, ……………………………….(continue)
Nelson Mandela: I strongly believe that……………………. (continue)

ANS: Wanda: In my personal opinion bullying others for their name, cast, clothes or living standard creates havoc in the victims personal as well as family life. A small joke by my classmates forced my family to leave the city permanently. Why do people make fun of others? Had I made a complaint about the girls involved it would have spoilt their image in the school as well as society. But, I did not because I know how much it hurts.
Mandela: I strongly believe that no man should be discriminated against on the basis of colour, caste and status. When I was denied basic freedom just because my skin colour was black, I raised my voice against it. It took almost my whole life. My family had to survive without my help. Whenever a weak person is bullied it etches a permanent scar on their minds. One must keep in mind that a racial statement can prove life-threatening for someone.

ii Being impressed by Custard’s feat, the young seagull’s sister wrote a letter to Custard seeking advice on addressing the situation with her young brother. Write Custard’s response to this letter. Base the advice from his experiences.
You may begin like this:

ANS: Dear Ms Seagull,
Thank you for seeking me out. I am humbled. Based on my limited experiences I feel if we run away from the difficult situation it becomes monstrous. A courageous person is always ready to face the inverse conditions without boasting of his bravery. Cowards run away when the real problem comes up and give baseless explanations for their fleet.
The case with your brother is somewhat different. he is not a coward but he is unable to muster up the courage for his first flight. He is worried about the consequences of falling down. Try to explain to him that birds are born with innate flying skills and he should not worry about falling down. If he focuses on his aim, success will automatically follow. 

iii Custard though mocked for his cowardice, displayed courage and was the one who
saved the day in the end. Pick a character from any of the units (lessons/poems) in First Flight, who displayed

similar characteristics, like Custard and overcame a troubling issue? What similarities and differences do you find between the character and Custard?
ANS: Similarities and Differences between Custard and the Seagull
I think the young Seagull from the lesson ‘His first flight’ resembles Custard dragon. Though he is different from custard on some criterion. let’s discuss one by one. Custard, the dragon, was very humble to talk about his strengths but he was not afraid to face any problem. Whereas the seagull was worried and unable to take his first flight. The dragon did not involve in any celebrations after defeating the pirate. Rather he calmly accepted that other pets are braver than him. In contrast, the seagull celebrated his first flight with screams and dancing. His family members joined him in his victory over his fear.
They both displayed their true courage when the situation fell on them. They were underestimated by their families. They proved that real courage is in facing danger.

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