Madam Rides the Bus Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021

The following questions for ‘Madam Rides the Bus’ class 10 have been taken from CBSE Question Bank 2021 released for class 10 English. All the questions are available at the CBSE’s official website. Watch the video for a Hindi explanation. Feel free to ask in the comment section. It is a free service for class 10 Students.

L-9 Madam Rides The Bus Text- First Flight MCQ

Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract. MCQ A
(A) “Day after day she watched the bus, and gradually a tiny wish crept into her head and grew there: she wanted to ride on that bus, even if it was just once. This wish became stronger until it was an overwhelming desire. Valli would stare wistfully at the people who got on and off the bus when it stood at the street corner. Their faces would kindle in her longings, dreams, and hopes. If one of her friends happened to ride the bus and tried to describe the sights of the town to her. Valli would be jealous to listen and would shout, in English: “Proud! Proud!”


i Valli would stare wistfully at the people as she
a) had been watching the bus for a long time.
b) was inspired by the people travelling on the bus.
c) had a strong desire to take a ride on the bus.
d) envied the people who could travel on the bus.

ii Pick the option that shows the list of words that collocate with ‘overwhelming’ (e.g. overwhelming desire)

  1. response
  2. lies
  3. support
  4. majority
  5. pets
  6. places

a) 1, 5 & 6
b) 1, 3 & 4
c) 2 & 5
d) 3, 5 & 6

iii ‘Valli would be jealous to listen…’ This indicates Valli’s
a) longing to ride the bus.
e) nature as an envious person.
f) denial to accept her situation.
g) inclination to trouble travellers.

iv A part of the extract has been paraphrased. Choose the option that includes the most appropriate solution to the blanks.
The desire became so (i) __________ that it transformed into an ii) ________________ one. Valli would look (iii)
_____________ at people who boarded the bus and got off.

a) i) active ii) overt iii) longingly
b) i) vigorous ii) overpowering iii) cheerfully
c) i) staunch ii) overt iii) joyfully
d) i) vigorous ii) overpowering iii) longingly

v What does the line ‘gradually a tiny wish crept into her head and grew there’, mean?
a) The wish developed in her head over a period of time.
b) The wish was a feeling of wanting to prove her strength.
c) The wish was planted in her head by someone’s suggestion.
d) The wish was small and was overpowered by a sense of doubt.

MCQ A Answer Key
i c) had a strong desire to take a ride on the bus.
ii b) 1, 3 & 4
iii a) longing to ride the bus.
iv d) i) vigorous ii) overpowering iii) longingly
v a) The wish developed in her head over a period of time.

Madam Rides the Bus Multiple Choice Questions MCQ B
(B) “‘Yes, I’m travelling alone,” she answered curtly. And I’ve got a ticket too.’ ‘Yes she’s on her way to town,’ said the conductor. ‘With a thirty paise ticket.’ ‘Oh, why don’t you mind your own business,’ said Valli. But she laughed all the same, and the conductor laughed too. But the old woman went on with her drivel. ‘Is it proper for such a young person to travel alone? Do you know exactly where you’re going in town? What’s the street? What’s the house number? ‘You needn’t bother about me. I can take care of myself,’ Valli said, turning her face towards the window and staring out.”

i Pick the option that matches the expressions with ‘mind’ correctly.

ExpressionMeaning
1. Bring to mindA. be receptive to someone’s ideas
2. be in two mindsB. think about only one subject
3. have an open mindC. recall something
4. Put your mind at easeD. undecided
E. reassure you
F. reach a decision

a) 1-F, 2-C, 3-A, 4-D
b) 1-C, 2-D, 3-A, 4-E
c) 1-B, 2-F, 3-E, 4-A
d) 1-F, 2-D, 3-C, 4-B

ii Valli told the conductor to mind his own business and laughed as well. This shows that Valli …
a) was not really bothered about what the conductor said.
b) didn’t like the conductor speaking about her.
c) disliked what the conductor said but was amused.
d) was impressed with what the conductor said.

iii The old woman went on with her drivel. Why is the word ‘drivel’ used here? It is used to show that the old woman
a) was talking incessantly.
b) kept muttering a lot of nonsense.
c) was volunteering advice on request.
d) spoke non-stop about herself.

iv The old woman asked her questions
a) due to anxiety about Valli travelling alone.
b) out of curiosity and concern for Valli.
c) interest in Valli’s life and need for travel.
d) due to the habit of interfering in Valli’s life.

v How do you think Valli felt when the old woman asked her questions? Pick the option that best describes her feelings.
a) i) irritated ii) agitated
b) i) concerned ii) upset
c) i) upset ii) agitated
d) i) upset ii) irritated

MCQ B Answer Key
i b) 1. c1-C, 2-D, 3-A, 4-E
ii c) disliked what the conductor said but was amused.
iii b) kept muttering a lot of nonsense.
iv b) out of curiosity and concern for Valli.
v d) i) upset ii) irritated

Madam Rides the Bus Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words
i During her journey, Valli absorbed the natural beauty and clapped her hands in happiness on seeing a young cow running very fast. What does this reveal about Valli?
ANS: This reveals the childish behaviour of Valli. She admired natural beauty on the way. She clapped on seeing the running cow because kids like running and jumping at this age. She thought that the cow was running for fun.


ii Valli didn’t like the way adults treated her during her bus journey. Describe how you would feel and react if you were to find yourself in a similar situation.
ANS: Had I been riding alone for the first time I would have reacted in a similar manner. Adults keep on nagging children in everything. They forget that once they were also children. Elders think that kids are a fool and cannot take decisions on their own, but this is not so.

Madam Rides the Bus Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 (3Marks)

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words
i Imagine you come across a little girl travelling alone in a bus. Write down any two questions you would ask her and your reasons for asking them.
ANS: Usually kids of the age of Valli do not travel alone so I would be tempted to ask her why she is riding alone. Out of general curiosity, I will ask her where is she going and why. I would offer help in case she needs it.

ii If you were to advise Valli on the two things she ought to take with her if she were travelling alone for the first time, what would they be and why?
ANS: I would advise Valli to keep her address and parents phone number in her pocket; in case of any mishappening people can contact her parents. Another important tool is a whistle that can make noise in case of emergency. Other safety tools for females can be a dummy wallet and Pepper powder.

iii Do you think Valli’s mother would have taken her for the bus ride if she had requested her to do so? Why/ Why not?
ANS: I think Valli’s mother would not have taken her for a bus ride as she would not find it as adventurous as she dreamt. Her mother would disapprove of the idea of a bus ride treating it as a waste of money. They were not so well off that they could afford to fulfil even very small desires of their child.

iv Imagine Valli had to plan a day-long budget trip to a domestic destination for her family all by herself.
What things do you think she would keep in mind while planning?

ANS: Valli has been described as a mature girl who planned her first trip wisely. While planning a domestic tour for her family she would consider the cost of travelling, food, and sightseeing. She would research about the places to visit there and she would make a list of important things to be carried with them. For example- Water bottle, torch, ready to eat food items, medicines for emergency and official documents required for travelling.

Madam Rides the Bus Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 (5Marks)

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i Travelling teaches us many life lessons and enriches us with experiences. You and your classmate have a discussion on this statement and your love for travel. Write the dialogue. You may begin like this…
Friend: I think travelling is one of the best ways to explore not just the world around you but also helps you introspect about life itself.
You: …………………………………………
Friend: Travelling enriches us with so many varied experiences.
You: ………………………………………
ANS: Dialogue Writing
Friend: I think travelling is one of the best ways to explore not just the world around you but also helps you introspect about life itself.
You: I agree with you.
Friend: Travelling enriches us with so many varied experiences.
You: While travelling we tend to learn new languages from signboards, cab drivers and street hawkers.
Friend: Last year, when I visited Pune city in India I observed that the people of Pune prefer Hindi and Sanskrit language over English from reading their signboards.
You: Travelling lets you taste different cuisines.
Friend: Oh yes. On my Pune trip, I got to taste a protein-packed street food ‘Misal pav’ which is approved even by the dietitians.
You: I love travelling so much. I wish to explore the whole world!

ii After reading the story about Valli; you realise that she had such a small desire and demanded nothing from her mother. After reflecting on this, you decide to write a diary entry on how you felt you have been unreasonable about the demands you have posed to your parents. You also realise that life is not all about materialistic possessions. You may begin like this:
I feel I have learnt a lesson in life after reading about Valli I feel ashamed for the way I have been so demanding about the materialistic possessions…………………continue.

15 August 2020, Saturday 9:00 pm
I feel I have learnt a lesson in life after reading about Valli. I feel ashamed for the way I have been so demanding about the materialistic possessions from my parents. Valli had given up a lot of things to save 60 paise to experience a bus ride. Whereas I never care about this meagre amount of money. She sacrificed materialistic possessions to experience something new in her life. Her story taught me a lesson to enjoy the real fun instead of running after costly and branded products. It made me realise that rich people should use a part of their money and resources to help the poor and needy people. I have resolved that from now onwards I would not pressurise my parents by making undue demands from them. I have planned that I would celebrate my birthday with 10 less fortunate kids and take them for a metro train ride and enjoy watching their happy faces.
Bye, dear diary.

iii Valli was sensitive, but at the same time, she was fearless and quite determined. Think of another character from your textbook, First Flight, who displayed similar character traits. Compare and contrast the lives of Valli and the other character.
ANS: Valli was a young girl of 8 years who still displayed mature and responsible behaviour in the story. She was bold enough to fulfil her desire of riding a bus without her parents help in any way. I think Anne Frank had the same characteristics. Even after being punished thrice for talking in the class, she did not get depressed and accepted the punishment intelligently. Her answers impressed her teacher and he praised her writings in front of other students.
I feel Nelson Mandela, too, was a man of strong determination and willpower. He also sacrificed material possessions for fulfilling his desire of getting freedom from apartheid in South Africa. For this, he had to spend a large part of his life in prison away from his family. These three characters portrayed similar attributes in their respective lessons. 

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