The Book That Saved the Earth Question Bank Class 10

L-10 The Book that Saved the Earth Question Bank Class 10 Text Footprints Without Feet

Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract

(A) THINK-TANK: Mirror, mirror, in my hand. Who is the most fantastically intellectually gifted being in the land?
OFFSTAGE VOICE: (after a pause) You, sir.
THINK -TANK: (smacking mirror) Quicker. Answer quicker next time. I hate a slow mirror. (He admires himself in the mirror.) Ah, there I am. Are we Martians, not a handsome race? So much more attractive than those ugly Earthlings with their tiny heads. Noodle, you keep on exercising your mind, and someday you’ll have a balloon brain just like mine.
NOODLE: Oh, I hope so, Mighty Think-Tank. I hope so.
THINK -TANK: Now, contact the space probe. I want to invade that primitive ball of mud called Earth before lunch.
NOODLE: It shall be done, sir. (He adjusts levers on the switchboard. Electronic buzzes and beeps are heard as the curtains open.)

i Choose the option that lists the most appropriate meaning of ‘think-tank’ from those given below.

a) A tank that helps you think deeper than an average person if you use its contents regularly.
b) Non-stop flow of ideas from a fixed source about one particular issue.
c) A pool of ideas and solutions to various problems via an individual, group or organisation.
d) A method by way of which people think collectively to identify stray thoughts among them.

HINT: In the given lesson, “Think-Tank” refers to a character who is portrayed as an intelligent Martian who constantly exercises his mind and comes up with solutions to problems. Therefore, a “think-tank” generally refers to a group of experts who engage in research and analysis to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.

ANS: First guess your answer in your mind, now, Scroll down 4 questions to reveal the answer

ii “Mirror, mirror, in my hand. Who is the most fantastically intellectually gifted being in the land?” Choose the option that lists the genre having the original reference to the above lines.

a) Biography
b) Science-fiction
c) Mystery
d) Fairy tale

ANS: First guess your answer in your mind, now, Scroll down 3 questions to reveal the answer

iii Choose the option that correctly categorizes the phrase “(after a pause)” based on the dialogue given above.

a) aside
b) stage direction
c) narration
d) setting

ANS: First guess your answer in your mind, now, Scroll down 2 questions to reveal the answer

iv Choose the option that fits the example of irony from the ones given below.

a) “Who is the most fantastically intellectually gifted being in the land?”
b) “I hate a slow mirror.”
c) “Noodle, you keep on exercising your mind, and someday you’ll have a balloon brain just like mine.
d) “I want to invade that primitive ball of mud called Earth before lunch.”

ANS: First guess your answer in your mind, now, Scroll down 1 question to reveal the answer

v Choose the option that includes the display of ‘smacking’ as used in the extract.

a) Option (1)
b) Option (2)
c) Option (3)
d) Option (4)

ANS: First guess your answer in your mind, now, look down to reveal the answer

Answer keys for Question Bank MCQs (A)

i. c
ii. d
iii. b
iv. c
HINT: Option (c) can also be considered a good choice for an example of irony in the given passage, as Think-Tank is portrayed as an arrogant character who boasts about his intelligence and constantly belittles his subordinates. By referring to his intellect as a “balloon brain,” he is being sarcastic and exaggerating his abilities.

v. d

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(B) OOP: I haven’t a clue. I’ve been to seven galaxies, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Maybe they’re hats. (He opens a book and puts it on his head.) Say, maybe this is a haberdashery!
OMEGA: (bowing low) Perhaps the Great and Mighty Think-Tank will give us the benefit of his thought on the matter.
THINK-TANK: Elementary, my dear Omega. Hold one of the items up so that I may view it closely. (Omega holds a book in the palm of her hand.) Yes, yes, I understand now. Since Earth creatures are always eating, the place in which you find yourselves is undoubtedly a crude refreshment stand.
OMEGA: (to Iota and Oop) He says we’re in a refreshment stand.
OOP: Well, the Earthlings certainly have a strange diet.

i Why did Omega bow low before Think-Tank?

a) As a mark of respect and recognition of supremacy.
b) To flatter and appease the character.
c) As a sign of submission and understanding of his strength.
d) To curry favour and goodwill from the character.

ANS: Scroll down

ii Choose the option that associates the person with a haberdashery.

a) Jagdeep is a primary school teacher who teaches English.
b) Tanishq is a tailor who makes garments for men only.
c) Falguni is a chemist who manufactures her own medicine.
d) Asma is an engineer who works on designing space stations.

ANS: Scroll down

HINT: In British English, a haberdasher is a business or person who sells small articles for sewing, dressmaking and knitting, such as buttons, ribbons, and zippers. In the United States, the term refers instead to a retailer who sells men’s clothing, including suits, shirts, and neckties.

iii Choose the option that explains what Think-Tank meant by saying Elementary, my dear Omega.

a) “It’s simple general knowledge, Omega.”
b) “It’s something that a primary school person won’t understand, Omega.”
c) “It’s quite obviously deducible, Omega”
d) “It’s a little more than complicated, Omega.”

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iv The quality of being crude has been allotted to the refreshment stand because

a) Earthlings have bad eating habits according to Think-Tank.
b) the temperature of the refreshment stand was too high.
c) the refreshment stands are responsible for the poor health of the Earthlings.
d) it produces food that is unrefined and unprocessed in nature.

ANS: Scroll down

v Earth inhabitants are Earthlings and those from Mars are Martians, what are the inhabitants of Venus addressed as in most sci-fi stories?

a) Venusites
b) Venatians
c) Venings
d) Venusians

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i. a
ii. b
iii. c
HINT: When Think-Tank says “Elementary, my dear Omega,” he is using a well-known catchphrase popularized by the fictional detective character, Sherlock Holmes. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, the detective often says “Elementary, my dear Watson” to his assistant, indicating that the solution to a problem is quite obvious or easy to deduce.

iv. d
HINT: Think-Tank uses the word “crude” to describe the refreshment stand. This suggests that the food being sold is unrefined and unprocessed, which would be unfamiliar to aliens who come from a technologically advanced society where food is likely to be synthesized or manufactured in a more advanced way.
v. d

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Q10 Answer in 20-30 words

i Think- Tank assumes that the Earthlings are after him. Give any two reasons for the same.

ANS: Think-Tank assumes that Earthlings are after him because he believes they are jealous of his intellect and want to steal his inventions.

ii Describe briefly how the Martians reach the correct application of the book.

ANS: The Martians first considered it a hat, then a sandwich. Later, Noodle recalled that he had seen the Earthlings using them as some sort of communication device. Finally, they deduced some ways to read the books.

iii Give any two reasons for Oop’s breaking into laughter on reading the first nursery rhyme.

ANS: Oop may have found it funny that the nursery rhyme mentions “pretty maids” growing in a garden, which is a nonsensical and absurd idea. The second reason could be that someone was asking how a garden grows when the answer seems obvious – with soil, water, and sunlight.

iv 20th century referred to as the ‘Era of the Book’. Comment briefly.

ANS: The play mentions that there were books about everything in the 20th century that could answer almost every query of the readers.


The play suggests that during the 20th century, books were widely available and provided a vast amount of knowledge on a wide range of topics, making them a valuable resource for answering people’s questions and satisfying their curiosity.

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words

i Mention two points of differences between Earthlings and Martians in the 20th century.

ANS: In the 20th century, Martians were depicted as having the ability to communicate telepathically, whereas Earthlings used verbal language. Martians travelled through space using flying saucers, while Earthlings were still confined to travelling by land, sea, and air.

ii Martians were never able to bring themselves to read the book Mother Goose. Discuss why the Historian said so.

ANS: The Historian in the story explains that Martians couldn’t transcribe correctly the book Mother Goose because it used a language that was hard for them to understand, like idioms and jokes that were specific to Earth. They also had trouble with rhyming words and didn’t find the stories funny like humans do. So, they never read the book.

iii Do you think that the names ‘Think Tank’ and ‘Noodle’ replicate the attributes of the two characters? Justify your answer with reference to the chapter “The Book that Saved the Earth”.

ANS: Yes, the names “Think Tank” and “Noodle” do replicate the attributes of the two characters. Think Tank is the more analytical and intelligent of the two, while Noodle is more emotional and impulsive, like a noodle that bends easily. Their names reflect their personalities and how they approach problems throughout the story.


ANS: The names “Think Tank” and “Noodle” do not necessarily replicate their characters in a straightforward way. While Think Tank pretends to be more analytical and logical than Noodle, it is also possible that their names were chosen more for the humour they provide rather than as a direct representation of their personalities.

iv Elaborate on the quality of the book that saves the planet Earth.

ANS: The book contained a collection of children’s rhymes with figurative pictures that showcased human intelligence, creativity, and resilience, which ultimately scared the Martians. The poem about Humpty Dumpty created terror among them all because Humpty Dumpty looked exactly like Think Tank. Moreover, the poem read Humpty Dumpty had a great fall which made them believe that the Earthlings are well prepared to attack Martians. So, they fled from their own planet to hide safely.

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words

i The play suggests that the 20th century was the ‘Era of the Book’. With that reference, what would you like to call the era of the 21st century? What role does that object/concept play in the lives of human beings?

ANS: While the play “The Book That Saved the Earth” suggests that the 20th century was the ‘Era of the Book’, it is unclear from the play what the equivalent era of the 21st century would be. But, seeing the current scenario it can be said that the 21st century can be termed as an Era of the Internet.
Today people are flooded with constant streams of data and have access to limitless information at their fingertips. The growing importance of virtual and augmented reality technologies is transforming the way people interact with the world around them. As the world becomes more interconnected and digital technologies continue to advance, it is likely that new forms of communication, entertainment, and information-sharing will emerge that will shape the course of human history for decades to come.

ii At the end of the play one is told that five centuries later Noodle has acquired the position of Think-Tank. Through your understanding of both the characters, pen down the account of events that could have led to ThinkTank’s replacement by Noodle.

ANS: Think-Tank was shown to be overconfident in his own abilities and knowledge and liked to be respected and highly praised by his crew members for his superiority. Noodle and other subordinates bow in front of him and flattered him with their appreciative words. During the probing about Earth and Earthlings, Noodle demonstrated a high level of intelligence and knowledge whereas Think Tank just tried to take credit for all the analysis. Other crew members might have noticed it so they could have elected Noodle as their leader and Think Tank who could not do justice to his name would have been thrown off the leader’s position.

Supplementary Reader: Footprints without Feet NCERT Class 10 English

> Lesson 1 A Triumph of Surgery

> Lesson 2 The Thief’s Story

> Lesson 3 The Midnight Visitor

> Lesson 4 A Question of Trust

> Lesson 5 Footprints without Feet

> Lesson 6 The Making of a Scientist

> Lesson 7 The Necklace

> Lesson 8 The Hack Driver

> Lesson 9 Bholi CBSE

> Lesson 10 The Book that Saved the Earth
Class 10 Literature First Flight – CBSE Question Bank, (Fully solved)
>Chapter 1 A Letter to God

>Chapter 2 Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom

>Chapter 3 Two Stories About Flying His First Flight

> Chapter 3 Two Stories About Flying The Black Aeroplane

>Chapter 4 From the Diary of Anne Frank

>Chapter 5 (Part 1) The Hundred Dresses Part 1

>Chapter 6 (Part 2) The Hundred Dresses Part 2,

>Chapter 7 Glimpses of India

>Chapter 8 Mijbil the Otter

>Chapter 9 Madam Rides the Bus

>Chapter 10 The Sermon at Benares

>Chapter 11 The Proposal

>Poem 1 Dust of Snow

>Poem 2 Fire and Ice

> Poem 3 A Tiger in the Zoo Poem

> Poem 4 How to Tell Wild Animals Poem

> Poem 5 The Ball Poem

> Poem 6 Amanda

> Poem 7 Animals Poem

> Poem 8 The Trees

> Poem 9 Fog

> Poem 10 The Tale of Custard the Dragon

> Poem 11 For Anne Gregory
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