The Glimpses of India Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answers

The following questions for ‘The Glimpses of India’ 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. These questions are important for class 10 Board exams 2021.

The Glimpses of India MCQ Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answers

Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract. MCQ (A)
(A) “Our elders are often heard reminiscing nostalgically about those good old Portuguese days, the Portuguese and their famous loaves of bread. Those eaters might have vanished but the makers are still there. We still have amongst us the mixers, the moulders and those who bake the loaves. Those age-old, time-tested furnaces still exist. The fire in these furnaces has not yet been extinguished. The thud and jingle of traditional baker’s bamboo, heralding his arrival in the morning, can still be heard in some places. ”

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i The narrator says that the furnaces were ‘time-tested’ because
a) they had been thoroughly tested each time, before being used.
b) they had proved the test of time and were working well.
c) they had been tested by modern-day experts.
d) they had the power to withstand inexperienced usage.

ii Those eaters might have vanished but the makers are still there. Pick the option that expresses the tone of the narrator.
1) elated
2) morose
3) nostalgic
4) hopeful
5) sarcastic
6) critical
7) celebratory
a) 1 and 7
b) 2 and 6
c) 3 and 4
d) 4 and 5

iii Pick the idiom that brings out the same meaning of ‘reminiscing’ as used in the passage.
a) train of thought.
b) commit something to memory.
c) a trip down memory lane.
d) jog somebody’s memory.

iv Why do you think the baker came in with ‘a thud and a jingle’?
a) He wanted to make everyone alert and active with his presence.
b) He wanted to wake up everyone from their slumber and ask them to visit the bakery.
c) He was used to making a loud noise as most people responded to just that.
d) He wanted to make people aware that he had come around to sell his goodies.

v The ‘fire in the furnaces has not yet been extinguished’ implies that
a) the furnaces are still being used to bake the loaves of bread.
b) The fire is in the process of being reviewed as a replaceable method for heating furnaces.
c) The furnaces are very strong and cannot be shifted for use in other areas.
d) The fire in the furnaces takes a long time to cease burning, once lighted.

Answer Key MCQ (A)
b) they had proved the test of time and were working well
c) elated
c) a trip down memory lane
d) He wanted to make people aware that he has around to sell his goodies.
a) loaves of bread are still baked in the furnaces.

The Glimpses of India MCQ Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answers

(B) “Tell me another!” scoffed Pranjol. “We have an Indian legend too. Bodhidharma, an ancient Buddhist
ascetic, cut off his eyelids because he felt sleepy during meditations. Ten tea plants grew out of the eyelids. The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk, banished sleep.” “Tea was first drunk in China,’’ Rajvir added, ‘‘as far back as 2700 B.C.! In fact, words such as tea, chai and chini are from the Chinese. Tea came to Europe only in the sixteenth century and was drunk more as medicine than as beverage.”

i The main idea of this extract is
a) Tea as a popular beverage in Europe and how it spread.
b) Origin of tea in India and why it became popular in Europe.
c) Importance of India in popularising tea and influencing Europe.
d) Indian legend on tea and how it travelled from China to Europe.

ii Why do you think Pranjol ‘scoffed’?
a) He was upset with the legend Rajvir shared.
b) He was mocking Rajvir for his lack of knowledge.
c) He was amused and tickled at what Rajvir shared.
d) He was impressed with what Rajvir had shared.

iii Pick the option that includes the tea label information that corresponds to the given sentence.
“The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk, banished sleep.”

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

iv Based on the inference from the extract, which of these is NOT TRUE about tea drinking in sixteenth-century Europe? Dr Smith is a doctor of sixteenth-century Europe.
a) Dr Smith encouraged drinking green tea whenever available, to reduce chances of tooth loss.
b) Dr Smith prescribed regular tea drinking to all his patients with a weak heart.
c) Dr Smith always served tea as a refreshment when he has guests, as they all enjoyed this beverage.
d) Dr Smith usually recommended black tea to reduce inflammation in the body.

v Based on this extract, how do you think Rajvir felt while narrating?
a) i) excited ii) agitated
b) i) hysterical ii) nervous
c) i) nervous ii) agitated
d) i) enthusiastic ii) passionate

Answer Key MCQ (B)
d) Indian legend on tea and how it travelled from China to Europe.
c) He was amused and tickled at what Rajvir shared.
c) Option 3
c) Dr Smith always serves tea as a refreshment when he has guests, as they all enjoy this beverage.
d) i) enthusiastic ii) passionate

The Glimpses of India, Class 10 CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answers

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words (2 Marks)
i Why does the author in ‘Coorg’ say that the visitors’ search for the heart and soul of India would be found in Coorg?
ANS: Different aspects of Indian culture and tradition can be experienced in Coorg. It is home to beautiful landscapes, coffee plantations, spice gardens, Buddhist monks and monasteries. India’s amazing diversity is present here. That’s why the author says that the visitors’ search for the heart and soul of India would be found in Coorg.

ii How did the baker become synonymous with celebrations and occasions in Goa?
ANS: Bread occupied a significant place in Goan celebrations and occasions. Cakes and bolinhas (coconut cookies) were a must for Christmas and other festivals. A girl’s mother must serve bread sandwiches on her daughter’s engagement. The Engagements and marriages were charmless in the absence of bread preparations.

iii Do adventure sports like river rafting and rock climbing require a person to possess just physical strength? Why/Why not?
ANS: Besides physical strength, psychological or mental stability is equally important for adventurous sports. The adventurer should be able to take quick action in case of any emergency. He should be aware of natural disasters and must have taken precautionary safety measures with him.

iv Pranjol buried his head in his detective book while Rajvir was eager to look at the beautiful scenery during the train journey. Why was there a difference in their attitude?
ANS: Pranjol had seen the tea gardens many times because his father worked in a tea estate. But it was Rajvir’s first visit to Assam who was admiring the scenic beauty outside while Pranjal was busy reading the book as there was nothing new for him to look outside.

v Coorgis belong to a valorous and hospitable race. Comment on this statement with reference to the text.
ANS: The people of Coorg are known for their bravery. Even now only Kodavus (people of Coorg) are allowed to carry firearms without a licence. Coorgis are said to be very hospitable. They entertain their guests with the stories of their ancestors’ bravery.


Q11 Answer in 40-50 words
i Rajvir did his study before his visit to the tea plantation. Is it good to do one’s research before the start of a new venture or does it take away the thrill of discovery? Elucidate your stance.
ANS: Researching gives an outline of the new venture before it is actually started. Pre-study brings out possible advantages and disadvantages of the proposed project. It might safeguard the venturer from major physical or financial loss. Rajvir’s study about the tea plantation increased both his knowledge and excitement about Assam’s tea gardens. Researching before the start of a new project, in fact, adds to the thrill of the discovery.

ii Inspired by the diversity in the chapter, ‘Glimpses of India’, you wrote an article for your school magazine on the topic, ‘Diversity-the Uniqueness of India’. Write a paragraph, sharing two key opinions from the article.
ANS: ‘Diversity-the Uniqueness of India’
India is a land of different cultures and traditions. Every culture has its own uniqueness that makes it stand apart from the other. The geographical and cultural dissimilarities make a place distinct from the other. On one hand, Coorg exemplifies martial bravery, beautiful women, and magnificent landscapes. While Assam’s geographical features make it appropriate for tea production. Every region is identified by its own lifestyle.

iii The culture, lifestyle and traditions of a place are influenced by the people who lived or settled there at some point of time. Cultural assimilation adds flavour to the existing structure of a society. Summarise your opinion on the given idea.
ANS: People bring with them their ideas, food recipes, culture, lifestyle and tradition. These get assimilated with the existing structure of the society. The Chinese tradition of drinking chai as a morning energy booster is followed in almost every household all over the world. Similarly, bread recipes invented by the Portuguese are a part of every festival and celebration. Today, the world respects Ayurved and Yog of Indian origin more than any other ways of treating diseases.


The Glimpses of India Long Answer Questions CBSE Question Bank 2021

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts) 5 Marks
i Pen down a brief travelogue* entry, narrating any personal impression/s about a visit to Coorg. Include your reflections about the differences between the place where you live and the place you’ve visited.
(* A travelogue is a person’s account of a journey to another country or place. It can either be a written report with many factual details or a narrative story about personal impressions and experiences.) You may begin like this…
As I stepped into the land of evergreen forests, I was blown away by the pristine beauty and ……………………………
ANS: As I stepped into the land of Evergreen forest, I was blown away by the Pristine beauty and lush greenery of Coorg. The invigorating coffee and spices flavour keep reminding you that you are in Coorg. At this moment I recalled how the polluted air gives an indication when I enter my native place. I visited Coorg to satisfy my urge for a natural adventure which is present in Delhi in a different form altogether. Boarding and deboarding a crowded bus or train is an adventure in itself in metropolitan cities. For the first time, after seeing the monks and the monasteries I realised that the Tibetan culture is so pure and unique. Being a nature lover I understand the value of flora and fauna in maintaining the ecosystem that is getting worse day by day in our city. I hope the Corona pandemic would make people understand the importance of the conservation of the environment.


ii The narrator shares, “Baking was indeed a profitable profession in the old days.”
a) What do you feel has changed now? Why?
b) State any one way, you feel, the Paders can regain their lost glory.
ANS: a) Baking was indeed a profitable profession in the old days. A lot of things have changed now that reduced the profitability of the local bakers. Big business houses have replaced small bakers with their competitive prices. Today’s generation gets attracted to fancy advertisements and prefers to buy highly advertised products. Local Bakers find it difficult to sell their high in quality but a less known or less advertised product. The flavour and quality of their products fail to appeal to today’s youth whose senses are blindfolded by branded goods.
b) The Paders can regain their lost Glory by Government’s support for locally made goods. We should be vocal for local by buying and publicising local bakery products. The government’s self-reliant India initiative might help the small scale workers to earn their livelihood and lost glory.

iii In the chapter, ‘A Baker from Goa’ the narrator talks about his childhood in Goa and his fond memories.
Compare the childhood of Nelson Mandela with that of the narrator.
ANS: The childhood memories of both the writers give us a glimpse into their tradition and cultures. Nelson Mandela had spent his childhood around fields and streams whereas the childhood of Lucio Rodrigues, the narrator of the Glimpses of India, seems to be inspired by the English and Portuguese culture. Mandela lived life as a cattle boy but Lucio belonged to a civilized and literate family where he talks about basic hygiene and etiquettes. Mandela grew up in a poor family and ate whatever he got in fields, like roasted mealies. On the contrary, Lucio was born in a well-settled family who could afford bread bangles and other delicacies available in Goa. Mandela had to struggle for his basic freedom throughout his life. Lucio lived a privileged life as interpreted from the lesson ‘Baker from Goa’. 

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