CBSE Class 10 English Madam Rides the Bus Assignment

Madam Rides the Bus

INTRODUCTION—
This is a sensitive story of an eight year old girl, Valli’s first bus journey into the world outside her village. At a very tender age, she tries to understand the mystery of life and death in her own terms.
SUMMARY—
‘Madam Rides the Bus’ is the story of a young girl who travels for the first time outside her village by a bus.Valliammai, Valli for short, was an eight year old girl who wanted to know a number of things. She had no one to play with. A bus ran between her village and the nearest town and Valli longed to travel by
that bus.
Listening to people who had travelled by the bus, she gathered little details about the trip. She decided to gather enough money to travel by it. When she had the required money, she went on the bus. The conductor was surprised to see a young girl, travelling by herself but jokingly called her ‘Madam’ and offered her the front seat. Valli observed everything very carefully e.g. the trees that seemed to be running towards them, a cow that suddenly moved in front of the bus and so on.
When they reached the town, Valli gaped at everything in amazement—the big shops and so on. The conductor asked her to get down and have a look at the sights, but Valli refused. She said that she had come only for the bus ride. The conductor offered to buy a cold drink for her but she refused. On the journey back, Valli saw a young cow dead by the roadside. The conductor told Valli that it was the same cow they had seen earlier. Valli felt sad. The memory of the cow haunted her. When they reached the village, the conductor told her to come again, but to remember to bring the fare. When Valli reached home, she found an aunty with her mother. Her mother asked her where she had been. Valli did not reply but only smiled secretively.

Extract Based Questions 

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

1. It was slack time of the day, and there were only six to seven passengers in the bus. They were all looking at Valli and laughing with the conductor. Valli was overcome with shyness. Avoiding everyone’s eyes she walked quickly to an empty seat and sat down ….. It was a new bus, its outside painted a gleaming white with some green stripes along the sides. Inside, the overhead bars shone like silver. 

Question. Who was going on a bus journey, just to fulfil her dream ?
(i) Valli
(ii) Valli’s mother
(iii) Valli’s aunt
(iv) The old woman
Answer.(i) Valli


Question. Which word in the passage means the same as ‘shining’.

(i) stack
(ii) gleaming
(iii) shone
(iv) overhead
Answer. (ii) gleaming


Question. Who was laughing at Valli’s remark of being grown up ?

(i) Bus driver
(ii) Bus conductor
(iii) All the passengers
(iv) The Policeman
Answer. (iii) All the passengers


Question. Write the adjectival form of ‘shyness’.

(i) shy
(ii) shyness
(iii) shyless
(iv) skyful
Answer. (i) shy

 

2. The bus rolled on, now cutting across a bare landscape, now rushing through a tiny hamlet or past a tiny wayside shop. Sometimes, the bus seemed on a point of gobbling up another vehicle that was coming towards them or a pedestrian crossing the road. But lo! Somehow it passed on smoothly, leaving all obstacles safely behind. Trees came running towards them but then stopped as the bus reached them and simply stood there helpless for a moment by the side of the road before rushing in other direction.

Question. Which poetic device is used in ‘trees come running towards them’ ?
(i) Metaphor
(ii) Simile
(iii) Personification
(iv) Hyperbole
Answer.(iii) Personification


Question. Which word in the passage means the same as ‘difficulties’ ?

(i) rushing
(ii) gobbling
(iii) pedestrian
(iv) obstacles
Answer. (iv) obstacles


Question. How was the bus moving ?

(i) at a slow speed
(ii) at a high speed
(iii) at a normal speed
(iv) at a very high speed
Answer.(ii) at a high speed


Question. The bus passed on ___________, leaving all obstacles safely behind.

(i) harshly
(ii) smoothly
(iii) gently
(iv) carelessly
Answer.(ii) smoothly


Short Answer Type Questions  

Question. How can you say that the conductor was a good natured jolly fellow ? Support your answer with examples.
Ans. The conductor of the bus was a good natured fellow, with pleasant manners. He was concerned that such a small girl was travelling to town alone and took care that she was comfortably seated. When Valli objected to being treated as a child, he took it in good spirit and jokingly addressed her ‘Madam’. His behaviour, thus, reflects the congeniality of his nature.


Question. What details did Valli pick up about the bus journey ? How did she pick up these details ?

Ans. The details that Valli picked up was about the distance that the bus travelled, the duration and fare. She gathered that information by hearing the conversation of others and by asking a discreet question or two.


Question. Why does Valli stand upon the seat ? What does she see now ?

Ans. Valli could not see anything outside as the blind of the bus covered the lower part of the window. So, Valli stood up on her seat. Now, she was able to see the canal and the greenery beyond it.


Question. Why did Valli not get off from the bus when it was terminated at the bus stand ?

OR
Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station ?
Ans. Valli did not get off from the bus when it was terminated at the bus stand because she had come in the bus just for a ride and would go back in the same bus.


Question.What information did Valli collect from her first bus ride ? 

Ans. The information that she collected was that the town was six miles from her village and it took thirty paise one way. She also came to know that the one way ride was of forty five minutes.

 

Long Answer Type Questions 

Question. Valli was so overcome with sadness to see the dead cow that she lost all enthusiasm. Do you feel the same way ? If you feel concerned about the plight of animals falling prey to the fast moving traffic, what efforts will you make to make road travel safer ?
Ans.
The incident of the playful cow, being hit by a fast moving vehicle, indeed disturbed Valli a lot. It was a rude shock that the animal that she’d been laughing at just a while ago, enjoying fully its clumsy efforts to dodge the vehicles, lay in the stillness of death.
What had been a lovable, beautiful creature just a while ago had now suddenly lost its charm and its life and looked so horrible, so frightening as it lay there, legs spreadeagled, with a fixed stare in its lifeless eyes and the blood spilt all over. The memory of the dead cow haunted her enthusiasm. She no longer wanted to look out of the window.
Stray animals on the road are definitely a menace and can endanger the safety of many commuters in addition to their own. The Municipal Corporation must see to it that the cattle are not let loose on the road just because they are not beneficial to their owners any more. Precaution should be taken that speed limits are strictly followed in the larger interest of the safety for all.

 


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