NCERT Solutions Class 8 English The Comet 1

Scroll down for PDF

NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English It so Happened Chapter 9 The Comet 1

Comprehension Check

Question 1. Why does Indrani Debi dislike Duttada's "hobnobbing" with Dibya?

Answer

Indrani Debi disliked Duttada's “hobnobbing” with Dibya because for her, that telescope was like a designing woman who had ensnared her husband.

Question 2. She is complaining and smiling. Why is she smiling?

Answer

She was smiling at the forgetful nature of Duttada. He used to overlook the practical problems of living. His doctor had told him to take special precautions against the cold. However, he would not remember to put on a sweater even if it was lying on his bedside chair.

 
Question 3. (i) What was Duttada's secret ambition?
(ii) What did he do to achieve it?
 
Answer
 

(i)Duttada's secret ambition was to discover a new comet one day.

 
(ii) He sat every night with his small 8-inch telescope and gazed at the stars, believing tha the would discover a comet one day.


Question 4. What is the difference between a planet and a comet, as given in the story?

Answer

Like planets, comets also orbit round the Sun, but their orbits are highly eccentric. Once in a while, a comet comes close to the Sun. It has a longish tail that is lit brilliantly by the sunlight, and then it recedes into darkness, not to be seen again for years or for centuries.

Question 5. Why was Duttada hopeful that he would discover a new comet soon?

Answer

Duttada was hopeful that he would discover a new comet soon because he knew that the professionals with their pre-assigned programmes would be looking at faint stars and hazy galaxies. They might miss such an insignificant thing as a comet, which they would not be expecting to see. Amateurs had often discovered new comets, which the professionals had missed.

Question 6. Why does Duttada say - “I almost wish I had not discovered this comet.”?

Answer

Duttada said that he almost wished he had not discovered the comet because it brought in unwelcome publicity for him. There were numerous receptions and functions which he had to attend. He was an introvert and such a lifestyle was not to his liking.

Question 7. Why is his wife unhappy about the discovery?

Answer

His wife was unhappy about the discovery because she believed that comets brought ill-luck, and she wished a good man like Duttada was not associated with such a discovery.

Question 1. How did Sir John get hold of James' original manuscript?

Answer

James' original manuscript was to be published in 'Nature'. Sir John got hold of it as the editor of 'Nature' was his friend.

Question 2. What is the important point the paper makes?

Answer

The important point that the paper made was that Comet Dutta would collide with the earth.

Question 3. Why does Sir John say that James' paper should not be published?

Answer

Sir John said that the paper should not be published because if the news of the inevitable collision became known to the world, it would result in panic.

Question 4. What do the two men finally decide to do?

Answer

Two men decided to call a secret meeting of experts within a week’s time to think over and find the solution to the imminent problem.

Tags: 

Click on the text For more study material for English please click here - English

Latest NCERT & CBSE News

Read the latest news and announcements from NCERT and CBSE below. Important updates relating to your studies which will help you to keep yourself updated with latest happenings in school level education. Keep yourself updated with all latest news and also read articles from teachers which will help you to improve your studies, increase motivation level and promote faster learning

CBSE to launch 'Tamanna' aptitude test

Introduction: The poor decisive condition of students to pursue their subject of interest has been an area of concern. To the ease of which CBSE is to launch ‘Tamanna’. An aptitude test in order to provide a line of guidance to students of class 9th and 10th. What is '...

Tips for exam preparation

Students often get nervous during their exams. The reason behind this nervousness is either a lack of confidence or a lack of preparedness. To overcome these fears students are advised to do their preparation in such a way that will retain their confidence. For this...

Extension of dates by CBSE for Single Girl Child Merit (SGC) scholarship

CBSE has announced to extend dates for SGC scholarship. Previously the dates to submit the SGC scholarship form were 18 October 2019. Now dates have shifted. For online submission, the last date is 31st October. Whereas date for submission of hard copies of renewal...

NCERT NTSE Admit Card 2020 released - know more

Introduction: NTSE 2020 National Talent search examination is conducted by NCERT to take out the students who excel in science. It is organized to measure and let the students with talent outshine in their coming future. This talent search exam is taken in 2 stages....

Guidelines On Reducing Weight Of School Bags

GUIDELINES ON REDUCING WEIGHT OF SCHOOL BAGS In this competitive world, where students are giving their best, an unnoticed threat rides on our back. Heavy School Bags are a serious yet unresolved threat to the health and wellbeing of the young ones. The medium of their...

Requirements for admissions in CBSE affiliated Schools

CBSE gives an advanced form of education. They try to indulge students in interactions and teach application based subjects along with some others. Due to this preponderance of parents, they tend to admit their children in CBSE affiliated schools. General conditions...

×
Studies Today