MP Board Class 10th Special English Important Questions Chapter 18 The Bridge Builder
I. Answer the following questions in about 25 words:
Why did the old man come on the highway and what did he do in the twilight? (Imp.)
The old man was a pilgrim. He was travelling on the highway to reach some place. He came to a chasm. He crossed the chasm in the twilight dim.
What did the old man do when he reached safely on the other side of the chasm and why did he do so?
The old man crossed the chasm safely. He reached the other side of the chasm. He built a bridge and spanned the tide. He did it for the sake of a young man who would follow him then.
What did the old man’s fellow pilgrim tell him about his attempt at building a bridge across the chasm?
The old man’s fellow pilgrim called his labour futile. His journey would end that evening. He would never pass that way again. Therefore, his attempt at building a bridge across the chasm would be of no use for him.
What did the old man tell his fellow pilgrim?
The old man told his fellow pilgrim that a youth was following him. While travelling in the twilight he might slip his feet and fall into the pit. Therefore, he was building the bridge for his safety.
II. Answer the following questions in about 50 words:
What is the moral conveyed by ‘The Bridge Builder’? (Imp.)
“The Bridge Builder” conveys the following morals:
- Do good and forget.
- Help others and you will be helped.
- Be generous and helpful even to the strangers.
- Don’t be selfish.
- Always act for the benefit of humanity.
- Always adopt a helpful attitude towards others.
- Never be miserly in helping others.
- Develop your concern about the safety and welfare of others.
Explain: (i) The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
(ii) The sullen stream had no fears for him,
(iii) But he turned, when safe on the other side,
(iv) And built a bridge to span the tide.
(i) The old man was an experienced pilgrim. He did not mind the presence of the chasm though it was dusky and the light was dim.
(ii) The old man was so experienced that he did not mind the presence of the vulgar and wild stream. He passed it fearlessly and safely.
(iii) The old man had noticed a pitfall in the sullen stream. He crossed it safely. How-ever, he turned to see how vast, deep and wide it was.
(iv) The old man had crossed the chasm. He would never pass that way in future. However, he was unselfish. He know that a young man was coming behind him. He might fall down into the deep chasm and harm himself. Therefore, he built a bridge to span the tide. Then the young man would also cross it safely.