Hello Readers, Welcome to the new blog post in Class 8th English. This post is precisely about Life Class 8 English Chapter 2 Question Answers. The Chapter is taken from Tulip Series English for Class 8 for students of JKBOSE. In my previous post, I provided you Summary of Class 8th English Chapter 1 How Teachers Learn. Let’s begin:
Life Class 8 English Chapter 2 Question Answers
The Chapter “Life” is a dialogue based on a dramatic poem in the Dogri language written by Ram Nath Shashtri. The poem is translated in the form of a dialogue in English by Shivnath. In this dialogue, the passing wind asks the question “What is life” from different things in the universe like the stars, the moon, the cloud, the ocean, the earth and the little girl. Each one of them answered the question in their way.
Life Class English Question Answers
Working with the Text
1. What answer did the stars give to the wind?
Ans. The stars told the wind to shine with one’s brightness is life. When there is no moon there it seemed to them as if they are released from captivity. The life of independence is life for them.
2. What was the moon’s reply?
Ans. The moon replied that it was sick and a lifeless entity due to dark spots on it. The borrowed light was the cause of those spots. Its light appeared to him like the laughter of a widow. It is like a shroud enveloping its body.
3. What was the ocean’s response?
Ans. The ocean replied that to realize one’s limits and maintain one’s dignity was life for him. To contain all bitter experiences and take them as pearls and rubies was his idea of life. For ocean life was a continuous process of penance and renunciation because its salty waters produce pearls and clouds full of rain.
4. What was the earth’s reply to the question put forth to her by the wind?
Ans. The earth replied that her life was another name for love. The earth nurtured an unlimited number of creatures by providing them with food and water. The earth said it takes water from clouds, rivers and streams and distributes it among the thirsty. This giving and taking was life for earth.
5. What was the little girl doing when the wind saw her?
Ans. The little girl was lighting new lamps with the lamp that was alight in her hand.
6. Why was the wind impressed by the little girl?
Ans. The wind was impressed by the girl because she found the real meaning of life from the words that the girl told her. The wind understood that helping those who have a strong desire to live and survive is the real meaning of life.
7. Why did the wind join the girl?
Ans. The wind was greatly impressed by her answers and it felt great joy and delight in her company that she forgets herself and joined the little girl.
I. Look at the following examples:
Whenever water I get from the clouds, rivers and streams…….
In the lesson, the following words complete the sentence:
I store it inside me in pure trust and distribute it among the thirsty.
This is an example of a filter, i.e., a short text used to fill extra space in a talk, sentence, etc. to complete its meaning.
Now choose the appropriate filler for each of the following from the given options:
1. He tames animals because he …
a) seldom loves them.
b) is afraid of them.
c) is fond of them.
d) hates them.
Ans. c) is fond of them.
2. He is so lazy that he …
a) always helps others.
b) dislikes work.
c) can seldom complete his work.
d) cannot delay, his work.
Ans. c) can seldom complete his work.
3. Whichever way you approach the problem, …
a) no one will solve it. –
b) it will not solve.
c) it will not be solve.
d) it will not be solved.
Ans. d) it will not be solved.
4. The doctor warns him that unless he gives up smoking…..
a) He will be able to recover.
b) he will not suffer.
c) his health will soon be recovered.
d) he will not recover.
Ans. d) he will not recover
II. Look at the following words used in the text:
goes, moves, approaches, descends
All these words in the context of this lesson mean to go to someone o something. In other words, these words are synonymous.
Now consult a thesaurus from your school library and write at least two synonyms of each of the following words:
- Abhor ________ ________
- Betray ________ ________
- Counsel ________ ________
- Delight ________ ________
- Educate ________ ________
- Fate ________ ________
- Generous ________ ________
- Hasty ________ ________
- Intellectual ________ ________
- Justice ________ ________
- Languid ________ ________
- Mend ________ ________
- Nonsense ________ ________
- Obstacle ________ ________
- Palatable ________ ________
- Queer ________ ________
- Religious ________ ________
- Sober ________ ________
- Transient ________ ________
- Urge ________ ________
- Abhor– Hate, Detest, Dislike, Loathe.
- Betray– Expose, Mislead, Deceive, Cheat.
- Counsel– Advice, Discuss, Guidance, Suggestion.
- Delight– Joy, Happiness, Charm, Pleasure.
- Educate–Teach, Instruct, Train, Improve.
- Fate– Destiny, Fortune, Luck, Lot.
- Generous– Benevolent, Kind, Charitable, Liberal.
- Hasty– Urgency, Speedy, Hurry, Fast.
- Intellectual– Knowledgeable, Intelligent, Thoughtful, Rational.
- Justice– Fairness, Impartiality, Rightfulness, Rightness.
- Languid– Lazy, weak, Feeble, Relaxed.
- Mend– Repair, Fix, Restore, Correct.
- Nonsense– Senseless, Gibberish, Babble, Foolish.
- Obstacle– Difficulty, Problem, Hindrance, Obstruction.
- Palatable– Pleasant, Tasty, Edible, Delicious.
- Queer– Unusual, Unexpected, Odd, Strange
- Religious– Sacred, Spiritual, Holy, Pious,
- Sober– Temperate, Steady, Moderate, Serious
- Transient– Brief, Temporary, Short-lived, Passing
- Urge– Need, Wish, Insist, Encourage.
Read the following sentence:
We like to play in the evening.
In this sentence, to play is used without mentioning any subject, it is not limited by person and number. It is called a non-finite verb simply an infinitive.
To + verb is an infinitive. To read, to write, to cut, to dance are examples of infinitives. Some verbs which are followed by an infinitive are as under:
want, plan, decide, try, hope, expect, offer, forget, need, promise, refuse, learn, would like / love / prefer / hate
Sometimes, however, infinitives can be used without to, e.g. :
a) They made him sit up.
b) I let him do that.
An infinitive without to is called a bare infinitive. A bare infinitive is used only after verbs like make, let, go, bid, see, hear, watch, notice, need, dare, observe, feel, behold, had better, had rather, had sooner, would rather, would sooner, sooner than, shall, will, would, do, did, should, may, might, must, can, could. Uses of Infinitives The infinitive is used:
1. As a subject of a verb; as,
a) To err is human.
b) To find fault is easy.
2. As the object of a transitive verb; as,
a) He desires to buy a horse.
b) Birds love to sing.
3. As the complement of a verb; as,
a) This shop is to let.
b) He seems to be rich.
4. As the object of a preposition; as,
a) He has no choice but to obey.
b) The speaker is about to begin.
5. As an objective complement; as,
a) I saw him go.
6. To qualify a verb; as,
a) He came to see my father.
b) We eat to live.
7. To qualify an adjective; as,
a) Apples are good to eat.
b) My daughter is anxious to learn.
8. To qualify a noun; as,
a) This is not the time to play.
b) He is a man to be admired.
9. To qualify a sentence; as,
a) To tell the truth, I quite forgot my promise.
b) He was petrified, so to speak.
Rewrite the following sentences inserting ‘to’ wherever necessary before the infinitive in brackets.
1. I have no money (lend) you.
Ans. I have no money to lend you.
2. We saw the thief (run).
Ans. We saw the thief running.
3. We heard her (sing).
Ans. We heard her singing.
4. They watched their team (play).
Ans. They watched their team play.
5. He made us (wait) for a long time.
Ans. He made us wait for a long time.
6. Let him (work).
Ans. Let him work.
7. Need I (come) tomorrow?
Ans. Need I come tomorrow?
8. Do you wish (make) a complaint?
Ans. Do you wish to make a complaint?
9. He heard a cock (crow) and got up.
Ans. He heard a cock crowing and got up.
10. How dare you (read) my letter?
Ans. How dare you read my letter?
11. It is up to you (increase) your knowledge.
Ans. It is up to you to increase your knowledge.
12. Bid him (go) there.
Ans. Bid him go there.
13. Goodbye! I hope (see) you again.
Ans. Goodbye! I hope to see you again.
14. I would like (be) a teacher.
Ans. I would like to be a teacher.
15. He learnt (swim) when he was ten years old.
Ans. He learnt to swim when he was ten years old.
16. I’m tired. I want (go) to bed.
Ans. I’m tired. I want to go to bed.
17. What have you decided (do)?
Ans. What have you decided to do?
18. We should learn (speak) the truth.
Ans. We should learn to speak the truth.
19. Where is Sumaya? I need (ask) her something.
Ans. Where is Sumaya? I need to ask her something.
20. I’m trying (concentrate). Please stop talking.
Ans. I’m trying to concentrate. Please stop talking.
1. Write a dialogue (100-150 words) on ‘Life is Gift’
Ans. Sumit: What is the meaning of life for you?
Asif: Life is all about good and bad experiences. They teach us a lesson and help us in every way. What do you think?
Sumit: Life is meant for enjoying nature in my opinion. Nature has given us plenty of things. We can enjoy it free of cost without spending even a single penny.
Asif: Of course, You are right. Flowers, fruits, clouds, streams, forests landscapes, beaches, deserts etc have their own charm and they can make us happy.
Sumit: Nature has its own beauty and we have to respect and take care of it.
Asif: The best creation of nature is a human being.
Sumit: Yes, I do agree with you.
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