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Q.1. For how long had the seagull been alone?
Ans. The seagull had been alone for twenty-four hours.

Q.2. Why did the seagull not go with the rest of his family?
AnsHe did not go because he was afraid to fly.

Q.3. Why was the seagull afraid to fly?
Ans. He was afraid to fly because he felt that his wings could not support him.

Q.4. What were the ways the seagull had thought of to join his family?
Ans. He thought of joining his family by jumping and by walking up to them.

Q.5. Why did the seagull dive towards his mother?
Ans. The seagull dove towards his mother because he wanted the fish in his mother’s beak.

Q.6. He stood at the edge of the ledge on one leg and closed his eyes. Why?
Ans. He wanted to get the attention of his family.

Q.7. Who included the seagull’s family except him?
Ans. There were five members in his family except for him-his father, mother. two brothers and a sister.

Q.8. For how long had the seagull been alone?
Ans. He had been alone for the last twenty-four hours.

Q.9. How was the seagull feeling?
Ans. He was feeling very hungry.

Q.10. What sight maddened the young seagull?
Ans. The sight of food maddened him.

Q.11. How did the young seagull’s family celebrate his first flight?
AnsThe young seagull was afraid to fly. Even the encouragement and coaxing didn’t work. But when the seagull had his first flight, he as well as his family was happy, relieved and proud of him to have completed his first flight.

Q.12
. Flying is a natural act in birds. Then why was the young seagull ‘exhausted by the strange exercise’?
AnsThe seagull didn’t have the courage to fly. Hence, he used to make excuses for not flying. He felt certain that his wings were too weak to support him. He had no courage to flap his wings and failed to muster up the courage to take the plunge.

Q.13
‘The sight of the food maddened him.’ Who is ‘he’ in these lines? Why was he angry? What does this suggest?
Ans(i) The young seagull is the ‘he’ in these lines.
(ii) He had not eaten anything for the last 24 hours. He was very hungry, hence was angry.
(iii) His mother went near him with a piece of fish but did not feed him. Maddened by hunger, the young seagull dove to snatch it but the mother flew away. This shows the weakness of the young seagull.

Q.14
What was the young seagull’s experience during his first flight?
AnsFalling from the ledge, the seagull was terrified, but soon he started soaring and then flying. He forgot that he didn’t always know how to fly. His fear soon turned into confidence, and then into amusement. As he was landing, he was again afraid, but, soon became at ease. It was a memorable first flight.

Q.15. How did the young seagull’s parents treat him initially when he did not fly?
AnsFirst, his parents encouraged him, coaxed him then scolded and taunted him for his cowardice. They even threatened to let him starve if he did not fly. But the young seagull could not muster up the courage to fly.

Q.16. Young seagull tried to fly but he could not. Why was he afraid to fly?
Or
Why could the young seagull not fly with his brothers and sisters?
AnsThe young seagull felt certain that his wings were too weak to support him. He had no courage to flap his wings. Even when each one of his brothers and sisters whose wings was much shorter than his, ran to the brink of the ledge, flapped their wings and flew away, he failed to muster up the courage to take that plunge.

Q.17. What did the young seagull do to attract the attention of his mother?
Or
While alone on the ledge, how did the little seagull tried to draw the attention of his family?
AnsHe came slowly up to the brink of the ledge and stood on one leg. He hid the other leg under his wing. He closed one eye and then the other and pretended to be falling asleep. Thus he tried to attract the attention of his mother.


Q.18
When did the seagull’s flight begin? And where did it end?
Ans. The young seagull’s flight started when he dove trying to snatch the piece of fish from his mother’s beak. He fell down but instinctively his wings spread out, he flapped them and started flying. His flight ended after half an hour when he landed on the green sea with his family.

Q.19. Did the seagull think the sea was like land? Pick out the words that suggest this.
Ans. Yes, the seagull thought that the sea was like land. He called it the green (looting. When he had learned how to fly, he flew for some time. Then he came down and stood on the sea surface thinking it to be like land. But his legs sank into the sea. ‘Dropped his legs to stand on’, ‘sank into’ and ‘screamed with fright’ are the words that suggest this.

Q.20. When did the seagull’s flight begin?
Ans. The seagull was very hungry. When he saw his mother bringing food in her beak, he dived towards her. But he fell from the brink of the ledge. He screamed with fear. But his fear lasted only for a moment. The next moment he felt that his wings spread outwards. He was flying now. Now he screamed with joy.

Q.21. Where did the seagull’s flight eng?
Ans. The seagull was very happy as he had learned how to fly. He kept flying for some time. His parents, brothers and sister flew around him. Then they landed on the sea surface. The seagull also came down. When he tried to land, his legs sank into the sea. He cried with fear again. But then his belly touched the water. He did not drown. He started floating on the surface of the sea. Thus his first flight ended.

Q.22. When did the seagull get over his fear of the water?
Ans. After flying for some time, the seagull saw that his parents and brothers and sister were sitting on the surface of the sea. He came down and landed on it. But his legs sank into it. He cried with fear. However, his belly touched the surface and he did not drown. Now the seagull got over his fear of the water.

Q.23. Do you sympathise with the seagull? Give reasons.
AnsYes, we sympathise with the seagull. He is a very young bird. He has not yet learned how to fly. His parents want that he should fly. They encourage him. But he is afraid of falling. His parents starve him for twenty-four hours. In the end, however, the seagull learns how to fly.

Q.24. How did the seagull express his excitement when he saw his mother bringing food to him?
Ans. The seagull saw his mother bringing food to him. He screamed with joy. He leaned out eagerly. He tapped rock with his feet and tried to get nearer to her as she flew towards him.

Q.25. How did the young seagull’s parents teach him the art of flying
Ans. The seagull’s parents encouraged him to fly. But he was too afraid to fly. Then they kept him hungry for twenty-four hours. Even then the seagull did not fly. Then they thought that experience would teach him. So they made him fall from the ledge. Now when he fell, he felt his wings spread and started flying.

Q.26. Where did the young seagull sit alone? What did he watch from there?
Ans. The young seagull was alone on his ledge. In the whole family, he was the only one who didn’t know how to fly. Only the day before, his two brothers and his sister had flown away with their parents. When he tried to flap his wings, he was seized with fear. Hence, he sat alone on the ledge watching his family flying over the sea.

Q.27. Why didn’t the young seagull take the plunge? What stopped him from doing so?
Ans. The young seagull was the only one in the family who couldn’t fly in the air. His brothers and sister had far shorter wings than his wings but they had already learned the art of flying. He felt certain that his wings would never support him. So he was hesitant and afraid of flapping his wings and go deep in the air.

Q.28. Did upbraiding and threatening of his parents help him in flying?
Ans. The parents of the young seagull did try to teach his young one the art of flying. He wouldn’t simply move from his ledge. They would fly around him encouraging and challenging him to follow them. When he wouldn’t budge, his parents would fly around calling him shrilly. They would upbraid and threaten to let him starve unless he flew away.

Q.29. How were his two brothers and sister different from the young seagull?
Ans. His two brothers and his sister had far shorter wings than he had. But still, they had flown away only the day before. He would watch his parents perfecting them in the art of flying. They were taught how to skim the waves and dive for the fish. The young seagull had seen his older brother catches his first herring and devour it.

Q.30. How did the hungry seagull try to pretend to attract his mother’s attraction?
Ans. The whole family had flown away. Only the young seagull sat alone on the ledge. He had not eaten anything since the previous nightfall. He stepped slowly out to the brink of the ledge. He stood on one leg. He closed his eyes pretending to be falling asleep. But all his tactics failed. Only his mother took notice of him. All others ignored him.

Q.31. What was the mother doing standing on a little high hump on the plateau?
Ans. All others ignored the hungry young seagull. Only his mother was looking at him. She was standing on a little high hump. Now and again, she tore a piece of fish. The fish lay at her feet. Then she scrapped each side of her beak on the rock, The sight of the food maddened the young seagull. He loved to tear the food that way.

Q.32. Why did the young seagull cry “Ga, ga, ga”? Did her mother oblige him?
Ans. When he saw his mother holding a piece of a fish in her beak, the young seagull became almost mad with hunger. He cried “Ga, ga, ga”. He begged her mother to bring him some food. When he saw his mother flying across to him with a piece of fish, he uttered a joyful scream. He started tapping the rock with his feet impatiently. He was almost within the reach of the fish but failed to get at it.

Q.33. What did the young seagull do when he was maddened by hunger? Did hunger motivate him to dive at the fish in the air?
Ans. The young seagull saw his mother flying around him with a piece of fish in her beak. Maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish. With a loud scream, he fell outwards and downwards into space. Then he was seized with fear and his heart stood still. But the fear lasted only for a minute. The very next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. Truly, hunger motivated him to dive at the fish and flap his wings into space.

Q.34. How did the young seagull overcome his fear and soared gradually towards the sea during his first flight?
Ans. The young seagull had taken the final plunge. Maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish which his mother was carrying in her beak. With a loud scream, he fell outwards and downwards. He was seized with fear and his heart stood still. But the fear lasted only for a minute. He overcame it. The next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. Now he was soaring downwards over the blue sea.

Q.35.
 Describe the seagull’s first flight.
AnsThe young seagull was very hungry. So he dived at the fish that was in his mother’s beak. But he fell into space and became terribly afraid. His heart stood still. He could hear nothing. But it only lasted for a minute. The next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. He began to fly and was no longer afraid.

Q.36.
 How did his parents, two brothers, and sisters celebrate the first flight of the young seagull?
Ans. The family saw the young seagull making his first flight. When they saw him floating on the ocean, they flew and landed on the water just ahead of him. They were beckoning to him calling shrilly. They were praising and rewarding him by offering scraps of fish to him.

Q.37. What is the message that Liam 0′ Flaherty wants to give to the readers through the lesson ‘His first Flight’?
Ans. Success can’t be taken for granted. One has to struggle and finally to win it. The story of the young seagull is the story of overcoming hesitations, doubts, and fears that stand between us and our success. Hunger makes him take the final plunge. This leads him to make his first flight and soar into space.
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