NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 23 The Tale of Custard the Dragon CBSE Board Sample Problems Short Answer

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Question

What do you think changed the attitude of the other animals and that of Belinda towards the dragon?

Solution

  • The dragon, Custard, initially commanded no amount of respect from Belinda and the other pets, on account of its cowardice; but when the house was attacked by an armed pirate and all others panicked and ran for shelter, the dragon savagely attacked the pirate and ate it up.

  • Thus, the other animals realized his worth and came to respect him genuinely.

Question

Is there a hidden message that the poet ¡s wishing to convey or do you think that entertainment is the sole purpose of writing this poem?

Solution

  • The interpretation of the message in the poem may vary for different readers. The situation narrated underscores a basic truth that the real test of courage is during a crisis.

  • The dragon though never put his strength on display but exhibited it in action when it was required to do so.

Question

Do you find ‘The Tale of Custard the Dragon’ to be a serious or a light-hearted comedy? Give reasons to support your answer.

Solution

  • ‘The Tale of Custard the Dragon’ is a humorous, light hearted poem as the characters display behavioural attributes contrary to their appearance as well as nature.

  • It is extremely funny to imagine a fierce looking dragon crying for a safe cage or mouse raging like a Hon.