NCERT Class 6 English Solutions: The Banyan Tree Chapter 10 Part 3 (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2023)

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Question B:

The words in the box are all words that describe movement. Use them to fill in the blanks in the sentences below.

All Words Describe Movement
divedglidingSprang
dartingwhipped … backdelving

1. When he began to trust me, the squirrel began ________ into my pockets for morsels of cake.

2. I saw a cobra ________ out of a clump of cactus.

3. The snake hissed, his forked tongue ________ in and out.

4. When the cobra tried to bite it, the mongoose ________ aside.

5. The snake ________ his head ________ to strike at the crow.

6. The birds ________ at the snake.

Answer:

  • When he began to trust me, the squirrel began delving into my pockets for morsels of cake.
  • I saw a cobra gliding out of a clump of trees.
  • The snake hissed, his forked tongue darting in and out.
  • When the cobra tried to bite it, the mongoose sprang aside.
  • The snake whipped his head back to strike at the crow.
  • The birds dived at the snake.

Question C:

Find words in the story, which show things striking violently against each other.

1. The cobra struck the crow, his snout the _ _ _ing against its body. (15)

2. The crow and the myna c _ ll _ _ _ _ in mid-air. (13)

3. The birds dived at the snake, but b _ _ _ _ d into each other instead. (14)

Answer:

  • The cobra struck the crow, his snout thudding against its body. (15)
  • The crow and the myna collided in mid − air. (13)
  • The birds dived at the snake, but bumped into each other instead. (14)

Question D:

Would and Colud to Replace
∙ In the spring, birds of all kinds would flock into the banyan tree՚s branches.

∙ I would spend the afternoons there.

∙ Grandfather, at sixty-five, could no longer climb the banyan tree.

∙ I could hide myself in its branches.

∙ I could look down through the leaves at the world below.

∙ I could read there.

‘Would’ tells us what the author used to do, or what used to happen.‘Could’ tells us what the author was usually able to do, or grandfather is now not able to do.

Choose would and could to replace the italicised words in the following sentences.

Sky

Grandfather says, in the old days,

Question 1:

Elephants were able to fly in the sky, like clouds. They were also able to change their shapes. They used to fly behind clouds and frighten them. People used to look up at the sky in wonder.

Answer:

  • Elephants could fly in the sky like clouds. They could change their shapes. They would fly behind clouds and frighten them.
  • People would look up at the sky and wonder.

Question 2:

Because there was no electricity, he used to get up with the sun, and he used to go to bed with the sun, like the birds.

Answer:

  • Because there was no electricity, he would get up with the sun, and he would go to bed with the sun, like the birds.

Question 3:

Like the owl, he was able to see quite well in the dark. He was able to tell who was coming by listening to their footsteps.

Answer:

  • Like the owl, he could see quite well in the dark. He could tell who was coming by listening to their footsteps.