NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

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NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Chapter wise Solutions

Footprints

  • 1 A Triumph of Surgery
  • 2 The Thiefs Story
  • 3 The Midnight Visitor
  • 4 A Question of Trust
  • 5 Footprints without Feet
  • 6 The Making of a Scientist
  • 7 The Necklace
  • 8 The Hack Driver
  • 9 Bholi
  • 10 The Book That Saved the Earth

First Flight

  • 1 A Letter to God
  • 2 Long Walk to Freedom
  • 3 Two Stories about Flying
  • 4 From the Diary of Anne Frank
  • 5 The Hundred Dresses I
  • 6 The Hundred Dresses II
  • 7 Glimpses of India
  • 8 Mijbil the Otter
  • 9 Madam Rides the Bus
  • 10 The Sermon at Benares
  • 11 The Proposal

First Flight (Poem)

  • 1 Dust of snow
  • 2 Fire and Ice
  • 3 A Tiger in the Zoo
  • 4 How to Tell Wild Animals
  • 5 The Ball Poem
  • 6 Amanda
  • 7 Animals
  • 8 The Trees
  • 9 Fog
  • 10 The Tale of Custard the Dragon
  • 11 For Anne Gregory

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

1. Who are the characters in this poem? List them with their pet names.

Ans: The characters in this poem are Belinda, a little black kitten, a little grey mouse, a little yellow dog, a little pet dragon and a pirate.

CharacterPet name
KittenInk
MouseBlink
DogMustard
DragonCustard

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

2. Why did Custard cry for a nice, safe cage? Why is the dragon called a “cowardly dragon”?

Ans: Custard cried for a nice, safe cage because it was a coward. It is called a ‘cowardly dragon’ because everybody else in the house was brave. Belinda was as brave as a barrel of bears. Ink and Blink are described as so brave that they could chase lions down the stairs and Mustard was as brave as a tiger in rage. Compared to them, Custard cried asking for a nice and safe cage, which is why it is called a coward.


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

3. “Belinda tickled him, she tickled him unmerciful…” Why?

Ans: Belinda tickled the dragon unmercifully because it was very scared and cried for a safe cage. They all laughed at it as it was a coward.


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

4. The poet has employed many poetic devices in the poem. For example: “Clashed his tail like iron in a dungeon” − the poetic device here is a simile. Can you, with your partner, list some more such poetic devices used in the poem?

Ans: In the entire poem, the poet has made extensive use of similes. Apart from simile, another poetic device that has been used is repetition. For example, the repetitive use of the word ‘little’ in the first stanza to emphasise how everything from the house to Belinda to her pets were all little. Also, in the seventh stanza, the poet has made use of incorrect spelling as a poetic device to maintain the rhyme scheme of the poem. He has chosen to write ‘winda’ instead of ‘window’ as ‘winda’ rhymes with ‘Belinda’, whereas ‘window’ does not. He has also used alliteration in the poem. For example, in the tenth stanza, ‘Custard’ has ‘clashed’ his tail with a ‘clatter’ and a ‘clank’. Similarly, in stanza eleven, the pirate ‘gaped’ at the dragon and ‘gulped’ some ‘grog’.


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

6. Can you find out the rhyme scheme of two or three stanzas of the poem?

Ans: The rhyme scheme of each stanza of this poem is aabb.


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

7. Writers use words to give us a picture or image without actually saying what they mean. Can you trace some images used in the poem?

Ans: Some such images used in the poem are ‘mouth like a fireplace’, ‘chimney for a nose’, ‘brave as a barrel full of bears’, ‘brave as a tiger in a rage’, ‘went at the pirate like a robin at a worm’, etc.


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English The Tale of Custard the Dragon

8. Do you find The Tale of Custard the Dragon to be a serious or a light-hearted poem? Give reasons to support your Ans:.

Ans: The Tale of Custard the Dragon is a light-hearted poem. It is almost a parody. The names of the pets of Belinda are all rhyming and funny. Belinda has been compared to a barrel full of bears. The kitten and mouse, both little, could chase lions down the stairs. The little yellow dog was as brave as a tiger, while the dragon was a coward and they all teased him. However, when the pirate came to their little house, all of them were engulfed in fear and had hid themselves.

Ironically, the ‘cowardly’ dragon came to their rescue and jumped snorting like an engine. It clashed its tail and charged at the pirate like a robin at a worm and ate him up. Even as everybody became happy to see the bravery of the dragon, they again came back to glorifying themselves that they could have been twice or thrice braver than the dragon. Finally, at the end of the poem, the situation again came back to the other pets being brave and the dragon being the coward.

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