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Do you think Sophie is overambitious and Jansie is more practical? Discuss

Question: Do you think Sophie is overambitious and Jansie is more practical? Discuss. [CBSE Sample Paper 2015]

Answer: Sophie and Jansie are class-fellows and friends. They belong to lower-middle-class families. Jansie understands her limitations well. She knows that both of them are earmarked for the biscuit factory. But Sophie is totally blind to the harsh realities of life. She dreams of big and beautiful things. She wants to have a boutique. She also entertains the idea of becoming an actress. She loves to be nice, grand and sophisticated. All her dreams are beyond her reach and resources. Though Jansie advises her, Sophie refuses to be sensible. She is nothing more than a romantic dreamer and is in awe of the footballer Danny Casey loves to live. Sophie and Jansie are poles apart in their thinking and temperament. Sophie is all lost to herself and her dreamy world. Sophie is an incurable escapist. She adores the young Irish footballer Danny Casey. She remains what she always is —a dreamer.


Question: Do you think Sophie is overambitious and Jansie is more practical? Discuss. [CBSE Sample Paper 2015]


More Question-

  1. What is the source of the endless fountain and what is its effect? [CBSE (F) 2010, 2011]
  2. “… but after the airport’s security check, standing a few yards away, I looked again at her, wan, pale as a late winter’s moon…”
  3. “Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother, beside me, doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon put that thought far away,...”
  4. How can suspension of activities help? [CBSE (AI) 2012]
  5. What were Kamala Das’ fears as a child? Why do the fears surface when she is going to the airport? [CBSE (AI) 2011]
  6. ‘It was a perfect place, she had always thought so.’ Which is the place described and what made it so perfect?
  7. What did Sophie tell Jansie about her meeting with Danny Casey?
  8. What was the weekly pilgrimage in the story ‘Going places’?
  9. Write Sophie’s description of her first meeting with Danny Casey
  10. What did Sophie imagine about her meeting with Danny Casey?
  11. Why did Sophie like Danny Casey?
  12. What did Sophie tell Geoff about Danny Casey?
  13. What were Sophie’s views about the vast world around her?
  14. What was the special fascination of the teenager, Sophie?
  15. “And she was jealous of his silence.” Why was Sophie jealous of Geoff’s silence?
  16. What was Geoff doing and how did he go to his work?
  17. Why did Sophie wish to become an actress?
  18. What does the reference to chappals in ‘Lost Spring’ tell us about the economic condition of the rag pickers? [CBSE (AI) 2016]
  19. Describe the irony in Saheb’s name. [CBSE (AI) 2015]
  20. How is the bangle industry of Firozabad a curse for the bangle makers?
  21. “It is his karam, his destiny”. What is Mukesh’s family’s attitude towards their situation? [CBSE (AI) 2015]
  22. What does Saheb look for in the garbage dumps? [CBSE (AI) 2015]
  23. What did garbage mean to the children of Seemapuri and to their parents? [CBSE (AI) 2015]
  24. Why don’t the younger ones of the bangle makers do anything else?
  25. What is the condition of the children working in the glass furnaces of Firozabad?


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