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Questions and Answers for Once upon a Time Class 10 English Panorama Part 2 Bihar Board

Once upon a Time - Toni Morrison Questions Answers

Chapter Name

Important Questions for Once upon a Time

Author Name

Toni Morrison

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Book Name

Panorama Part 2


Questions Answers for Once upon a Time by Toni Morrison

1. Enumerate the traits of the old woman.

Answer

The old woman was blind but very wise. At the same time, she was very patient. She was the daughter of a black American. She lived alone in a small house outside the town. She was famous for her wisdom. Among her people, she was highly respected as a rural prophet. When she was visited by same young people, She showed her wisdom. She was bold and witty.


2. Why did some young people visit her?

Answer

Some young people visited her to test her intelligence. They wanted to prove that she was fraud who cheated people.


3. Quote a few lines from the text which highlight the plight of woman and the depressed class.

Answer

In the piece 'Once upon a time' Toni Morrison has depicted the miserable condition of the women and poor people of America. She is a social reformer. She wants to draw the attention of the American Society towards their plight. The following lines in ‘once upon a time' highlights the plight of woman and the depressed class.

"The woman is the daughter of slaves, black American, and lives alone in a small house outside of town."

“I am old female, black, blind."


4. Who is the father of that old woman?

Answer

The father of the old woman is a black American slave.


5. What does the old woman know about the young people in ‘Once Upon a Time'?

Answer

The old woman cannot see her visitors because she is blind. She does not know their colour, gender or homeland. She does not know what is in their hands. She only knows that they want to mock her rural prophet among wisdom and prediction


6. What is the old woman's position in the neighbourhood?

Answer

The old woman is the daughter of a black American. She is highly respected in the neighbourhood. She is regarded as a rural prophet among her people . She is law. Nobody questions her wisdom and predictions. Though she was blind, she was wise. Her reputation for wisdom is unique.


7. How was the old woman ? Write in short about the wisdom of the old woman ?

Answer

The old woman was blind but wise. Her reputation for wisdom is unique and unquestioned. She is both the law and its transgression among her people.


8. Do you think the language is crucial to a writer ? Give any three reasons.

Answer

Yes, language is crucial to a writer. It plays a dominant role taking any decision by him.

The three reason behind its being crucial may be cited by the following facts.

  • Language is used as mode of communication. The writer's thought can be communicated through language.
  • It gives satisfaction to different curiosities among the readers.
  • It is language that tell us how to see without pictures.
  • Language can be used both as a verse and prose.

9. What do 'bird' and 'woman' signify to the speaker in "once upon a time" ?

Answer

In the speech ‘once upon a time', 'bird' and 'woman' are used as symbols by the speaker, Toni Morrison. The 'bird' in the hand of one of the young visitors signifies 'language. The woman who is famous for her wisdom, signifies a 'practised' writer.


10. Who is the Old woman in ‘Once Upon a Time'? Where does she live ? How is her reputation for wisdom?

Answer

In the speech 'Once Upon a Time', the old woman is the daughter of a black American. She is blind but wise. She lives alone in a small house outside of town. Her reputation for wisdom is unique and unquestioned.


11. Why are the young visitors reprimanded in "Once Upon a Time' ?

Answer

The young visitors in the story, 'Once upon a time', were reprimanded because they thought of the old woman was fraud.

To prove their point and to ridicule her, they misused their power. They not only mocked old woman but also sacrificed the innocent bird just to achieve their aim.

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