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My Native Land class 8 Assam English Question Answer , summary ,NCERT solutions

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My Native Land class 8 Assam English Question Answer , summary ,NCERT solutions


In the poem "The Native land", the poet tries to describe back a piece of native land to an old man.

The an old man stands helpless whom the poet meets by the street. The old man is blind, lonely, and very poor. So he asks for a description of his own place of birth that he can not see with his own eyes.

The the poet then tries to explain the native land and pass on the description to the old man through his sense organs. Firstly he asks the old man to breathe deep in order to feel the warm air that will remind of his childhood days.

Then he asks him to feel the cool breeze on his face that is very peaceful after the last night's thunder and rain.

The poet then goes on to compare the satisfied gurgling of a baby tied on her mother's back to the soil of his native land.

The a chorus of the cuckoos and the sparrows which the old man can hear shapes his land. Apart from the chippings of birds, the distant rolling sounds of Bihu Dhols, Pepa, and Gogona are tuneful enough to touch deep in one's heart. The aroma of Bihu Recipes like Pitha, Ladoo makes the native land deliciously beautiful. The religious chants that can be heard from Namghar, Masjid, and Church feel the hearts with divine joy. And all these things are just like souls of the native land.


1. Questions

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1.(a) What does the old man ask the poet?
Answer(a): The old man asks the poet what his land looks like.

1.(b) Why does the old man ask the question to the poet?
Answer(b): The old man asks the question about his village to the poet because he is blind and he cannot see it himself.

1.(c) How does the poet address the old man? What does that form of address mean?
Answer(c): The poet addresses the old man as “Koka”. “Koka” is an Assamese term which means grandfather.

1.(d) Why does the poet ask the old man to breathe deep?

Answer(d): The poet asks the old man to breathe deep so as to feel the warm air that will remind him of his childhood friends. That warm breeze will flash his old village down the memory.

1.(e) With what does the poet compare the cool breeze on the old man's face?
Answer(e): The poet compares the cool breeze on the old man’s face to the peaceful breath of his land.

1.(f) With what does the poet compare the contented gurgling of the little baby?
Answer(f): The poet compares the contented gurgling of the little baby to the soil of the old man’s own land.

1.(g) What does the chorus of the cuckoo and the sparrows do?
Answer(g): The cuckoo and the sparrows chirrup in chorus while playing near the treetops and give shapes of the old man’s native land.

1.(h) What are the things that create the soul of the poet's beloved country?

Answer(h): The things that create the soul of the poet’s beloved country are the rolling sounds of bihu dhol, pepa and gogona, the aroma of pitha and laroo, and the chant of evening prayer in Namghor, Masjid and Church.

2. Questions

Answer(a): Stanza 4
Answer(b): Stanza 6
Answer(c): Stanza 1
Answer(d): Stanza 5
Answer(e): Stanza 3


Answer: (a) Touch  (b) Hearing (c)Smell

(i) Answer: The warm air

(ii) Answer: The chorus of the cuckoo and sparrows, sounds of Bihu dhol, Pepa and gogona .

(iii) Answer: Aroma of Pitha and laroo

(iv) Answer: The old man was able to guess the season as described by the poet, the old man was able to guess spring and rainy season.


Answer : (1) Thunder - The loud explosive sound that follows lightning in the cloud.
                (2) Morn - Morning
                (3)  Contented - Satisfied
                (4) Gurgling - The happy sound made by babbies
                (5) Chorus - Singing or speaking at the same time .
                (6)  Aroma - Strong Pleasant smell
                (7) Sturdy - Strong and firm

4. Questions
(a) Thunder - The thunder became louder
(b) Morn - I wake up early in the morn
(c) Contended - I felt contended
(d) Gurgling - I can hear baby gurgling
(e) Chorus - They sang in Chorus
(f) Aroma - The tea has a nice aroma
(g) Sturdy - That chair looks very sturdy


(i) Sturdy - Study
(ii) Breathe - breed
(iii) Warm - Worm
(iv) Rain - ran
(v) Than - then
(vi) Church - Search
(vii) Deep - dip
(viii) Land - lend


(a) dhol: a drum made especially for the Bihu festival and hence called the Bihu dhol or Bihu drum. 

(b) Pepa: A type of pipe made out of buffalo horn played during husori

(c) gogona: a type of stringed musical instruments belonging to the harp family

7. Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to your house during the Rongali Bihu holiday. Include in your letter what special food items will be made, what rituals will be followed, and so on.

My dear Rohit                                            Jalukpara Guwahati
                                                                   Date: 12/03/2022

How are you? I am fine here by the grace of God. I hope you are also well there with your family. Today I am writing to you to invite you and your family to our house on the occasion of Rongali Bihu.

As you know that the greatest community of Assam is going to celebrate Rongali Bihu from the 13th of April this year. We have several unique rituals to observe the Rongali Bihu. My mother and aunt are already busy preparing special Bihu foods like Tilpitha, Narikal Pitha, Narikal Ladu, Tekeli Pitha, and many more delicious recipes. 

I hope you will join us this Bihu along with your family and double our joy of Rongali Bihu. Please convey my regards to your parents and family members.

Baragolai, Margherita
PIN - 786181                                                   Ajoy Limboo


The Jonbeel Mela is a three-day community fair held by the Tiwa community in  Dayang Belguri at jonbeel in Morigaon district over the weekend of the Magh Bihu. It is a fair in Morigaon, Assam organized by the Tiwa community. The American tourist Jim Gordon was delighted to know about Assam. He had heard of Kaziranga and the rhinoceros. He wanted to visit the river island Majuli. He was in time to celebrate Magh Bihu.

(a) What was the name of the American Tourist?
Answer: Jim Gordon.
(b) Where did the author meet him?
Answer: Park Hotel in Kolkata.
(c) What was the name of the author's travel agency?
Answer: Garuda Travel agency.
(d) Which places in Assam was the tourist keen to visit?
Answer: Kaziranga.
(e) In which month was the tourist in Kolkata?
Answer: January.

(b) Now read the first passage on page 112 individually and in groups and write a dialogue between the tourist and the author. Use the information and enact it in the form of a role-play before the class. You can add additional information to make the role play more interesting. The role played must begin with a proper introduction between the author and the tourist.

9. The poem 'My Native Land' refers to the "chorus of cuckoos and sparrows". The English language has a variety of words to denote the sounds made by birds and animals. For example cuckoos 'coo' and sparrows 'chirp'. These words are called onomatopoeic words because they sound similar to the actual sounds. Look at the onomatopoeic words in the box given below. Match them correctly with the pictures of the birds and animals given here.

(i) Cow - moo
(ii) Owl - hoot
(iii) Hen - cluck
(iv) Lamb - bleat
(v) Parrot - squawk
(vi) Pigeon - coo
(vii) Crow - caw
(viii) Snake - hiss

10. Rewrite the sentences below in indirect speech in the same way as the sentence above.

(a) The poet said to the old man, "feel the cool breeze on your face."
Answer: The poet told the old man to feel the cool breeze on his face.
(b) The man said to me, "Listen to the gurgling of that little baby."
Answer: The man requested me to listen to the gurgling of that little baby.
(c) The teacher said to us, "Enjoy your holidays."
Answer: The teacher advised us to enjoy our holidays.
(d) She said to me, "Tell me your mobile phone number."
Answer: She asked me to tell my mobile phone number.
(e) My mother tells me, "Always obey your teachers."
Answer: My mother advised me to always obey my teachers.
(f) I said to him, "Come to our house tomorrow."
Answer: I requested him to come to my house the next day.
(g) She said to me, "Get me a glass of water, please."
Answer: She requested me to give her a glass of water.
(h) The man said to me, "Please close the gate."
Answer:  The man asked me to close the gate.

11. Work in pairs:
Share with your partner what inspires you the most about your native land. it could be the following:
(a) The gifts of nature that your native land has, like its rivers, forests, islands, wildlife, etc.
(b) The beautiful people of your land, who have different cultures and celebrate different traditions, festivals, etc.

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