Class 10 English Chapter 21 Madam Rides the Bus

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Class 10 English Chapter 21 Madam Rides the Bus

Also, you can read the SCERT book online in these sections Solutions by Expert Teachers as per SCERT (CBSE) Book guidelines. These solutions are part of SCERT All Subject Solutions. Here we have given Assam Board Class 10 English Chapter 21 Madam Rides the Bus Solutions for All Subjects, You can practice these here.

Madam Rides the Bus

Chapter – 21



Very Short type Questions Answer  

Q.1 Who was Valli?

Ans. Valli was an eight year old girl. Her full name was Valliammai. 

Q.2. Where did Valli live?

Ans. Valli lived in a village. 

Q.3. Why did Valli stand in the door or her house and watch the street?

Ans. Because Valli had no play mates of her own age on her street. 

Q.4. What was as enjoyable as elaborate games for Valli?

Ans. For Valli standing at the front door of her house was as enjoyable as any elaborate games. 

Q.5. What did watching the street give Valli?

Ans. Watching the street gave Valli many new Unusual experiences. 

Q.6. What was the most fascinating thing for Valli?

Ans. The most fascinating thing for Valli was the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town. 

Q.7. When did the bus pass through Valli’s village?

Ans. The bus passed through Valli’s village each hour- once going to and once coming from the town. 

Q.8. What was the tiny wish that crept into Valli’s heart?

Ans. The tiny wish that crept into Valli’s heart was that she wanted to ride the bus at least for once. 

Q. 9. What happened to Valli’s tiny wish?

Ans. Valli’s tiny wish became stronger and stronger and finally it became a strong desire. 

Q.10. Where did Valli ask her discreet questions?

Ans. Valli asked her discreet questions here and there.


Multiple Choice Questions & Answers

1. How old was Valli?

(i) Six years

(ii) Eight years

(iii) Nine years

(iv) Ten years

Ans. (ii) Eight years.

2. Where was Valli standing every day?

(i) At the front door 

(ii) On the street

(iii) At the back door

(iv) At the back yeard 

Ans. (i) At the front door.

3. Valli has____ playmates of her own age. 

(i) Two 

(ii) No

(iii) Many

(iv) A lot

Ans. (ii) No.

4. The source of unending Joy of Valli was

(i) Sets of old passengers

(ii) Sets of new passengers

(iii) Sets of same aged passengers 

(iv) None of these

Ans. (ii) Sets of new passengers.

5. Valli wanted to ride on a

(i) Car

(ii) Bus

(iii) Train

(iv) Aeroplane

Ans. (ii) Bus.

6. Valli knew about the bus journey from___

(i) Parents

(ii) Friends

(iii) Neighbours 

(iv) Classmates 

Ans. (iii) Neighbours.

7. The distance to town form Valli’s village was-

(i) Four miles

(ii) Six miles 

(iii) Nine miles

(iv) None of these 

Ans. (ii) Six miles.

8. The fare was___ one way

(i) Thirty paise

(ii) Forty paise

(iii) Fifty paise 

(iv) Sixty paise

Ans. (i) Thirty paise.

9. How much time did the bus take to reach the town?

(i) Twenty minutes

(ii) Thirty minutes

(iii) Forty-five minutes

(iv) None of these 

Ans. (iii) Forty-five minutes.

10. Who yelled as ‘stop the bus’, ‘stop the bus’?

(i) Bus Conductor 

(ii) Valli

(iii) Another Passenger 

(iv) The driver

Ans. (ii) Valli.

Before you Read:

1. Ans: ….A set of passengers 

            …….Get on the bus. 

            …..Get off the bus. 

            …..A row of seats


            …..Tickets, please. 

            …..A roar and rattle. 

            …..Slowing down to a crawl. 

            …..Blowing a whistle. 

2. Ans: From a fast-moving bus we can see far-off hills and green field which look very beautiful. The trees rush fast. Grazing animals can also be seen on green fields. Snowclad mountains look very beautiful. Road side shop decorated with various items are attractive to look at form a running bus. Crowds can also be seen in the market places. People walking in the street is a common view and people working in the fields where there are crops. Sometimes the buses run through an industrial area and factories can be seen. As the bus passes along railway track sometimes a running train can be seen. 

Oral Comprehension Check – 1

1. What was Valli’s favourite pastime? 

Ans: Valli’s favourite pastime was to stand in the doorway and watch the street outside. 

2. What was a source of unending joy for Valli? What was her strongest desire? 

Ans: The view of the bus with new passengers was a source of unending joy for Valli. Her strongest desire was to have a ride on the bus. 

3. What did Valli find out about the bus journey? How did she find out these details? 

Ans: Valli found out that the town was six miles from her village and the bus fare was thirty paise one-way. The trip to the town took forty-five minutes. 

She found out these details from the conversation between her neighbours and people who regularly used the bus. 

4. What do you think Valli was planning to do? 

Ans: Valli was actually planning to ride on the bus. She could take one o’clock afternoon bus and came back home at about two forty-five. 

Oral Comprehension Check -ll

1. Why does the conductor call Valli ‘madam’? 

Ans: The conductor calls Valli ‘madam’ because she behaves like a grownup lady. 

2. Why does Valli stand up on the seat? What does she see now? 

Ans: Valli looked outside from the bus but a canvas lblind cut off her view. So she had to stand up on the seat. 

3. What does Valli tell the elderly man when he calls her a child?

Ans: When the elderly man calls Valli a child she haughtily replies that there is no child in the bus. 

4. Why didn’t Valli want to make friends with the elderly woman? 

Ans: Valli didn’t want to make friends with the elderly woman because she was absolutely repulsive with ugly earrings and smell of the betelnut. Betel juice was about to fall from her mouth. 

Oral Comprehension Check – lll

1. How could Valli save up money for her first journey? Was it easy for her? 

Ans: Valli saved up money for her first journey resisting every temptation to buy peppermints, toys, balloons etc. She also prevented herself from riding the merry-go-round. 

2. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh? 

Ans: Valli saw a cow with her tail raised running ahead of the bus. The driver blew the horn and the more frightened cow began to run even faster. This view made Valli laugh. 

3. Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station? 

Ans: Valli didn’t get off at the bus station because she was going back on the some bus. She was just making a bus ride. 

4. Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink? What does this tell you about her? 

Ans: Valli didn’t want to go to the stall and have a drink because she had no money to do so. She refused to accept cold-drink from the conductor. It shows that she was self confident and a girl with self respect. 

Thinking about the Text

1. What was Valli’s deepest desire? Find words and phrases in the story that te11 you this.

Ans: Valli’s deepest desire was to ride on the bus from her village to the town. 

The words and phrases are : Overwhelming desire; wistfully; calculated and recalculated; planned and replanted. 

2. How did Valli plan her bus ride? What did she find out about the bus, and how did she save up the fare? 

Ans: Valli planned her bus ride after collecting every details of the journey from the conversation between her neighbours and passengers. She came to know that the bus took forty five minutes to reach the town and the fare was thirty pause. She saved up the fare resisting her temptation to buy peppermints, toys, balloons etc and her desire to ride on the merry-go-round. 

3. What kind of a person is Valli? To answer this question, pick out the following sentences from the text and fill in the blanks. The words you fill in are the clues to your answer. 

i) ‘Stop the bus! Stop the bus!’ And a tiny hand was raised…………… 

Ans: Commandingly.

ii) ‘Yes, I………  go to town’, said Valli, still standing outside the bus. 

Ans:  Simply have to.

iii) ‘There’s nobody here…………. ‘, she said haughtily, ‘I’ve paid my thirty paise like everyone else. ‘

Ans: Who’s a child.

iv) ‘Never mind ‘, she said. ‘I can…………  you don’t have to help me. I’m not a child, I tell you’, she said,……… 

Ans: Get on bymyself.

v) ‘You needn’t brother about me. I……… ‘. Valli said, turning her face toward the window and staring out. 

Ans: Can take care of myself

vi) Then she turned to the conductor and said, ‘Well, sir, I hope………… ‘

Ans: To see you again.

Valli is a self-confident girl. She is also self-dependent with a commanding nature. 

4. Why does the conductor refer to Valli as ‘madam’? 

Ans: The conductor refers to Valli as ‘madam because she behaves like a grown up lady. 

5. Find the lines in the text which tell you that Valli was enjoying her ride on the bus. 

Ans: The lines are:

1) Valli clapped her hands with glee. 

2) She laughed and laughed……… eyes. 

3) Struk dumb with wonder, Valli gaped at everything. 

6. Why does Valli refuse to look out of the window on her way back? 

Ans: Valli refused to look out of the window on her way back after she had seen the dead cow. The view haunted her and extremely saddened. 

7. What does Valli mean when she says, ‘I was just agreeing with what you said about things happening without our knowledge. ‘

Ans: Valli admits that many things happen in our midst without our knowledge. Sometimes we can’t understand these. 

8. The author describes the things that Valli sees from an eight-year-old’s point of view. Can you find evidence from the text for this statement? 

Ans: The following evidence can be found in the text:

a)  Valli devoured every thing with her eyes. 

b)  Valli clapped her hands with glee. 

c)  She laughed and laughed until there were tears in her eyes. 

d)  Struck dumb with wonder, Valli gaped at everything.


This story has a lot of people talking in it. The conductor jokes and laughs with Valli, some passengers try to show their concern for her, and her mother and her aunt spend time chatting. 

Read the conservation carefully. Then think of similar people, or similar situations that you have experienced. Mimic a person or person who spoke to you, saying what they said, along with your replies. 

Ans: Do Yourself.


Write a page- about three paragraphs- on one of the following topics. 

1. Have you ever planned something entirely on your own, without taking grown-ups into your confidence? What did you plan, and how? Did you carry out your plan? 

2. Have you made a journey that was unforgettable in some way? What made it memorable? 

3. Are you concerned about traffic and road safety? What are your concerns? How would you make road travel safer and more enjoyable? 

Ans: 1. Yes. Once I planned to visit Guwahati on my own. I learnt from one of my neighbors how to go there. Some other information’s were with me. I planned to go to Paltan Bazaar and return in a train. Yes. I carried out my plan. None of our family could know. 

2. Once I was returning from Mangaldi with my father in a bus. It was almost evening when we crossed Dhula on NH52. Suddenly a cow ran fast through the front of the bus. The driver tried to save the animal. As a result, the bus rolled down the paddy field in a wink. It was about to hit a tree but luckily it stopped. No one was injured but the journey became unforgettable to each and every passenger of the bus. 

3. Definitely, I am concerned above traffic and road safety. We have car and I some times drive it. So, I want to see that everyone observes traffic rules. I always strictly observe them as my father does. Traffic signals are my concern. Road travel can be made safe and enjoyable by obeying traffic rules. 

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