NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 19 The Comet – I

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NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 19 The Comet – I

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The Comet – I

Chapter: 19


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. Why does Indrani Debi dislike Duttada’s ‘hobnobbing’ with Dibya?

Ans. Indrani Debi used to get disturbed from even the burst of a cold wind. The hobnobbing of Duttada with Dibya was completely irritant to Indrani Debi.

Q. 2. She is complaining and smiling. Why is she smiling?

Ans. Indrani Debi could not repress her smile. She knew how utterly oblivious her husband was of the practical problems of life.

Q. 3. (i) What was Duttada’s secret ambition?

Ans. Duttada had a secret ambition that he would one day discover a new comet as he know that professionalists would not pay heed to such an insignificant thing like this.

(ii) What did he do to achieve it?

Ans. In the background of old stars, Duttada had re-examined the charts with him, checked his Dibya for any smudges on the optics, did some calculations on the pocket calculator in torchlight, he was meticulous in his observations.

Q. 4. What is the difference between a planet and a comet, as given in the story?

Ans. Comets have a long bushing tail but planets do not have light. Comets also orbit round the sun but their orbits are highly eccentric.

Q. 5. Why was Duttada hopeful that he would discover a new comet soon?

Ans. Duttada was hopeful that he would discover a comet as professionalists generally ignore this as they are indulged in preassigned programmes looking at paint stairs and nebulos galaxies. 

Q. 6. Why does Duttada say-“I almost wish I had not discovered this Comet”.

Ans. Duttada was an introvert. The publicity that he had gathered did not amuse him much. It was unwelcome. Due to this discovery, he was made to attend numerous functions and reception.

Q. 7. Why is his wife unhappy about the discovery?

Ans. Indrani Debi was a superstitious lady. She believed that comets brought. Ill luck and wished a good man like Duttada was no associated with the discovery of one.


Q. 1. How did Sir John get hold of James’ original manuscript?

Ans. Sir John got hold of James’ original script through Taylor, an editor of Nature who was also his friend.

Q. 2. What is the important point the paper makes?

Ans. The paper to Nature contained James’ profound implications and the catastrophic effect of the comet.

Q. 3. Why does Sir John say that James’s paper should not be published? 

Ans. Sir John said that James’ paper should not be published as it opened about the catastrophic effect of the imminent collision of Comet Dutta with the earth.

Q. 4. What do the two men finally decide to do?

Ans. Lastly both of them decided to call for an  important secret conference of national  experts.


Q. 1. When was the confirmation regarding Comet Dutta sought?

Ans. The IIA confirmed about comet Dutta after assuring the findings and communicating it worldwide.

Q. 2. What Comet Dutta brought that was not welcome by Duttada? 

Ans. Comet Dutta brought in unwelcome publicity to introvert Duttada. As a result, he also had to attend numerous receptions and functions.

Q. 3. What do Sir John and James discuss? 

Ans. James, a British scientist and John Macpherson, the Defence Science Advisor have tete-a-tete over impending calamity.

Q. 4. According to you, if the paper contained true revelation of the catastrophe, should it have been revealed? 

Ans. Everything should be done in time. Even if the paper contained true revelation, it should have been withheld from publishing, otherwise, it would have created a chaos and undue suffering in people’s live. Only after everything is confirmed, with goodwill, it should be revealed about the catastrophe. This should be done after there is preparation of rescual so as not to face the rage of the crowd.


Tick (✓) the correct option 

1. Who had written the manuscript?

(a) Dr. Forsyth.

(b) James.

(c) Sir John.

(d) None of these.

Ans. (b) James.

2. Out of the following who was religious?

(a) Duttada. 

(b) James.

(c) Duttada’s wife.

(d) All of these.

Ans. (c) Duttada’s wife. 

3. What could bring about a catastrophy? 

(a) the collision of a comet with earth.

(b) the collision of the sun with the earth. 

(c) the collusion of other planets with the earth.

(d) any of these.

Ans. (a) the collision of a comet with earth. 

4. Where was Doctor handed an envelope?

(a) at Duttada’s home.

(b) at a restaurant.

(c) at the dining hall of King’s College. 

(d) at a laboratory.

Ans. (c) at the dining hall of King’s College. 

5. Expand IIA:

(a) Indian Institute of Astronomy. 

(b) Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

(c) International Institute of Astrophysics.

(d) International Institute of Astronomy.

Ans. (b) Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

6. What was Dibya Chakshu?

(a) the comet Duttada had seen.

(b) the Divine Eye. 

(c) Duttada’s telescope.

(d) None of these.

Ans. (a) the comet Duttada had seen.


Use the following words in sentences of your own:

(i) concern. 

(ii) deferentially. 

(iii) disgust. 

Ans. (i) concern: Nobody expresses any concern towards the senior citizens today.

(ii) deferentially: I greeted my Principal deferentially.

(iii) disgust: To my disgust, nobody came Out to help in the sick woman.

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