NIOS Class 10 English Chapter 1 Snake Bite

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Snake Bite

Chapter: 1



I. Answer the following questions: 

Q.1. Why do you think the snake hid itself?

Ans. The snake hid itself because it was afraid of the boy.

Q.2. What did Raja do when he saw the snake going into the coconut shell?

Ans. When Raja saw snake going into coconut shell, he closed mouth of coconut shell with a stone.

Q.3. Why was grandmother shocked? How did she react?

Ans. Grandmother was shocked to hear that Raja had brought home a snake. She cried for help.

Q.4. Imagine you are Raja’s grand- father. Raja brings home a snake. How do you think you would react?

Ans. I would not like Raja bringing home snake. I think snakes are poisonous.

II. Say whether the following statements are true or false:

Q.1. The snake hid under a stone.

Ans. False.

Q.2. Raja was very excited to see the snake.

Ans. True.

Q.3. Raja’s grand parents were very worried to see the coconut shell with the snake in it.

Ans. True.

Q.4. The coconut shell broke and the snake crawled away. 

Ans. False.


Q. 1. Find words from the passage which mean the opposite of the following words:

1. far – near.

2. opened – closed.

3. appeared – disappeared.

4. always – never.

II. Match the words in Column A with their opposites in Column B:

Column AColumn B
1 quietly(a) came
2. slowly(b) harmless
3. went(c) noisily
4. dangerous(d) quickly


Column AColumn B
1 quietly(a) noisily
2. slowly(b) quickly
3. went(c) came
4. dangerous(d) harmless


  • There are about 2000 species of snakes in the world
  • All snakes are not poisonous.
  • In India there are 270 species of which only 70 are poisonous. 
  • Some Indian species are the cobra, the krait, the flower snake, the rat snake, the python and the russel’s viper. 
  • Snake have a good vision. 
  • All snakes are colour blind. 
  • The biggest snake in the world is the Anaconda, found in the jungles of South America, it can grow to a size of full grown man.
  • The smallest snake can just be ten centimetres long.


Making requests. Practice the following dialogues with a friend.

A. You: Could you open this bottle for one please?

Friend: Sure_______

You: Thank You_______

B. Friend: Do you have a spare pencil? 

You: Yes, I do.

Friend: May I borrow it?

I have forgotten to bring mine

You: Of course, here you are,

Friend: Thank you

When you ask someone to do something for you ask for permission to do something.


  • Ask you friend for some help in doing something

“Could you please teach me maths?” 

“Could you come with me to the market, please?” 

“Could you lend me your camera, please?”

  • Ask for direction to go somewhere 

“Can I know the way to B Block of Paschim Vihar, please?

“Can you tell me route to I.S.B.T please?”

“Can you tell me how to reach railway station, please?”

  • Ask for a dictionary “Can I use your dictionary” please?

1.2.2 PART – 2

Later in the evening _______ lived there.

Do you like playing with animals? Did you or anyone you know ever get scratched by a cat or bitten by a dog while playing? How did your parents react to this? Raja is curious about creatures like snakes and bees. In the evening when he tries to catch a bee he gets stung. He runs for help to his grandmother and shows her the sting, she immediately thinks that it is a snake bite. His grandfather looks at the bite and thinks exactly the same thing. He picks him up and runs to the house of a man who he believes can help them. Raja does not get a chance to tell any one that he has been bitten by a bee and not a snake. Sometimes people misunderstand and react to situations without listening or asking questions. Has this ever happened to you?


Answer the following questions: 

Q.1. Why did the bee sting Raja? 

Ans. Bee sting Raja because Raja tried to catch it. 

Q.2. Why did Raja go to his grand-mother?

Ans. Raja went because he was in pain. He wanted her to help him.

Q.3. What did his grandmother think? Why did she think so? 

Ans. Grandmother thought that snake had bitten him She thought because Raja had brought home a snake.

Q.4. What do you think his grandmother should have done when Raja come to her after being sting by a bee? 

Ans. Raja’s grandmother should have talked to him. She could have rubbed bee sting with a key.

Q.5. What would have happened. If Raja had been bitten by a snake, but his grand- mother believed that he was bitten by bee? Explain in about 30-40 words.

Ans. Then grandfather would not have taken Raja to old man. He would have just cured him at home. Raja could also die due to snake poison. Raja is lucky to be saved.

II. Say whether the following statements are true or false: 

Q.1. Raja’s grandmother got very worried to see the blue mark on Raja’s finger.

Ans. True.

Q.2. Raja had to run through the paddy fields with his grandmother. 

Ans. False.

Q.3. Raja and his grandmother ran to catch the bee. 

Ans. False.

Q.4. Raja’s grandmother had to run a long distance carrying Raja in his arms. 

Ans. True.

Q.5. Raja’s grandfather shouted because he was angry.

Ans. False.


I. Find words/phrases in the story which are close in meaning to the following words:

1 Stain – Mark

2. Far – Some distance away

3. ache – Pain

II. Fill in the blanks in the following sentences using suitable words from the story.

1. She is wearing a diamond ring on her index _____.

Ans. Finger.

2. I have _____ in my legs because I am tired.

Ans. Pain.

3. I grow colourful flowers in my _____.

Ans. Garden.

4. Farmers plough their _____ with tractor.

Ans. Fields.

III. Read the following sentences:

1 Snakes hiss

2. Bees bizz.

3. Cats mew.

4. Parrots talk

The underlined words denote the sounds made by the creatures mentioned in the above sentence.

Now match the names of the animals in Column A with their sounds in Column B.

Column AColumn B
1. lions(a) bray
2. elephants(b) chatter
3. donkeys(c) growl
4. monkeys(d) trumpet
5. cows(e) roar
6. bears(f) low


Column AColumn B
1. lionsroar
2. elephantstrumpt
3. donkeysbray
4. monkeyschatter
5. cowslow
6. bearsgrowlw

  LET US DO 1.1 

Complete the following crossword with the help of the given clues. All the words are from the story. One has been done for you.


1. Children learn to move like this on four limbs before they can walk. (5 letters)

2. A reptile. (5 letters) 

3. The boy got malaria because he was ____ by mosquitoes. (past participle of the verb ‘to bite’ – 6 letters)

4. Rice fields are known as ________ fields. (5 letters)


1. A fruit with a hard covering. (7 letters)

2. 2 reptile. (5 letters)

3. A metal. (5 letters)

4. A part of the body. (6 letters)




2. Snake.

3. bitten.

4. paddy.


1. coconut.

2. snake.

3. brass. 

4. finger.

1.2.3 PART – 3

An old gray haired man ______________ Grandfather sent him gifts.

When you fall ill or get hurt you usually go to a doctor if you live in a city or town. But in most villages/doctors are not easily available. So villagers usually go to the village medicine man for help. This is what happens with Raja too. Raja’s

grandparents think that the bee sting on his finger is a snake bite. His grandfather picks him up and runs across the fields to the house of a medicine man The medicine man convinces them that Raja’s life is in danger because of the poisonous snake bite Raja’s finger stops hurting before the medicine man gives him any treatment, but Raja does not tell anyone this. The medicine man makes Raja’s grandparents believe that Raja is safe because of his treatment and mantras. Raja’s grandfather thanks the medicine man by giving him gifts, but Raja knows that the old man is a liar and has fooled everybody.


I. Answer the following questions: 

Q.1. What did the grandfather tell the old man to do?

Ans. Grandfather told the old man to cure Raja of snake bite.

Q.2. What things did the old man do?

Ans. Old man took water in a vessel and recited mantras.

Q.3. Why was everyone sad and silent? 

Ans. Every one was silent and sad because they thought snake had bit Raja. So they thought Raja was in danger.

Q.4. Why did Raja’s grandfather send gifts to the old man?

Ans. Grandfather was very happy that Raja had been cured.

Q.5. Do you think the old man cured Raja? Give reason for your answer. 

Ans. No, the old man did not cure Raja The old man knew cure for snake bite. But Raja had been sting by bee. Raja had been cured before old man started his treatment.

Q.6. If you were Raja would you keep quiet like him?

Ans. No, I would have at least made every one know the truth.

II. Say whether the following statements are true of false:

Q.1. The old man gave Raja medicine to cure him.

Ans. False.

Q.2. Only Raja knew that he had not been bitten by a snake. 

Ans. True.

Q.3. Raja’s grandfather did not give Raja a chance to tell what had happened to him.

Ans. True.

Q.4. As the time passed the pain in Raja’s fingers stopped.

Ans. True.


1. Find words in the story which are opposite in meaning to the following words:

1. loose – (tight)

2. happy – (sad)

3. loudly – (slowly)

4. noisy – (silent)

5. young – (old)

6. safety  – (danger)


In the box given below there is a list of adjectives which can be used for Raja, his grandparents or the old man. Write them in column A, B or C as the case may be. You may take the help of a dictionary to know the meanings of the given words.

caring, simple, obedient, affectionate, pretender, superstitious, nervous, innocent, gullible, adventurous, concerned, innocent, clever.
ARajaBGrandparentsCOld man


ARajaBGrandparentsCOld man
1. Obedient1. Caring1. Pretender
2. Innocent2. Simple2. Clever
3. Adventurous3. Affectionate
4. Superstitious
5. Nervous
6. Gullible
7. Concerned

Task 1

Visit 10 houses in your neighbourhood to find out how people react and what they do if there is a crisis like snake bite or dog bite. How many households go to untrained medicine men, nearby hospitals, private doctors or use home remedies? Enter this information into the table given below:

Task 2

Explain the advantage of going to doctor/ hospital, to the people who go to untrained medicine men for treatment.

Ans. Advantages  of going to doctor/ hospital are many We can first of all know the actual problem through investigation.

Untrained medicine men are superstitious and can cheat us. They can misguide us and make us fall in the trap.

Exercise: 1

Find five examples each of past tense forms of regular and irregular verbs in the story.

Ans. Exercise: 1

Simple past tense verbs appearing in the story:

Regular verbsIrregular verbs

Exercise: 2

Write the simple past tense of the following verbs. Put theme in column A (regular) or column B (irregular) as the case may be.

draw, walk, manage, hold, ask, forgive, drive, meet, swim, repair, shake, cook, ring, clean, enjoy, bear, lead, cheat, write, eat.

Ans. Exercise – 2

A (regular)B (irregular)

Exercise: 3 

Give two examples of verbs that the same in present tense and past tense.

Ans. 1. let. 

2. cut. 

Exercise – 4

Form adverbs from the adjectives and use them in your own sentences.

neat, nice, soft, clear, elegant, careful, regular, graceful

Ans. neat – neatly 

rice – nicely

soft – softly

clear – clearly

elegant – elegantly.

careful – carefully

regular – regularly

graceful – gracefully


Q.1. Do you know that there are several branches of Traditional Medicine in India? Some examples are Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Unani. Speak with a doctor in your locality to understand the difference between Western Medicine (Allopathy) and Traditional Medicine (Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani).

Ans. Self practice.

Q.2. Speak with your mother and write down a list of things found at home that she uses to cure simple ailments. For example she might use ginger for stomach upsets.

Ans. My mother uses many things for simple cure for stomach upset she uses ginger Whenever I have bad throat she gives me pepper tea. If I have cold she gives me turmeric milk.


Describe People: Raja came home and wrote a description of the old man. 

Before writing the description of the man, Raja noted some points given below:

Age: Old.                       

Physical features: tall, stout, white beard, grey hair, shrewd looks.

Dress: long white robe and a skull-cap.

Behaviour: polite and gentle.

Special points: intelligent.

An old grey haired man came out of the hut He was short and stout and had a white beard. He wore a long white robe and a skull. cap. He looked quite shrewd and intelligent. He was also very polite and gentle.


In about 6 or 7 simple sentences write a description of a person with the help of the hints given below: 

  • Name:  ___________.
  • Age: 35 years.
  • Physical features: tall, heavy built, fair complexion, sharp nose.
  • Nature: simple, friendly, helpful, kind.
  • Hobbies: singing, reading.
  • Profession: teaching.

Age: Thirty-five years old, middle aged person is tall, and heavy built He has fair complexion and sharp nose. He is simple in nature as well as friendly His hobbies are singing and reading. He has taken up teaching profession.


We learnt that in an emergency it is very important to find out what happened before reacting, if we want to avoid making mistakes. Sometimes we unnecessarily complicate situations because we are influenced by our wrong beliefs, lack of knowledge and fear of even harmless things. The simple problem of Raja’s bee sting got complicated due to all of the above reasons. We also learnt that we should beware of untrained medicine men (like the old man in the story) who cheat innocent people by creating fear in their minds. 


Q.1. What do you think Raja felt when he had to sit in front of the old man to be trained for a snake bite? 

Ans. Raja knew that he had been bitten by bee. So he felt restless on knowing that he would be treated for snake bite.

Q.2. Why do you think Raja’s grand-father did not let Raja speak? Do you approve of Raja’s silence?

Ans. Raja’s grandfather was sure that Raja had ben bitten by snake. He was superstitious and believed that if he spoke, poison might flow. 

No, I do not approve if Raja’s silence. He should have forcefully spoken about himself.

Q.3. In your opinion what kind of person was the old men? 

Ans. Old man was shrewd and dishonest. 

Q. 4. If you were the old men would you accept the gifts sent by Raja’s grand- father? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans. If I was the old I would not have taken the gift. I would have told the truth.

Q.5. Many people are afraid of snakes. Why do they fear snakes? Do you think they are right? Give reasons for your answer. 

Ans. People are afraid of snakes because snakes are poisonous. People know that snake bite can be very dangerous.

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