NIOS Class 10 English Chapter 2 How the Squirrel Got His Stripes

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NIOS Class 10 English Chapter 2 How the Squirrel Got His Stripes

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How the Squirrel Got His Stripes

Chapter: 2



Q.1. Building a bridge was difficult work involving several steps. Complete the steps:

  • pulling out ________________.
  • ________________________ the sea.
  • _________________________ shapes.
  • building the bridge.

Ans. Pull out rocks and heavy stones from the mountains.

  • Carrying the rocks and stones to the sea.
  • Cutting them into shapes. 
  • building the bridge.

Q. 2. Complete the following table showing the contrast between the monkey and the squirrel:

voicesmall / weak / soft


sizegreat / bigsmall / little
voiceloudsmall / weak / soft
Attituderude / impolitepolite

Q.3. Why did the monkeys make fun of the squirrel?

Ans. They thought the squirrel was foolish to think of building a bridge with pebbles and think it could help in building the bridge.

2.1.1 part – II

The squirrel did not think this ……………. white stripes on his back.

The squirrel did not give up even when the monkeys made fun of him. The monkeys were angry and one of them picked up the squirrel and flung (threw) him away. The squirrel fell into the hands of Lord Rama. Lord Rama told the monkeys not to make fun of the squirrel because he was small. He also told the monkeys that he valued the squirrel’s work and help in building the bridge because it was done with love. Lord Rama gently ran his fingers over the squirrel’s back and put him down. The three white stripes that we see on the back of a squirrel are believed to be the marks of Lord Rama’s fingers.


Q.1. How did the squirrel justify what he was doing?

Ans. The squirrel justified what he was doing by saying that he did not have much strength. Still he was helping by carrying pebbles. He wanted to help Lord Rama in whatever way he could.

Q.2. Why did squirrel want to help in building the bridge?

Ans. The squirrel wanted to help because he had great love for Lord Rama. He wanted to show his love for Lord Rama.

Q. 3. Was the work of squirrel less important than that of monkey’s work? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans. No, work of squirrel is no less important. Though squirrel was carrying pebbles but this also had a meaning. Every drop of water fills the ocean

Q.4. How did the squirrel came into Rama’s hands?

Ans. When one of the monkeys picked the squirrel up by the tail and threw his away, he fell into Lord Rama’s hands.

Q.5. How do squirrel get his stripes? 

Ans. The squirrel fill gently into Lord Rama’s hand. Lord Rama ran his fingers gently on squirrel’s back. The stripes were formed on its back. These were marks of Lord Rama’s fingers.


Use the dialogues/statements given in each bubble to complete the description in the sentence given against it. The first one is done for you.

1. You are wearing a lovely saree. It’s silk, isn’t it?1. You are wearing a lovely silk saree.
2. This car is Japanese. It’s very fast.2. This is a fast Japanese car.
3.3. Have you seen my new white shirt?
4. I want to buy two armchairs. I am looking for wooden ones in brown.4. I want to buy brown wooden arm chairs.


Complete the sentences using two adjectives in each sentence.

1 My favourite possession is a / an ________.

Ans. My favourite possession is a puppy.

2. I would like to buy a / an _________ for my mother

Ans. I would like to buy a diamond necklace for my mother.

3. My father has a / an __________. 

Ans. My father has an exquisite car.

4. I like _________ I think she is ________ actress.

Ans. I like Kajol. I think she is talented actress.

5. I live in a / an __________.

Ans. I live in a bungalow.


Work with a friend to solve riddles. This is how you can do it. 

  • Describe an object without naming it and

ask your friend to identify the object. 

  • Then let your friend describe an object and you guess what it is.
  • To describe any object, you can tell about its size, shape, colour, texture or its function, whatever is relevant.


Riddle: I am a long thin object, usually made of wood. You use me for writing or drawing. What am I?

Ans. A pencil.


1. I am a thin pin like object. You can pass thread through me. What am I?

Ans. Needle.

2. I am hard from outside, thin from inside What am I?

Ans. Coconut


Talk to two of your friends or siblings (brother/sisters). Make lists of what you can do and what your friends/ brothers/sisters can do.

The things I can doThe things my friend / brother / sister (1) can doThe things my friend / brother / sister (2) can do

1. What can you say about the importance /usefulness of each of the abilities you filled in the three columns in the above table? Write and explain in 8-10 sentences.


The things I can doThe things my friend / brother / sister (1) can doThe things my friend / brother / sister (2) can do
1. I can swim1. My brother can cycle1. My brother can drive
2. I can cook food2. My brother can sing2. My brother can do web designing
3. I can read books3. My brother can read3. My friend can fly kite
4. I can play cards4. My friend can dive4. My sister can embroider
5. I can listen to songs5. My sister can paint5. My sister can dance

2. What can you say about the impor- tance / usefulness of each of the abilities you filled in the three columns in the above table? Write and explain in 8-10 sentences. 

Ans. Each of ability is verey important. Whatever activities we take up make us feel happy. The activities like singing, dancing keep us busy. These make us popular. We develop our head, capacities. By cooking we can keep everyone happy. Good food is liked by all cycling and driving is all necessary for today’s World. We should try to develop any activity.


1. Assume that a new family with two children has recently shifted to your neighbourhood from another State. These children are bullied by other children very often because of their language, the clothes they wear and their mannerisms.

  • What would you do not make all children accept each other’s differences and be friends?
  • Put your ideas into practice.
  • Write in 3-4 sentences about what you did and what the result was.

Ans. When a child enters new school or neighbourhood, he feels disturbed. He is to be made comfortable. Try to be friend the child. Know about their hobbies and praise their qualities.

When a new family come in my neighbourhood, I went to their home. I talked to the whole family. I even took gifts for the children. I invited them home for lunch. There was really expression of happiness on their faces.


Q.1. What qualities of Lord Rama are highlighted in this story?

Ans. Qualities of Lord Rama which are high lighted are compassion and kindness she is gentle and has respect for all living beings. 

Q.2. What is the message given through this lesson?

Ans. We get the message that we should not make fun of weak and it gives us the message that love is more important than physical strength.

Q.3. Have you ever had an experience in which a person surprised. You by doing something which you thought he/she could not do? Describe the situation in 60-80 words.

Ans. Yes, I have had such an experience. One of new friends joined my school. My friend did not want to take part in any kind of activity. But I encouraged her to take part in painting competition. I saw that in the class, she could draw many things. First she was very afraid, then she agreed. She sent her painting for competition. Luckily she stood first. Her painting won Rs. 20,000/- as prize money. We both were very happy.


Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:


Rama asked his army to build a bridge over the sea. Work began at once on a stone bridge. The monkeys pulled out rocks and heavy stones from the mountains, and carried them to the sea. They cut them into shape and began to build the bridge. All this was very difficult work and it took a long time. Thousands of monkeys worked night and day.

1. What was to be built over the sea?

Ans. A stone bridge was to be built over the sea.

2. Who pulled out rocks?

Ans. The monkeys pulled out rocks.

3. Why was all this very difficult?

Ans. All this was very difficult because rocks and stones were very hard.

4. Give the 1st form of verb began.

Ans. began – begin.


One day Rama saw a small brown squirrel. He was going up and down the seashore with little pebbles in his mouth. The little squirrel could carry only little pebbles at a time in his small mouth. He carried the pebbles from the seashore and dropped them into the sea.

1. Who was ‘He’?

Ans. ‘He’ was brown squirrel.

2. Where was he going?

Ans. He was going up and down the seashore.

3. What did little squirrel carry in his mouth? 

Ans. Little squirrel carried pebbles in his mouth.

4. Give a word which means ‘small stone’.

Ans. Small stone- Pebble.


“I’m sorry you nearly fell, Brother Monkey,” he said in his small voice, “but please always look where you are going I’m helping Rama build the bridge. And I want to work hard for him.”

1. Who apologised and to whom? 

Ans. Squirrel apologised to the monkey

2. How do you fall?

Ans. You fell when squirrel come in way of the monkey.

3. Which bridge is being talked about?

Ans. Stone bridge is being talked about.

4. Who is ‘him’?

Ans. ‘Him’ stands for Rama.


The squirrel did not think this funny at all. He said, “Look, I can’t carry mountains or rocks. God gave me only a little strength. I can only carry pebbles. My heart cries out for Rama and I’ll do all I can for him.”

1. What did squirrel not find funny?

Ans. The squirrel do not find their carrying pebbles funny. 

2. Was squirrel unhappy about its strength?

Ans. No, squirrel is not unhappy about its strength.

3. How can you say squirrel loved Rama? 

Ans. Squirrel said that his heart cried for Rama and he did all he could do for.

4. Give opposite of strength.

Ans. Strength-Weakness.


He carried the pebbles again from the shore to the sea. The monkeys were angry and one of them picked up the squirrel by his tail and threw him far away. The squirrel, crying out the name of Rama, fell into his hands.

1. Who is ‘He’?

Ans. ‘He’ is squirrel.

2. Why were the monkeys angry? 

Ans. The monkeys were angry because squirrels were picking up pebbles.

3. What did they do as reaction? 

Ans. As a reaction they picked up the squirrel by his tail and thread him away.

4. Where did squirrel finally reach?

Ans. Squirrel finally fell into Rama’s hands.

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