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WB Board Class XII English Notes /The Eyes have It

WB Class XII English

 The Eyes have It


WB Board Class XII English/The Eyes have It


MCQ-Type questions with Answers :

1. ‘The Eyes have It’ is written by – 
(a) APJ Abdul Kalam. (b) Ruskin Bond. (c)Langston. (d) Leo Tolstoy.
2. Ruskin Bond’s short story, ‘The Eyes Have It’ deals with the theme of – 
(a) Love and war, (b) dream and reality, (c) vision and blindness, (d) identity crisis
3. “…they seemed very anxious…” Here ‘they ‘ refers to – 
(a) Parents of the little girl, (b) friends of the narrator, (c) co-passengers of the little girl, (d) strangers in the compartment.
4. During his train journey upto Rohana the  narrator was -  
(a) alone, (b) accompanied by his friend, (c) talking with a girl, (d) talking with another person.
5. A girl got into the same train compartment of the narrator form – 
(a) Rohana. (b) Mussouri.   (c)Dehra.   (d) Saharanpur 
6. The voice of the narrator  startled the girl because-
(a) She could not see the narrator first, (b) she thought her to be alone in the compartment, (c) he was sitting in a dark corner of the compartment.(d) she could not understand the words of the narrator.
7. Probably the girl’s –came to see her off in the station- 
(a) Uncle and aunt, (b) mother, (c) parents. (d) aunt.
8. The couple who bade farewell to the girl was very anxious about – 
(a) her journey, (b) her dress, (c) her health, (d) her comfort.
9. The woman instructed the girl  as to –
(a) Where to keep her things, (b) when not to lean out of the windows, (c) how to avoid speaking to strangers, (d) all the three.
10. The narrator was – (a) totally deaf and dumb at that time, (b) totally deaf at that time, (c) totally blind at that time, (d) partially blind at that time.
11. The narrator  kenw that the girl wore –
(a) A nice dress, (b) a beautiful ornament, (c) slippers, (d) spectacles.
12. “I didn’t know anyone else was here”. This was the remark of – 
(a) The couple, (b) the parents of a little girl, (c) the girl, (d) the narrator. 
13. The narrator’s eyes were sensitive only to – 
(a) Light, (b) light and darkness, (c) only in darkness, (d) nothing.
14. The narrator liked the –
 (a) sound of the girl’s song. (b) sound of the girl’s song. (c) sound of the girl’s voice and even the sound of her slippers also. (d) sound of the train.
15. The girl was going to – 
(a) Dehra, (b) Mussouri, (c) Saharanpur, (d) Rohana.
16. The author opined that people having good eyesight often- 
(a) Fail to see the right things in front of them. (b) fail to notice the wrong things, (c) take everything for granted. (d) take in only the essentials.
17. The narrator would keep to his seat-
(a) to enjoy  the beauty, (b) to see through the window, (c) to prevent anyone occupying it, (d) for suppressing  his blindness.
18. The narrator did not want to disclose to the girl that – (a) he was going to Dehra. (b) he was completely blind. (c) he was becoming  infatuous to her. (d) he was partially blind.
19. The  narrator of the short story, ‘The Eyes Have It’, was going to – 
(a) Dehradun, (b) Mussoorie, (c) Mussoorie via Dehradun, (d) Dehradun via Mussoorie.
20. According to the narrator of the story, ‘The Eyes Have It’, October is the best time- 
(a) For visiting  Dehradun, (b) for visiting Rohana, (c) for visiting Mussoorie, (c) for visiting Saharanpur.
21. The narrator was going – 
(a) First to Mussouri then to Dehra. (b) first to Simla then to Mussouri. (c) first to Dehra, the to Mussouri,(d) first to Saharanpur, then to Dehra.
22. The girl loved the hills especially in – (a) September, (b) October, (c) November, (d) December.
23. In October the hills , were covered with- 
(a) Will rose, (b) wild dehlias, (c) wild animals, (d) sunlight.
24. In the short story, ‘The Eyes Have it’, the narrator says that the girl has- 
(a) A pretty face, (b) an interesting face, (c) an oval face, (d) a glamorous face.
25. According to the narrator of the story, ‘The Eyes Have It’, there were hardly any animals left in the forests- 
(a) Near Dehra, (b) near Rohana, (c)  near Mussoorie, (d) near Saharanpur.
26. The narrator  could see telegraph posts flashing by –
(a) In his mind’s eye, (b) through the eyes of the girl, (c) through the window, (d) by using his spectacles.
27. ‘Then I made a mistake?’ The mistake was – (a) the narrator asked something about her personal matter.
(b) The narrator mistakenly asked her what outside the window was. (c) the narrator asked about her parentage. (d) the narrator disclosed everything about his feelings.
28. ‘But her next question  removed my  doubts’. The doubt of the narrator was – 
(a) He thought that the girl had already noticed that he could not see.
(b) He thought  that the girl was disturbed by his questions.
(c) He thought that his questions might disheartened her.
(d) He thought that the girl had already noticed the scenary of the outside.
29. ‘It was a safe remark’ the remark was  - 
(a) The girl had an attractive figure.
(b) The girl had two beautiful eyes,
(c) The girl had an interesting face.
(d) The girl’s smile was very pleasnant.
30. The voice of the girl was compared by the narrator with – 
(a) The lighting , (b) the high-pitched female voice, (c) sparkle of a mountain stream.
31. The game played by the narrator to the co-passengers was – 
(a) Pretending  himself to be blind. (b) pretending  himself . (c) he was travelling, (d) he wanted a good friend.
32. The thought of laughter only made  the narrator of the story, ‘The Eyes Have it’. – 
(a) Feel serious, (b) feel troubled, (c) feel lonely, (d)  feel troubled and lonely.
33. The third co-passenger boarded the train from- 
(a) Dehra, (b) Rohana, (c) Saharanpur, (d) Mussouri.
34. The passenger who boarded the train from Saharanpur revealed  the fact to the narrator that – 
(a) The girl had beautiful eyes, (b) the girl having eyes could not see as she was completely blind, (c) the girl was really attractive, (d0 the girl was deaf.
35. The perfume of the girl’s  hair was ‘tantalising’. Here ‘tantalishin’ means- 
(a) a feeling of excitement, (b) make someone feel a desire to have, (c) visualizing something, (d) a feeling of doing something.
36. ‘Well , an interesting face can also be pretty.”- This is said by-
(a) The narrator, (b) the girl, (c0 the girl’s parents, (d) the co-passenger of the narrator.
37. The narrator of the story was prepared to sit in the train compartment for almost any length of time, just to 
(a) Listen to the girl talking, (b) enjoy the train journey alone, (c) see the beauty of the girl, (d) see the outside beauty.

38. The voice of the girl seemed to have –
(a) The sweetness of a bird’s song, (b)  the sparkle of a mountain stream, (c)the tenderness of a child.
39. The girl got up and began to collect her things when – 
(a) The engine’s whistle shrieked, (b) the carriage wheels changed their sound, (c) the carriage wheels changed their rhythm, (d) all the tree.
40. The memory of the brief encounter with a girl will stay with the narrator of story-
(a) for the time being, (b)  only for the rest of the journey, (c) for the rest of the journey and for sometime after, (d) for whole life.
41. When the train reached Saharanpur, the high pitched voice that was heard near the carriage door belonged to – (a) this girl’s mother, (b) the girl’s aunt, (c) the girl’s uncle, (d) the girl’s father.
42. The perfume from the firl’s hair  was – 
(a) Tantalizing, (b) terrifying, (c) irritating, (d) pleasant.
43. The  co-passenger, who boarded the train at Saharanpur, noticed the girl’s – (a) hair, (b) beautiful eyes, (c0 sweet face, (d) bright dress.
44. The  journey took place in the month of – 
(a) September, (b) October, (c) March, (d) November.
45. The narrator realizes that the girl, with who  he was travelling , was blind – 
(a) When he first saw her, (b) when she left, (c)  when her parents advised her, (d) when she left  and another passenger  boarded the train.
46. The eyes of the girl were beautiful, but were of no use because –
(a) she was deaf and dumb, (b) she was completely blind, (c) she could see nothing  without spectacles, (d) she was mentally retarded.
47. “Then I made a mistake.” The mistake was made by –
(a) The girl, (b) the narrator, (c) the co-passerner, (d) the girl’s aunt.
48. At night  one can enjoy the beauty of the hills with a (a) beautiful jasmine, (b) mountain (c) little brandy, (d) story books.
49. “Had she noticed already that I could not see?” This statement expressed the narrator’s – 
(a) Fear, (b) tension, (c) surprise, (d) doubt.
50. The narrator faced the window ledge to – 
(a) Watch the moving objects, (b) take a deep breath, (c) make a pretence of studying the landscape. (d) enjoy the fresh air outside.
51. The girl wanted to know from the narrator if he saw any – 
(a) Forest, (b) mountains, (c) animals, (d) rivers.
52. A high-pitched female voice was heard – 
(a) At the station, (b) in the train, (c) near the carriage door, (d) beside the window.
53. A man who got into the compartment at Saharanpur spoke- 
(a) Apologetically, (b) distinctly, (c) softly, (d) rudely.
54. “Then I made a mistake.” The ‘mistake’ that the narrator made was –
(a) To ask a wrong question, (b) to behave rudely with the girl, (c) to let slip the fact that the could not see, 
55. The game that the narrator played with his fellow travelers was to – 
(a) pretend that he could see, (b)  pretend that he couldn’t hear, (c) make conversation about things around them. (d) make sure that they did not realize that he could not see.
56. The narrator tried to faltter the girl as he knew that – 
(a) All girls can resist flattery, (b) most girls can resist flattery.(c) few girls feel flattered, (d) most girls give in to flattery.


WBCHSE class 12 English Notes PDF

The Eyes have It

Short –Type Qesestions with Answer

1. Who is the writer of the story, ‘The Eyes Have It’ ?
Ans. The writer of the story, “The Eyes Have It” is Ruskin Bond.
2. Where was the author going to ?
Ans. The author was going to Dehera. 
3. How was the author going to Rehana?
Ans. The author was going to Rehana by train.
4. Upto which station did the narrator travel alone in the train ?
Ans. The  narrator travelled alone till Rohana.
5. Who got into the author’s compartment ?
Ans. A girl got in to the compartment of the author.
6. Who came to the station to see the girl off ?
Ans. The author guessed that probably the girl’s parents had come to the station  to see the girl off.
7. What did the couple seem very anxious about ?
Ans.  The couple seemed very anxious about the comfort of the little girl.
8. What was the condition of the author at that time ?
Ans.  The author was completely blind at that time.
9. Who gave the girl detailed instruction at the moment of seeing her off ?
Ans. At the moment of seeing the girl off, the woman, probably her mother, gave her detailed instructions.
10. What instructions did the woman give to the girl before the train started ?
Ans. The woman gave the girl  necessary instructions as where to keep her things, when not lean out windows and how to avoid talking to unknown persons.
11. Inspite of being blind, what did the author like about the girl ?
      Ans.  The author  liked the girl’s voice and the sound of her slippers.
12. How did the blind narrator understand that the girl wore slippers ?
Ans. The blind narrator  understood that the  girl wore slippers from the sound of the girl’s slippers slapping against her heels.
13. Why did the author’s  voice startle the girl ?
Ans.  The author’s voice startled the girl because the girl did not know that there was another co passenger in her compartment.
14. Where was the girl going to ?
Ans. The girl was going to Saharanpur.
15. Who would come to receive the girl at Saharanpur ?
Ans.  The aunt of the girl would come to receive the girl at Saharanpur.
16. What notion does the narrator have about the aunts ?
Ans. The narrator thinks that the aunts are usually formidable creatures.
17. How does the narrator attempt to strike up a conversation with the girl ?
Ans. The narrator asks her where she is going.
18. Where did the girl wish to go ?
Ans.  The girl wished to go to Mussouri.
19. What was the best time in Mussouri ?
Ans. October was the best time in Mussouri.
20. Why did the girl consider the narrator lucky in the story, “The Eyes Have It”?
Ans. In the short story, ‘The Eyes Have It’, the girl considered the narrator lucky because he was going to Mussoorie, a beautiful hilly region.
21. “Then I made a mistake”- What mistake did the speaker make ?
Ans. Though the speaker wanted to conceal his blindness, he mistakenly asked the girl what it was like outside.
22. “Her next question removed my doubts.” –What was the next question?
Ans. Her next question was why  the narrator didn’t look outside the window.
23. “Her next question removed my doubts.” – What was the narrator’s doubt ?
Ans. The narrator’s doubt was perhaps the girl realized his blindness.
24. What could the narrator  see in his mind’s eye ?
Ans. In his mind’s eye, the narrator  could see telegraph posts flashing by.
25. What safe remark did the sightless narrator  make ?
Ans. The sightless narrator remarked that the girl had an ‘interesting face’.
26. What was the girl tired of ?
Ans. The girl was tired of people telling her that she had a pretty face.
27. What type of train journey was comfortable for the girl ?
Ans. A short train journey was comfortable for the girl.
28. What was the game that the author played with girl ?
Ans. The author was pretending that he could see. 
29. What did the author ask the new passenger about the girl ?
Ans. The author asked the new passenger how the hair of the departing girl was, was it short or long open.
30. What is the surprise at the end of the story ?
Ans. At the end of the story, the narrator, who tried to conceal his blindness from the girl all through the journey, came to know that  the girl too was blind.
31. Why were the beautiful eyes of the girl useless ?

Ans. The beautiful eyes of the girl  were useless because she was completely blind.                                                                                 

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 Essay Type Qestions :

1. Is the narrator somewhat cautious about not revealing too much about himself / Support your point with instances from the text. 
        Ans.     The narrator was cautious not to reveal too much about himself.  
      The narrator did not want to disclose her that he was blind and for that he planned not to get up from his own seat. But  he asked the girl what the scene outside the window was.  This unusual question might reveal the truth about himself. But removing his doubt, the girl asked him “Why don’t you look out of the window?”  The narrator  ‘moved easily along the berth’. He faced the window pretending of the studying of the landscape and commented  on general common matters.  To hide his blindness the narrator cashed in on his previous experience to describe the beauty of the hills especially in October. The narrator  said to her that she had an interesting face. This remark did not prove that the narrator could be blind. 
2.   Does the author help us anticipate the ironical twist in the end during the course of the narrative ? If yes, give examples from the text to support your argument.
Ans. The author gives but a few clues as to the condition of the girl’s loss of eyesight. When the author made  a mistake by asking the girl what it was like outside the  train, the girl did not react. Instead she asked him to look out of the window. The girl’s next question ‘Do you see any animals ?’ is equally interesting. Another clue about the girl’s possible blindness is found in the girl’s fright at the voice of the narrator in the compartment. If the girl were sighted she would not have been scared at the voice of the narrator. All these raise doubt in the minds of the readers as to the true nature of the girl. These in turn make the readers anticipate the ironic twist at the end. But such a twist is not expected definitely to a casual reader. 
3. Would you agree that  this story is a comment on ‘seeing’ ? Support your point with instances from the text. 
Ans. The story, ‘The Eyes Have It’ emphasizes upon the importance of inner vision. It is no simply the  eyesight that makes one see.  People having eyes often overlook what is right in front of them. But people who cannot see do not lose their sense of perception of beauty in life. The eyes of the narrator are sensitive only to light and darkness. But his other sense organs help him to conjure up the images of the hills, the girl’s hair, the moving trees and the landscape. He  recognized the most beautiful and lovable aspects of the girl. While the third passenger with his clear eyesight noticed only her useless eyes. The girl and the narrator use their insight to take in whatever impresses on their remaining senses intensively. The absence of vision is not a hindrance to them. So the story is a comment on ‘seeing’.
4. Briefly give an account of how the narrator and the girl exchanged their views on their visit to the hills. 
Ans. In course of conversation the narrator stated that he would go to Mussoorie. The girl immediately showed her deep love for Mussoorie. She loved the hills of Mussoorie. She loved the hills, especially in October. Then, calling on his memories the narrator also told that October was the best time. In October, Mussoorie appears in quiet beauty. The tourists leave the hills and the roads remain quiet and almost deserted. The hills decorate themselves with wild dahlias. The sun is also delicious. At night one can sit in front of a log fire and enjoy a little brandy. Memoriesof this scenic beauty probably made both of them nostalgic and reflective. As a result the girl remained silent for sometime.
5. “Then I made a mistake.”- Who made the mistake ?What mistake is referred to here ?/ Why did he call his action a mistake ? Did he really make a mistake ? /How did the speaker get rid off his doubt ?
Ans. The narrator in Ruskin Bond’s short story, ‘The Eyes Have It’, thought that he made the mistake.
The narrator behaved with the girl like a man with good eyesight. But he asked the girl about the condition outside of the window. He thought a man with good eyesight would never ask such a question. He thought that the girl would now discover his blindness. So he thought it was a mistake to ask such a foolish question.
The girl was blind. So she could not understand that the man was blind. But she also did not disclose that she was blind. She just asked him to look outside. So in fact there was no mistake on his part.

West Bengal Board Model Questions & Answers


Textual Grammar

Voice change :
1. They called their  goodbyes. 
2. I don’t see you either.
3. She would  forget our brief encounter.
4. The woman gave the girl detailed instruction as to where to keep her things.
5. I didn’t know anyone else was there.
6. The man who had entered the compartment broke into my reverie. 
7.
Narration Change:
1. “Are you going all the way to Dehra ?” I asked.
2. She said , “I didn’t know anyone else was here.”
3. “Why don’t you look out of the window?” She asked.
4. “Have you noticed,” I ventured, “that the trees seem to be moving while we seem to be standing still ?”
5. I said, “Can you tell me- did she keep her hair long or short?”
Joining:
1. A couple saw a girl off. They were probable her parents. They seemed very anxious about her comfort. (complex)
2. They called their goodbyes. The train pulled out of the station. (Complex & compound)
3. They seemed very anxious about her comfort. They gave the girl detailed instruction. (Complex)
4. I liked the sound of her voice. I also liked the sound of her slippers. (Compound)
5. I turned from the window and faced the girl. We sat in silence for a while. (Compound)
6. It was a safe remark. I was becoming quite daring.
7. She  had beautiful eyes. They were of no use to her. (Adv. Clause)
8. I said it. I called on my memories. ( present participle)
Spliting :
1. The couple who saw her off were probably her parents; they seemed very anxious about her comfort. 
2. As I was totally blind at the time, my eyes sensitive only to light and darkness, I was unable  to tell what the girl looked like.
3. I  wondered if I would be able to prevent her from discovering that I was blind.
4. I wondered if my words had touched her, or whether she though me a romantic fool.
5. I heard the panting of the engine, the rumble of the wheels , and, in my mind’s eys, I could see telegraph posts flashing by.

Mis:
1. As soon as she left the train, she would forgot  our brief encounter. (Use no sooner – than)
2. Only the scent of perfume still lingered where she had stood. ( Use ‘none but’)
3. October is the best time. (Change into comparative and positive degree)
4. My face is not as interesting as hers. ( Change into negative/comparative degree)
5. I liked the sound of her voice. ( Negative)
6. People with good eyesight fail to see what is right in front of them. (Negative)
7. The woman gave the girl detailed instruction.( Change into complex & compound)
8. They called their goodbyes and the train pulled out of the station. ( Simple )
9. An interesting face can also be pretty. (Complex)
10. The train drew slowly into the station. ( complex and compound)
11. A man , getting into the compartment, stammered an apology. (Complex and compound)

Letters to Newspapers
To 
The Editor
The Statesman
Kolkata-700001,                                                     Sub:
Sir,
      I shall be highly obliged if you kindly allow a little space to ventilate my views in your highly esteemed daily newspaper about ………………….
      Under the circumstances , I am requesting the govt. as well the concerning authority to take  some immediate steps to solve the above discussed problem.
              Yours faithfully,
Place:
1.Write a letter to the editor of an English daily about bad condition of the hospital.
Sub: Bad condition of the hospital
    The standard of service of the hospital has gone down and most people think it as the gateway to death. The outdoor patients have to wait for a long time. The hospital authority and the management are careless to the welfare of the patients. Emergency patients are seen waiting indefinitely. There is scarcity of equipments for the Operation Theatre.  The few equipments which are in the hospital are not properly sterilised. The hospitals are overcrowded. A single bed is shared by more than one patient. The beds are always dirty. The doctors and nurses come and go as they like.  The nurses also are careless about their duties. They waste time in idle gossiping among themselves. X-ray machines are out of order for moths together. Nobody cares for the patients complaints.

2. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the indiscriminate use of microphones.
Sub: Indiscriminate use of microphones.
         Nowadays indiscriminate use of microphones on all occasions has become a torture to public life. The microphones are now used by the youngsters in season and out of season. They blare out nothing but cheap film songs at all hours of the day and night. The indiscriminate use of microphones has been causing great suffering to the people. Particularly the students are getting disturbed much during any kind of social and religious festival. Microphones prevent them from concentrating on our studies. They take away their attention from books. They can’t even sleep properly. It is a serious source of sound pollution. 
3.Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper expressing your concern over the high prices of essential goods.
Sub: Rise in prices of  essential commodities
     The price of essential commodities are getting increased regularly. So, the common people have to suffer much. The people below the poverty line are worst affected. The income of the people is limited. It is not rising in comparison to the price of things. So, common people find it very difficult to make both ends meet. The smugglers, black-marketers and hoarders take the advantage of this situation. So sometimes essential commodities are not available in the open market. Rice sells at 24.00 per kilo, wheat Rs. 17.00, dal at Rs 30.00. The price of fish ranges from Rs. 120.00 to 250.00 a kilo.Even the white-coloured water in the name of milk sells at Rs. 35.00 a litre ! All these have made the life of common people miserable.
4.Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the necessity of planting more trees in the country/afforestation in the country/ social forestry programmes in the country.

Sub: Necessity of planting more trees

    We know there is an eternal bond between man and trees. Trees help us in many ways. They supply us fresh oxygen. Trees give us food, fruits, fuel, wood, timber, medicine and many other useful things. The trees check soil erosion. They are also the harbingers of rain to produce  crops. Moreover, they give us shelter and shade. They protect  the wild life. The absence of trees creates the desert. Trees help us fight against environmental pollution. It is interesting to note that  33.3%  land is required as forests in any country to maintain ecological balance. We cannot think of life without trees. Vacant lands are becoming more and more scarce because of growing population.So, we must all grow more trees and stop deforestation.

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