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English Class 12
Flamingo - Chapters (Literature)

Read the extract and answer the following questions.

Extract:

“The rat fights the tigress underwater and kills her but takes pity on the cubs and tends them lovingly — I don’t know how to do the scene,” the producer would say and Subbu would come out with four ways of the rat pouring affection on its victim’s offspring. “Good, but I am not sure it is effective enough,” the producer would say and in a minute Subbu would come out with fourteen more alternatives. Filmmaking must have been and was so easy with a man like Subbu around and if ever there was a man who gave direction and definition to Gemini Studios during its golden years, it was Subbu. Subbu had a separate identity as a poet and though he was certainly capable of more complex and higher forms, he deliberately chose to address his poetry to the masses.

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Question (i)

List any two sensory details present in this extract.

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

Two possible sensory details present in this extract are:

  • The sight of the rat fighting the tigress underwater and tending her cubs
  • The sound of the producer and Subbu discussing the scene

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • To answer this question, we need to identify two details from the extract that appeal to one or more of the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch. 
  • Sensory details help the reader to imagine and understand the situation better. 
  • In this extract, one possible sensory detail is the sight of the rat fighting the tigress underwater and tending her cubs, which shows the unusual and dramatic nature of the scene that the producer wanted to make. 
  • Another possible sensory detail is the sound of the producer and Subbu discussing the scene, which shows the dialogue and interaction between them. 
  • Therefore, these are two possible sensory details present in this extract.😊

Question (ii)

 What was Subbu's role in Gemini Studios?

  1. A producer
  2. A director
  3. A scriptwriter
  4. A poet

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

(c) A scriptwriter

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • To answer this question, we need to recall the information given in the extract about Subbu's role in Gemini Studios. 
  • The extract tells us that Subbu was a man who gave direction and definition to Gemini Studios during its golden years , and that he was able to come out with various ways of doing a scene that the producer wanted to make. 
  • This implies that Subbu was a scriptwriter who wrote scripts for films and helped the producer with his creative ideas and suggestions. 
  • Therefore, the correct option is C. A scriptwriter.😎

Question (iii)

 Complete the sentence appropriately. 

The phrase "he deliberately chose to address his poetry to the masses" means ____________.

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

 he intentionally wrote poems for the common people

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • To answer this question, we need to find a phrase that best completes the sentence and matches the context of the extract. 
  • The phrase "he deliberately chose to address his poetry to the masses" means that Subbu had a purpose and a preference in writing poems for the ordinary and general public, rather than for a select or elite group. 
  • The extract tells us that Subbu had a separate identity as a poet and that he was capable of more complex and higher forms, but he decided to write poems that were simple and popular. 
  • Therefore, the phrase that fits the blank is he intentionally wrote poems for the common people.πŸ‘

Question (iv)

Explain any one possible inference that can be drawn from the line "Filmmaking must have been and was so easy with a man like Subbu around".

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

One possible inference that can be drawn from the line "Filmmaking must have been and was so easy with a man like Subbu around" is that Subbu was a very talented and helpful person who made the process of filmmaking smooth and effortless for the producer and others in Gemini Studios. 

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • He had a knack for coming up with multiple alternatives for doing a scene, and he was always ready to assist and cooperate with the producer. 
  • He also gave direction and definition to Gemini Studios during its golden years, which shows his contribution and influence in the film industry. 
  • Therefore, this line suggests the narrator's admiration and appreciation of Subbu.πŸ™

Question (v)

What does the term 'golden years' mean in this context?

  1. The years when Gemini Studios made a lot of money
  2. The years when Gemini Studios produced highquality films
  3. The years when Gemini Studios won many awards
  4. The years when Gemini Studios had many stars

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

(b) The years when Gemini Studios produced highquality films

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • To answer this question, we need to know the meaning of the term 'golden years' in this context. 
  • Golden years are usually the period of time when something or someone is at its peak or best condition. 
  • The extract tells us that Subbu gave direction and definition to Gemini Studios during its golden years, which implies that he was involved in making films that were excellent and outstanding in terms of creativity, popularity, or impact. 
  • Therefore, the correct option is B. The years when Gemini Studios produced highquality films.πŸ‘

Question (vi)

Which of the following headlines best suggests the central idea of the extract?

  1. The Scene of a Rat and a Tigress
  2. The Poetry of a Scriptwriter
  3. The Talent of Subbu
  4. The Producer of Gemini Studios

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

(c)The Talent of Subbu

Step-by-step explanation: 

  • To answer this question, we need to identify the main theme or message of the extract. 
  • The extract focuses on how Subbu was a talented and versatile person who worked as a scriptwriter in Gemini Studios and also as a poet who wrote for the masses. The extract shows his ability to come up with different ways of doing a scene, his contribution to Gemini Studios during its golden years, and his choice of writing poems that were simple and popular. 
  • Therefore, the headline that best captures this idea is C. The Talent of Subbu.😊

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