1. HIS FIRST FLIGHT 3rd Chapter


This is a fictious story of a young seagull. The time had come when he must learn to fly. His to brothers and a little sister had learnt how to fly by imitating their parents. they had simply run to brink of the ledge, flew off their wings and flown a way.

But the young seagull came to the brink and tride to fly in the air he became afraid. He felt sure that if he tried to fly he would fall into the sea bellow. so he ran back to his hole on the ledge. his parents came to take him along with them. But he refused to fly. they threatened that he would starve on the ledge. But the bird was to afraid to move. Twenty-four hours passed. the seagull had not eaten anything. he began to feel very hungry.


Then He saw his mother sitting on a plateau. She was eating a fish. the sight increased his hunger. He pleaded her mother to give him some food. The mother looked at him derisively. But the next movement she picked up a piece of fish and flew towards him. She did not come to him.

She hovered over him and her wings became motionless. he could not bear it any longer. He was desperately hunger. he dived at fish. He could not reach near to his mother but fell form the ledge downwards into space. He was filled with fear and cride.

But this fear lasted only a minute . He spread his wings and flew. He cride with joy and started flying higher and higher. his parents , brothers and sister flew around him. they were all happy. After a while the seagull’s parents, brothers and sister landed on the sea. They ask him to come there.

The seagull thought it was a green turf. He tried to stand on the sea, but his legs sank into it and he frightened. His belly touched the water and he did not drown. He began to float on the sea. his family members praised him and gave him pieces of fish to eat. This was how the seagull made his first flight.


Q-1- Why did the young seagull run back ? 

Ans- the young seagull run back because he felt certain that his wings would never support him and he would fall down headlong.

Q-2- Why did he not follow his brothers and his little sister ?

Ans-  He did not follow his brothers and little sister because he failed to gather up courage to take the plunge to take the plunge.

Q-3- Where did the young seagull sleep at night ?

Ans-  The young seagull slept in a little hole under the ledge at night.

Q-4-  Which word in the passage means ‘extremly difficult or dangerous’ ?

Ans-  The word ‘desperate’ means ‘extremly’ difficult or dangerous.

Q-5-  What had happend twenty-four hours ago ? 

Ans-   Each of family of the little seagulll had flown away leaving him alone.

Q-6- What did the parents teach his brothers and sister ?

Ans-  The parents thaught his brothers and sister the art of flying and how to skim the waves and how to dive for fish.

Q-7- Why did the parents raise a proud cackle ?

Ans-  The parents raised a loud crackle to appreciate the older brother who had caught his first hearing and devoured it.

Q-8-  Why did the whole family taunt the little seagull ? 

Ans- The whole family taunted the little seagull for his cowardice because he failed to fly.

Q-9-  Which word in the passsage means ‘eat up quickly and hungrly’ ?

Ans-  The word ‘devour’ means ‘eat up quickly and hungrily’ ?

Q-10-   What did he do in his eagerness ?

Ans-  In his eagerness he leaned out.


Q-1- Where had his parents , his brothers and sister landed ?

Ans-  His parents , his brothers and sister had landed on the green flooring of the sea ahead of him.

Q-2-  What happpend when he tried to stand on the green sea ?

Ans-   When her tride to stand on the grreeen sea , he could not rise.

Q-3- What did his family do when he was floating on the sea ?

Ans- When he was floating on the sea, hiws family was screaming around him and praising him.

Q-4- What did his family offer him and why ? 

Ans-  His family was offering him scrapes of dog-fish because he was hungry.

Q-5-Which word in the passage means ‘giving signal’? 

Ans- The word ‘beckoning’ means ‘giving’ signal’,

Q-6- Why did he dive at the fish ? 

Ans-  He dived at the fish because he was mad with hunger.


Q-1- Why was the young seagull afraid to fly ? Do you think all young birds are afraid to make their first flight, or are some birds more timed than others ? do you think a human baby also finds it a challange to take its first steps ?

Ans-  The young seagull was afraid to fly because he felt that he wings could not support him. I think there are some birds more timid then others but more or less almost all the young birds are afraid of making there first flight. I think a human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first steps.

Q-2- ”The sight of the food maddened him.” What does this suggest ? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly ?

Ans- ”The sight the food maddened him,” This suggest that he was desperately hungry. His hunger compelled him to fly finally. He dived to get food from his mother , the seagull fell into the space below the ledge.

Q-3- ”they were beckoning to him, , calling shirilly.” why did the seagull’ s father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly ?

  Ans- The young seagull was afraid to fly because he felt that his wings could not support him, that’s why the seagull’s father and mother threatened him and persuaded him to fly.

Q-4- Have you ever had a similar experience, where your parents encouradge you to do something that you were too scared to try ? discuss this in pairs or groups.

Ans-  My father is a good swimmer. He was a swimming champion during his collage days. I also wanted to be like him but was scared of water. He baught a beautiful swimming costume for me but I was not motivated .

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