Download NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English
Chapter 2 Long Walk to Freedom
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In this pdf file you can see answers of following Questions
Oral Comprehension Check
Where did the ceremonies take place? Can you name any public buildings in India
that are made of sandstone?
Can you say how 10 May is an ‘autumn day’ in South Africa?
At the beginning of his speech, Madela mentions “an extraordinary human disaster”.
What does he mean by this? What is the “glorious … human achievement” he speaks
of at the end?
What does Mandela thank the international leaders for?
What ideals does he set out for the future of South Africa?
What do the military generals do? How has their attitude changed, and why?
Why were two national anthems sung?
How does Mandela describe the systems of government in his country (i) in the first
decade, and (ii) in the final decade, of the twentieth century?
What does courage mean to Mandela?
Which does he think is natural, to love or to hate?
Thinking About the Text
Why did such a large number of international leaders attend the inauguration? Whatdid it signify the triumph of?
What does Mandela mean when he says he is “simply the sum of all those Africanpatriots” who had gone before him?
Would you agree that the “depths of oppression” create “heights of character? How
does Mandela illustrate this? Can you add your own examples to this argument?
How did Mandela’s understanding of freedom change with age and experience?
How did Mandela’s ‘hunger for freedom’ change his life?
Thinking About Language
There are nouns in the text (formation, government) which are formed from the
corresponding verbs (form, govern) by suffixing − (at)ion or ment. There may be
change in the spelling of some verb − noun pairs: such as rebel, rebellion;
Here are some more examples of ‘the’ used with proper names. Try to say
what these sentences mean. (You may consult a dictionary if you wish. Look
at the entry for ‘the’)
Match, the italicised phrases in Column A with the phrase nearest meaning
in Column B. (Hint: First look for the sentence in the text which the phrase
in column A occurs.)
Oral Comprehension Check
What “twin obligations” does Mandela mention?
What did being free mean to Mandela as a boy, and as a student? How does he
contrast these “transitory freedoms” with “the basic and honourable freedoms”?
Does Mandela think the oppressor is free? Why/Why not?