Memories of a Visit
About the passage
Understand and Answer
A. Answer these questions with reference to the context.
‘That’s why tourists love to visit this city.’
1. Who said this and to whom?
Ans. The speaker said to Supriya.
2. Where was the speaker when this was said?
Ans. The speaker drove past the Eiffel Tower.
3. Why do tourists love to visit the city? Give three reasons.
Ans. Three reasons to visit the city are:
i. The French Alps – beautiful snow-capped mountains
ii. The Eiffel Tower
iii. Musee du Louvre, one of the finest museums in the world.
B. Mark the statements as (T) for true and (F) for false.
1. The airport is outside the city of Paris. T
2. Paris is built on the banks of the River Seine. T
3. France has snow-capped mountains, rivers, and plains. T
4. Normandy and Brittany are separated from the rest of France by the sea. T
5. Coastal France was not affected during World War II. F
C. Answer these questions.
1. ‘Paris is a beautiful city’. Give two reasons to support this statement.
Ans. Paris is a beautiful city because
i. Its white stone buildings gleam in the sun.
ii. There are parks with ponds where the children sail toy boats. In some of the parks, there are rows of trees and flowers everywhere. Some of the trees are so trimmed that they look like huge, green lollipops.
2. What are the two things that France is famous for?
Ans. France is famous for cheese and wine.
3. How are the people of the peninsular region different from those in the rest of France?
Ans. The people here, mainly farmers and fishermen, seemed a little old-fashioned. They were not too interested in trying new things, unlike the people in other parts of France, especially Paris.
4. Mention any five things about France that the author found interesting.
Ans. Five things about France that the author found interesting were:
i. France is not crowded. There is plenty of room for everyone.
ii. The country has almost everything that people need for a comfortable and happy life.
iii. The French Alps – beautiful snow-capped mountains
iv. The Eiffel Tower
v. Musee du Louvre, one of the finest museums in the world.
5. Is France a good country to live and work in? Pick out a sentence from the passage that supports your answer. What effect does this have on the people?
Ans. Yes, France is a good country to live and work in. The following sentence supports the statement.
‘The country has almost everything that people need for a comfortable and happy life.’
The soil is rich and the sea borders much of France. So, there are plenty of good vegetables, fruit, grains, meat, and fish.
Think and answer.
1. Paris has a great effect on the rest of France.
a) Pick out a sentence from the passage that supports this statement.
Ans. ‘When Paris sneezes, the rest of France catches a cold!’
b) Can you think of a city in your state or country that has a similar effect?
2. Was the countryside in France as peaceful during World War II? Why?
Ans. No, the countryside in France was not peaceful during World War II because in the last days of World War II, big guns had thundered there, bombs had exploded, and bullets had ripped through the trees and gardens.