Read and Find out
Why was the twentieth century called the ‘Era of the book’?
There were books for everything, from anteaters to Zulus. Books taught people what to do, how to do, when to do and why to do. They explained, educated, directed and decorated. No wonder that it was called the eta of books.
Who tried to invade the Earth in the twenty first century?
Martians tried to invade the Earth in the twenty first century.
What guesses are made by Think-Tank about the books found on Earth?
Think-Tank first guesses them to be sandwiches. Then he calls them communication devices. After that he thinks them to be some kind of eye communication devices that have to be devices watched.
Think About It
Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank but at the same time he corrects his mistakes. How does he manage to do that?
Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank while correcting his mistakes by presenting his own thoughts, but referring to them as being of no particular importance. Whenever he had to say something contrary to what Think-Tank said, he would do this. In this way he would correct Think-Tank’s errors without making Think-Tank feel that he was being corrected.
If you were in Noodle’s place, how would you handle Think-Tank’s mistakes?
If I were in his place, I would do the same. I would politely and gently suggest the corrections.
Do you think books are being replaced by the electronic media? Can we do away with books altogether?
Yes, these days online reading has replaced traditional books to a large extent. Internet, facebook, twitter etc. have decreased interest in reading. But, the truth is that books cannot be totally replaced. Books can never go out of life although they may exist in a different form.
Why are books referred to as a man’s best companion? Which is your favourite book and why? Write a paragraph about that book.
A book is a man’s best companion because it is always there. It never leaves us alone. It is there with us even when everyone else is gone. Books ‘ guide us, instruct us, make us laugh, inform us, inspire us and are always true to us. My favourite book is Peter Pan. It is a fairy tale. I love the character of Peter. He lives in fantasies. He is a child who never wants to grow up and he never does’ He enjoys thrills and adventures and even takes the kids from Earth on a merry adventure. The book inspires as it snows that one can remain a child at heart forever. The sense of wonder, innocence, purity and joy and a ‘ capacity to dream can stay in the human heart forever.
Talk About It
In what ways does Think-Tank misinterpret innocent nursery rhymes as threats to the Martians? Can you think of any incidents where you misinterpreted a word or an action? How did you resolve the misunderstanding?
The words like ‘shell’ and ‘silver’ make Think-Tank think that humans grew them in farms. Then, there js a line about ‘cow’ and ‘ ‘moon’. Also, the picture of Humpty-Dumpu and the rhyme of‘great fall’ make Think- ink think that humans were about to invade Mats. Yes, I had a similar misunderstanding wirh a friend. But, I was fortunate as I got to know the actual truth just in time. I did not believe what 1 had heard earlier.
The aliens in the play speak English. Do you think this is their language? What could be the language of i.e aliens?
No, English was not their language. If it had been so, they would not have misinterpreted the- nursery rhymes. They could be speaking some Martian language.
The Book that Saved the Earth Extra Questions and Answers Class 10 English Footprints Without Feet
Extract Based Questions [3 Marks each]
Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow.
Noodle : (bowing) O Great and Mighty Think-Tank, most powerful and intelligent creature in the whole universe, what are your orders?
Think-Tank : (peevishly) You left out part of my salutation, Apprentice Noodle. Go over the whole thing again.
(a) Who is Noodle?
(b) What does the extract reveal about Think-Tank?
(c) Find a word from the extract which means ‘feeling or showing nutation’.
(d) What is the opposite of ‘powerful’?
(a) Noodle is the apprentice to Think-Tank, the ruler of Mars.
(b) The extract reveals Think-Tank to be a vain and egoistic creature.
(c) ‘Peevishly’ from the extract means ‘feeling or showing invitation’.
(d) It opposite is ‘weak’.
Iota : I can’t figure it out, Captain. (holding up a book) I’ve counted two thousand of these peculiar items.
This place must be some sort of storage barn. [CBSE 2014]
(a) What could Iota not figure out?
(b) Where was Iota?
(c) Find the antonym of the word ‘ordinary’ in the extract.
(d) What part of speech is ‘peculiar’ as used in the extract?
(a) Iota could not figure out what the book were because he had never seen a book before.
(b) Iota was at Centerville Public Library on Earth.
(c) The antonym of ordinary is peculiar.
(d) It is an adjective.
Think-Tank : It can’t be worth much, but go ahead. Give us your trifling bit of data.
(a) Whom was Think-Tank addressing?
(b) What was the data?
(c) Find the word ih the extract which is a synonym of ‘insignificant’.
(d) What part of speech is ‘It’ as used in the extract?
(a) Think-Tank was addressing his apprentice, Noodle.
(b) The data was that the earthlings did not eat those ‘sandwiches’. They used them for communication.
(c) The synonym of‘insignificant’ in the extract is ‘trifling’.
(d) ‘It’ is a pronoun.
Historian : (chuckling) And that’s how one dusty old book of nursery rhymes saved the world from a Martian invasion.
(a) What was the name of the book?
(b) Why did the Historian chuckle?
(c) Which word in the extract is a synonym of ‘Conquer’?
(d) What part of speech is ‘And’ as used in the extract?
(a) ‘Mother Goose’ was the name of the book.
(b) The historian chuckled at the idea that the misinterpretation of a book saved the Earth.
(c) ‘Invasion’ from the extract is the synonym of‘conquer’.
(d) ‘And’ is a conjunction.
Short Answer Type Questions [2 Marks each]
Why did Think-Tank wish to contact the space probe?
Think-Tank wanted to contact the probe to find out what the crew of the probe had observed about Earth.
What difficulty do the crew of the space probe face on Earth?
The space probe lands in a public library. The crew is shocked because the place looked very strange as they had no idea of books. They think the library to be some kind of storage barn.
How does Think-Tank explain the books to his probe crew?
Think-Tank told his crew that the books were sandwiches. He even ordered his crew to eat them. Then, he called them communication devices and later he said that they were meant for watching.
Why do the space probe crew take vitamins?
Think-Tank wanted the probe crew to find out what was in the books. So, the probe crew take vitamins to increase their intelligence. They are able to read the books after taking those vitamins.
What is Think-Tank’s interpretation of words like ‘shells’, ‘silver bells’ and ‘garden’ from the nursery rhyme? What is its impact?
Think-Tank interprets the given words to mean that the earthlings grew shells and silver in their gardens. This caused him to withhold their planned invasion of Earth as he felt that Earth was more advanced than Mars.
Think-Tank thinks that Earthlings are after him. What is the reason? [CBSE 2015]
Think-Tank crew read about Humpty-Dumpty’s fall in the rhyme and showed the picture to Think-Tank. Think-Tank’s head resembled that of Humpty-Dumpty. This makes Think-Tank feel that earthlings were planning to invade Mars and capture him.
Mention any two striking qualities of Noodle.
The apprentice of Think-Tank, Noodle, comes out as an interesting figure in the story. He is very polite and smart. He corrects the mistakes of his ruler very humbly by giving indirect suggestions. Also, he is very wise and well informed.
Elaborate the escape that Think-Tank plans for.
Think-Tank orders his entire fleet to evacuate Mars. He gets a capsule for himself. They decide to move to the distant star Alpha Centauri to escape invasion by earthlings.
Describe Think-Tank in your our words.
Think-Tank is the ruler of the planet Mars. His head is huge and egg shaped. He wears a robe decorated with stars and circles. He is very proud of his intelligence and might.
How did one old book of nursery rhymes save the Earth from a Martian invasion? [CBSE 2011]
How did a book change Think-Tank’s opinion about the Earthlings? [CBSE 2014]
This book is totally misunderstood by the Martians.
The Martians thought that earthlings were planning to invade Mars. So, they cancelled their invasion of Earth and went back. Think-Tank totally misunderstands the book. Phrases like ‘shell’, ‘silver’, ‘garden’ gave him a false idea that earthlings grew silver and weapons. He starts thinking that earthlings are very advanced technologically.
Long Answer (Value Based) Type Questions [8 Marks each]
Noodle hails Think-Tank as the most powerful and intelligent creature in the whole universe. Do you agree? Write your opinion of Think-Tank citing instances from the given text.
Noodle is an trainee under Think-Tank. He bows before him and hails his ruler as the most powerful and intelligent creature in the universe. However, Think-Tank is not really intelligent. He misinterprets the nursery rhymes completely. ‘Silver’, ‘shells’ and ‘garden’ for him mean that the earthlings are growing metals in farms.
He thinks books to be sandwiches and wants the crew to eat them. When he is read out the nursery rhyme which says, ‘Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall’ he is terrified and plans his escape from Mars Thus, Think-Tank in nothing more than a show off and a pompous fool.
Mars and Earth become friends. How?
Think-Tank evacuates Mars and the martians move to Alpha Centauri. They fear an invasion by Earth. In the twenty-fifty century, the two planets become friends. The wise and wonderful Noodle replaces Think-Tank. Earthlings tell Martians the difference between sandwiches and books.
They even taught them how to read. At the same time, they have created a model library for Martians at Marsopolis. Still there is one thing that Martians have never learnt to do. They have never tried to read the nursery rhymes of ‘Mother Goose’.
Compare and contrast the characters of Noodle and Think-Tank. [CBSE 2012]
Noodle and Think-Tank have contrasting characters. Think-Tank likes to be called the ‘Great and the Mighty’. He orders and commands. He is the ruler of Mars, but has no intelligence.
He thinks books to be sandwiches. He is wrong about everything. He demands that the crew obey him. He likes to pass on other’s idea as his own. He is a coward who simply boasts about his power.
Noodle, his apprentice, is very clever and wise. He corrects the mistakes of the ruler (Think-Tank) very gently. He never takes credit for his ideas. But he offers them to the ruler very gently. Think-Tank makes them as his own.
The play, The Book That Saved the Earth’ conveys the message that misunderstanding of cultural differences between various races can cause confusion and conflict. Based on your reading of the play, write how such confusion and conflicts can be checked so that peace and harmony is maintained. [CBSE 2015]
The confusion in the mind of Think-Tank occurred due to the literal interpretation of the nursery rhymes in the book-‘Mother Goose’. To ensure that conflicts are checked so that peace and harmony are maintained, cultural differences should be sorted out by initially sending mature and wise people from one culture to the other to establish contact before deciding to wage war.
Think-Tank had sent an initial probe, but the crew members of the probe were not sufficiently intelligent or mature to understand Earth’s culture. That is why they literally interpreted the nursery rhymes and caused misunderstanding in the mind of Think-Tank.
MCQ Questions for Class 10 English Footprints Without Feet Chapter 10 The Book That Saved the Earth with Answers
According to Think Tank’s decoding, which animal can fly on the Earth?
Answer: (c) cow
What is the rank of Iota?
Answer: (c) Lieutenant
What are the invaders called?
Answer: (b) Martian
Name the book of nursery rhymes which saved Earth.
(a) Mother goose
(b) Father goose
(c) Baby goose
(d) none of these
Answer: (a) Mother goose
The story is set in the ______.
(d) All of them
Answer: (c) future
In the second instance, what did Noodle suggest that the books were for?
Answer: (b) reading
What did Think Tank think books were for?
Answer: (c) eating
Which book saved the planet Earth from Martian invasion?
(a) nursery rhymes
(b) noble encyclopedia
(c) book about rockets
(d) book about missiles
Answer: (a) nursery rhymes
How many moons does Mars have?
Answer: (b) 2
What is the “sandwich” used for on Earth, according to Noodle?
(a) satiating hunger
(d) none of the above
Answer: (b) communication
What was a sandwich according to the Think Tank?
(d) none of the above
Answer: (b) book
Which “ridiculous little planet” is being talked about?
Answer: (b) Earth
Who is the lieutenant of the rew?
(d) Think Tank
Answer: (c) Iota
Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Mars Space Control?
(d) Think Tank
Answer: (d) Think Tank
“You haven’t heard about the Martian invasion of ____? ”
Answer: (c) 2040
Who is the writer of the lesson ‘The Book That Saved the Earth’?
(a) Victor Canning
(b) Claire Boiko
(c) K.A. Abbas
(d) H.O. Wells
Answer: (b) Claire Boiko
Who was the ruler of Mars?
Answer: (c) Think-Tank
What does Think-Tank consider the books?
(b) ear communication devices
(c) eye communication devices
(d) all of the above
Answer: (d) all of the above
Who was Great and Mighty?
Answer: (a) Think-Tank
What was the name of the sergeant spacecraft crew?
Answer: (c) Oop
Who was the captain of the spacecraft crew?
Answer: (b) Omega
Which book saved the earth from invasion?
(a) a book of science
(b) a world encyclopedia
(c) a book of military techniques
(d) a book of nursery rhymes
Answer: (d) a book of nursery rhymes
Who was the deputy of Think-Tank?
Answer: (c) Noodle
Who tried to invade the earth in the twenty-first century?
Answer: (a) Martians
With what name is the twentieth century called?
(a) The era of the Book
(b) Era of the Science
(c) Era of the Mars
(d) Era of the Invasion
Answer: (a) The era of the Book