The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms Questions Answers

The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms is given in lesson 13 and it is one of the best short stories in English. All activity Questions and answers from The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms are discussed in the following.

Unit 1: The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms

Hill: highland পাহাড়

Absolutely: completely

Unknown: unfamiliar

Tourists: travelers

Region: land

Penetrate: enter the interior of ভেতরে ঢুকে পড়া.

Provence: a region of France

Consisted of: composed of গঠিত

Barren: infertile অনুর্বর

Monotonous: boring একঘেয়ে

Lands: ground ভূমিগুলি

Nothing: none কোনো কিছুই নয়

Grew: develop জন্মত

Except: besides ব্যতীত/ছাড়া

Wild: not civilized বন্য

Lavender: one kind of flowering plant এক রকমের গাছ

Crossing: going from one side to অতিক্রম করা

Country: land দেশ

Widest: longest distance from side সবচেয়ে চওড়া

Complete: entire সম্পূর্ণ/একেবারে

Desolation: loneliness নিঃসঙ্গতা

Camp: a temporary residence শিবির

Next: nearest ঠিক পরের

Abandoned: deserted/quitted পরিত্যক্ত

Village: rural area গ্রাম

Needed: required প্রয়ােজন হওয়া

Ruined: destroyed ধবংসপ্রাপ্ত

Think: consider/imagine চিন্তা করা

Spring: fountain ঝরনা

Dry: not wet শুকনা

Disappeared: vanished অদৃশ্য হওয়া

Well: one kind of reservoir of water

Indeed: really বাস্তবিক

Plenty: enough and more

Shelterless: under the sky

Beast: animal

Whistle: produced a kind of sound

Disturbed: vexed

Continually: continuously

Meal: food

Still: continually

Hope: cherishing a desire

Blossoms English Textbook for Class VIII: All Lessons Answers

Lesson 1: The Wind CapLesson 8: The Happy Prince
Lesson 2: Clouds Lesson 9: Summer Fiends
Lesson 3: An April DayLesson 10: Tales of Childhood
Lesson 4: The Great EscapeLesson 11: Midnight Express
Lesson 5: Princes SeptemberLesson 12: Someone
Lesson 6: The SeaLesson 13: The Man Who Planted Trees
Lesson 7: A King’s Tale

Let’s do:

Activity 1

Tick the correct alternative:

(i) The narrator was speaking of his experience (a) of recent times (b) about forty years ago (c) forty years into the future.

(ii) The land could produce only (a) plants of all types (b) wild lavender (c) oak trees.

(iii) The village where he was camped was inhabited by (a) the villagers (b) wild animals (c) none.

(iv) The sound of the wind is compared to (a) a flute (b) drums (c) a wild Beast.

Activity 2

Rearrange the following sentences in the correct order and put the numbers in the given boxes:

(1) The narrator had been walking for three days. ( 2 )

(2) He came across a dry spring. ( 5 )

(3) No vegetation grew in the region except wild lavender. ( 1 )

(4) The narrator’s camp was near an abandoned village. ( 3 )

(5) He was in search of water. ( 4 )

(6) He lost all hope of water when his search produced no result after five hours. ( 6 )

Activity 3

Answer the following question:

Why do you think the village was abandoned?

Ans: Once the village was not abandoned. There were residents because there was spring or well. Perhaps due to natural calamity, their houses were ruined and there was spring or well, but they were dry.

Unit 2: The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms

Word Nest

stiff – hard শক্ত

woody – made of wood কাষ্ঠল (এখানে, বুনা গাছপালা)

shepherd – one who keeps sheep মেষপালোক

scorching – hot enough to burn তীব্র ঝলসানো

dispersed -spread over a wide area অনেক দূর পর্যন্ত ছড়িয়ে পড়েছিল

flanks – sides দুই ধার বা কিনারা

inhabited – lived বসবাস

charcoal – the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood কাঠ কয়লা

acorns – fruits of the oak tree ওক গাছের ফল

a great deal of attention – সহকারে।

intrigued – puzzled and curious হতবাক ও অগ্রিহী হয়েছিল

Activity 4

Complete the following sentences with information from the text.

(a) In the text, ‘I’ refers to the narrator.

(b) The shepherd’s cottage would be the narrator’s shelter for the night since the closest village being still more than a day and a half farther on.

(C) With a great deal of attention, the shepherd began to examine the pile of acorns.

(d) The impression provided by the shepherd to the narrator was nothing could disturb him.

Activity 5

Answer the following questions.

(a) Give two examples of the shepherd’s hospitality towards the narrator.

Ans: The shepherd showed his hospitality towards the narrator by giving him a drink and taking him to his cottage to spend the night. The shepherd also shared his soup with him.

(b) State the profession of the people who inhabited the four or five remote villages.

Ans: The people who inhabited the four or five remote villages were woodcutters who burnt wood to make charcoal.

(c) “I was intrigued.”-Why was the narrator ‘intrigued?

Ans: The narrator was intrigued to see the shepherd’s attention while examining the pile of acorns. He was separating the good ones from the bad with full awareness and left the narrator with the impression that nothing could disturb him. His company brought him a feeling of peace.

Unit 3: The Man Who Planted Trees Class 8 Blossoms

Word Nest

soaked – to be thoroughly wet ভিজিয়ে রেখেছিল

pound – struck heavily জোরে আঘাত করা

with great care – carefully প্রচণ্ড যত্ন সহকারে

solitary – by oneself নির্জন

Wonder – surprise অবাক হওয়া;

flock of sheep – ভেড়ার পাল

concluded – bring to an end শেষ করা

lack – want of অভাবে

resolved – determined মনস্থির করেছিল

remedy – cure / improvement প্রতিকার

parted – separated -বিচ্ছিন্ন হয়েছিলাম

engaged – involved in নিয়াজিত ছিল

trail – hilly route পাহাড়ী পথ

deserted – lonely একাকী বা পরিতক্ত

impressive – admirable প্রশংসনীয়

speechless – unable to speak নির্বাক

considered – took into account বিবেচনা করা

sprung – sprouted মাটি খুঁড়ে বেরোনো। এখানে গাছগুলির কথা বলা হয়েছে।

technical – special high- tech প্রযুক্তিবিদ্যা কত কত

aids — for help সাহায্যকারী জিনিসপত্র

effective – fruitful কার্যকরী

domains – particular areas নির্দিষ্ট অঞ্চলগুলি

destruction – demolition ধ্বংস

Activity 6

Write T for true and F for false statements in the given boxes. Give supporting statements for each of your answers.

(a) The next morning the shepherd left his house all by himself. ( F )

Supporting statement: “He invited me to come along with him.”

(b) Twenty thousand trees had sprouted from among the trees planted by the shepherd. ( T )

Supporting statement: “Of these one hundred thousand, twenty thousand had come up.”

(C) The narrator met Elzéard Bouffier after a time span of five years. ( F )

Supporting statement: “The oaks of 1910 were now ten years old and were taller than me and than him.”

(d) The forest had sprung with the combined effort of the villagers and the shepherd. ( F )

Supporting statement: “When I considered that this had all sprung from the hands and from the soul of this one man.”

Activity 7

Answer the following questions.

(a) How did Elzéard Bouffier plant the acorns?

Ans: Elzéard Bouffier pounded on the ground with an iron rod to make a hole. He placed an acorn in it. Then he covered the hole again.

(b) How many years later did the narrator revisit the country?

Ans: The narrator revisited the country more than five years later.

(c) “I found that the war had not disturbed him at all: – Why do you think that the war had not been able to disturb Elzéard Bouffier?

Ans: I think that the war had not been able to disturb Elzéard Bouffier because he lived in a lonely and deserted area where his only aim was to plant oak trees, and he continued it with full awareness.

(d) What was the narrator’s reaction to seeing the massive oak trees?

Ans: On seeing the massive oak trees the narrator was speechless. He passed the whole day in silence and walked with him through his oak forest. He realized that men could be as effective as God in domains other than destruction.

Activity 8(a)

Combine the following pairs of sentences by using Infinitives.

(i) My mother went to Agra. She wanted to visit the Taj Mahal.

Ans: My mother went to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal.

(ii) The man held a meeting. He wanted to select a manager for the factory.

Ans: The man held a meeting to select a manager for the factory.

(iii) She was too tired. She could not work.

Ans: She was too tired to work.

(iv) The school has appointed a new teacher. He would teach Bengali to the students.

Ans: The school has appointed a new teacher to teach Bengali to the students.

Activity 8(b)

Fill in the blanks with the Present Perfect Continuous tense of the given verbs.

(a) The dog has been barking (bark ) since last night.

(b) The man has been reading (read ) the newspaper for two hours.

(c) The students have been preparing (prepare ) themselves for the quiz competition for several months.

(d) Mother has been cooking (cook) dinner for all of us throughout the evening.

Activity 8(c)

Change the underlined verbs into the Past Perfect Continuous tense.

(i) He said that he had tried to contact us over the phone since 8 o’clock that day.

Ans: He said that he had been trying to contact us over the phone since 8 o’clock that day.

(ii) For a long time they had planned to visit the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.

Ans: For a long time they had been planning to visit the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.

(iii) The actor who had played the part of Netaji became ill after the show.

Ans: The actor who had been playing the part of Netaji became ill after the show.

(iv) My sister explained that she got up late because she had studied till midnight.

Ans: My sister explained that she got up late because she had been studying till midnight.

Activity 8(d)

Change the following sentences into Indirect speech.

(i) Mohan said, “My brother will leave tomorrow.”

Ans: Mohan said that his brother would leave the next day.

(ii) My friend said to me, ‘I will be grateful if you help me now.”

Ans: My friend told me that he would be grateful if I could help him then.

(iii) The child said to his father, “Please give me a toy.”

Ans: The child requested his father to give him a toy.

(iv) “Oh! What a hot day it is today,” said Rita.

Ans: Rita exclaimed that it was a very hot day.

(v) “May we save our good earth!” said the teacher.

Ans: The teacher wished that they might save their good earth.

Activity 9

Find words in the third section of the text which mean the following.

(a) a way of improving an unpleasant or difficult situation – resolving to remedy

(b) to repeatedly hit at something – pound

(c) a place with no people in it – abandoned

(d) left with no words – speechless

Activity 10(a)

Write an imaginary conversation between yourself and a tree that you had planted and which has now grown green and tall.

Me: How are you, my dear friend?

Tree: Can’t you see that I am now grown green and tall?

Me: Yes, you are now taller than me. I am happy to see you again after three years.

Tree: You planted me, watered me for a few days, and protected me when I was small. Thank you.

Me: You are welcome. But I am afraid people may cut you down one day.

Tree: Please do something for my protection. I give fruits and flowers. I provide shade to the passers-by. The birds nest on my branches. They sing. I give you oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.

Me: I know all that. But they may want to build a house here. I must convince them that we should not cut down trees.

Activity 10(b)

Suppose your friend, who lives in a hostel, is missing his/her friends and family. He/she is feeling very lonely and sad. Write a letter inspiring him/her to cope with his/her present situation.

24 Parganas

Dear Ajoy,
I received your letter. I understand that you are feeling lonely in your hostel, missing your friends and family. But don’t be disheartened. You are studying well there. Get good results. You will then be able to go for higher education. Think of your career. Once you are settled in a job, you will start missing your hostel life. Everything is relative. As for now, you can draw or write whatever you like when you feel lonely. If you are absorbed in creative activity you will overcome your loneliness. Even at home, I sometimes feel lonely. So, do not think that your present life in a hostel is dull and monotonous. Think of that man who planted trees alone in that deserted land. I am talking about Elzéard Bouffier. Do you remember the story?

Write to me soon. I want to know if you follow my advice.

Yours ever,

Ajoy Mahato