Class 10 English Chapter 8: In this lesson we study the story ‘Mijbil the Otter’ by Gavin Maxwell. We are going to read short summary then solve some important questions. All the Questions are very important for the final secondary examinations. Do you have any questions, you can leave your message in the comment box.
Class 10 English Chapter 8: Mijbil the Otter Summary.
The story begins when the author travels with his friend to Basra. At one point in their journey, the author expresses his choice to breed an otter because after losing his pet dog, he feels lonely. His friend suggested that he find it in Marshes near the Tigris River in Iraq. When they got to their destination, they found that only a friend’s mail had arrived. A few days later, a friend left while the chatter was waiting to receive his email. After receiving it, he went to his room to find an otter (presented to him in a sack), accompanied by Arab help with a message. He named the otter Mijbil, and simply Mij.
It took a while for Mij to get used to his place. Mij loved to play with water and learned to turn on the tap himself. Time is running out for Basra, however, now it was time to return to London. Since British planes did not allow animals, so he had to book another flight that allowed Mij to fly, but in a box. The narrator put her in the box an hour before the plane took off and went out to eat. When he returned, he found that the box was still there and that Mij had created holes and destroyed the inner lining. As a result, blood gushed out of the pits. She panicked and rushed to the airport just ten minutes before the plane took off.
He cleaned the box and arrived on time at the airport. Also, he described the whole incident to an air traffic controller who suggested that he keep a container in his lap. Gavin was grateful for his kindness to her. As soon as he opened the bowl, the otter jumped out and disappeared, thus becoming a commotion on the plane. The passengers were nervous. The air traffic controller then took him to Gavin and finally arrived in London. Mij loved ping-pong balls and marbles. He even developed entertainment with a narrator’s broken suitcase.
Class 10 English Chapter 8: Mijbil the Otter Questions Answers.
Ques: What ‘experiment’ did Maxwell think Camusfearna would be suitable for?
Ans: Maxwell took a moment at the thought that instead of keeping the dog as a pet, he would want an otter. Camusfearna was surrounded by water, so it would be a good place for this exploration.
Ques: Why was the otter named ‘Maxwell’s otter’?
Ans: The otter was named by zoologist Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwelli. Therefore, it was called Maxwell’s otter for short.
Ques: What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
Ans: When the author first took Mijbil to the bathroom, the otter began to drown with joy in the water. He sank down and rolled on it. He jumped down the length of the bathtub. He made enough slosh and splash. Two days later, the otter suddenly disappeared into the bathroom to play in the water and turn on the tap alone.
Ques: How was Mijbil transported to England?
Ans: Mijbil was packed in a box as the airlines had directed the author. As British airlines did not allow pets on board the author had to book a ticket on a different airline from Iraq to Paris and then Paris to London.
Ques: Why does Maxwell say the air hostess was “the very queen of her kind”?
Ans: The airmaster was very sympathetic after hearing Maxwell’s story. He understood how she might be feeling and gave her permission to take the otter out of the box. Because of all this, Maxwell called her “the queen of her kind”.
Ques: What game had Mij invented?
Ans: Mij has developed a game of football in a different way. Another author’s suitcase is damaged and has a slope over the top. Mij put the ball on top and ran to stop it as it skidded to the end.
Ques: What are some of the things we come to know about otters from this text?
Ans: Otters are part of a small group of animals called Mustellines, which include badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others. They are found in large numbers in swamps. The Arabs kept them as pets and tamed them. Otters like to distribute water and sprinkle on it. Maxwell’s otter had been a race before. unknown in science and has long been named by zoologist Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwell.