NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Flamingo Chapter 8 Going Places

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Flamingo Chapter 8

Going Places Class 12

Chapter 8 Going Places Exercise Answers & Summary

Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 77

Q1 :

Notice these expressions in the text. Infer their meanings from the context.

Answer :

· incongruity - quality of being unsuitable

· prodigy - a young person endowed with exceptional qualities

· chuffed - very pleased

· solitary elm - a secluded tall tree

· arcade - a passage or a walkway with shops and stalls on either side

· amber glow - orange-yellow light of the lamp

· wharf - a place beside the water bodies for loading or unloading of the ships

· pangs of doubt - a sudden realization of uncertainty about something


Think as you read : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 79

Q1 :

Where was it most likely that the two girls would find work after school?

Answer :

The two girls, Sophie and Jansie, were already destined for a job in the biscuit factory

and it was likely that they would work there after school.

Q2 :

What were the options that Sophie was dreaming of? Why does Jansie

discourage her to have such dreams?

Answer :

Sophie dreamt of opening a boutique or becoming an actress or a fashion designer.

She thought that she would be offered the position of a manager and that she would

work there till the time she saves enough money for her boutique.

Keeping in mind their lower middle class family background, Jansie discourages Sophie

to have such dreams. Jansie is more realistic and practical in life, and hence, knows

that big ambitions cost heavy investments, something their working-class status could

not afford.

Q3 :

Why did Sophie wriggle when Geoff told her father that she had met Danny


Answer :

She wriggled when Geoff told her father that she had met Danny Casey because she

was well aware of her father's short-tempered nature. She knew that he would scold her

for spreading wild stories. Moreover, she was aware that no one would believe her. It is

also possible that she did not expect Geoff to share her secrets with others, even family


Q4 :

Did Geoff believe what Sophie says about her meeting with Danny Casey?

Answer :

No, Geoff does not believe what Sophie says about her meeting. He calls it "the

unlikeliest thing [he] ever heard".

Q5 :

Does her father believe her story?

Answer :

Sophie's father does not believe her story and he warns her that her "wild stories" might

land her into trouble.

Q6 : 

How does Sophie include her brother Geoff in her fantasy of future?

Answer :

Sophie was jealous of the fact that her brother had access to the world outside. She

fantasises about going to these places with him some day in the future wearing a yellow

dress. She fantasises that the world would rise to greet them.

Q7 :

Which country did Danny Casey play for?

Answer :

Danny Casey played football for Ireland.

Understanding the texttalking about the textthink : Solutions of Questions on Page Number

: 85

Q1 :

Sophie and Jansie were class-mates and friends. What were the differences

between them that show up in the story?

Answer :

Sophie and Jansie were different from each other. Sophie was a dreamer who enjoyed

creating her own fantasy world using her imagination. She showed an urge to transcend

her working-class status and attain sophistication by pursuing the ambition of a fashion

designer or an actress. Jansie, on the other hand, was more practical and realistic than

Sophie. She tried to pull Sophie back to reality, but all in vain. Jansie's sensibility and

maturity are evident in her attempt to remind her friend that they were earmarked for the

biscuit factory, and expensive dreams were inappropriate to their financial status.

Q2 :

Discuss in pairs

1. Sophie's dreams and disappointments are all in her mind.

2. It is natural for teenagers to have unrealistic dreams. What would you say are

the benefits and disadvantages of such fantasising? 

Answer :

1. Sophie was a dreamer who often made up stories for herself and for others. One

possibility might be that she wanted to escape the squalor of daily life with the help of

her fantasies. Her encounter with Danny Casey was a made-up story for the sake of

catching her brother's attention. Eventually, she gets so much engrossed in it that she

starts to live the fantasy. When Danny Casey does not arrive for the second 'date', she

experiences disappointment. However painful and disappointing her fantasy might be,

she was not willing to accept reality. Her dreams and disappointments are figments of

her imagination.

2. Teenage is the phase of life which constitutes of major changes in the life of an

individual. During this phase, a person learns many things, sets his career goals, and

deals with peer pressure and the pressure of adults' expectations. Hence, it is natural

for teenagers to fantasise and to have unrealistic dreams.

Advantages: Fantasising, based on realistic goals or the world around, provides a

means to reach higher ambitions and dreams. Aspiring for higher career goals and

working hard may ensure successful career prospects. Thus, it instills confidence and a

spirit to achieve one's desire. In difficult situations of life, it helps instill positivity and

optimism. It is a talent in those known as creative.

Disadvantages: Fantasising builds a gap between fantasy and reality. The realisation of

the disparity between one's goals and capabilities may be painful. Non achievement

may also lead to disappointment, depression or suicidal tendencies. Moreover, it is a

sheer wastage of time for many.

(Sample answers have been provided for students' benefit. It is strongly recommended

that students prepare the answers on their own.)

Q3 :

Why didn't Sophie want Jansie to know about her story with Danny?

Answer :

Sophie didn't want Jansie to know about her encounter with Danny because she feared

that Jansie would spread her story to the whole neighbourhood.

Q4 :

How would you describe the character and temperament of Sophie's father?

Answer :

ophie's father is an archetype of the lower middle class father who has worked hard in

uncompromising conditions in order to earn livelihood for his family. After his day's work,

he watched the television instead of spending time with his family or sharing family

responsibilities with his wife. He expects Sophie to buy them a new house instead of

engaging in her expensive dream ambitions, if she gets a chance to earn money. His

impoverished financial condition does not, however, stop him from watching the football

match, or later, going to the pub for celebration. He is shown as a practical, but a selfcentered and short-tempered person.

Q5 :

Did Sophie really meet Danny Casey?

Answer :

Sophie did not meet Danny Casey in reality. She made up the story of her encounter

with Danny Casey only to seek the attention her brother, Geoff.

Q6 :

Why did Sophie like her brother Geoff more than any other person? From her

perspective, what did he symbolise?

Answer :

Sophie liked her brother, Geoff, more than anybody else because he was not in the

habit of talking much and remained lost in his own thoughts. She envied his silence and

thought that he had access to an unknown world. She wanted to be a part of that world

and she fancied herself wearing glamorous clothes and being welcomed by everyone.

For Sophie, Geoff symbolised liberty from the monotonous life they had been living.

Q7 :

Which was the only occasion when she got to see Danny Casey in person?

Answer :

Sophie went to see the football match of the United team with her father and her two

brothers. This was the only instance where she got a chance to see Danny Casey.

Q8 : 

What socio-economic background does Sophie belong to? What are the

indicators of her family's financial status?

Answer :

Sophie belongs to a lower middle class socio-economic background. She lives in a

small house with her parents and two brothers, Derek and Geoff. When she returns

home after school, she feels choked with the steam of the stove and is disgusted with

the dirty dishes piled in a corner. Her mother's back has become stooped and bent by

handling all the household chores and responsibilities on her own. Her father is a hard

labourer and her elder brother, Geoff, works as an apprentice mechanic in a garage

situated far away from his house. Her family wants Sophie to join work immediately after

her school. These are some of the indicators of Sophie's family's financial status.

Working with wordsnoticing form : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 86

Q1 :

Notice the following expressions. The highlighted words are not used in a literal

sense. Explain what they mean.

1. Words had to be prized out of him like stones out of a ground.

2. Sophie felt a tightening in her throat.

3. If he keeps his head on his shoulders.

4. On Saturday they made their weekly pilgrimage to the United.

5. She saw… him ghost past the lumbering defenders.

Answer :

1. These words are spoken by Sophie to Geoff. In this line, Sophie compares the words

uttered by Geoff to the precious stones that have to be dug out from the earth, both

being laborious activities.

2. After returning from her school, Sophie notices her father sitting on the dining table.

In this line, she is expressing her fear of her father's wrath.

3. In this line, Sophie's father compliments Danny's skills at playing football, but, he

feels that he could only achieve long term success if he keeps himself well grounded.

4. In the given line, the author points at the habitual visit of Sophie's family to watch the

football match every week. The word 'pilgrimage' emphasises the theme of hero

worship in the story.

5. In this line, the author describes Sophie's recollection of Danny Casey who leaves

behind all other players and speeds towards the goal.


Q2 :

Notice the highlighted words in the following sentences.

1. "When I leave,' Sophie said, coming home from school, "I'm going to have a


2. Jansie, linking arms with her along the street, looked doubtful.

3. "I'll find it," Sophie said, staring far down the street.

4. Jansie, knowing they were both earmarked for the biscuit factory, became


5. And she turned in through the open street door leaving Jansie standing in the


- When we add "ing" to a verb we get the present participle form. The present

participle form is generally used along with forms of "be', (is, was, are, were, am)

to indicate the continuous tense as in "Sophie was cominghome from school."

- We can use the present participle by itself without the helping verb, when we

wish to indicate that an action is happening at the same time as another.

- In example 1, Sophie "said" something. "Said", here, is the main action.

- What Sophie was doing while she was "saying" is indicated by "coming home

from school". So we get the information of two actions happening at the same

time. We convey the information in one sentence instead of two.

I. Analyse the other examples in the same way.

II. Pick out five other sentences from the story in which present participles are

used in this sense.

Answer :

I. The explanations are as follows:

2. Here, the main verb is 'looked'. Therefore, 'linking' is the present participle form of the

verb 'link' and is not used in continuous tense. The two actions indicated are 'linking

arms' and 'looked doubtful.'

3. The main verb is 'said'. Therefore, 'staring' is the present participle form of the verb

'stare' and is not used in continuous tense. The two actions indicated are 'said' and


4. The main verb is 'became'. Therefore, 'knowing' is the present participle form of the

verb 'know' and is not used in continuous tense. The two actions indicated are 'knowing'

and 'became melancholy.'

5. In this sentence, the main verb is 'turned'. Therefore, 'leaving' and 'standing' are the

present participle form of the verb 'leave' and 'stand' respectively, that are not used in

continuous tense.

II. Examples of similar sentences are as follows:

1. He was kneeling on the floor in the next room tinkering with a part of his motorcycle

over some newspaper spread on the carpet.

2. She watched along the canal, seeing him come out of the shadows, imagining her

own consequent excitement.

3. Jansie frowned, sensing she was covering.

4. I feel the pangs of doubt stirring inside me.

5. But all the same, it makes me despondent, this knowing I'll never be able to show

them they're wrong to doubt me.

Thinking about languagethings to dowriting : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 87

Q1 :

Notice these words in the story.

• "chuffed", meaning delighted or very pleased

• "nosey", meaning inquisitive

• "gawky", meaning awkward, ungainly

These are words that are used in an informal way in colloquial speech.

Make a list of ten other words of this kind.

Answer :

List of the words used by the characters in their colloquial speech is given below:

1. “Airhead”, meaning a stupid person

2. “Boo boo”, meaning to make mistakes

3. “Glitzy”, meaning fashionable

4. “Airy-fairy”, meaning to be overly idealistic

5. “Tight-arse”, meaning a person who doesn't like to spend money on others

6. “Thick”, meaning to be not very intelligent

7. “Nerd”, meaning a person with lesser social skills

8. “Gnarly”, meaning extreme

9. “Bonkers”, meaning crazy

10. “Eggy”, meaning stressed

 Q2 :

Look for stories or movies where this theme of hero worship and fantasising

about film or sports icons finds a place.

Answer :

The movie Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli revolves around the life of a thirteen year-old orphan

boy, Karan. He has been brought up in an impoverished orphanage, hearing from his

caretaker stories about India's victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup under the

captainship of Kapil Dev.

One day, he finds an old bat with the year '1983' engraved on it. Karan fantasises that

the bat found by him is the same bat which Kapil Dev had used during the 1983 Cricket

World Cup matches. He believes it to be his lucky bat. On one fortunate occasion, the

coach of the Indian cricket team spots Karan playing. He is highly impressed with

Karan's batting skills and selects him as a member of the Indian cricket team.

Karan's bond and belief with his lucky bat grows stronger and it becomes his magic bat

for him. Everyone congratulates Karan for his good performance in the cricket match

except his orphanage mate, Raghu. He feels jealous of Karan's newly achieved

success. To hinder his success, he breaks Karan's lucky bat during the India-Pakistan

innings. Consequently, the incident becomes a huge setback for Karan and he refuses

to play without his magic bat. This is the time when he is made to realise that the magic

was not in his bat, but inside him. Thereafter, Karan plays well and his team wins the

match. At last, Karan develops confidence in his own capabilities rather than depending

on his magic bat.

(A sample answer has been provided for students' benefit. It is strongly recommended

that students prepare the answer on their own.)


· Thin :k of a person who you would like to have as a role model.

· Write down the points to be discussed or questions to be asked, if you were asked to

interview that person on a television show.

Answer :

Directions: Think of a person whom you admire and consider as your role model. He or

she may be one of your teachers, or any famous personality who inspire you. Think of

the questions you would like to ask that person, if given an opportunity to interview him

or her. The questions should be prepared keeping in mind the profession of the person


Some of the questions that could be put to him or her during the interview are: 

· Why and when did you decide to choose your present field as your prospective career?

· What is your idea of stress relief?

· What do you like doing apart from your work?

· What is your favorite holiday destination?

· What does success mean to you?

· Where do you wish to see yourself five years down the line?

· What are your future plans?

· If you wish to change one thing on the planet, what would it be?

(Directions and pointers have been provided for students' benefit. It is stronglyrecommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)