The Book That Saved The Earth Class 10th Footprints Without Feet CBSE Solution

Class 10th Footprints Without Feet CBSE Solution

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Question 1.

Why was the twentieth century called the “Era of the Book”?


In the twentieth century, there were books about everything from anteaters to Zulus. The books covered all the topics and taught people the basic know-hows. The books had educational content, illustrations and decorations. All these benefits made the twentieth century the Era of the book.

Question 2.

Who tried to invade the earth in the twenty-first century?


It can be clearly inferred from the plot that the Martians tried to invade the Earth in the twenty-first century. Think-Tank was the commander-in-chief of the operation and his crew members were Noodle, Captain Omega, Lieutenant Iota and Sergeant Oop.

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Question 1.

What guesses are made by Think-Tank about the books found on earth?


After seeing the books, Think-Tank initially calls them sandwiches. He further tells his crew members that sandwiches are the staple diet of the Earthlings. He ordered Captain Omega to eat one of them and confirm his opinion. Captain Omega further orders Lieutenant Iota who orders Sergeant Oop. It is Sergeant Oop who finally bites the book. He tells them it is not delicious at all and that he is surprised how the earthlings eat it without water.

Noodle guesses that earthlings didn’t eat the books but used them as communication devices. The crew members put the books at their ears and try listening to them but couldn’t hear anything. Noodle further suggests that they were for visual communication.

Think About It
Question 1.

Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank but at the same time he corrects his mistakes. How does he manage to do that?


Think-Tank is the head of the Martian crew trying to invade the Earth and Noodle is an apprentice. Though Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank he corrects his mistakes as well. He does so in a polite and humble tone and doesn’t point out Think-Tank’s mistakes bluntly but gives suggestions only. When Think-Tank calls the books sandwiches and orders captain Omega to eat it, Noodle does not interfere. After the Sergeant bites the book and finds no taste in it, Noodle suggests that they were not for eating but for communication. Just then, Think-Tank orders the crew to listen to the books. When no one hears anything, Noodle politely suggests that the books are a means of visual communication. Noodle becomes the savior once again when he suggests the crew to take vitamins for decoding the content.

This is how Noodle manages to correct Think-Tank’s mistakes without offending him.

Question 2.

If you were in noodle’s place, how would you handle Think-Tank’s mistakes?


Had I been in Noodle’s place, I would have handled Think-Tank’s mistakes just like Noodle did.

Noodle handles the situation without being rude and doesn’t show off his intelligence. Had he behaved the other way around, it would have made the situation tense since Think-Tank was the commander-in-chief and Noodle was just an apprentice. The Martians were supposed to follow Think-Tank’s orders and not order him.

Think-Tank followed all the advices because Noodle made them sound as suggestions and not orders or any offence.

Question 3.

Do you think books are being replaced by the electronic media? Can we do away with books altogether?


It is a fact that the books are being replaced by the electronic media. Gone are the days when people went to libraries to read books. All the information is now just a click away. Complete books are available online as e-books. The case of books is similar as that of desktop computers and landline telephones. The desktop computers have been swiftly replaced by laptops and palmtops while the landline telephones have been taken over by cell phones and tablets.

The time is not far when books will be counted as antiques and will be cherished by only a few. Yes, I believe that we can do away with the books completely. It is a good move for preventing the degradation of the environment.

I do believe that in coming times we will rely solely on the electronic media for information and access to books.

Question 4.

why are books referred to as a man’s best companion? Which is your favourite book and why? Write paragraph about the book.


Books are definitely a man’s best friend. A person’s relation with the book builds up in the most crucial years of his life. Just when a child starts receiving education his link with the book is established. Books are his source of knowledge and wisdom. They not only give him theoretical knowledge but also teach him moral values.

Reading books is the best thing to do to while away time. It gives immense relaxation to the brain. Books not only expose us to a wider world but also help us learn lessons from other’s experiences. Books teach us the technical know-hows, theories and technicalities of modern life. They teach us about our past and keep us connected with our ancient culture, values, traditions and morals. They make us aware about the historical events, important people and how the world turned into a global village. They tell us about discoveries and inventions and enlighten our brains with ideas.

My favorite book is ‘The Panchatantra’. It has a collection of various stories which teach us the life’s most valuable lessons. Every person should read the book at least once. It teaches us lessons even through fables.

Talk About It
Question 1.

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?


Think-Tank misinterprets the innocent nursery rhymes as threats to the Martians. Initially, he misinterprets that the earthlings have discovered how to combine agricultural and mining and that they can grow explosives. From the next poem, Humpty Dumpty, he misinterprets that the earthlings have come to know about his intentions and they are planning to capture him. He immediately decides to leave Mars to be safe and to avoid getting caught.

Yes, there have been many such incidents when I had misinterpreted a word or an action. There’s a Hindi word ‘galatfehmi’ which means a misunderstanding. I often used to misinterpret it as ‘galatfamily’ which means (according to me) a wrong family.

Question 2.

The aliens in this play speak English. Do you think this is their language? What could be the language of the aliens?


The aliens’ speaking English is only imaginative. It is their language in the play because it is written in the author’s language.

They would not have misinterpreted the books had they known English. They could have easily understood that they were some rhymes. They would not have chased the literal meaning of the words and made assumptions based on the representations.

The aliens were from a different planet which makes it more evident that they didn’t know English. They needed some vitamins to decode the text which is a clear indication that they didn’t understand the text in its original form.