1.  The young seagull lacked confidence and courage.  If your friend goes through the same situation, what will you do?  How will you help him/her? Answer in a paragraph of about 60 words.

2.  'Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts,' says Winston Churchill. Failure is indeed a stepping stone to success. The young seagull's story teaches us this. Prepare a write-up highlighting this view, based on your reading of the story 'His First Flight'.  Answer in about 120 words.  [Score: 6] [March 2020]

3.  Write a review of the story His First Flight. Sample answer

4.  Write an article for a magazine about the role of parents in the life of a child.

5.  The story 'His First Flight' is an account of a mother's belief in her child.  She was even ready to let her child starve to make him realize his inborn talents.  But now a days, parents pamper their children an by fulfilling all their needs they don't let them know the value of anything.  Compare the nature of the mother seagull with modern day parents.  Answer in about 120 words.  [Score: 6] [December 2020]

6.  "Then a monstrous terror seized him and his heart stood still. He could hear nothing. But it only lasted a moment." What happened after that moment? Based on your reading of the story 'His First Flight',write a paragraph on the Seagull's first flight. Answer in about 60 words.  [Score: 4] [March 2019]

7.  Parents are our first teachers. How true is this statement in regard to the story of the seagull?  Write a review of the story highlighting the role played by the mother in boosting the morale of the little one.  Answer in about 80 words.  [Score: 6] [July 2019]  Sample answer

8.  In the story, 'His First Flight', the writer tells us about the first victory in the life of the young seagull. The helping hand for the maiden flight was extended by his mother. Have you not received such support in your life too? Narrate your experience in a paragraph.  [Score: 4] [March 2018]

9.  "He waited a moment in surprise, wondering why she did not come nearer, and then, maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish.  With a loud scream, he fell outwards and downwards into space.  His mother had swooped upwards.  as he passed beneath her, he heard the swish of her wings."

    a)  Who waited in surprise? [Score: 1]

    b)  What made him fly? [Score: 1]

    c)  What is your impression on the reaction of the mother bird? [Score: 2] [July 2017]

10.  The literary club of your school has decided to celebrate Dr Kalam's birthday as World Students' Day.  In connection with the celebrations, the club is conducting an oratory training programme for higher secondary students to develop their skill and eloquence in public speaking.  You, being the secretary of the club, are asked to deliver a speech to motivate them.  Draft the script of the speech you would like to deliver there in the light of your reading the story, 'His First Flight'.  [Score: 8] [March 2017]

11.  Liam O'Flaherty's 'His First Flight' makes the reader think about the kind of support given by parents to make their children self-reliant and self confident. After reading the story, you decide to communicate your feelings to your friend abroad. Draft an e-mail to send to him/her. (Word limit : 40 to 50 words). [Score: 5] [September 2015]

12.   "He waited a moment in surprise, wondering why she did not come nearer, and then, maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish.  With a loud scream, he fell outwards and downwards into space.  His mother had swooped upwards.  as he passed beneath her, he heard the swish of her wings."

    a)  Who is 'she' referred to here? [Score: 1]

    b)  What prompted the young seagull to fly finally? [Score: 2]

    c)  Write a paragraph about the role of parents in helping children to attain their goal. [Score: 3] [March 2015]