NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 3 The Desert

Here, we are providing you with NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 3 The Desert, covering all the questions of the English supplementary reader The Alien Hand. The NCERT Solutions for Class 7 are designed meticulously, as per the standard of the CBSE board.

The chapter “The Desert” bursts the myths about what and how deserts are. It also discusses various other properties of the deserts. Deserts have people, plants and animals which are habituated to the rough climatic conditions.

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THE DESERT

NCERT Solutions Class 7 English – Chapter 3

The Desert


Comprehension Check

Question 1. From the first paragraph

(i) pick out two phrases which describe the desert as most people believe it is;

(ii) pick out two phrases which describe the desert as specialists see it.

Which do you think is an apt description, and why?

Answer: (i) The phrases which describe the desert as most people believe it is are: endless stretch of sand, hot, dry, waterless, without shelter.

(ii) The phrases which describe the desert as specialists see it are: a beautiful place; the

home of a variety of people, animals and plants; the sight can be as rewarding as that of any tropical garden.

Question 2. The phrases on the left in the following box occur in the text.

Match each of them with a phrase on the right.

an endless stretch of sand

fertile place with water and plants in a desert

waterless and without shelter

not visible because the grass is thick

an oasis

nothing but sand as far as one can see

hidden by a cover of grass

no water and no shade

Answer:

an endless stretch of sand

fertile place with water and plants in a desert

waterless and without shelter

no water and no shade

an oasis

fertile place with water and plants in a desert

hidden by a cover of grass

not visible because the grass is thick

Comprehension Check

Question 1. A camel can do without water for days together. What is the reason given in the text?

Answer: A camel can do without water for days together. Camels sweat very little. They can withstand high temperatures. They don’t need to sweat to keep themselves cool. That’s why they don’t lose water and thus can store it for a longer time.

Question 2. How do the smaller desert animals fulfil their need for water?

Answer: The smaller desert animals take various measures to fulfil their need for water:

Some of them burrow underground in the day time and come out only at night to eat.

Some others eat other animals and get the moisture from the meat.

Some eat plants and seeds and obtain plant juices.

Question 3. In a desert the temperature rises during the day and falls rapidly at night. Why?

Answer: Deserts do not have moisture cover. So, the temperature rises during the day and falls rapidly at night.

Exercises

Answer the following questions:

Question 1. Describe a desert in your own way. Write a paragraph and read it aloud to your classmates.

Answer: A desert is a place which is hot and receives less rainfall. It is not entirely dry. Oasis is a green island in the desert where a well/ spring gives water to the plants around. Camels can store water for a long time. Thus, they can survive on deserts for long. That’s the reason camel is called the ship of the desert.

Question 2. Go to the library and collect information about the lifestyle of people in desert areas— their food, clothes, work, social customs, etc. Share this information with the group.

Answer: Do it yourself.

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