NCERT Solutions for Chapter 3 The Desert Class 7 English An Alien Hand

Deserts play a central role in the story of The Desert. Deserts are commonly perceived as lands of sand with scarce animals and water. Many species, however, rely on deserts as a habitat. There is generally no vegetation or water in a desert.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7th English Chapter 3 The Desert

The Desert Questions and Answer

Chapter Name

The Desert NCERT Solutions


CBSE Class 7

Textbook Name

An Alien Hand

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Comprehension Check I 

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?


(i) The desert is usually understood as "an endless stretch of sand with no rain and no vegetation." and "dry, hot, waterless and without shelter."

(ii) Two phrases that describe the desert as specialists see it are: "a beautiful place," "a habitat for a variety of animals, plants, and people."

They both describe the desert's reality, but in different contexts.


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.

(i) an endless stretch of sand

Fertile place with water and plant in a desert

(ii) waterless and without shelter

Not visible because the grass is thick

(iii) an oasis

Nothing but stand as far as one can see

(iv) hidden by a cover of grass

No water or no shade


(i) an endless stretch of sand ---- nothing but sand as far as one can see

(ii) waterless and without shelter-- no water and no shade

(iii) an oasis -- fertile place with water and plants in a desert

(iv) hidden by a cover of grass -- not visible because the grass is thick.


Comprehension Check II

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


The Ship of the Desert, also known as the Camels, can survive without water for days at a time. They can drink a lot of water at a time and can tolerate high body temperatures so they do not sweat much and can therefore retain water for a long time.


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


There are no water sources for the smaller desert animals. During the hot day, they burrow underground and come out at night to eat. Many animals eat other animals and get water from the meat they eat. Plant juices provide them with the water they need. Other animals eat fruits, vegetables, and seeds.


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


The absence of moisture is the major cause of this change in temperature. A humid climate provides protection from the hot rays of the sun by trapping moisture in the air. During the day, desert lands heat up rapidly and cool down rapidly due to the absence of moisture.


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


A desert consists of vast stretches of barren, dry land. The vegetation and fauna of deserts are unique. A major sight is cactus and camels. Some places are also home to an oasis. The water body is surrounded by greenery. Sand dunes with a little vegetation make for a picturesque landscape.


Question 2 :Questio Go to the library and collect information about the life style of people in desert areas their food, cloths, work, social customs,

etc. Share this information with the group.


The lack of resources in deserts makes life difficult, which is why not many people prefer to live in them. The sandy dunes and the little vegetation in deserts make them a popular tourist destination. Deserts are mostly inhabited by nomads. In desert areas, people live as follows:

Food - People in desert areas eat desert plants' roots or crops grown on unfertile land. The meat of animals is their main food source.

Clothes - The clothes they wear are made from the fur of animals or skin of animals. Also, it keeps their body protected from daytime heat and night-time cold.

Work - Hunting and agriculture are the main occupations of desert people.

Social customs - A nomadic life is led by people living in deserts. They have their own traditions and customs. The dance forms they use are even unique to them. Their lives are isolated from the rest of the world.


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