“We’re Not Afraid to Die… if We Can An Be Together” – English – (NCERT Solutions for Class 11)
TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS SOLVED
A. UNDERSTANDING THE TEXT
- List the steps taken by the captain
(i) to protect the ship when rough weather began
(ii) to check the flooding of the water in the ship
- Describe the mental condition of the voyages on 4th and 5th January.
- Describe the shifts in the narration of the events as indicated in the three sections of the text. Give a subtitle to each section.
B. TALKING ABOUT THE TEXT
Discuss the following questions with your partner.
- What difference did you notice between the reaction of the adults and the children when faced with danger?
- How does the story suggest the optimism helps to “endure the direst stress”?
- What lessons do we learn from such hazardous experiences when we are face to face with death?
- Why do you think people undertake such adventurous expeditions in spite of the risks involved?
C. THINKING ABOUT LANGUAGE
Talk to your partner about the following:
- We have come across words like ‘gale’ and ‘storm’ in the account. Here are some more words for storms: typhoon, cyclone. How many words does your language have for storms?
- Here are the names of different kinds of vessels that are used to travel on water: yacht, boat, canoe, ship, steamer, schooner. Think of similar words in your language.
- ‘Catamaran’ is a kind of boat. Do you know which Indian language this word is derived from? Check the dictionary.
- Have you heard any boatmen’s songs. What kind of emotions do these songs usually express?
D. WORKING WITH WORDS
- The following words used in the text as ship terminology are also commonly used in another sense. In what context would you use the other meaning?
knot stern boom hatch anchor
- The following three compound words end in-ship. What does each of them mean?
airship flagship lightship
- The following are the meanings listed in the dictionary against the phrase ‘take on’. Locate the meaning in which it is used in the third paragraph of the account:
take on sth: to begin to have a particular quality or
appearance, to assume sth.
take sb on: to employ sb; to engage sb.
to accept sb as one’s opponent in a game, contest or conflict.
take sb/sth on: to decide to do sth to allow to enter
(e.g. a bus, plane or ship); to take sth/sb on board.