NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Chapter 1

The Portrait of a Lady Class 11

Chapter 1 The Portrait of a Lady Exercise Answers & Summary

In this story, the author draws a pen portrait of his grandmother. He beautifully unfolds his relationship with her, while describing her appearance and daily activities.
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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 3

Q1 :  

Notice these expressions in the text. Infer their meaning from the context.

  • the thought was almost revolting

  • an expanse of pure white serenity

  • a turning-point

  • accepted her seclusion with resignation

  • a veritable bedlam of chirrupings

  • frivolous rebukes

  • the sagging skins of the dilapidated drum


Answer :

  • the thought was almost revolting -  The thought that the author's grandmother was once young and pretty raises a doubt in the mind of the author. He finds it too hard to believe.

  • an expanse of pure white serenity - It refers to the calm, peaceful and serene character and conduct of the author's grandmother. She is compared to the peaceful winter landscape in the mountains.

  • a turning-point - It refers to the point where the author's relationship with his grandmother changes drastically after they move to the city-house.

  • accepted her seclusion with resignation - This shows the author's grandmother's passive submission to her secluded life after she gradually loses touch with her grandson.

  • a veritable bedlam of chirruping - It refers to the noise, confusion and chaos caused by the chirruping of the sparrows that scattered and perched around the author's grandmother.

  • frivolous rebukes - It refers to the casual and light-hearted rebukes of the grandmother to the sparrows.
     
  • the sagging skins of the dilapidated drum - It points to the shabby and deteriorated condition of the drum.

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Understanding the text : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 6

Q1 :  

Mention the three phases of the author's relationship with his grandmother before he left the country to study abroad.


Answer :

The three phases of the author's relationship with his grandmother before he left the country to study abroad are given below.
The first phase was the period of the author's early childhood. During this phase, he used to live with his grandmother in the village. The grandmother used to take care of him from waking him up and getting him ready to accompanying him to the school. Both shared a good friendship with each other.
The second phase was the time when the author and the grandmother moved to the city to live with author's parents. This was a turning-point in their friendship because now they 'saw less of each other'.
The third phase was the time the author joined University. He was given a room of his own and the common link of their friendship was snapped. The grandmother turns to wheel-spinning and reciting prayers all day long. She accepts her seclusion with silence.

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Q2 :  

Mention three reasons why the author's grandmother was disturbed when he started going to the city school.


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Thinking about languageunderstanding the texttalki : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 7

Q1 :  

Which language do you think the author and his grandmother used while talking to each other?


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Q2 :  

The author's grandmother was a religious person. What are the different ways in which we come to know this?


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Q3 :  

Notice the following uses of the word 'tell' in the text.

1. Her fingers were busy telling the beads of her rosary.

2. I would tell herEnglish words and little things of Western science and learning.

3. At her age one could never tell.

4. She told usthat her end was near.


Given below are four different senses of the word 'tell'. Match the meanings to the uses listed above.

1. make something known to someone in spoken or written words

2. count while reciting

3. be sure

4. give information to somebody


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Q4 :  

Which language do you use to talk to elderly relatives in your family?


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Q5 :  

Describe the changing relationship between the author and his grandmother. Did their feelings for each other change?


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Q6 :  

How would you say 'a dilapidated drum' in your language?


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Q7 :  

Mention three ways in which the author's grandmother spent her days after he grew up.


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Q8 :  

Would you agree that the author's grandmother was a person strong in character? If yes, give instances that show this.


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Q9 :  

Can you think of a song or a poem in your language that talks of homecoming?


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Q10 :  

Mention the odd way in which the author's grandmother behaved just before she died.


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Q11 :  

Have you known someone like the author's grandmother? Do you feel the same sense of loss with regard to someone whom you have loved and lost?


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Mention the way in which the sparrows expressed their sorrow when the author's grandmother died.


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Working with words : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 8

Q1 :  

Notice the different senses of the word 'take'.

1. to take tosomething: to begin to do something as a habit

2. to take ill: to suddenly become ill

Locate these phrases in the text and notice the way they are used.


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Q2 :  

The word 'hobble' means to walk with difficulty because the legs and feet are in bad condition.

Tick the words in the box below that also refer to a manner of walking.
 

haggle

shuffle

stride

ride

waddle

wriggle

paddle

swagger

trudge

slog


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Things to do : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 9

Q1 :  

Talk with your family members about elderly people who you have been intimately connected with and who are not there with you now.

Write a short description of someone you liked a lot.


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