NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Chapter 3

We're Not Afraid to Die...if We Can All Be Together Class 11

Chapter 3 We're Not Afraid to Die...if We Can All Be Together Exercise Answers & Summary

This is a story of extreme courage and skill exhibited by a family of four. A little more nervousness would throw off-balance and the inevitable-death would swallow everyone up. Along with the adults, the two children too are worth mentioning as they showed exemplary courage and understanding even in the face of death. Fear and fear factors are associated with death. The idea of losing one's life can throw even the mightiest out of gear. Hence, natural calamities like Earthquake, tsunamis and floods strike us with fear. These are the things that cause immeasurable loss of life and property.

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 13

Q1 :  

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

  • honing our seafaring skills

  • ominous silence

  • Mayday calls

  • pinpricks in the vast ocean

  • a tousled head


Answer :

  • honing our seafaring skills: this refers to the efforts made by the author and his wife, to perfect or sharpen their seafaring skills.

  • ominous silence: the silence here refers to an impending danger.

  • Mayday calls: Mayday calls are radio-telephonic words which signal aircrafts or ships stuck in a disastrous situation.

  • pinpricks in the vast ocean: this phrase expresses the search for two small islands in the vast ocean.

  • a tousled head: this refers to hair in disarray or the disarranged hair of the author's son, Jonathan

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Thinking about languageunderstanding the texttalki : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 18

Q1 :  

We have come across words like `gale' and `storm' in the account. Here are two more words for `storm': typhoon, cyclone. How many words does your language have for `storm'?


Answer :

In Hindi, 'storm' is known as 'aandhi', 'toofan', etc.
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Q2 :  

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.


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Q3 :  

What difference did you notice between the reaction of the adults and the children when faced with danger?


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Q4 :  

Describe the mental condition of the voyagers on 4 and 5 January.


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Q5 :  

How does the story suggest that optimism helps to endure “the direst stress”?


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Q6 :   Describe the shifts in the narration of the events as indicated in the three sections of the text. Give a subtitle to each section.


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Q7 :  

What lessons do we learn from such hazardous experiences when we are face-to-face with death?


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Q8 :  

Why do you think people undertake such adventurous expeditions in spite of the risk involved?


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Thinking about languageworking with wordsthings to : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 19

Q1 :   The following words used in the text as ship terminology are also commonly used in another sense. In what contexts would you use the other meaning?
     Knot            stern            boom         hatch        anchor


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Q2 :   Given on the next page is a picture of a yacht. Label the parts of the yacht using the terms given in the box

Bow           cabin                rudder                 cockpit

stern          boom              mainsail                 mast



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Q3 :  

Here are the terms of different kinds of vessels: yacht, boat, canoe, ship, steamer, schooner. Think of similar terms in your language.


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The following three compound words end in-ship. What does each of them mean?
 

airship         flagship         lightship


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Q5 :   Here is some information downloaded from the Internet on Ile Amsterdam. You can view images of the isle if you go online.
Location South Indian Ocean, between southern most parts of Australia and South Africa
Latitude and longitude 37 92 S, 77 67 E
Sovereignty France
Political status notes Part of French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Population 35
Census notes Meteorological station staff
Land area in square kilometres 86


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Q6 :  

'Catamaran' is a kind of a boat. Do you know which Indian language this word is derived from? Check the dictionary.


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The following are the meaning listed in the dictionary against the phrase `take on'. In which meaning is it 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 sth/sb to enter e.g. a bus, plane or ship; to take sth/sb on board


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Q8 :   Locate Ile Amsterdam on the world map.


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Q9 :  

Have you heard any boatmen's songs? What kind of emotions do these songs usually express?


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