NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Chapter 4

Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues Class 11

Chapter 4 Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues Exercise Answers & Summary

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 22

Q1 :  

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

  • forensic reconstruction

  • scudded across

  • casket grey

  • Resurrection

  • funerary treasures

  • Circumvented

  • computed tomography

  • eerie detail


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  • Forensic reconstruction- It refers to the process of creating a face on the skull and see how the owner of the skull looked like. Here, it refers to the construction of the bust of King Tut based on the data received from CT scan.

  • Scudded across- It refers to moving quickly. The phrase is used with reference to the movement of the 'dark-bellied clouds'.

  • Casket grey- The words point out to the covering of the stars by the'dark-bellied clouds', the way jewels are kept in a casket (a jewel box).

  • Resurrection- It refers to a new beginning for something which is old and long forgotten. Here, it refers to the new life after death.

  • Funerary treasures- The valuable things with which the king was buried were no less than treasures as most of the items were made of pure gold. They are, thus, referred to as 'funerary treasures'.

  • Circumvented- The thieves would easily bypass the guards with artfulness and rip the mummy apart to remove the gold.

  • Computed tomography- Also known as CT scan, it provides X-ray image of a body in cross section. It is used for diagnostic purposes.

  • Eerie detail- Uncanny description of the resulting image of the head of Tut visible through the CT scan.

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Understanding the texttalking about the text : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 28

Q1 :  

King Tut's body has been subjected to repeated scrutiny.


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Since the time King Tut's body was first discovered in 1922,  it has been subjected to repeated scrutiny. This is due to the fact that King Tut died at a very young age. He died as a "boyish pharaoh" leaving behind numerous mysteries associated with his death.   
Various investigations, from discovering his remains to excavating his body and studying it under the CT scan, have been done just to find out the medical mysteries of his death.

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Howard Carter's investigation was resented.


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Q3 :   Carter had to chisel away the solidified resins to raise the king's remains.


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Q4 :   Tut's body was buried along with gilded treasures.


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Q5 :   The boy king changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun.


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Scientific intervention is necessary to unearth buried mysteries.


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Q7 :   List the deeds that led Ray Johnson to describe Akhenaten as "wacky".


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Q8 :   What were the results of the CT scan?


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Q9 :   List the advances in technology that have improved forensic analysis.


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Q10 :   Explain the statement, "King Tut is one of the first mummies to be scanned — in death, as in life ..."


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Q11 :   Advanced technology gives us conclusive evidence of past events.


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Q12 :   Traditions, rituals and funerary practices must be respected.


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Q13 :   Knowledge about the past is useful to complete our knowledge of the world we live in.


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Thinking about languageworking with wordsthings to : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 29

Q1 :   ghostly dust devils


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Q2 :   desert sky


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Q3 :   stunning artefacts


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Q4 :   funerary treasures


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Q5 :   funerary treasures


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Q6 :   dark-bellied clouds


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Q7 :   casket grey


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Q8 :   eternal brilliance


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Q9 :   ritual resins


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Q10 :   virtual body


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Q11 :   The constellation Orion is associated with the legend of Osiris, the god of the afterlife. Find out the astronomical descriptions and legends associated with the following.
(i) Ursa Major (saptarishi mandala)
(ii) Polaris (Dhruva tara)
(iii) Pegasus (winged horse)
(iv) Sirius (Dog star)
(v) Gemini (Mithuna)


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Q12 :   What do you think are the reasons for the extinction of languages?


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Q13 :  

Here are some commonly used medical terms. Find out their meanings.

CT scan MRI  tomography
Autopsy  dialysis  ECG
Post mortem  angiography  biopsy


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Q14 :   Some of the leaves and flowers mentioned in the passage for adorning the dead are willow, olive, celery, lotus, cornflower. Which of these are common in our country?


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Q15 :   Do you think it is important to preserve languages?


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Q16 :   Name some leaves and flowers that are used as adornments in our country.


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Q17 :   In what ways do you think we could help prevent the extinction of languages and dialects?


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