NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Flamingo Chapter 3

Deep Water Class 12

Chapter 3 Deep Water Exercise Answers & Summary

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 23

Q1 :  

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


Answer :

  • treacherous unpredictable danger; not dependable or trustworthy
  • subdued my pride - to lower or restrain the intensity of self-respect and confidence
  • flailed at the surface - to strike or lash out vigorously at the surface of the water in trying to come out
  • fishing for landlocked salmon - to go fishing for a specific variety of salmon available in certain lakes
  • misadventure - an incident that turns out to be a disaster
  • bob to the surface like a cork - to float or show the characteristics of buoyancy as a cork in water
  • curtain of life fell - to indicate that life has ended or a near-death experience
  • back and forth across the pool - to swim across the swimming pool from one side to the other

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Think as you read : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 27

Q1 :  

What is the "misadventure" that William Douglas speaks about?


Answer :

Douglas refers to the incident at the Y.M.C.A. swimming pool where he almost drowned as a "misadventure." The author was about ten or eleven years old at the time and had barely begun to learn swimming, primarily by aping others. As he was thrown suddenly into the water by someone and he couldn't swim, he started drowning. The struggle to come to surface and to avoid getting drowned left him with a deep fear of water which deprived him from enjoying water-related activities for many years.

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Q2 :  

What were the series of emotions and fears that Douglas experienced when he was thrown into the pool? What plans did he make to come to the surface?


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How did this experience affect him?


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Understanding the textthink as you read : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 29

Q1 :  

How does Douglas make clear to the reader the sense of panic that gripped him as he almost drowned? Describe the details that have made the description vivid.


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Q2 :  

Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?


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How did Douglas overcome his fear of water?


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How did the instructor "build a swimmer" out of Douglas?


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Q5 :  

Why does Douglas as an adult recount a childhood experience of terror and his conquering of it? What larger meaning does he draw from his experience?


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How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror?


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Thinking about languagetalking about the textthing : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 30

Q1 :  

If someone else had narrated Douglas' experience, how would it have differed from this account? Write out a sample paragraph or paragraphs from this text from the point of view of a third person or observer to find out which style of narration would you consider to be more effective? Why?


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Q2 :  

"All we have to fear is fear itself". Have you ever had a fear that you have now overcome? Share your experience with your partner.


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Are there any water sports in India? Find out about the areas or places which are known for water sports.


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Doing well in any activity, for example a sport, music, dance or painting, riding a motorcycle or a car, involves a great deal of struggle. Most of us are very nervous to begin with until gradually we overcome our fears and perform well.

Write an essay of about five paragraphs recounting such an experience. Try to recollect minute details of what caused the fear, your feelings, the encouragement you got from others or the criticism.

You could begin with the last sentence of the essay you have just read - "At last I felt released - free to walk the trails and climb the peaks and to brush aside fear."


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Q5 :  

Find and narrate other stories about conquest of fear and what people have said about courage. For example, you can recall Nelson Mandela's struggle for freedom, his perseverance to achieve his mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor as depicted in his autobiography. The story We're Not Afraid to Die, which you have read in Class IX, is an apt example of how courage and optimism helped a family survive under the direst stress.


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Write a short letter to someone you know about your having learnt to do something new.


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