NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Main Course Book Unit 1

Unit 1(A) - An Exemplary Leader Class 9

Unit 1 Unit 1(A) - An Exemplary Leader Exercise Answers & Summary

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Unit-1 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 5

Q1 :  

In pairs, discuss the problem Ravi is facing. Do you think Ravi's boss is right? Give reasons for your answer. Tick mark the qualities that you feel desirable in a boss.




oratory skills



ability to take decisions




willing to take risk


Answer :

The character of a boss has always been very stereotypical. Thus, it is wrong to always follow the conventional norm and blame the boss. In Ravi's case, there can be two perspectives:

His boss can be right if the work is really urgent and needs to be taken care of immediately. When Ravi had joined the organization, he must have been well aware that the work atmosphere was under a lot of pressure. Thus, the boss's decision can be well-justified.


His boss can be wrong if the work can be looked after later. If Ravi's reputation as an employee was good, his boss should have probably granted him leave. Ravi's loyalty towards his duties and responsibilities would have built goodwill in the company because of which the boss should have entrusted him the leave.

A Boss should have following qualities :
1. Trustworthy
2. problem-solving
3. oratory skills
4. meticulous
5. ability to take decisions
6. calculating
7. willing to take risk

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Q2 :  

Think of an occasion when you led a team for a competition. Were you successful? Did you exhibit any of the qualities given in A.2.? If so, to what extent were these qualities exhibited and how did it lead to your success?

Through an e-mail, share your experience with a friend.

Answer :

Date: 05th May,2003



Subject: Success as a team leader in the Quiz Competition held yesterday.

Dearest Farhan,

I am writing this mail especially to share my happiness and success with you. Recently, our school participated in a quiz competition in J.K.Stadium. I was the team lead of the entire team who went over there and took charge of all the responsibilities which had to be taken care of. I focused on the weak and the strong points of our team so that we could be successful. The quiz was based on the Anti-Corruption campaign going on in our country. I helped our team members to prepare thoroughly on every related concern, with the help of newspapers, magazines, quiz books, previous records, and historical events and so on. We visited the National Library as well for the same. Finally, our team gained success and we won the trophy of the Inter School Quiz Competition. I am glad my principal and teachers are happy and proud of me.



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Q3 :  

Following are eight incidents from the story but their order is mixed up. Put them in the right sequence.

(a) The scientist rushed home anticipating the disappointment of his children.

(b) Scientists were working for 12-18 hours at Thumba.

(c) The boss consented.

(d) Scientists had heavy work pressure but they were loyal.

(e) A scientist approached the boss for permission to leave at 5.30 pm to take his children to the exhibition.

(f) To his surprise, he learnt that his boss had kept his appointment for him.

(g) Suddenly, he remembered his promise to his children.

(h) The scientist became so engrossed in his work that he continued working till 8.15 pm.

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Q4 :  

When we talk about people, we discuss their qualities. The box below contains some words which best describe people.

















Work in pairs and select the appropriate words for the following characters.

The Scientist:

The Boss:

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Q5 :  

A story can have more than one ending. Rewrite the end of the story you have just read. You can begin like this ……. " As he drove home, he felt guilty for having let his children down. He reached home, entered the house and saw his wife and children watching the television..."

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Q6 :  

Now, using the ideas given below, write a speech on 'The Role of Youth in Realising the Dreams of Dr Kalam' . (Refer to CODER)

a) fighting for equal rights

b) fighting corruption

c) empowering the masses

d) looking for jobs within the country

e) active involvement in social issues

f) promoting national integration

g) equal participation of women in all fields

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