# NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Main Course Book Unit 6

## Unit 2(C) - Ordeal in the Ocean Class 9

### Unit-2 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 34

Q1 :

I saw individual stars, but I could not distinguish the they belonged to. Then dawn came and put out all my stars.

Therefore constellation means___________________.

Therefore constellation means a group of stars

Clue: Opposite of individual

Q2 :

Indeed there had been a distant for some time, although I had paid no

attention to it. Now I started listening and I thought it sounded like the characteristic noise of jet airplanes constantly landing and taking off.

Therefore rumbling means ____________________________.

Therefore rumbling means a deep thundering sound

Clue: It sounds like a jet plane constantly taking off and landing

Q3 :

It was a wave with steep, very slowly falling crests. Never in my life had I seen such an enormous wave. It seemed to be touching the sky.

Therefore gigantic means ____________________________.

Q4 :

The wave did not break over me as I assumed it would. An force dragged me

up its steep slope, right to the very foot of the falling crest.

Therefore irresistible means ________________________.

Q5 :

For a moment I found myself in the air under the crest, as if in a cave.

Then, my body was in the current of water; the inner power of the wave

turned me head over heels several times, twisting me in all directions before it tired.

Therefore swirling means__________________________________.

Q6 :

Around me I could see random currents of water, splashes of foam and

spray all swirling about.... I left a trail of luminous water and my body glittered like some princess's ball gown.

Therefore phosphorescent means ________________________.

Q7 :

How long do you think you can stay alive in the water?

Q8 :

How will you know which way to swim?

Q9 :

What dangers will you face?

Q10 :

Below are some incomplete sentences about the story. Complete each sentence appropriately, according to the story.

1. Slava Kurilov was in the water because he...

Evidence for this is...

2. His biggest mistake was when he...

3. He decided to die because…

4. He was carried towards the lagoon when he decided to...

Q11 :

Below is a map of the area in which Slava Kurilov faced his ordeal. You will also see the major events in the story, in mixed order, each accompanied by a symbol. After you have read 'Ordeal in the Ocean', draw the appropriate symbol against each x mark. (One is already drawn for you.) Draw the symbols or number the symbols, and transfer them to the map.)

Q12 :

The author uses many vivid and colourful expressions to describe the ocean, clouds, sky, waves and his own feelings. List the expressions that you like the most.

• Ocean

1)

2)

• Clouds and sky

1) The sun looked out for the last time as if it were saying goodbye to me.

2)

• Waves

1)

2)

Find at least two expressions under each heading.

Q13 :

Another technique adopted by the writer is to use figures of speech such as a simile. A simile is used to express similarity between two things. e.g. He is as fast as lightning. The rain fell heavily on the metal roof like a machine-gun. Similes usually start with 'like' or 'as'.

Find two similes in the last section of the story.

Q14 :

Now try to build your own similes for the following:

1. The rock stood…

2. The waves leapt…

3. the sea shone…

4. the sun set…

5. the rain fell…

6. the bird soared…

7. dawn broke…

8. the stars…

9. the wind shook the trees…

Q15 :

Now that you have seen some techniques for creating vivid images with language, try to compose a poem or write a short descriptive paragraph using similes and colourful expressions. Work in pairs if you prefer. Then read it out to the class.

Choose one of these themes: waves, stars and moon, rocks, sunset or sunrise.

Consider the following for your chosen theme:

• What does it look like?

• What does it feel like?

• What does it sound like?

• How does it move?

• Where do we see it?

• When do we see it?