Extract 1

Directions (Q. Nos. 1-6) Read the extract given below and answer the following questions.

“Sanjeev was a policeman, serving in the Katchall Island of the Nicobar group of island. He somehow managed to save himself, his wife and his baby daughter from the waves. But then he heard cries for help from the wife of John, the guesthouse cook. Sanjeev jumped into the waves to rescue her, but they were both swept away.”

1. Who all were saved from the waves ?

(a) Sanjeev’s wife and daughter

(b) Cook and his wife

(c) Sanjeev, his wife and his daughter

(d) Sanjeev, his wife, his daughter and the cook

Ans. (a) Sanjeev’s wife and daughter were saved from the waves

2. Who was John?

(a) Inspector

(b) Guest house cook

(c) Doctor

(d) Teacher

Ans. (b) John was a Guest house cook.

3. What was the occupation of Sanjeev ?

(a) Policeman

(b) Guest house cook

(c) Doctor

(d) Teacher

Ans.  (a) Sanjeev was a policeman.

4. Should we call sanjeev a failure ?

Ans.  No, Sanjeev could not be called a failure. He immediately jumped to the rescue of his cook’s wife.

However, he did not manage to save either her or himself, but he gave up his life in that attempt.

5. What does this story reveal about the incident ?

Ans.  The story reveals the suddenness of the incident and the chaos and panic created by it. People did not have the time to think and reflect before acting; they did what best they could do to save their lives and the lives of the people around them.

6. Is there a difference between the nature of suffering og Ignesious’s family and Sanjeev’s ?

Ans. There is hardly any difference beteween the nature of suffering experienced by Ignesious or Sanjeev. Both the families get caught by the suddenness of the tsunami and are unable to save themselves and all their family members. Ignesious loses his wife and children. sanjeev loses his own life in trying to save others.

Extract 2

Directions (Q. Nos. 1-6) Read the extract given below and answer the following questions.

” The Smiths later met other tourists who had lost entire families. Thanks to Tilly and her geography lessons, they had been forewarned. Tilly went back to her school in England and told her classmates her terrifying tale. ”

1. How was Tilly forewarned?

(a) Because of her geography lesson.

(b) Because of the warning written on the board near the beach.

(c) Because of her friends who called her up.

(d) Because of the news she saw on the television.

Ans. (a) Tilly was forewarned because of her geography lesson.

2. Find from the passage a proper noun, a collective noun and an adjective

(a) The Smiths, lesson, tourists

(b) Tilly, classmates, terrifying

(c) England, school, classmates

(d) Geography, families, terrifying

Ans. (b)

Tilly – Proper noun

Classmates – Collective noun

Terrifying – adjective

3. Where was Tilly’s school ?

(a) Thailand

(b) India

(c) England

(d) Sri Lanka

Ans. (c) Tilly’s school was in England.

4. Did Tilly’s lesson help others beside her own family  ?

Ans.  Yes, Tilly alongwith her family managed to warn the other tourists too, who left the beach alongwith them and were saved.

5. What was the reaction of Tilly’s mother on seeing the sea ?

Ans.  Tilly’s mother later narrated the incident and said that the sea was behaving in a strange manner. She saw the sea getting smaller and the water constantly swelling, but she could not understand what was happening.

6. What was the difference between the smiths and the other tourists they later meet?

Ans.  Unlike the Smith’s family, not every tourist was forewarned. Some of them had lost their entire family in the tsunami and had tales of woe to narrate.

Extract 3

Directions (Q. Nos. 1-6) Read the extract given below and answer the following questions.

” Along, India’s Cuddalore coast, where thousands of people perished, buffaloes, goats and dogs were found unharmed. The Yala National Park is home to a variety of animals including elephants, leopards and 130 species of birds. Sixty visitors were washed away from the Patanangala beach inside the park; but no animals carcasses were found, except for two water buffaloes. About an hour before the tsunami hit, people at Yala National Park had observed three elephants running away from the Patanangala beach.”

1. List the animals that lived in the Yala National Park.

(a) Kangaroos, buffaloes, leopards and goat.

(b) Buffaloes, goats, dogs and elephants

(c) Tiger, lion, chimpanzee and horse

(d) Buffaloes, goats, dogs and horse

Ans. (b) Buffaloes, goats, dogs and elephants

2. How many people died in the Patanangala beach?

(a) Eighty

(b) Sixty

(c) One hundred and  thirty

(d) Two hundred

Ans. (b) Sixty people died in the Patanangala beach.

3. where is the Yala National Park situated ?

(a) Thailand

(b) England

(c) India

(d) Sri Lanka

Ans. (d) Yala National park is situated in Sri Lanka.

4. Why were no animals carcasses found ?

Ans.  Most of the animals either ran away, including elephants or refused to come out of their secured areas. This is how they were not washed away by the waves.

5. What are the theories that explain why hardly any animal deaths were reported ?

Ans.  According to certain theories it is believed that the animals have a very strong sixth sense. This sixth sense alerted the animals of the upcoming danger.

Also, it is believed that their hearing power is of such an intensity that they could even hear the vibrations of the Earth, therefore, they could sense the earthquake or the tsunami.

6. Why could water buffaloes not escape ?

Ans.  Water buffaloes were unable to escape because the water was their prime compnent habitat and they could not have left the water and run across the land.