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Page No. 102

Thinking about the Text

I. Answer these questions in one or two sentences each. (The paragraph numbers within brackets provide clues to the answers.)
Q.1. Why was the ‘holy man’ who gave Santosh’s mother his blessings surprised?
Ans. The ‘holy man’ was surprised because he had assumed that Santosh’s mother wanted a son. But grandmother told him that they did not want a son.

Q.2. Give an example to show that even as a young girl, Santosh was not ready to accept anything unreasonable. 
Ans. 
  • Santosh, from the very beginning, lived life on her own terms
  • She was not content with the traditional way of life and was not ready to accept anything unreasonable. 
  • Where other girls wore traditional Indian dresses, Santosh preferred shorts.
Q.3. Why was Santosh sent to the local school?
Ans. 
Even though Santosh’s parents could afford to send their children to the best schools, she was sent to the local village school due to the prevailing custom in the family. 

Q.4. When did she leave home for Delhi, and why?
Ans. 
When she turned sixteen and was under pressure to get married, Santosh threatened her parents that she would never marry if she did not get a proper education. Therefore, she left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi. 
 
Q.5. Why did Santosh’s parents agree to pay for her schooling in Delhi? What mental qualities of Santosh are brought into light by this incident? 
Ans. 
  • When Santosh's parents refused to pay for her education, she politely informed them of her plans to earn money by working part-time to pay her school fees. Then, her parents agreed to pay for her schooling in Delhi. 
  • This shows that Santosh was a mentally-strong girl and was determined to work very hard to get herself properly educated.
Page No. 103 

II. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).

Q.1. How did Santosh begin to climb mountains?
Ans. 

  • From her room in Kasturba Hostel, she watched people going up the Aravalli Hills and vanishing after a while. 
  • On investigating, she found nobody except a few mountaineers, and she asked if she could join them. 
  • They agreed and even motivated her to take to climbing and so she later accompanied them on their climbing expedition. 
  • This was how she began climbing mountains.
Q.2. What incidents during the Everest expedition show Santosh’s concern for her team-mates?
Ans. 
  • During the Everest mission, Santosh showed immense concern for her fellow climbers
  • Though she was unsuccessful in saving the life of one of them, she did manage to save another climber through artificial respiration. 
Q.3. What shows her concern for the environment?
Ans. 
Santosh was a fervent environmentalist. Her concern for the environment is evident from the fact that she collected and brought down 500 kilograms of garbage from the Himalayas.

Q.4. How does she describe her feelings at the summit of the Everest?
Ans. 
Santosh asserted that her feeling at the summit of the Everest was “indescribable”. Unfurling the Indian flag on the top of the world was a spiritual moment for her and she felt proud as an Indian. 
 
Q.5. Santosh Yadav got into the record books both times she scaled Mt Everest. What were the reasons for this?
Ans. When Santosh Yadav first scaled Mt Everest, she became the youngest woman in the world to achieve the feat. When she scaled Everest the second time, she became the only woman to have scaled it twice.

III. Complete the following statements. 
(a) From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to _________
(b) When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father because of _________
(c) During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her _________ while _________endeared her to fellow climbers.

Ans.
(a) From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to watch villagers going up the hill and suddenly vanish after a while.
(b) When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father because she had got herself enrolled at Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering without his permission.
(c) During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her climbing skills, physical fitness, and mental strength while her concern for others and desire to work together with them endeared her to fellow climbers.

IV.  Pick out words from the text that mean the same as the following words or expressions. (Look in the paragraphs indicated.)
(a) Took to be true without proof (1): _________
(b) Based on reason; sensible; reasonable (2): _________
(c) The usual way of doing things (3): _________
(d) A strong desire arising from within (5): _________
(e) The power to endure, without falling ill (7): _________

Ans. 
(a) Took to be true without a proof (1): Assumed
(b) Based on reason; sensible; reasonable (2): Rational
(c) The usual way of doing things (3): Custom
(d) A strong desire arising from within (5): Urge
(e) The power to endure, without falling ill (7): Resistance


Page No. 107

Thinking about the Text

Working in small groups of 4−5 students, go back over the two passages on Santosh Yadav and Maria Sharapova and complete the table given below with relevant phrases or sentences.

NCERT Solutions - Reach for the Top Notes | Study English Class 9 - Class 9

Ans. 

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Thinking about the Language

I. Identify the two parts in the sentences below by underlining the part that gives us the information in brackets.

(a) Where other girls wore traditional Indian dresses, Santosh preferred shorts. (Contrasts her dress with that of others)
(b) She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi. (Tells us what happened after the first action.)
(c) She decided to fight the system when the right moment arrived. (Tells us when she was going to fight the system.)
(d) Little Maria had not yet celebrated her tenth birthday when she was packed off to train in the United States. (Tells us when Maria was sent to the U.S.)

Ans. 

(a)  Where other girls wore traditional Indian dresses, Santosh preferred shorts.

(b) She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi.

(c) She decided to fight the system when the right moment arrived.

(d) Little Maria had not yet celebrated her tenth birthday when she was packed off to train in the United States.


Page No. 108

II. Now rewrite the pairs of sentences given below as one sentence.

(a) Grandfather told me about the old days. All books were printed on paper then.
(b) What do you do after you finish the book? Perhaps you just throw it away.
(c) He gave the little girl an apple. He took the computer apart.
(d) You have nothing. That makes you very determined.
(e) I never thought of quitting. I knew what I wanted.

Ans.

(a) Grandfather told me about the old days when all books were printed on paper.

(b) After finishing the book, perhaps you just throw it away.

(c) He gave the little girl an apple and took the computer apart.

(d) Having nothing makes you very determined.

(e) I never thought of quitting as I knew what I wanted.

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