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NCERT Solutions Class 8 English honeydew Chapter 2 The Tsunami

NCERT Solutions Class 8 English honeydew Chapter 2 The Tsunami

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21 Aug 2023

    Comprehension check:-

    Say whether the following are true or false.

    1 . Ignesious lost his wife, two children, his father – in – law, and his brother – in – law in the tsunami.

    2. Sanjeev made it to safety after the tsunami.

    3. Meghna was saved by a relief helicopter.

    4. Alma’s father realised that a tsunami was going to hit the island.

    5. Her mother and aunts were washed away with the tree that they were holding on to.

    Ans.  1. True

    2. False

    3. False

    4. True

    5. False

    Comprehension check:-

    Answer the following in a phrase or sentence:

    Q. 1. Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand ?

    Ans.  For Christmas, Tilly’s family travelled to Thailand.

    Q. 2.  What were the warnings signs that both Tilly and her mother saw ?

    Ans. The sea began to slowly rise, foam, bubble, and form whirlpools as they watched. The beach was getting ever-tinier.

    Q. 3.  Do you think Tilly’s mother was alarmed by them?

    Ans. Even though Tilly’s mother did not comprehend the warning signs, she was alarmed to see her daughter in such fear.

    Q. 4.  Where had Tilly seen the sea behaving in the same strange fashion?

    Ans. In a video of a tsunami that struck the Hawaiian islands in 1946, Tilly had seen this in class.

    Q. 5. Where did the Smith family and the others on the beach go to escape from the tsunami ?

    Ans. To avoid the tsunami, the Smith family and the others on the beach went to the third floor of the hotel.

    Q. 6. How do you think her geography teacher felt when he heard about what Tilly had done in Phuket?

    Ans. Her geography teacher must be extremely pleased with his pupil, in my opinion.

    Comprehension check:-

    Answer using a phrase or a sentence.

    Q. 1.  In the tsunami 150,000 people died. How many animals died ?

    Ans. Few animals died.

    Q. 2.  How man people and animals died in Yala National Park?

    Ans. In Yala National Park, sixty people and two water buffalo died.

    Q. 3. What do people say about the elephants of Yala National Park?

    Ans. People claim to have witnessed three Yala National Park elephants escaping the Patnangala Be.

    Q. 4.  What did the dogs in Galle do ?

    Ans. The Galle dogs baulked at taking their daily walk on the beach.

    Working with the text

    Discuss the following questions in class. Then write your own answers.

    1 . When he felt the earthquake, do you think Ignesious immediately worried about a tsunami?  Give reasons for your answer. Which sentence in the text tells you that the Ignesious family did not have any time to discuss and plan their course of action after the tsunami struck ?

    Ans. Ignesious did not worry about the tsunami as soon as he felt the earthquake. Concerned about his television, he was. To prevent it from falling and breaking, he took it off the table and set it down. His family lacked sufficient time to plan and talk about what to do. Two of his children grabbed hold of their mother’s father and mother’s brother and sprinted away from the chaos and confusion.

    2. Which words in the list below describe Sanjeev, in your opinion ?

     (Look up the dictionary for words that you are not sure of.)

    cheerful ambitious brash brave careless

    heroic selfless heartless humorous

    Use words from the list to complete the three sentences below.

    (i) I don’t know if Sanjeev was cheerful , _____ or ______.

    (ii) I think that he was very brave , _______ and _______.

    (iii) Sanjeev was not heartless, _________ or ________.

    Ans.  Brash or careless.

             Heroic and selfless.

            Careless or humorous.

    3. How are Meghna and Alma’s stories similar ?

    Ans. Meghna and Alma both had parents who perished in the tsunami. Both of them managed to survive by climbing or holding onto some wooden objects.

    4. What are different ways in which Tilly’s parents could have reacted to her behaviour? What would you have done if you were in their place ?

    Ans. Tilly’s parents might have believed she had become insane. They might have believed that Tilly had been possessed by a bad spirit. They might have believed she had been

    5. If Tilly’s award was to be shared, who do you think she should share it with –  her parents or her geography teacher ?

    Ans.  I believe that the ge should share Tilly’s award.

    6. What are the two different ideas about why so few animals were killed in the tsunami? Which idea do you find more believable ?

    Ans. Animals are said to have a sixth sense and can sense when the earth is about to shake, which causes them to become alert. According to some experts, animals have keen hearing that allows them to detect or feel the vibrations of the earth.

    Working with Language :-

    Go through Part – I carefully, and make a list of as many words as you can find that indicate movement of different kinds.

     Can you explain why there are many words in one one column and not in the others ?


    Fast movementSlow movementNeither slow nor fast
    Rushed out The sea rising Rushed in Ran Washed awayFloatingWalking   Recede

    2. Fill ln the blanks in the sentences below (the verbs given in brackets will give you a clue.

    (i) The earth  trembled, but not many people felt the ______ (tremble).

    (ii) When the zoo was flooded, there was a lot of  ______ and many animals escaped into the countryside, (confuse).

    (iii) We heard with _____  that the lion had been recaptured, (relieve).

    (iv) The zookeeper was stuck in a tree and his ______was filmed by the TV crew (rescue).

    (v) There was much ______ in the village when the snake charmer came visiting. (excite)

    Ans. (i) The earth trembled, but not many people felt the trembling .

    (ii) When the zoo was flooded, there was a lot of  confusion  and many animals escaped into the countryside.

    (iii) We heard with relief  that the lion had been recaptured.

    (iv) The zookeeper was stuck in a tree and his rescue  was  filmed by the TV crew.

    (v) There was much excitement in the village when the snake charmer came visiting.

    Speaking and writing :-

    1 . Suppose  you  are one of the volunteers who went to the Andaman and Nicobar islands for relief work after the tsunami. You work in the relief camps, distributing food, water and medicine among the victims. You  listen to the various stories of bravery of ordinary people even as they fight against odds to bring about  some semblance of normalcy  in their lives. You admire their grit and determination., Write a diary entry.

          You may start in this way.

               31 December, 2004

       The killer tsunami struck these islands five days ago, But the victims are being brought in even now. Each one has a story to tell ……………

    Ans.  31 December, 2004

         These islands were hit by the deadly tsunami five days ago. However, the victims are still being brought in. Everybody has a tale to tell. A 70-year-old woman was brought to our relief camp yesterday. She was originally from the Nancowry islands. Her house was carried away by the waves. She was lying in a wooden bed. Together with her bed, she was also carried away. She continued to float in the water while seated in bed for five days. She passed out from hunger, thirst, and sadness. She was spotted floating in the water by the rescue helicopters. She did not respond when they signalled to her because she had fainted. She was rescued and delivered to our relief camp with great difficulty. She described her entire experience after coming to her senses.

    2. The story shows how a little girl saved the lives of many tourists when a tsunami struck the beach thanks to the geography lesson that she had learnt at school.  She remembered the visuals of a tsunami and warned her parents.

    Do you remember any incident when something that you learnt in the classroom helped you in way outside the classroom?

    Write your experience in a paragraph of about 90 – 100 words or narrate it to the whole class like an anecdote.

    Ans.  A House On Fire

    The waves took her home with them. She was in a bed made of wood. She was carried away along with her bed. She remained seated in bed for five days, floating in the water. She collapsed from sadness, thirst, and hunger. The rescue helicopters found her floating in the water. When they signalled to her, she was unconscious and did not respond. She was very laboriously rescued and brought to our relief camp. When she finally regained consciousness, she detailed her entire experience.

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