English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Hornbill Chapter 2 We’re Not Afraid to Die Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions


(Extra Questions)


Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. How behaviour of kids during the storm affected the captain of the ship. Describe in brief.

Answer: Sue did not want to bother her father with her injuries. She made a card to change the pensive mood. Jonathan told his dad that they were not afraid to die because they all were together.

Kids thus motivated their parents.

SA 2. What do you understand about Mayday calls? Why do you think nobody responded to these calls made from Wavewalker.?

Answer: Mayday call means the distress call issued by a ship in the situation of an emergency.

Probably there was no other ship in the vicinity of Wavewalker. Or signals were not propagating due to bad weather.

Hence there was no response to the distress calls.

SA 3. Why did the author say that Ile Amsterdam was the most beautiful island in the world?

Answer: Their ship had been damaged in a storm. They had managed to keep it afloat with lot of difficulty.

Sight of the island ensured their survival. Hence the island was called the most beautiful island in the world.

SA 4. What damage was caused by the gigantic wave to the ship?

Answer: The ship was tilted almost in a horizontal position but the next wave lifted it to its upright position. Its deck was smashed. Starboard side had bulged inwards and many gaping holes had developed. Some of the pumps were also damaged.

SA 5. What was the injury to Sue? Why she did not narrate her compete injury to her father?

Answer: Her head had swollen alarmingly. She had a deep cut on her arm.

She did not show her injuries at the first instance. She did not want to bother her parents while they were trying to save everybody.

SA 6. Who was given the name of Wavewalker? Describe it briefly.

Answer: Wavewalker was name of the ship used by narrator for the voyage.

It was 23 m long and its weight was 30 ton. Its body was made of wood. It was constructed by professional ship builders.

SA 7. What preparation voyagers made on 2nd Jan to fight the storm?

Answer: The storm jib was removed. A heavy mooring rope was tied around the stern. Everything in the ship was double-lashed, everybody practised the life-raft drill, attached lifelines, wore oilskins and life jackets.

SA 8. What was the message in the card made by Sue?

Answer: On front of the card she had made caricature of her parents. She wrote that these are some funny people. Did they make you laugh? Inside the card she wrote that she loved both of them. This card was to say thanks to her parents and to hope for the best.

SA 9. Why did narrator engage two crewmen from Cape Town ?

Answer: The narrator knew that the southern Indian Ocean beyond Cape Town often witnesses rough weather. So he hired two experienced crewmen to tackle one of the roughest seas the world.

SA 10. Did the narrator ever feel that the survival was difficult? When was that?

Answer: In the afternoon of 4th Jan a second storm struck the ship. By the morning of 5th Jan their condition had again become desperate. That evening narrator felt that their end was very near.

SA 11. Describe the manner in which kids informed their father about reaching close to an island.

Answer: Jonathan told that he wanted to give a hug to his father because he was the best father in the world. But the narrator denied the description.

Sue then told him that he was the best because he had found the island.

SA 12. How did narrator get back to the ship after the big wave had thrown him into the sea?

Answer: The narrator was wearing a lifeline that was attached to the ship. When the second wave straightened the ship, his lifeline received a big jerk. He was pulled in the air and landed on the ship.

SA 13. How did Jonathan respond to the grave situation of 5th Jan?

Answer: By the morning of 5th Jan the situation had again become desperate for them. The narrator tried to assure kids that they would survive. Jon replied that they were not afraid of dying if they all can be together.

SA 14. How did narrator decide the direction of travel after the first storm had calmed down?

Answer: The narrator consulted charts. He made an allowance for the magnetic variation in the spare compass. He made an estimate for the influence of the westerly current. Then he asked Larry to steer the ship at 185 degrees.

SA15. Why islands were called as pinpricks in the vast ocean?

Answer: The area of the ocean was about 150,000 square KM and the island was about 65 KM wide. Thus area of the island was very less in comparison to the area of the ocean. Hence it was called a pinprick in the vast ocean.

Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. What was the difference between behaviour of adult and children during the storm? Please elucidate.

Answer: During storm the ship was severely damaged. Water was gushing in.

Adults were trying to control the damage. They tried to start all the available pumps. Two of the hand pumps were chocked and one electrical pump was short circuited. A spare pump available in chart room was started. The narrator somehow closed the gaping holes on the deck and on the starboard side of the ship. They were trying to steer the ship towards nearby island.

Thus adults were worried, busy and stressed.

The children could feel the condition of adults. They tried not to worry them. Sue did not share her complete injury. She had made a card to motivate her parents. Jon had expressed his belongingness to the family.

Thus kids were trying to help their parents through small yet important acts of support and motivation.

LA 2. Under the adverse conditions, children had exhibited exemplary courage. Please elucidate.

Answer: During storm severe damage to ship was caused. The priority for the adults was to save the ship from sinking. Children could feel the stress their parents were facing. They ably supported the cause through various acts.

Sue was injured quite a lot. But she did not tell her complete injury to parents because she did not want to bother them. She had made a card for her parents. Through this card she expressed her affection and gratitude to them. This was a big motivation for the narrator.

Jonathan had realised that the situation was very tough. He expressed that he was not afraid of death. It was more important for him that the whole family was together. These were words of great maturity and wisdom.

Finally kids congratulated their father for having found the island.

Hence kids exhibited maturity and responsibility that was much above their age.

LA 3. What damages were caused by the gigantic wave to the ship? What did the narrator do to retrieve the situation?

Answer: The wave was almost double the height of normal waves. Narrator’s head was smashed into the wheel and he was thrown into the sea. The ship was tilted almost in a horizontal position but the next wave lifted it to its upright position. The lifeline of narrator received a pull and he was airborne to land on the ship. His ribs cracked. His mouth was full of blood and broken teeth.

Deck of the ship was smashed by the wave. Starboard side had bulged inwards and many gaping holes had developed. Water was gushing into the ship.

The narrator tried to start all the pumps to throw water out of the ship. Some of the pumps were damaged. He started the spare pump available below the chartroom. He covered the gap in the starboard side by a canvas and water proof hatch.

Through above methods they were able to control the water level in the ship.

LA 4. “Perseverance is the key to success.” Please explain in the context of this lesson.

Answer: Success is result of right steps taken one after the other. One needs to have patience yet continue to do the best. This is called perseverance or being positive.

Every great personality who had made an impression on the development of humankind had converted his failure into grand success through perseverance. Thomas Alva Edison is one such great personality. He had said that his earlier attempts to make a bulb were not the instances of failure. But he had proved that through those methods bulb cannot be made. Finally he made the bulb.

Amount of practice a sportsperson does is phenomenal. Marry Com is a glaring example of perseverance.

Good marks scored by a student is the result of yearlong efforts. One would need to repeat this effort throughout the life to be successful.

Hence success in any field is the fruit borne on the tree of perseverance.

LA 5– Write an article in about 120 – 150 words on the topic ‘Adventure makes life worth living’.


Adventure Makes Life Worth Living

Everyday life evolves into something new. Those who believe in permanency, security and comfort of this day are leading life of a coward. The pleasure of knowing the unknown is immense. It gives so much joy and learning. Life begins at the edge of our comfort zones.

The word adventure has positive connotations An adventure involves challenging ourselves or trying out something new in life. It is not desirable to engage in dangerous and unsafe activities. We need to dare to seek priorities we set for ourselves. This is the adventure. It expands and broadens our mind and makes us learn new and unique things.

Adventure requires strict discipline, courage and enthusiasm. Adventure provides us with vast knowledge and experience. It takes us from the hectic life to a refreshed one.  Life is incomplete without adventure. So try it and enjoy it.



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