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English CBSE Class 9 NCERT Beehive Chapter 2 The Sound of Music Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Part I

Evelyn Glennie Listens to Sound without Hearing It

(Extra Questions)

 

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. Rush hour crowds jostle for position on the underground train platform. A slight girl, looking younger than her seventeen years, was nervous yet excited as she felt the vibrations of the approaching train.

(i) Who is referred as ‘she’ in the above extract?

Answer: Evelyn Glennie

(ii) Where was ‘she’ going?

Answer: Royal Academy of Music, London

(iii) Which word in the extract mean ‘push’?

Answer: Jostle

(iv) What was approximate age of the girl?

Answer: Seventeen years

 

EB 2. “They called her name and she didn’t move. I suddenly realised she hadn’t heard,” says Isabel Glennie.

(i) To whom does the word ‘she’ refer to?

Answer: Evelyn Glennie

(ii) Why was her name called?

Answer: Her name was called to play piano.

(iii) How is speaker of the above extract related to ‘she’?

Answer: The speaker is mother of ‘she’.

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘understood’?

Answer: Realised.

 

EB 3. He began by tuning two large drums to different notes. “Don’t listen through your ears,” he would say, “try to sense it some other way.”

(i) Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Ron Forbes

(ii) To whom the above extract is spoken to?

Answer: Evelyn Gennie

(iii) How did listener feel the vibration of drums?

Answer: She could sense the vibrations through different parts of her body.

(iv) Why ‘he’ advise not to listen through your ears?

Answer: Because Evelyn was deaf.

 

EB 4. She never looked back from that point onwards. She toured the United Kingdom with a youth orchestra and by the time she was sixteen, she had decided to make music her life.

(i) What are other two names for United Kingdom?

Answer: Great Britain and England.

(ii) At what age ‘she’ decided to make music her life?

Answer: At the age of 16

(iii) What event is referred to as ‘that point’ in above extract?

Answer: It refers to the incident when Evelyn started feeling music through her mind and several body parts.

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘travelled’?

Answer: Toured.

 

EB 5. “Men with bushy beards give me trouble,” she laughed. “It is not just watching the lips, it’s the whole face, especially the eyes.” She speaks flawlessly with a Scottish lilt.

(i) Who is referred as ‘she’ in above extract?

Answer: Evelyn Gennie

(ii) Why men with busy beards gives her trouble?

Answer: Because she is not able to do lip reading

(iii) Aprt from English, which other two languages ‘she’ knew?

Answer: French and Japanese

(iv) Which word in the extract mean ‘accent’?

Answer: Lilt

 

EB 6. “God may have taken her hearing but he has given her back something extraordinary. What we hear, she feels — far more deeply than any of us. That is why she expresses music so beautifully.”

(i) Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: God

(ii) According to extract what can ‘she’ feel?

Answer: She can feel what we hear

(iii) What cab ‘she’ express music so beautifully?

Answer: Because she can feel music far more deeply that any of us.

(iv) Which word in the extract mean ‘unusual’?

Answer: Extraordinary

 

EB 7. She has given inspiration to those who are handicapped, people who look to her and say, ‘If she can do it, I can.’ And, not the least, she has given enormous pleasure to millions.

(i) From which chapter this extract has been taken?

Answer: The Sound of Music

(ii) Who is author of the lesson from which above extract has been taken?

Answer: Deborah Cowley

(iii) Who derive inspiration from ‘her’?

Answer: She is inspiration to those who are handicapped.

(iv) Which phrase in the extract mean ‘physically challenged’?

Answer: Handicapped

 

EB 8. It was her first day at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London and daunting enough for any teenager fresh from a Scottish farm. But this aspiring musician faced a bigger challenge than most

(i) Who is being referred to as an ‘aspiring musician’ in above extract?

Answer: Evelyn Glennie

(ii) What was the bigger challenge for ‘her’ than most?

Answer: Her deafness was the bigger challenge

(iii) What does the phrase ‘Scottish farm’ mean?

Answer: It means farmland or rural area of Scotland

(iv) What word in the extract is synonym of ‘reputed’?

Answer: Prestigious

 

EB 9. For quite a while Evelyn managed to conceal her growing deafness from friends and teachers. But by the time she was eleven her marks had deteriorated and her headmistress urged her parents to take her to a specialist.

(i) What was the advice of specialist?

Answer: He advised to put hearing aid on Evelyn. He also advised that she should be put in a school dedicated for deaf people.

(ii) At what age she was taken to a specialist?

Answer: At the age of 11.

(iii) Why do you think her marks deteriorated?

Answer: She could not hear properly so could not understand her lessons.

(iv) Which word in the extract is antonym of ‘increased’?

Answer: Deteriorated

 

Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1.Why Evelyn had gone to underground railway station? Why was she nervous?

Answer: She wanted to travel to Royal Academy of Music in London. To catch train to go there, she had gone to underground railway station.

She was deaf thus was not sure about her admission to the Institute. Hence she was nervous.

 

SA 2.When was the first sign of Evelyn’s deafness noticed? When was it confirmed?

Answer: Evelyn was waiting for her turn to play piano. Her name was called out but she did not move. This was the first sign of deafness.

On the advice of headmistress of her school, Evelyn’s parents took her to a doctor who confirmed about her deafness.

 

SA 3.What did the doctor advise to parent of Evelyn?

Answer: The doctor informed them that Evelyn’s hearing was severely impaired due to nerve damage. The doctor advised that Evelyn would have to use hearing aid. He further advised that Evelyn should be sent to a school that was for deaf people.

 

SA 4. What was Evelyn’s response to the advice of doctor?

Answer: Even after listening to advice of doctor Evelyn did not lose heart. She was determined to lead life of normal people and pursue her interest in music.

 

SA 5. Who advised and motivated Evelyn during initial journey of music? What advice was given to her?

Answer: Ron Forbes advised  and motivated her during her initial journey of music.

He tuned two drums to different notes. He advised Evelyn not to hear the sound through her ears. He advised her to feel the sound and vibrations through some other means.

 

SA 6. What problem did Evelyn face while talking to men with bushy beard?

Answer: Evelyn had gradually picked up the art of lip reading. Expression on the face and in the eyes also helped her.

It was difficult for her to do lip reading if people had thick bushy beard. So she was not able to understand their communication.

 

SA 7. How can you conclude that Evelyn was humble even after achieving success?

Answer: She did not accept any hint about her heroic achievement. She used to perform in prisons and hospitals without any charge. She gave importance to teaching music to children.

Thus we infer that she always remained humble.

 

SA 8. Why many handicapped people derive inspiration from Evelyn?

Answer: Evelyn was almost completely deaf. But she pursued music to become one of the most popular musician of her era.

Every handicapped person started thinking – “If she could do it, I too can do it”.

Thus she was an inspiration to many.

 

SA 9. How did Evelyn understand sound and vibrations of music?

Answer: She understood sound and vibrations of music through various parts of her body. She could feel through parts of body above her waist and below her waist. She felt through her shin, cheekbones, hair, fingertips and through her legs.

 

Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. Evelyn more than compensated her deafness by feeling sounds and vibrations through other parts of her body. Please explain.

Answer: At the age of 11 she was diagnosed with almost complete deafness. Putting up hearing aids did not help her much.

She was not ready to give up. She decided to play xylophone. A percussionist Ron Forbes noted her potential. He tuned two drums to different notes. He advised her not to hear sound through her ears. He asked her to feel the sound and vibrations through some other means. Soon Evelyn realised that she could feel sound of one drum through her body above waist and that of other drum through her body below her waist.

Soon she started feeling sound and vibrations through her skin, cheek bones and even through her air. While playing xylophone she could feel vibrations through her fingertips. She would sit on wooden platform bare feet to feel sound through her legs.

Thus she felt music and vibrations through various parts of her body.

 

LA 2. “If you work hard and know where you are going, you’ll get there.” In the back drop of above statement describe journey of Evelyn to glory.

Answer: After she was diagnosed with hearing loss, Evelyn did not give up. She decided to play xylophone to pursue her interest in music. She started practising a lot. Soon a percussionist Ron Forbes recognised her potential.

Ron advised Evelyn to feel sound and vibrations of music through some other means. Soon Evelyn realised that she could feel music through her skin, hair, cheekbones, fingertips and legs. She used to practice for many hours every day.

She took admission into Royal Academy of Music in London. She scored one of the highest marks in the history of the Academy during her audition. During three year course there she had won almost every top award.

Initially she participated as a member of orchestra. Later she moved to solo performances. Soon she became one of the most popular musician in the world of her era.

Thus through her hard work Evelyn achieved glory.

 

LA 3. Evelyn achieved great success in her carrier but she remained humble throughout her life. Please validate quoting instances from the text.

Answer: Evelyn was one of the most popular musician of her era. She had graduated from being member of orchestra to a solo performer.

In addition to her regular stage performances she regularly performed in prisons. She did not charge any fee for such performances.

Yet another place where she performed regularly was hospitals. She did not charge any fee for such performances.

She was one of the most sought after multi-percussionist with mastery over thousands of instruments. But she never accepted any hint about her heroic achievements.

She gave a high priority to teaching music to children.

We can thus infer that she remained humble in spite of being a great musician.

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Part II

The Shehnai of Bismillah Khan

(Explanation)

 

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. Few had thought that it would one day be revived. A barber of a family of professional musicians, who had access to the royal palace, decided to improve the tonal quality of the pungi.

(i) To what does the word ‘it’ refer to in the above extract?

Answer: Pungi

(ii) Who had banned playing of pungi?

Answer: Aurangzeb

(iii) What was the new name given to improvised pungi?

Answer: Shehnai

(iv) Which word in the extract is antonym of ‘amateur’?

Answer: Professional

 

EB 2. And for this reason it is still played in temples and is an indispensable component of any North Indian wedding.

(i) What does the word ‘it’ refer to in above extract?

Answer: Shehnai

(ii) What was the name of earlier version of ‘it’?

Answer: Pungi

(iii) What was profession of the person who had invented ‘it’?

Answer: He was a barber

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘part’?

Answer: Component

 

EB 3.This happened 80 years ago, and the little boy has travelled far to earn the highest civilian award in India — the Bharat Ratna.

(i) What is the name of the boy referred to in above extract?

Answer: Bismillah Khan

(ii) Which instrument was played by the ‘boy’?

Answer: Shehnai

(iii) From whom did the boy receive coaching?

Answer: Ali Bux

(iv) Which word is synonym of ‘occurred’ in the above extract?

Answer: Happened

 

EB 4. Slowly, he started getting lessons in playing the instrument and would sit practicing throughout the day. For years to come the temple of Balaji and Mangala Maiya and the banks of the Ganga became the young apprentice’s favourite haunts where he could practise in solitude.

(i) To whom does the word ‘he’ refer to in above extract?

Answer: Bismillah Khan

(ii) To what does the word ‘instrument’ refer to in above extract?

Answer: Shehnai

(iii) Who accompanied ‘he’ while practicing?

Answer: He practised alone

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘trainee’?

Answer: Apprentice

 

EB 5. With the coveted award resting on his chest and his eyes glinting with rare happiness he said, “All I would like to say is: Teach your children music, this is Hindustan’s richest tradition; even the West is now coming to learn our music.’’

(i) Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Bismillah Khan

(ii) Which award is being referred to in above extract?

Answer: Bharat Ratna

(iii) What according to above extract is the richest tradition of India?

Answer: Music

(iv) Which word in the extract mean ‘shining’?

Answer: Glinting

 

EB 6. In spite of having travelled all over the world — Khansaab as he is fondly called — is exceedingly fond of Benaras and Dumraon and they remain for him the most wonderful towns of the world.

(i) Please write name of ‘he’ referred in above extract?

Answer: Bismillah Khan

(ii) Which was the first foreign country ‘he’ had visited?

Answer: Afghanistan

(iii) What was the profession of ‘Khansaab’?

Answer: Playing shehnai

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘affectionately’?

Answer: Fondly

 

EB 7. He poured his heart out into Raag Kafi from the Red Fort to an audience which included Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who later gave his famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech.

(i) Who is referred to as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Ustaad Bismillah Khan

(ii) On which date the programme referred in the extract was organised?

Answer: 15th August 1947

(iii) Which instrument ‘he’ played on the day referred by the extract?

Answer: Shehnai

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym to ‘afterwards’?

Answer: Later

 

Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. Who had improved tonal quality of pungi? Why improved version of pungi named shehnai?

Answer: A barber had improved tonal quality of pungi.

It was first played in the Shah’s chambers. It was played by a nai (barber). Therefore the instrument was named the ‘shehnai.

 

SA 2.Who is credited with bringing shehnai to classical stage? Where was it earlier played.

Answer: Ustaad Bismillah Khan is given the credit for bringing shehnai to classical stage.

Earlier it was played in courts of kings as an essential part of ensemble of nine musical instruments. It was also played at temples and during wedding.

 

SA 3.What prize Maharaja of Dumraon used to give to Bismillah Khan and why?

Answer: The Maharaja of Dumraon used to give prize of laddu weighing 1.25 kg to Bismillah Khan.

He used to give this prize for singing Bhojpuri Chaita.

 

SA 4. How Bismillah Khan got attracted to playing shehnai?

Answer: Once he went to his maternal uncle Ali Bux who was a shehnai player. He was fascinated watching his uncle playing shehnai. He used to accompany him to the temple where his uncle used to play shehnai.

Thus Bismilah Kan got attracted to shehnai.

 

SA 5. What were the favourite locations of Bismillah Khan as trainee for practising and why?

Answer: Bismillah khan used to practice at temple of Balaji and Mangala Maiya. He also used to do practice at the banks of Gnaga in Benaras.

These were his favourite spots because he could practice there alone.

 

SA 6.How can we infer that shehnai was considered auspicious?

Answer: The shehnai continues to be  played in temples. It is also an indispensable part of traditional North Indian wedding.

Thus we can conclude that shehnai is considered auspicious.

 

Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. Bismillah Khan loved India most. Describe quoting instances from the text.

Answer: Even after partition, Bismillah Khan did not move to Pakistan. He had gone there only once for the sake of going. He was there only for about an hour. He said namaskar to people of Pakistan and salaam alaikum to people of India cams and came back to India.

He refused to shift to USA to head a shehnai school. He had said that though temples of Benars could be recreated in USA but it was not possible to transport river Ganga there.

In spite of having travelled across the globe, he continued to consider Benaras and Dumraon as the most beautiful towns in the world. He had once said “Whenever I am in foreign country, I keep yearning for Hindustan”.

Thus we can infer that Bismillah Khna loved India the most.

 

LA 2. Please write pen portrait of Bismillah Khan.

Answer: As a child Bismillah Khan was as playful as any other child would be. He played gilli danda. He sang at the temple of Bihariji at Dumraon to obtain the gift of 1.25 Kg laddu.

He was a good observer. He intently listened to the music played by his maternal uncle Ali Bux. He accompanied his uncle to Vishnu temple at Benaras. He would sit there  to listen to music played  by his uncle.

He worked very hard. He used to practise for long hours at temples of Balaji and Mangala Maiya. He would go to banks of river Ganga to practice alone for long duration.

He was quite creative. He improvised and invented various ragas that were thought to be impossible to play on shehnai.

He was a patriot. In spite of travelling across the globe he yearned to be in India. He had refused to head a shehnai school in USA.

Thus Bismillah Khan was a hardworking, creative and patriotic personality.

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WIND

(Extra Questions)

 

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. Wind, come softly.

Don’t break the shutters of the windows.

Don’t scatter the papers.

Don’t throw down the books on the shelf.

There, look what you did — you threw them all down.

(i) In last line of the extract what is the complaint of poet?

Answer: He complains that wind had thrown all books off the self.

(ii) Has wind been portrayed as powerful or as a week?

Answer: Powerful

(iii) What is the poetic device used in second line of the extract?

Answer: Repetition. The word ‘the’ has been repeated.

(iv) Which word in the extract mean ‘spread’?

Answer: Scatter

(v) What request is made by poet to wind?

Answer: Poet asks wind to flow gently.

(vi) In the last line of extract, to what does the word ‘them’ refer to?

Answer: Books

 

EB 2. You tore the pages of the books.

You brought rain again.

You’re very clever at poking fun at weaklings.

(i) To whom does the word ‘you’ refer to in above extract?

Answer: Wind

(ii) Why ‘you’ has been considered clever?

Answer: Because it pokes fun at weaklings.

(iii) What is the poetic device used in second line of the extract?

Answer: Personification. Wind has been addressed as a human being.

(iv) Which word in the extract is antonym of ‘fool’?

Answer: Clever

 

EB 3. He won’t do what you tell him.

So, come, let’s build strong homes,

Let’s joint the doors firmly.

Practise to firm the body.

Make the heart steadfast.

Do this, and the wind will be friends with us.

(i) To whom does the word ‘he’ refer to in above extract?

Answer: Wind

(ii) Who is author of poem from which the extract has been taken?

Answer: Subramania Bharati

(iii) According to extract when will wind be our friend?

Answer: When we are strong, wind will be our friend.

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘construct’ ?

Answer: Build

(v) What is the poetic device used in the first line of extract?

Answer: Personification. The wind has been addressed as human being.

 

EB 4. The wind blows out weak fires.

He makes strong fires roar and flourish.

His friendship is good.

We praise him every day.

(i) Who is referred to as ’he’ in above extract?

Answer: Wind

(ii) What does the wind do it strong fires?

Answer: Wind makes then roar and flourish.

(iii) Which poetic device is used in second line of extract?

Answer: Personification.

(iv) Which word in the extract mean ‘apprciate’?

Answer: Praise

(v) Whose friendship is being talked about?

Answer: Friendship of strong people with wind.

 

Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1.What message poet wants to give through the poem?

Answer: The poet wants to tell us that to withstand the force of nature and adversities we ourselves need to be strong. Then only we shall be able to overcome adversities of life.

 

SA 2.How does the wing makes fun of weaklings?

Answer: Weak people are not able to resist the force of wind. They can only pray to show mercy. But the wind does not listen to their pray and causes damage to their houses and other belongings.

Thus wind makes fun at the weaklings.

 

SA 3. Poet has described two behaviours of wind? Explain these briefly.

Answer: The two behaviours are friendly and unfriendly.

Wind is friendly to strong people because she cannot cause damage to them. But to weaklings she remains arrogant and careless.

 

SA 4. Why does poet advise to build strong houses and to be strong?

Answer: Poet says that the force of nature would tend to affect our life. We need to build strong houses to withstand their flurry.

To withstand adversities of life we need to be strong physically, emotionally and financially.

 

SA 5. How does weak fires and strong fires get affected by wind?

Answer: The week fire gets extinguished by the wind. While the strong fire roars and flourishes to become even stronger.

 

SA 6. Why strong houses and strong doors should be built?

Answer: When wind blows at high speed, it can damage  houses, doors and other properties. Thus to avoid damage by the action of wind, we should build strong houses and strong doors.

 

SA 7. Why poet advocates to possess strong heart and strong bodies?

Answer: The life is full of adversities. It brings with it several hardships and difficult situations. In order to deal with these, we need to be physically as well as emotionally strong.

Hence poet advocates to possess strong heart and strong bodies.

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