English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Snapshot Chapter 6 The Ghat of the Only World Extra Questions and Answers Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions



Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. When did Shahid thought about his approaching death for the first time?

Answer: On 25th April 2001, writer had telephoned Shahid. While going through his engagement book, Shahid suddenly said that he could not see anything. He asked author if this meant he was dying. This was the first occasion Shahid had talked about his death.


SA 2.What was the request Shahid made to the author? Why?

Answer: Shahid had requested author to write about him after his death. Shahid wanted author to remember him through written words and not through spoken recitatives of spoken words and memories.


SA 3.How did writer prepare himself to keep the promise made to Shahid?

Answer:The author had promised to write about Shahid after his death. The writer noted down the date and their first conversation about Shahid’s death. Author went on recording their discussions. He would refer these while writing about Shahid.


SA 4.What was profession of Shahid?

Answer: Shahid was a poet. He wrote several collections of poems.

He was a teacher. He had served at various universities like Hamilton College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Manhattan’s Baruch College.


SA 5.Which activities indicate that Shahid liked to be among his friends and other poets?

Answer: Almost every evening there used to be gathering of poets in his house to talk about poetry. He ensured to serve them with good food.

Thus we can say that he was a gregarious person.


SA 6.Where did Shahid want to breathe his last? Did he realise his wish?

Answer: Shahid wanted to breathe his last in his homeland of Kashmir.

However owing to logistical and some other reason he could not travel to Kashmir during his last days.

He was laid to rest in Northampton.


SA 7.Describe Shahid’s love towards food and cooking?

Answer: Shahid assigned great importance to traditional food and its right method of cooking. He had a special passion for food of his region – ‘Kashmiri food in the Pandit Style’. Rogan josh was his favourite dish. He also loved Bengali food.


SA 8.Which poet affected poetry of Shahid most? Describe briefly.

Answer: James Merril had the greatest influence on the poetry of Shahid. After their meeting Shahid had started experimenting with strict, metrical patterns and verse forms. Shahid had awarded the status of envoy to Merrill in a poem in which he prefigured his own death.


SA 9. Narrate an incident to indicate that Shahid was witty?

Answer: While teaching at Baruch College, an Indian student arrived late. He said – ‘Ah, my little subcontinent has arrived’. He clasped his hands, feigned a swoon and said ‘It stirs such a tide of patriotism in me to behold another South Asian.’

The whole class burst into laughter

Alternate incident – One could narrate incident at Barcelona Airport.


SA 10.How did Shahid conduct himself during his last days? What was his greatest consolation?

Answer: Shahid conducted himself with aplomb and dignity. He continued to host fellow poets at his house. He continued to teach in the university. He did not allow even a trace of sadness to overpower him.

His greatest consolation was that he would meet his mother in afterlife.


SA 11. ‘Shahid’s gregariousness had no limits.’ Briefly explain.

Answer: Every evening there used to be a gathering at his house. Poets, writers, relatives, friends and students used to participate. There would be discussion and laughter. He would also serve them food. He regularly took his classes.

Till his end, he continued these activities of being among people.


Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. Write a pen portrait of Shahid.

Answer: Shahid was a patriotic person. He loved Kashmir. He used to often go there. He had a desire to die there.

Shahid was a gregarious person. He liked to be among his family, relatives, friends, poets and students. Every evening there used to be a gathering of people at his house. He would serve good food to his guests.

He was liked by all. His students too adored him. His relatives and friends had an affectionate bonding with him. The author agreed to write about him is an evidence.

He was a witty person. Incidents at Barcelona airport and those in his class are ample evidence to prove this quality.

He was a person of strong determination. He did not pity himself after becoming aware about malignant brain tumour. He carried himself through with self respect.

Thus Shahid was a patriotic, gregarious, witty and amiable person.



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