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English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Snapshot Chapter 7 Birth Extra Questions and Answers Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions

BIRTH – Extra Questions

Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. Why Joe had come to the house of Andrew?

Answer: Joe and his wife were expecting their first child. Condition of his wife Susan had deteriorated that night. So Joe had come to take Andrew to his house for treatment of his wife.

 

SA 2.Why Susan’s mother offered tea to Andrew? How did Andrew respond to her?

Answer: Susan’s mother had realised that birth of child will take some more time. She feared that Andrew may not stay so long. Hence she offered him tea.

Andrew assured her that he will not go away before birth of the child.

 

SA 3. While waiting in the kitchen, what sounds were heard by Andrew?

Answer: Andrew heard rustle of cinder on the grate and slow tick-tock of the wall clock. He also heard footsteps of Joe who was pacing back and forth in the street. Other than these , everything was still.

 

SA 4. ‘Her thoughts had pursued a different course’? Bring out difference in thoughts of the old woman and that of Andrew.

Answer: Andrew had been thinking about the failed marriage of some people living at Cardiff station. He also thought of Christine.

The old woman was thinking about her daughter. She informed Andrew that Susan wanted to avoid chloroform because it might harm the baby.

 

SA 5.What was the dilemma Andrew faced? What was his decision?

Answer: The child was stillborn, At the same time condition of Susan had also become critical. He could pay attention to any of the two. This was his dilemma.

He decided to first pay attention to Susan.

 

SA 6.What did Andrew do to save life of Susan Morgan?

Answer: Soon after birth of child Susan became almost without pulse. Andrew took out an ampule. He filled medicine in a hypodermic syringe and injected Susan. He worked feverishly for about fifteen minutes on Susan. She was brought out of danger.

 

SA 7. In the opinion of Andrew, what was wrong with the new born baby?

Answer: The child was stillborn. It appeared soft, white and boneless. The skin was smooth and tender. His head lolled on his neck. His colour was yellow. Andrew realized that the child was suffering from asphyxia pallid.

 

SA 8.Why was Andrew dull and listless on that evening?

Answer: At the Cardiff station, that evening he had come to know about many marriages that had failed. It was very difficult for him to understand such failures.

He and his girl friend Christine did not go well that evening.

Hence he was dull and listless.

 

SA 9. Why Morgan family was so tense on that evening?

Answer: Joe and Susan were married since twenty years. They were expecting their first baby. Condition of Susan had deteriorated that evening.

Mother of Susan was also worried about her daughter and her yet to be born grandchild.

Thus the Morgan family was tense.

 

SA 10. Describe conduct of the midwife during that evening?

Answer: The midwife did not conduct herself true to her profession. She pushed the stillborn child below the bed. She did not help Andrew while he was trying to resuscitate the child. Though she was happy when Andrew was successful.

 

SA 11. How did Andrew revive the child?

Answer: Andrew filled two basins with water – one with cold water and the other with hot water. He placed the child alternately in each basin. He rubbed the chest of child with a rough towel , crushed and released the chest many times.

Through these methods life of child was revived.

 

Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. Revival of Susan and her child was the most satisfying experience of life for Andrew. What miraculous things happened that night? Please describe.

Answer: On that day Andrew had gone to the house of Joe Morgan to help his wife deliver a child.

After a long wait the child was born. But it was a stillborn child. Condition of Susan also deteriorated. She had become almost pulse less. Andrew first focused her attention to Susan. He gave her an injection and made feverish efforts to make her pulse stable. She soon became stable.

Andrew filled two basins with water – one with hot water and the other with cold water. He put the child alternately in each basin. He rubbed chest of the child with a rough towel , crushed and released the chest many times. Heartbeat of child was finally revived.

Neither the old man nor the midwife believed what had occurred. They both were happy. Andrew was content because he could keep his promise to Joe and the old lady.

Certainly it was the most satisfying work by Andrew.

 

LA 2. Justify the tile of the text ‘Birth’. Please suggest an alternate title for the text.

Answer: The story starts with Joe Morgan who had come to take Dr. Andrew to his home. Joe and Susan were married for 20 years and they were expecting a child.

After a long wait, Susan gives birth to a still born child. Condition of Susan deteriorates. She became almost pulse less. Andrew first focused her attention to Susan. He gave her an injection and stabilized her condition.

Then Andrew filled two basins with water – one with hot water and other with cold water. He put the child alternately in each basin. He rubbed chest of the child , crushed and released the chest many times. Heartbeat of child was finally revived.

The story makes reader feel that birth of a child is rebirth of the mother as well.

Andrew had the most satisfying work of his life. So we can say it was a birth of his confidence.

Hence the title of the text is justified.

An alternate title of the text can be ‘God helps those who help themselves’.

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