Class XI Hornbill: Discovering Tut the Saga continues Question Answer

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Class XI Hornbill: Discovering Tut the Saga continues Question Answer

The chapter Discovering Tut the Saga continues, written by A.R. Williams, is the story of discovering of last pharaoh, Tut that what would have happened at the time of his death. Was it murder? Even it was the most possible assumption. In the post you can find question answer related the lesson discovering tut the saga continues. It is the 3rd Chapter of English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. Hornbill is prescribed by CBSE. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.

Question: Scientific intervention is necessary to unearth buried mysteries.

Answer: [highlight]For the motion:[/highlight] Every nation glorifies its past history, culture and civilization. However, certain mysteries lie buried with them. Rituals and legends are insufficient to clear the wrap of mystery surrounding them. For example, take the case of Tutankhamun’s mummy. He was laid to rest laden with gold more than 3300 years ago. Since the discovery of his tomb in 1922 AD, the modern world has speculated about him. Some people believe that the boy king might have been murdered. There is a mystery around his life as well as death. Scientific intervention is necessary to clear the dust and cloud of mysteries around him. Hence, if we want to study archaeology properly we must take help of scientific techniques.

[highlight]Against the motion:[/highlight] If present is perfect and future is certain, why worry about the past? Let the dead past bury its dead and the mysteries surrounding them. In the present world full of competition, we must devote our money, time and energy to build up our resources and sustain the life style. Scientific techniques should be employed to fed the hungry millions and clad the naked ones. Some mysteries of the past have lost their relevance with the passage of time. Won’t it be futile and wastage of precious resources of a developing nation in the idle pursuit? Let the thinkers, philosophers and priests worry about mysteries not the scientists.

Question: Advanced technology given us conclusive evidence of past events.

Answer: [highlight]For the motion:[/highlight] I fully subscribe to the observation that advanced technology gives us conclusive evidence of past events. Even my opponent will agree that there is no proper written record about many pat events. Myths and legends surround even the most celebrated personalities and events of their life or circumstances of death. Facts and fiction are mingled together and sometimes have become inseparable. Various persons have given coloured versions of the past events to suit the demands of their masters or to serve their own ends. The evidence that opposed their point of view has been condemned and rejected. Thus sometimes we get a warped version and subjective account of past events. Only advanced technology can help us understand the past in right perspective.

[highlight]Against the Motion:[/highlight] I disagree with the remarks that advanced technology gives us conclusive evidence of past events. It may hold well in certain cases where evidence can be reconstructed and examined closely with the sophisticated techniques of modern science available now. However it will be unfair to generalize and hold it true in all cases. Sometimes the processing of available data may yield contradictory accounts and create more confusion than unravelling the knotted issues. Moreover, the available evidence may not be worthy of analysis and examination. The tests may determine the possible time period of the action, but it is quite difficult to assess the causes that prompted it or the results that followed it.

Question: Traditional rituals and funerary practices must be respected.

Answer: [highlight]For the motion:[/highlight] Different religions, cultures and civilizations follow various traditions, rituals and funerary practices. The dead bodies buried under the earth, are supposed to lie in rest peacefully till the doom’s day or the day of resurrection or after life. The ancient Egyptians had mastered the art of mummifying. Certain traditional rituals were performed while treating the dead body with special oils and wrapping it in cloth. Ritual resins held the mummy close to the bottom of the coffin. The burial chamber and grave contained all the important things that the king might need in after life. The funerary practices had certain sanctity for the followers of that particular religion. We must learn to be more tolerant of the belief of others. He I conclude that tradition, rituals and funerary practices must be respected.

[highlight]Against the motion:[/highlight] The world is on the move. We have to be forward looking. We can’t remain content with the achievements of the past or rest on our laurels. If traditions, rituals and certain funerary practices block the flow of information and knowledge, these may be overlooked for the greater benefit of humanity. i.e., clearing the air of mystery, ignorance and superstitions surrounding some of the age-old beliefs. However, in our quest for knowledge, we should not be intolerant or disrespectful. We must conduct our probe objectively and dispassionately. Facts must be given more weightage than the beliefs attached to them. A detached outlook can provide clear understanding of past events.

Question: Knowledge about past lives is useful to complete our knowledge of the world we live in.

Answer: [highlight]For the motion:[/highlight] Modern world has expanded the frontiers of knowledge. In fact the whole world has become a global village. Within a few seconds we become aware of incidents happening thousands of miles away. Information technology has indeed brought a revolution in the field of knowledge. Still our knowledge of the world is incomplete without the knowledge about past lives. We are the direct descendants of our ancestors and we must be aware of the circumstances in which they existed and how they coped with them. The structure of future is rooted in the past. We draw lessons from the past and make improvements. The lives of the people of the past are like beacon lights to guide and inspire us and enlighten us about the world we live in.

[highlight]Against the motion:[/highlight] We are constantly learning new things about the world we live in. The knowledge of our present circumstances and future prospects is more important than the knowledge about past lives. Their traditions, rituals, tools ways of conduct and ethos are not going to help us in our struggle for existence in the highly competitive and complex modern world. The knowledge about past lives can at best make us retrograde of activities and the environment they live in. People aim at specializing in restricted fields instead of being Jack of all trades. As such the knowledge of the world we need is also restricted to our requirement and we need not bother about knowledge about past lives.

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