Hornbill

  • Class XI Hornbill: The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role Question Answer

    Class XI Hornbill: The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role Question Answer

    The chapter The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role is the 5th chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role is written by Nani Palkhivala. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.

     Question: Locate the lines in the text that support the title “The Ailing Planet”. 

    Answer: The following lines in the text support the title “The Ailing Planet”.

    1. “Are we to leave our successors a scorched plant of advancing deserts, impoverished landscapes and ailing environment.”
    2. A three-year study using satellites and aerial photography conducted by the United Nations, warns that the environment has deteriorated so badly that it is ‘critical’ in many of the eighty-eight countries investigated.

     Question: What does the notice “The world’s most dangerous animal’ at a cage in the zoo at Lusaka, Zambia, signify? 

    Answer: The notice, “The world’s most dangerous animals at a cage in the zoo at Lusaka, Zambia signify that man is solely responsible for all the deterioration in environment and depletion of natural resources. Thus man is the world’s most dangerous animal. 

     Question:  How are the earth’s principal biological systems being depleted? 

    Answer: The earth’s principal biological systems are being depleted by excessive use. Over fishing is quite common. Forests are being cut to obtain firewood for cooking. Grasslands are turning into barren wastelands and croplands are deteriorating as their productivity has been impaired.

     Question: Why does the author agree that the growth of world population is one of the strongest factors distorting the future of human society? 

    Answer:  The growth of world population puts a severe strain on the earth’s principal biological system. Due to excessive human claims these reach an unsustainable level where their productivity is damaged. Development is not possible If world population continues to grow so rapidly. Increasing population brings hunger, poverty and unemployment.

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  • Class XI Hornbill: Landscape of the soul Question Answer

    Class XI Hornbill: Landscape of the soul Question Answer

    The chapter The Landscape of the soul is the 3rd chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. Landscape of the soul is written by Nathalie Trouveroy. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.

    Question: Contrast the Chinese view of art with the European view with examples.

    Answer: The Chinese painting are based on an imaginative, inner or spiritual approach whereas the European painting reproduces an actual view, of an external or real object. The painting Daozi and master painters of Europe illustrate the difference.

    Question: Explain the concept of ‘Shanshui’.

    Answer: Shanshui represents two complementary poles of the universe, ‘yang’ and ‘yin’. Literally shanshui means ‘mountain water’. Mountain is ‘yang’ the vertical stable, warm and dry element. Water is ‘yin’ horizon resting on earth, fluid and cool. The interaction of yin i.e. the receptive female aspect of universal energy and ‘yang’ the active and masculine energy creates the images.

    Question: Who was the ‘untutored genius who created a ‘paradise’ and what is the nature of his contribution to art?

    Answer: The ‘untutored genius who created a paradise’ is Sh. Nek Chand who created Rock Garden at Chandigarh. He has sculpted a garden with stone and recycled material. His art is recognised as India’s biggest contribution to ‘outsider art’.

    Question: ‘The Emperor may rule over the territory he has conquered, but only the artist knows the way within’.

    Answer: The Emperor is a symbol of authority and power. His will prevail in the land under his rule. His word is law for the people spread over the territory he rules. The emperor may get the services of talented persons and master artists. The acquisition of power, pelf and physical objects does not make him superior to the artists. The artist has a spiritual insight into the nature of things. He understands the working of the mysterious ways of the universe. His spiritual enlightenment and vision can help a the emperor to attain the goal of life i.e, the liberation of the soul from the framework of body. It is only the artist who knows the way within the territory the emperor ha conquered. The way here means both the  path and the method. His approach, is purely spiritual which person, burdened with materialistic approach fail to acquire and appreciate.

    Question: ‘The Landscape is an inner one, a spiritual and conceptual space.”

    Answer: A classical Chinese landscape is not meant to reproduce and actual view as would a western figurative painting. The European painter aims to create illusionary likeness whereas the Asian artists try to capture the essence of inner life and spirit. For the Chinese painter, the landscape is not a ‘real’ one. He does not choose a single viewpoint. Hence his landscape can be viewed from different angles. One can enter it from any point and then travel in it. The Chinese artist creates a path for out eyes to travel up and down and then back again, in a leisurely movement. These paintings require the active participation of the viewer. This participation is physical as well as mental. We must try not only to see the painting but enter the mind of the painter as well. It is only by understanding the ideals that motivate the painter, that we can understand the true import or the essence. It is because his landscape is an inner one, a spiritual and conceptual space.

  • Class XI Hornbill: The Laburnum Top by Ted Highes Question Answer

    Class XI Hornbill: The Laburnum Top by Ted Highes Question Answer

    The chapter The Laburnum Top is the 2nd poem of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. The Laburnum Top is written by Ted Highes. It is a very sensitive poem for sensitive reader. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.

    See Also: The full poem | Summary and explanation |figure of speech |Possible Question Answer | Note Down

    Question: What laburnum is called in your language?

    Answer:  The laburnum tree is called ‘amaltass’ in our language (Hindi).

    Question: What local bird is like the goldfinch?

    Answer: The local bird ‘sonchiriya’ is like goldfinch.

    Question: What do you notice about the beginning and the ending of the poem?

    Answer: The beginning and the ending of the poem highlight the silence and stillness around the empty Laburnum tree.

    Question: To what is the bird’s movement compared? What is the basis for the comparison?

    Answer: The bird’s movement is compared to that of a lizard. The glossy smoothness between their movement is the basis for the comparison. Moreover the movement is abrupt and marked by alertness.

    Question: Why is the image of the engine evoked by the poet?

    Answer: The middle part of the Laburnum tree produces a lot of noise and initiates much movement also. There are a lot of sounds caused by twittering, shaking of wings and trilling. It seems as if a machine had started working. The poet calls it the engine of her family. The goldfinch feeds the young ones in the same way as a worker stokes fuel (coal) in a railway engine.

    Question: What do you like most about the poem?

    Answer: The poem gives a fine description of the sounds and movements of a goldfinch in a laburnum tree in autumn season. The sensuousness of the poem has a deep appeal for a sensitive reader.

    Question: What does the phrase ‘her barred face identity mask’ mean?

    Answer: The face of the goldfinch is only partly visible. The bars on her her face serve as marks for her identity. They hide more than they reveal.

  • Class XI Hornbill: Discovering Tut the Saga continues Question Answer

    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: King Tut’s body has been subjected to repeated scrutiny.

    Answer: The mummy of King Tutankhamun has earned worldwide fame for the riches it was buried with. There is also speculation about the manner of his death and his age at the time of death. Hence King Tut’s body has been subjected to repeated scrutiny.

    Question: Howard Carter’s investigation was resented.

    Answer: Howard Carter’s investigation was resented because he used unscientific methods and illegitimate ways. He was focusing more on treasure and less on cultural and historical aspects. .

    Question: Carter had to chisel away the solidified resins to raise the king’s remains.

    Answer: Carter found that the ritual resins had hardened. The result was that Tut’s body had been cemented to the bottom of his solid gold coffin. Proper force could not move the resins. Even the scorching sun failed to loosen the resins. So he got the resins chiseled away to raise the king’s remains. .

    Question: Tut’s body was buried along with gilded treasures.

    Answer: The people of ancient Egypt believed in resurrection of the dead. Their kings were extremely rich. So Tut’s body was buried with gilded treasures. Their eternal brilliance was meant to guarantee resurrection. Thing of everyday use were also buried with the king. .

    Question: The boy king changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun.

    Answer: Tutankhamun means “living image of Amun”. He was a major god in ancient Egypt. King Amenhotep IV who changed his name to Akhonaten smashed the images of Amun and got his temples closed. Tut oversaw a restoration of the old ways. He changed his name to express his belief in Amun. .

    Question: List the deeds that led Ray Johnson to describe Akhenten as ‘wacky’.

    Answer: Akhenaten means the servant of the Aten i.e., the sun disc. He moved the religious capital from the old city of the Thebes to the new city of Akhenaton, known now as Amarna. He smashed the images of Amun, a major god and closed his temples. These deeds led Ray Jonson to describe Akhenaten as ‘Wacky’. .

    Question: What were the results of the CT scan?

    Answer: The results of the C.T. scan were quite encouraging. 1700 digital X-ray images in crosss-section were created. A gray head appeared on screen. Neck vertebrae were quite clear. The images of hand, ribcage and skull were equally bright. These revealed that nothing had gone seriously wrong with Tut’s body. .

    Question: List the advances in technology that have improved forensic analysis.

    Answer: The advances in technology have helped in improving forensic analysis. Many scientific tests can be carried out to determine the causes of crime. These include X-ray ultrasound, C.T. scan, post mortem, autopsy and biopsy. All these help in diagnosis and provide exact information. .

    Question: Explain the statement, “King Tut is one of the first mummies to be scanned in death as in life….”

    Answer: King Tut’s mummy was the first one to be X-rayed by an anatomy Professor in 1968. On 5 January 2005 CT scan created virtual reality and produced life-like images. King Tut is one of the first mummies to be scanned. Thus in death as well as in life Tut moved regally ahead of his countrymen. .

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  • Class XI Hornbill: We’re not afraid to die If we can all be together Question Answer

    Class XI Hornbill: We’re not afraid to die If we can all be together Question Answer

    The chapter We’re not afraid to die If we can all be together is the 2nd chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. We’re not afraid to die If we can all be together is written by Gordon Cook and Alan East. It is a very inspiring story. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.

    Question: List the steps taken by the captain.

    1. To protect the ship when rough. Weather began
    2. To check the flooding of the water in the ship.

    Answer: i) In order to protect the ship from rough weather, the captain decided to slow it down. S he dropped the storm jib and lashed heavy mooring rope in a loop across the stern. Then they double fastened everything and went through their life-raft drill.

    ii) Larry and Herb started pumping out water. The captain stretched canvas and secured water proof hatch covers across the gaping holes. When the two hand pumps blocked and electric pumps short circuited, he found another electric pump, connected it to an outpipe and started it.

    Question: Describe the mental condition of the voyages on 4th and 5th January.

    Answer: On January 4, the voyagers felt relieved after 36 hours of continuous pumping out water. They had their first meal in almost two days. Their respite was host-lived. They faced dangerous situation on January 5. Fear of death loomed large. They were under great mental stress.

    Question: Describe the shifts in the narration of the events as indicated in the three sections of the text. Give a subtitle to each section.

    Answer: The first section describes a peaceful journey from Plymouth (England) to 3500 km east of Cape Town (South Africa). The narrator is relaxed and full of confidence. As the weather deteriorated, they faced gigantic waves. They took precautions to save themselves and struggle with the disaster. The narration becomes grim. But it exudes the fighting spirit, confidence and strong will power. By the morning of January 6, Wavewalker rode out the storm and by evening they sighted Ile Amsterdam Island. The narrator is now relaxed. Joy, relief and complete confidence are apparent.

    The subtitle to each is Section 1-Cheerful journey, Section 2-Facing the wave, Section 3-Searching the Island.

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  • A Photograph by Shirley Toulson Question Answer

    A Photograph by Shirley Toulson Question Answer

    The chapter A Photograph is the poem of first chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. A Photograph is written by Shirley Toulson. This poem presents a nostalgic moment of a daughter who saw a photograph of her mother and other relatives. She finds the happy moments that is no longer exits. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if this is helpful.

    Question: What does the word “Cardboard” denote in the poem? Why has this word been used?

    Answer: The word cardboard denotes the photograph pasted on a hard thick paper. This word has been used to refer to a practice in the past when photographs were pasted on cardboard and framed with glass front to preserve them.

    Question: What has the camera captured?

    Answer: The camera has captured the three girls – the poet’s mother and her two cousins, betty and Dolly, in their swimming dresses with the poet’s mother in the middle and the two cousins on either side holding her hands and walking with bare feet in sea water.

    Question: What has not changed over the years? Does this suggest something to you?

    Answer:  The sea has not changed over the years. Its waves are as fresh, shinging and tireless as they were years ago. The changelessness of sea reminds us of the changes in human face with advancing age.

    Question: The poet’s mother laughed at the snapshot. What did this laugh indicate?

    Answer: This laugh indicated her joy at remembering an incident connected with her past life, when she was quite young and free from the tensions and worries of life.

    Question: What is the meaning of the line “Both wry with laboured ease of loss”. ?

    Answer: The sea holiday and the laughter of the poet’s mother are incidents of the past. There is a sense of loss associated with them. Both are amusing yet disappointing as the state of feeling comfortable or relaxed in unnatural or forced one. This sense of loss is quite painful to bear.

    Question: What does this circumstance refer to?

    Answer: This circumstance refers to the death of the poet’s mother.

    Question: The three stanzas depict three different phases. Name them.

    Answer:  (a) The girlhood of the poet’s mother – the period before the birth of the poet.

    (b) Her middle age – the period during the childhood of the peot.

    (c) Period after the death of the poet’s mother.

     

  • The Portrait of a Lady All Question Answer

    The Portrait of a Lady All Question Answer

    The chapter The Portrait of a Lady is the first chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XIThe Portrait of a Lady is written by Khushwant Singh.  In this chapter he gently describes how he loves his grandmother and how she was important to him. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if this is helpful.

    Question: Mention the three phased of the author’s relationship with his grandmother before he left the country to study abroad.

    Answer: The three phased of the author’s relationship with his grandmother before he left the country to study abroad are:

    • Childhood – When he went to the village school and the grandmother helped to get ready and went to school with him.
    • Boyhood – When he went to the city school in a bus. He shared a room with grandmother but she could no longer help him in his studies.
    • Early youth – When he went to the university and was given a room of him own. The common link of friendship was snapped.

    Question: Mention three reasons why the author’s grandmother was disturbed when he started going to the city school.

    Answer: The three reasons why the author’s grandmother was disturbed when he started going to the city school are:

    • She hated western Science and learning
    • She was pained to know that there was no teaching of God and the scriptures there.
    • She was allergic to music. She thought it was not meant for decent people and gentlefolk. It was the monopoly of prostitutes and beggars.

    Question: Mention three ways in which the author’s grandmother spent her days after he grew up.

    Answer: The three ways in which the author’s grandmother spent her days after he grew up are:

    • She lived alone in her room as she had accepted her loneliness quietly.
    • She sat at her spinning wheel reciting prayers.
    • In the afternoon, she would feed the sparrows for half an hour.

    Question: Mention the odd ways in which the author’s grandmother behaved just before she died.

    Answer: Just before her death, the author’s grandmother refused to talk to them. Since she had omitted to pray the previous night while she was singing songs of home coming and beating the drum, she was not going to waste any more time. She ignored their protests. She lay peacefully in bed praying and telling beads.

    Question: The way in which the sparrows expressed their sorrow when the author’s grandmother died.

    Answer: Thousands of sparrows sat silently surrounding the dead body of the author’s grandmother. There was no chirruping. The author’s mother threw some crumbs of bread to them. They took no notice of them. As soon as the grandmother’s corpse was carried off, flew away quietly. Thus the sparrows expressed their sorrow.

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