They are so small that they appear like tiny pinheads on a map of the vast ocean. List the steps taken by the captain (i) to protect the ship when rough weather began.
Answer: (i) In order to protect the ship from rough weather, the captain decided to slow it down. So he dropped the storm jib and lashed a heavy mooring rope in a loop across the stern.
Then they double-fastened everything and went through their life-raft drill, attached lifelines and donned oilskins and life jackets. (ii) To check the flooding of water in the ship, the captain made some repairs and stretched waterproof oilskins in the openings.
He secured waterproof hatch covers across the gaping holes which diverted the water to the side. Answer: On 4th January, the mental condition of the voyagers was vacillating between hope and despair.
Describe the shifts in the narration of the events as indicated in the three sections of the text. Answer: The text has been divided into three sections Section 1: Disaster Strikes This part describes the narrator’s desire to go sailing around the world, the preparations they made and the start of their journey and the coming storm.
However, by the New Year the sea becomes rough and the next evening an enormous wave wrecks the ship and injures the narrator and his family members. Section 2: Survival Attempts and Searching for Land This section describes the frantic efforts to save the boat from flooding and the display of heroism by all in the face of disaster.
Near the end of this section, the efforts of the narrator to navigate to some nearby islands for safety is mentioned, which the narrator terms as ‘pinpricks in the vast ocean’. Fittingly, the narrator is given the title of ‘The best father and the best captain’ by his son.
What difference did you notice between the reaction of the children and the adults when faced with danger? Answer: There was not much difference between the reaction of the children and the adults when faced with danger.
When the adults faced the danger, they were anxious and found ways of battling it. Later, when the motion of the boat brought more and more water in, both Mary and the narrator sat holding hands as they felt the end was very near.
On the other hand, the children showed great courage and did not get lose hope. When the narrator went in to comfort them, Jon said, that they weren’t afraid to die if they could all be together.
Answer: The voyagers did not even once lose their hope or show any weakness. When the waves were high, the hopeful crew slowed the ship down, fastened everything with a mooring rope and went through the life-raft drill.
Water was getting into the ship, but Larry and Herb kept pumping like madmen. Even the little girl was so brave that she didn’t inform her parents about her injuries.
They were optimistic about finding the small island in the vast ocean. Answer: Such experiences teach us that courage, perseverance and tolerance can achieve what seem to be insurmountable odds.
They make us learn to never lose hope and find reasons to stay positive and optimistic in the face of adversity. We also understand the importance of unity and teamwork and how to utilize our common sense, skill and efforts to avert any catastrophe.
They don’t hesitate even to undertake dangerous expeditions. If that were not the case, a lot of mysteries, places and events would not be known to the world.
For them life is a battle which can be won only after fighting for it, rather than sitting rear.EU and carefree. The history of mankind shows that our progress owes much to such brave and fearless people.
Answer: In Hindi, ‘storm’ is known as ‘Gandhi’, ‘too fan’, ‘jhanjavat’ and ‘caravan’. Here are the terms for different kinds of vessels: match, boat, canoe, ship, steamer, schooner.
Catamaran is a name applied to any craft having twin hulls. Originally, it denoted a form of sailing and paddling raft employed on the coasts of India.
The following words used in the text as ship terminology are also commonly used in another sense. Are hard to separate (iv) a tight group of people.
(c) boom (i) (noun) sudden increase in trade and economic activity. The boom in cricket tournaments is giving much money to players and sponsors.
The thieves took a long time to hatch a plan for robbing the bank. (e) anchor (i) (noun) person or thing giving a feeling of safety, e.g.
AirshipflagshiplightshipAnswer: (a) airship A large aircraft without wings, filled in its balloon with a gas which is lighter than air. (b) flagship (i) (noun) The main ship in a fleet which also carries the navy’s flag.
(ii) (adjective) The most important product / service / program that an organization owns or produces. In which meaning is it used in the third paragraph of the account: take on St: to begin to have a particular quality or appearance; to assume St take SB on: to employ SB; to engage SB; to accept SB as one’s opponent in a game, contest or conflict take SB/St on: to decide to do St; to allow St/SB to enter e.g. a bus, plane or ship; to take St/SB on board Answer: In the third paragraph, in the lines “……. We took on two crewmen to help us tackle ……. Roughest seas …….”, the phrase ‘take on’ means ‘to employ’ or ‘to engage’.
Location South Indian Ocean, between southernmost parts of Australia and South AfricaLatitude and longitude37 92 S, 77 67 ESovereigntyFrancePolitical status forepart of French Southern and Antarctic LandsPopulation35Census notes Land area in square kilometresMeteorological station staff 86Question 3. The narrator wanted to duplicate the ‘round-the-world’ voyage made by the famous explorer Captain James Cook 200 years ago.
So, he set sail in Wave walker, a boat specially designed and made for the purpose. Perhaps the dangers and adventure involved in the voyage and their desire to accomplish something unique beckoned them to undertake the journey.
What preparations did the narrator and his wife make for their round-the-world sea voyage? Answer: The narrator and his wife wanted to ‘duplicate’ the round-the-world voyage made 200 years ago by Captain James Cook.
They spent all their leisure time in strengthening their seafaring skills in British waters. They were both mentally and physically prepared to undertake their exceptionally long and challenging sea voyage.
Answer: The narrator wanted to duplicate the round-the-world voyage made by Captain James Cook 200 years ago. In order to undertake this journey they got a boat built professionally.
The boat, named Wave walker, was a 23 meter, 30 ton wooden-hulled sailboat. They had spent months fitting it out and testing it in the roughest weather they could find.
Answer: Before heading East from Cape Town, they took on two crewmen who were experienced seamen. They were Larry Vigil, an American and Herb Sager, a Swiss.
On the second day out of Cape Town, they began to encounter strong gales. Gales didn’t worry the narrator but the size of the waves was alarming.
Answer: On Christmas Day, the voyagers were 3500 KMS East of Cape Town in the southern Indian Ocean. Answer: On New Year’s Day, the weather saw no improvement and was bad.
They were sailing with only a small storm jib but still were going pretty fast. As the ship rose to the top of each wave they could see the endless, enormous sea rolling towards them.
What attempts did the narrator make to protect himself and his family from the huge waves? They dropped the storm jib and lashed a heavy mooring rope in a loop across the stem.
Answer: The first indication of the impending disaster came at about 6 pm on January 2. Answer: The ominous silence was the first indication of impending disaster.
The wind dropped and the sky immediately grew dark. The narrator saw what he thought as an enormous cloud coming towards the ship.
Answer: The gigantic wave hit the boat and a tremendous explosion shook the deck. A torrent of green and white water broke over the ship.
The narrator’s head smashed against the wheel, and he was flung overboard. Then the frantic efforts to save the boat and everybody’s life began.
Answer: The narrator saw a torrent of green and white water breaking over the ship. He felt quite peaceful even when death was approaching and Wave walker was near capsizing.
Answer: The narrator hurt himself very badly on January 2 when a tremendously high wave hit their boat, and he was initially thrown overboard before being tossed back by the wave to hit the boom of the boat. Subsequent waves tossed him around the deck like a rag doll, cracking his left ribs and breaking his teeth.
Answer: The problem that deserved immediate attention was the repair of the starboard side, which had bashed open; with every wave, it was letting water enter the boat. If he did not make some repairs, the boat would have surely sunk, and they would have drowned.
Answer: Sue had been injured badly when the wave had hit the ship. She had two black eyes, and she had also showed to her parents a deep cut on her arm.
However, she never mentioned the deep cut in her arm because she didn’t want her father to worry about her when he was trying to save everybody else. Answer: By the morning of 3rd January, they had managed to pump out the water out of the boat to a reasonable level and the situation was under control but, they suspected a huge leak somewhere and found that nearly all the boat’s main rib frames were damaged down to its bottom.
The narrator knew that Wave walker will not be able to hold together long enough to reach Australia. So the narrator made some calculations and found two small islands a few hundred kilometers to the East.
What were the chances of the voyagers survival after the big wave hit them? Answer: The chances of the survival of the Wave walker’s crew were very bleak.
He checked his charts and calculated that there were two small islands a few hundred kilometers to the East. Their only hope of survival was to reach these islands in the vast ocean.
Answer: The situation which made them feel that “the end was very near” that at 4 PM on January 4, black clouds began building up behind their boat, within an hour the wind increased to 40 knots and the waves were getting higher. The weather continued to deteriorate throughout the night, and by dawn on January 5, the motion of the boat brought more and more water in through the broken planks.
Answer: The Wave walker rode out the storm on the morning of January 6 when the wind eased. But his calculations proved correct, and they reached lie Amsterdam by evening.
Answer: Jonathan called the narrator the best father and the best captain in the world because they had reached the island lie Amsterdam. His son was expressing his relief and gratitude towards his father due to the narrator’s devotion to save them all from death as well as his seafaring skills.
He was the “best father” because his devotion to them helped them survive the storm with his efforts to keep the boat afloat. He was the “best captain” because he had correctly enabled them to steer to the island so that they survived.
Why did the narrator call lie Amsterdam the most beautiful island in the world? Answer: lie Amsterdam was the only hope of survival for the voyagers and so, when they reached there, it looked the most beautiful island in the world to the narrator.
Answer: lie Amsterdam was a French scientific base. The next morning all 28 inhabitants of the island cheered them and helped them ashore.
Answer: On landing at lie Amsterdam, the narrator’s thoughts were fun of Larry and Herb, his crew members who remained cheerful and optimistic throughout the hardships they had faced. He thought of his wife also who stayed at the wheel for ah those crucial hours.
He also thought of his daughter, who had been so brave AU through the ordeal and had not bothered about her head injury. Highlight the tremendous courage and forbearance shown by the two children during the struggle to keep the boat from sinking.
Answer: The two children, Suzanne and Jonathan, showed tremendous courage and forbearance during the epic struggle put up by their parents and the crewmen to keep the boat from sinking. Sue had been injured badly when the big wave hit the boat.
But she did not complain about her injuries as she did not want to worry her parents when they were trying to save them AU. When the author went to comfort the children, his son Jonathan, asked him if they were going to die.
The children, thus, exhibit extraordinary patience, courage and tolerance. The narrator’s undertaking to replicate Captain James Cook’s voyage was a challenging task, as they had to sail in some of the roughest seas.
However, the voyagers kept their spirits high and made ah efforts to save the boat and their lives. Even in the worst of circumstances, the captain did not give up hope and tried his best to protect the ship from flooding.
AU the dangers and disasters were confronted with patience, courage and determination. Luckily the voyagers were able to come out of a near death experience due to their never-say-die attitude.
The hurdles of life can be challenged if we have confidence to make optimum use of our potential. Answer: The statement holds true in the light of the story ‘We’re Not Afraid to Die…….’.
The narrator along with his wife, children, and two crewmen overcame the worst situations and defeated death by fighting the adverse situations which cropped up during their voyage. When the big wave hit the boat, it was severely damaged and the narrator was badly injured.
Even the children had confidence in their father, and they hoped to survive. Thus, it can be concluded that by staying optimistic like the children and making the best use of your potential like the narrator, one can fight adversities and be a winner.
The reaction of the crew and children gives us an insight into the human mind and how it can help us to survive any disaster. Answer: The reaction of the crew and children gives us an insight into the human mind.
The crew reacted to the danger with a fighting spirit and optimism. On the other hand, the children showed amazing maturity and resilience in the face of disaster.
If we accept difficulties as a way of life and face them with a brave front, they soon fade away. By being positive and not losing faith in ourselves can help us to survive any disaster.