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The Race Textual Questions and Answers
The Race Question Answers Kerala Syllabus 9th Question 1.
Who do you like more, Tarun or his brother? Why?
I like Tarun more because he knew his defects and he accepted them.
Kerala Syllabus 9th Standard English Notes Question 2.
Why did Tarun think that he was the black sheep of the family?
Tarun thought he was the black sheep in the family because he was not good at studies. He was not a good singer, dancer, painter or even an actor.
The Race Question Answer Kerala Syllabus 9th Question 3.
What were the obstacles before Tarun in pursuing his dream? Give some suggestions to solve these
He had two obstacles. One was the opposition from his parents who wanted him to concentrate on his studies. The other was his family had no money to send him for intensive and expert training. He could have asked his teachers to help him to solve his problems.
9th Class English Chapter The Race Question Answer Question 4.
“It was a day he wanted to wipe out from his memory….” Why?
He wanted to wipe out that day from his memory because he failed in the terminal examinations. His father was angry and his friends made fun of him.
The Race 9th Standard Question Answer Kerala Syllabus Question 5.
What made Ram Narayan say “Life is full of ups and downs”?
Ram Narayan said ‘Life is full of ups and downs’ because as an Olympian Gold Medalist he has seen that life Is not always smooth. He had seen Tarun running around the park for a long time and then lying on the bench breathing heavily.
The Race Lesson 9th Class Summary Kerala Syllabus Question 6.
Do you think Tarun’s meeting with Ram Narayan would change his life? Explain
I do think Ram Narayan’s meeting would change Tarun’s life because Ram Narayan told him that he was one of the best runners he had ever seen.
Hss Live Guru 9th English Kerala Syllabus Question 7.
Complete the conversation.
a) Who is your coach?
Tarun said to Ram Narayan, “I have no professional training.”
b) Oh! no professional training yet, I will train you if ….(b)…..
Sir, I will do it.
Ram Narayan replied, “Oh! no professional training yet. I will train you if you win the race on Children’s Day at the Nehru Stadium.”
9th Standard English Question And Answer Kerala Syllabus Question 8.
What made Ram Narayan say that it was his job to get Tarun entry in the race?
Ram Narayan said that it was his job to get Tarun entry in the race because he had seen how well Tarun was running. He told Tarun that he was one of the best runners he had ever seen.
9th Class English Chapter The Race Summary Kerala Syllabus Question 9.
How did Tarun prepare for the race?
Tarun prepared for the race by training hard. Every day he would get up at four in the morning and run up to 10 miles. In the evening he would time himself according to the 1000-meter distance prescribed by the competition.
The Race Chapter Questions And Answers Kerala Syllabus Question 10.
“He also wanted someone to back him up and so he told everything to his mother.” Do you think this kind of sharing will help him face his problems better? Why?
I certainly think sharing his problems will help him to face his problems better. When we share our problems with someone who loves us he/she will support us and help us in finding solutions.
9th Class English Chapter The Race Kerala Syllabus Question 11.
Why did Tarun really want to win the race?
Tarun wanted to show his father that he was not really. the black sheep of the family and that he could be good at something.
The Race Story 9th Class Kerala Syllabus Question 12.
“Tarun felt very proud of himself.” What made him proud?
Tarun felt very proud of himself because he saw that he was ahead of everybody else in the race.
9th Class English Chapter The Race Conversation Kerala Syllabus Question 13.
If you were Tarun, would you finish the race or give it up? Why?
If I were Tarun, I would not give it up. Ups and downs are part of life. We learned to walk after falling many times and then got up and walked again.
9th English Notes Kerala Syllabus Question 14.
Do you think the presence of his mother and Ram Narayan helped Tarun in finishing the race? Give reasons.
Yes, it did. The presence of his mother and Ram Narayan did help Tarun in finishing the race. When we do something in the presence of those we love, we want to do our best.
9th Standard English Textbook Activities Kerala Syllabus Question 15.
“You have won the toughest race, the race of your life.” What did Ram Narayan mean by this?
Ram Narayan meant that Tarun had been trying hard to do his best in the race. He fell down three times. But each time he got and continued running. Ram Narayan knew that when facing problems later in his life, Tarun will behave in the same way with determination and will-power. Such persons will succeed in life. Tarun was a real-life hero.
Let’s revisit and Reflect
The Race Story Questions And Answers Kerala Syllabus Question 1.
The story ‘The Race’ gives us valuable lessons about life. Do you agree? Give reasons.
The story certainly gives us valuable lessons about life! It teaches us that self-confidence, dedication, passion, and perseverance make one attain success in life.
The Race Story In Malayalam Kerala Syllabus Question 2.
Does the support of family and friends play an important role in one’s success? Justify your answer with reference to the story.
The support of the family and friends certainly plays an important role in one’s success. The support from his mother in the gallery and the positive attitude given by Ram Narayan made Tarun gain self-confidence and determination.
Hsslive Guru 9th English Kerala Syllabus Question 3.
Tarun received a louder applause than the winner though he lost the race. If you were in the stands watching the race, would you applaud him? Substantiate.
Surely I would applaud him. He didn’t give up the race even though he fell down three times. His determination and dedication made him run again. Failure is not the end of life. Some people expand the word ‘FAIL’ as “First Attempt In Learning”.
Activity-1 (Page 14)
What is a character sketch?
A character sketch gives the details about a character. It describes the appearance and character of a person.
- It describes the character’s physical appearance and personality
- It includes examples of how the character is developed throughout the story
- It gives your overall impression about the character.
How do we write a character sketch?
We should be familiar with the words that describe. the appearance and character of the character. We may make use of the words given below.
To describe the personality of a person
Intelligent, helpful, honest, kind, sympathetic, brave, solemn, smart, short-tempered, patient, gentle, cruel, lazy, wise, foolish, industrious, naughty, shy, humble, friendly, unfriendly, cheerful, responsible, absent-minded, determined, calm, as cunning as a fox, as lively as a squirrel, as stubborn as a mule, etc.
To describe the appearance of a person
Young, old, tall, short, strong, weak, agile, slim, thin, fair complexioned, dark, green, or blue eyes, red-streaked eyes, huge moustache, thick black eyebrows, chubby, sharp face, bristly black lashes, strangled hair, hard of muscles, middle-aged, deep auburn hair, fresh, pale, grim, beautiful, handsome, etc.
When you write a character sketch, you are trying to give a good idea about that person. You want the reader to have a strong mental image of the person. He would like to know:
a) how the person talks
b) the person’s characteristic ways of doing things
c) something about the person’s value system.
Character sketches only give snapshots bf people
Read the story “The Race” and write a few words which best describe Tarun :
|Sentences from the story||Tarun’s response/ attitude/feeling||What it shows|
|He failed in the terminal examinations||Feeling depressed, he ran around the park||It shows he was very upset.|
|“I see a good future in you,” said Ram Narayan||Tarun blushed||He was very shy and he was also happy.|
|“However hard, I must win this race,” thought Tarun.||He is quite determined and he is willing to take up challenges.||It shows that he is determined; he is willing to go to any length to get what he wants.|
|Tarun smiled at Ram Narayan but he did not say a word.||Tarun was happy that Ram Narayan had come||Determination|
|Tarun saw himself ahead of everybody.||He was self-confident and proud.||It shows he was confident to win.|
|Tarun got up the third time and ran with all the strength he had.||He was not willing to give up.||It shows his courage and desire to win.|
Add a few more points to describe Tarun’s appearance, behavior, outlook, etc.
- He had an athletic figure.
- His behavior was quite good and he wanted to prove that he too can do something.
- His outlook was one of optimism, he knew hard work brings success.
Activity – 2 (Page 15)
‘Tarun started practicing zealously. Every day, he would get up at four in the morning and run up to ten miles.’
This made him mentally and physically strong. But, there are so many factors, both mental and physical, that affect health. List such factors
1. fast food
2. Lack of exercise
3. Lack of sleep
4. Unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking
5. Use of drugs
6. Spending too much time watching TV or playing videogames.
Discuss how these factors are related to lifestyle diseases and what the ways to prevent them are. Based on the discussion, prepare a write-up. In what way are they related to lifestyle diseases? Prepare a write-up.
Points to remember:
- A suitable title
- Discuss related ideas in small paragraphs
- Organize ideas
- Simple language
- Sentence varieties
Lifestyle Diseases and their Prevention
The decisions people make about their diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol have an immediate impact on their health. Many people think that they are strong and they will not get diseases like cancer, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, or other lifestyle diseases. But, in fact, the choices people make can damage their health now and in the future. People with overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and such other problems are victims of lifestyle diseases.
People who smoke are at greater risk for cancer and chronic lung disease and often suffer breathing problems impacting daily life. People who drink too much don’t realize how alcoholism affects their physical and emotional well-being. Fast foods and aerated drinks make people fat and they fall easy victims to all kind of diseases. To prevent these lifestyle diseases people should: stop smoking, avoid alcohol, eat a balanced diet, avoid stress and get enough sleep. They should keep their bodies and minds fit by exercises and yoga.
Activity – 3 (Pagel 15)
The race Tarun participated in was quite exciting. Several factors made it lively. The announcement was one of them.
Read the script of an announcement about Tarun’s race.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to the Nehru Stadium for watching the race in connection with the Children’s Day Celebrations. The race is going to start soon. Young athletes from various schools are participating and it will be flagged off by Sri. Ram Narayan, the famous athletic coach.
What is the announcement about?
The announcement is about a race to be held in connection with children’s day celebrations at the Nehru stadium.
Who is addressed here?
When is the event held?
The event is held on Children’s Day, 14th November
Where does the event take place?
The event takes place at the Nehru Stadium.
What is the intention of the announcement?
The announcement is intended to invite the audience and inform them about the event that is going to take place.
What are the other details given?
Details about the participants and the person who is flagging off the event.
What is special about the language?
The announcement is short and to the point. It is in formal language.
The Sports Club of your school is organizing a meeting to congratulate Tarun. You are asked to make an announcement about the programme. Prepare a script of your announcement and present it.
Features of an announcement
- It should be direct, plain, complete and concise.
- It should be friendly and arousing the interest of the audience/spectators.
- It should be factual.
Respected teachers and dear friends,
We have assembled here to congratulate Tarun, the gem of our school, Tarun of Std IX. should be a role model for all of us. The confidence, perseverance, and determination shown by him to overcome obstacles have no parallel in the history of our school. The Sports Club of the school has decided to convene a meeting to honor him at the school auditorium today at 1.30 pm. All students and teachers are requested to gather in the school auditorium in time.
Activity 4 (Page 16)
Here is a news report about Tarun’s rise as an athletic champion.
A Twice-born Athlete:
Lucknow: The race conducted by the Children’s day celebration Committee on the Children’s Day of 2004 witnessed the rise of a new athletic star at the Nehru Stadium,
Lucknow. On the track, a boy fell down thrice. Undeterred, he continued running and finished the race, though in the last position. He is Tarun, son of Mr. Vimal Kapoor and Mrs. Rani Devi. Though he finished last in the race, the coach Ram Narayan recognized the fire within him and agreed to train him. It was a turning point in his life. “Tarun was born twice”, comments his parents.
His actual birthday was on 2nd February 1992, and his birth as an athlete was on 14th November 2004, the day on which he won recognition as an athlete. He was studying in the Gandhi Memorial High School then. Next year, he became the champion in the 100 meters race in the State School Athletic Meet. On the advice of his coach, he joined the State Sports Council School in Lucknow and completed his BP. Ed. in 2011. He became the fastest runner in the state in 2008, and a national champion in 2010. He is a self-motivated, confident and hard-working person. His residence, Varun Villa, is located at North Avenue near the Lucknow International Stadium where he practices vigorously to become an Olympian.
Athletes of today have many good sponsorships and job opportunities. Many institutions provide facilities for continuing their education and training. Tarun applies for such a post. Based on the above news report, complete the template of Tarun’s Curriculum Vitae.
Curriculum Vitae gives details about a person and his qualifications, experiences, and special abilities. It is a brief and factual document giving information about one’s education, work experience, skills, and accomplishments. The key elements of curriculum vitae are the heading, career objective, educational profile, personal profile, professional experience and references. There is also a covering letter stating the most important facts and requesting for an interview. The term ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (shortened to CV) is also called Bio-Data. In America, a CV is called ‘Resume’.
Curriculum Vitae Of Tarun Kapoor
Contact number: …………………….. (Res.), …………………….. (Mob.)
Career objective: To become an Olympian
Date of birth:…………………………
Permanent address : ………………..
Languages known : English, Hindi
Marital status: Single
Near Lucknow International Stadium
Lucknow – 450 321
Contact number : 999555444; (Res)999555444
Career Objective: To become an Olympian
Qualifications: i) SSLC from St. John’s H.S., 2005, 84% marks
ii) +2 from St. John’s H.S., 2007,85% marks
iii) B.P.Ed, From State Sports Council School, Lucknow, 2011,87% marks’.
Champion in 100m race in State School Athletic meet
Fastest runner in the State, 2008
National Champion, 2010
Father’s name: Vimal Kapoor
Mother’s name: Rani Devi
Date of birth: 2 Feb 1992
Permanent address: Varun villa,
Near Lucknow International
Languages known : English, Hindi
Marital status: Single
Strengths: Confidence, Perseverance, Hard work, Sincerity,
I hereby declare that the details given above are true to the best of my knowledge.
Date: 2 July 2011
Activity 5 (page 18)
a. A part of the commentary of the race in which Tarun participated is given below.
Welcome to the Nehru Stadium for watching a wonderful race by young athletes. This is Raj Kumar in the commentary box. Today is 14th November, the birthday of Chacha Nehru. All the athletes are lined up at the starting point. It’s a 100 meters race. The family and friends of the participants are there in the stands to cheer them up. Athletes are not supposed to go away the track. If they do so, they will be disqualified. Oh! the whistle is blown.
The race has started. All are running along their own tracks. Wow! Tarun on the fifth track is running ahead of everybody. Just behind him, Pawan is on the fourth track. Oh, God! Tarun ……………………….. My congratulations to Pawan, the winner of the race and all the other athletes for your participation! This is Raj Kumar signing off. Thank you.
a) Do you think that
the commentator know the rules and background of the event?
the commentary will help the athletes to know about the status of the race?
the audience is informed about what is happening
the commentary is meant to create excitement among the audience?
the commentator’s language is simple and clear?
the commentary confuse the listeners?
the commentator favor any of the participants?
the commentary has a suitable conclusion and leave-taking?
Now, complete the commentary given above.
Oh, God Tarun has fallen down. People are worried. But Tarun gets up and continues running. Yes, he is overtaking some others. But alas! he falls down again. He seems a little worried. But once again he gets up and runs. He is again with the lead runners. But, Oh my God! he falls again. Somebody is shouting, “Get up and run, Tarun!” Tarun gets up and runs but he can’t catch up with the others. Pawan comes first. There is great applause from the crowd. Tarun somehow finishes the line and the applause is greater for him! Yes, in spite of the falls he has crossed the finishing line!
b) Look at a few screenshots of the last over of the final of the Tri-series Cup cricket match between India and Sri Lanka, held at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on July 11, 2013.
Commentary: India needs 15 runs. Only one over is left. The situation is electric. There is pin-drop silence. There is anxiety on the face of the Indian viewers. Eranga is the bowler and Dhoni is at the crease. Eranga bowls. Dhoni hits the ball hard. But alas! Dhoni has missed it. There is utter silence among the Indian crowd. 15 runs needed! Only 5 balls left. Eranga bowls. It is a six! The crowd applauds loudly. Fielding arrangements are changed by the Sri Lankan Captain. 9 runs needed. 4 balls left. Eranga bowls again. Dhoni hits a 4. The crowd is ecstatic. 5 runs needed. The 4th ball is bowled by Eranga. Dhoni hits it hard with his famous helicopter shot. It is a sixer! India has won with 2 balls to spare. What a victory!