NCERT Class 6 English Solutions: Desert Animals Chapter – 9 – Part 3

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Question B:

Look at these sentences.

I. Animals cannot survive for long without water.

II. So desert animals have to find different ways of coping.

Camel and desert tortoise

Camel and Desert Tortoise

The first sentence says what cannot happen or be done; the second tells us what must, therefore, be done, what it is necessary to do.

Complete these sentences using cannot and have to/has to.

1. You __________________ reach the island by land or air; you _______________ go by boat.

2. We ___________________ see bacteria with our eyes; we _____________________ look at them through a microscope.

3. He__________________ have a new bicycle now; he _________________wait till next year.

4. Old people often _______________ hear very well; they _______________ use a hearing aid.

5. Road users ______________ do what they wish; they _____________ follow the traffic rules.

6. She ________________ accept this decision; she __________________question it.

7. You ____________ believe everything you hear; you ____________ use your own judgement.

Answer:

  • You cannot reach the island by land or air; you have to go by boat.

  • We cannot see bacteria with our eyes; we have to look at them through a microscope.

  • He cannot have a new bicycle now; he has to wait till next year.

  • Old people often cannot hear very well; they have to use a hearing aid.

  • Road users cannot do what they wish; they have to follow the traffic rules.

  • She has to accept this decision; she cannot question it.

  • You cannot believe everything you hear; you have to use your own judgement.

Writing

Question A:

Imagine you are journeying through a desert. Write a couple of paragraphs describing what you see and hear.

Answer:

  • A desert is not a place worth living. It is a nightmare to journey through the Thar Desert. From my personal experience, I know how hot the deserts are. I saw the endless expanse of sand and sand dunes. Only here and there I saw a few thorny bushes. There are very few birds. The camel is a common sight. There are only small villages around oases. Life is very hard there. Water is scarce, so is greenery.

  • We hear the blowing of hot winds and the howling of sandstorms. We can hear the calling of mongooses and the howling of jackals. Now and then we can hear the tinkling of bells around the neck of camels.

Working with the Poem

Question 1:

(i) Who is the speaker in the poem?

(ii) With your partner list out the happenings, the speaker is worried about.

(iii) Why do you think she/he has these worries? Can you think of ways to get rid of such worries?

Answer:

(i) Who is the speaker in the poem?

Answer:

Shel Silverstein, the poetess, is the speaker in this poem

(ii) With your partner list out the happenings, the speaker is worried about.

Answer:

The speaker is worried about the following happenings

1. She becomes dumb

2. The swimming pool is closed

3. She fails in the examination

4. She gets beaten up

5. Her parents get divorced

6. She is hit by lighting

7. She gets sick and dies

(iii) Why do you think she/he has these worries? Can you think of ways to get rid of such worries?

Answer:

Most of our worries are born out of baseless fears. With strong will power and the right positive attitude to life, one can get rid of such worries.

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