NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 5 The Snake And The Mirror Part 2

Question 2:

Can you find the expressions in the story that tell you that the author was frightened? Read the

story and complete the following sentences.

Q. I was turned ________________________________________________________.

A. I was turned to stone.

Q. I sat there holding ___________________________________________________.

A. I sat there holding my breath.

Q. In the light of the lamp I sat there like____________________________________.

A. In the light of the lamp I sat there like a stone image in the flesh.

Image of The Snake And The Mirror

Image of the Snake and the Mirror

Image of The Snake And The Mirror

Question 3:

In the sentences given below some words and expressions are italicized. They variously mean that one

  • is very frightened.

  • is too scared to move.

  • is frightened by something that happens suddenly.

  • makes another feel frightened.

Find the meanings of the words/expressions in italics, and write the appropriate meaning next to

the sentence. The first one has been done for you.

Q. I knew a man was following me, I was scared out of my wits.

A. I knew a man was following me, I was scared out of my wits. (very frightened)

Q. I got a fright when I realized how close I was to the cliff edge.

A. I got a fright when I realized how close I was to the cliff edge. (is frightened by something that happens suddenly)

Q. He nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw the bull coming towards him.

A. He nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw the bull coming towards him. (Very frightened)

Q. You really gave me a fright when you crept up behind me like that.

A. You really gave me a fright when you crept up behind me like that. (Frightened by something that happens suddenly).

Q. Wait until I tell his story – it will make your hair stand on end.

A. Wait until I tell his story – it will make your hair stand on end. (Makes another feel frightened).

Q. Paralysed with fear, the boy faced his abductors.

A. Paralysed with fear, the boy faced his abductors. (Too scared to move).

Q. The boy hid behind the door, not moving a muscle.

A. The boy hid behind the door, not moving a muscle. (Too scared to move).

Question 4:

Report these questions using if/whether or why/when/where/how/which/what.

Remember the italicized verbs change into the past tense.

Understaning reported speech

Reported or Indireect Speech or Voice

Understaning reported speech

Q. Meena asked her friend, “Do you think your teacher will come?”

A. Meena asked her friend if she thought her teacher would come that day.

Q. David asked his colleague, “Where are you going this summer?”

A. David asked his colleague where he would go that summer.

Q. He asked the little boy, “Why are you studying English?”

A. He asked the little boy why he was studying English.

Q. She asked me, “When are we going to leave?”

A. She asked me when we were going to leave.

Transforming direct to indirect speech

Transformations in Reported Speech

Transforming direct to indirect speech

Q. Pran asked me, “Have you finished reading the newspaper?”

A. Pran asked me if I had finished reading the newspaper.

Q. Seema asked her, “How long have you lived here?”

A. Seema asked her how long she had lived there.

Q. Sheila asked the children “Are you ready to do the work?”

A. Sheila asked the children if they were ready to do the work.

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