NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 8 Reach for the Top Part 1
Answer these questions in one or two sentences each. (The paragraph numbers within brackets provide clues to the answers.)
Q. Why was the ‘holy man’ who gave Santosh’s mother his blessings surprised? (1)
A. The ‘holy man’ was surprised to learn that Santosh’s mother and grandmother did not want a son.
Q. Give an example to show that even as a young girl Santosh was not ready to accept anything unreasonable. (2)
A. Unlike other girls Santosh preferred shorts.
Q. Why was Santosh sent to the local school? (3)
A. Due to prevalent social and family customs Santosh was sent to the local village school.
Q. When did she leave home for Delhi, and why? (4)
A. When under pressure to get married at 16, she left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi.
Q. Why did Santosh’s parents agree to pay for her schooling in Delhi? What mental qualities of Santosh are brought into light by this incident? (4)
A. When Santosh’s parents did not agree to pay for her education, she informed them of her plans to fund her education by working part time. This forced her parents to pay for her schooling in Delhi.
It demonstrates the determination of a young girl ready to work hard for education.
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
Q. How did Santosh begin to climb mountains?
A. She watched mountaineers from her room in Kasturba Hostel. She later accompanied these mountaineers in their climbing expedition.
Q. What incidents during the Everest expedition show Santosh’s concern for her teammates?
A. During the Everest mission, Santosh helped a dying climber, but she was unsuccessful in saving him. She successfully managed to save another climber, Mo Singh, by sharing her oxygen with him.
Q. What shows her concern for the environment?
A. She collected and brought down kilograms of garbage from the Himalayas which would have destroyed the Himalayan ecosystem. Carrying weight in such hostile conditions is not an easy task.
Q. How does she describe her feelings at the summit of the Everest?
A. According to Santosh, it was an incredible feeling to reach the summit. She felt extremely proud to unfurl the Indian flag at the top of the world describing this experience as indescribable and spiritual moment.
Q. Santosh Yadav got into the record books both times she scaled Mt Everest. What were the
Reasons for this?
A. Santosh Yadav became the youngest woman the world to scale Mt Everest when she did it first. She became the only woman to scale the Everest twice when she repeated the feat.
Complete the following statements.
Q. From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to _______
A. From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to watch villagers going up the hill and suddenly vanishing after a while.
Q. When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father because_______
A. When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father because she had
got herself enrolled at Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering without his permission.
Q. During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her_______ while _______ endeared her to fellow climbers.
A. During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her climbing skills, physical fitness
and mental strength while her concern for others and desire to work together endeared her to fellow climbers.
Pick out words from the text that mean the same as the following words expressions.
(Look in the paragraphs indicated.)
Q. took to be true without proof (1): ______
A. took to be true without proof (1): Assumed
Q. based on reason; sensible; reasonable (2): ______
A. based on reason; sensible; reasonable (2): Rational
Q. the usual way of doing things (3):______
A. the usual way of doing things (3): Custom
Q. a strong desire arising from within (5):______
A. a strong desire arising from within (5): Urge
Q. the power to endure, without falling ill (7):______
A. the power to endure, without falling ill (7): Resistance