Ncert English Class 8 Solutions A Visit to Cambridge
Welcome to NCTB Solutions. Here with this post we are going to help 8th class students for the Solutions of NCERT Class 8 English Book Chapter 7, A Visit to Cambridge. Here students can easily find step by step solutions of all the questions in A Visit to Cambridge. Also our Expert English Teacher’s solved all the problems with easily understandable language with proper guidance so that all the students can understand easily. Here in this post students will get chapter 7 solutions. Here all Question Answer are based on NCERT latest syllabus.
A Visit to Cambridge Exercise question Solutions :
- Comprehension Check :
Which is the right sentence?
(1) “Cambridge was my metaphor for England.” To the writer,
(i) Cambridge was a reputed university in England.
(ii) England was famous for Cambridge.
(iii) Cambridge was the real England.
The appropriate option is – (ii)
“Cambridge was my methaphon for England. “To writer, England was famous for Cambridge.
(2) The writer phoned Stephen Hawking’s house
(i) from the nearest phone booth.
(ii) from outside a phone booth.
(iii) from inside a phone booth.
The appropriate option is – (ii)
The writer phoned Stephen Hawking’s house from outside a phone booth.
(3) Every time he spoke to the scientist, the writer felt guilty because
(i) he wasn’t sure what he wanted to ask.
(ii) he forced the scientist to use his voice synthesiser.
(iii) he was face to face with a legend.
The appropriate option is – (ii)
Every time he spoke to the scientist, the writer felt guilty because He forced the scientist to use his Voice Synthesiser.
(4) “I felt a huge relief… in the possibilities of my body.” In the given context, the highlighted words refer to
(i) shifting in the wheelchair, turning the wrist.
(ii) standing up, walking.
(iii) speaking, writing.
The appropriate option is – (i)
“I felt a huge relief in the possibilities of my body”. In the given context, the highlighted words refer to Shifting in the wheelchair, turning the wrist.
- Working with the Text :
Answer the following questions.
(1) – (i) Did the prospect of meeting Stephen Hawking make the writer nervous? If so, why?
Yes, the expectancy of meeting Stephen Hawking made the author nervous. Because, Stephen Hawking was the well known and most brilliant astrophysicist. He was the most laudable author of the famous book ‘A brief history of time”. He was a worthy successor to Sir Isaac Newton at the University of Cambridge. Hence, meeting such a great person made the written nervous. Besides, he was doubtful whether he would be granted the interview.
(1) – (ii) Did he at the same time feel very excited? If so, why?
Yes, the author, Firdaus kanga felt very excited at the same time because he did not expect that he would get this great opportunity to meet such an eminent personality as Stephen Hawking. Although he was completely paralysed and differently abled, he had achieved something great, that has inspired the writer very much.
(2) Guess the first question put to the scientist by the writer.
The first question that the writer might have asked the scientist, Stephen Hawking, was if he had been brave to accomplish such great achievements and reach to this elevated position where he had despite being completely paralysed.
(3) Stephen Hawking said, “I’ve had no choice.” Does the writer think there was a choice? What was it?
By his disembodied computer voice, Stephen Hawking said that he had no choice excepts remain restricted to his wheelchair. But the writer thinks that there was another choice to him. The writer thought, living creatively with the reality of his disintegrating body was a choice for him. He could have easily gave up everything and surrounded to life, but he chose to achieve new heights.
(4) “I could feel his anguish.” What could be the anguish?
Stephen Hawking was a brilliant scientist whose mind was active with many new creative thoughts that he always wanted to express. However, his thoughts came out in frozen phrases and sentences from a voice synthesizer. But these sentences could not express his emotions. The writer felt he could understand his anguish and frustration at his helplessness that he wanted to express his innumerable ideas but was unable to do due to his disability. These were the reasons of his anguish.
(5) What endeared the scientist to the writer so that he said he was looking at one of the most beautiful men in the world?
The writer, Firdaus kanga asked Stephen Hawking if he found it annoying when someone like him came and disturbed him in his work. Without any delay Stephen hawking surprisingly answered ‘yes’. Then he smiled his one-way smile and this was what endeared him o the writer. The writer felt that he was looking at one of the most beautiful men in the world, despite being physically disabled], he had a beautiful soul.
(6) Read aloud the description of ‘the beautiful’ man. Which is the most beautiful sentence in the description?
The most beautiful sentence in the description of ‘the beautiful’ man is – “Before you, like a lantern whose walls are worn so thin you glimpse only the light inside, is the incandescence of a man”. The line recounts that Stephen hawking had a great beautiful soul which was really vibrant and lusty.
(7) – (i) If ‘the lantern’ is the man, what would its ‘walls’ be?
If “the lantern” is the man, the “walls” would be the physical structure of the man.
(7) – (ii) What is housed within the thin walls?
The shine of the beautiful soul is housed within in the thin wall.
(7) – (iii) What general conclusion does the writer draw from this comparison?
From this comparison the writer draws that every human has an eternal soul inside them, which is the incandescence of a man. The physical structure of a man is nothing but just an accessory. The eternal soul is more vibrant than the outer physical body.
(8) What is the scientist’s message for the disabled?
The scientist, Stephen Hawking gave a advice to the disabled people which was that every person have their own personal ability to do something and they should try to concentrate on elevating those work on what they are good at, he further added copy the normal people is nothing but a waste of time.
(9) Why does the writer refer to the guitar incident? Which idea does it support?
When Stephen Hawking said to the writer that Olympics for the disabled was completely a waste of time. The writer remembered the years that he had spent trying to play the Spanish guitar which was considerably larger than him. One night he had unstringed it very rejoicingly and had no regret for it. The incident supports the idea of Stephen Hawking that disabled people should focus on what they are good at rather than make unnecessary efforts to imitate normal people.
(10) The writer expresses his great gratitude to Stephen Hawking. What is the gratitude for?
The writer expressed his great gratitude to Stephen Hawking because he had been highly inspired by him. He regarded him as a simulacrum of bravery. Despite his disability, in which way the scientist achieved such big things, inspired the writer very much. He felt that if had been as brave as Stephen, he would have achieved many things. That is why, the writer felt a deep sense of gratitude for the scientist.
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