NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Chapter 2 We’re Not Afraid to Die if We Can All Be Together
Understanding the text
Question 1. List the steps taken by the captain
(i) to protect the ship when rough weather began.
(ii) to check the flooding of the water in the ship.
Answer:- (i) When bad weather started, the captain decided to slow the ship down to safeguard the ship. The strong mooring line was tied in a loop over the stem and the storm jib was dropped. Everything was double-fastened, and the life-raft drill was completed.
(ii) To prevent the ship from flooding, he placed watertight hatch covers over the gaping holes, diverting the water to the side. He located another electric pump, linked it to an outpipe, and began it when the two hands pumps became blocked and the electric pump shorted.
Question 2. Describe the mental condition of the voyagers on 4 and 5 January.
Answer:- The voyagers were relieved on January 4th after pumping water continuously for 36 hours. They ate for the first time in two days. Their relief was short. They were in a hazardous scenario on January 5th. They appeared to be scared of death, and they were under a lot of mental stress.
Question 3. Describe the shifts in the narration of the events as indicated in the three sections of the text. Give a subtitle to each section.
Answer:- The first section describes a smooth travel from Plymouth, England, to Cape Town, South Africa, 3500 kilometres east. The narrator is self-assured and at ease. As the weather worsened, they were faced huge waves. They took preventive precautions to save themselves and battled the tragedy. The narration grows depressing, but it communicates confidence, bravery, and a strong willpower. By the morning of January 6th, the Wave Walkers had ridden clear of the storm and were able to see the Ile Amsterdam Island. The storyteller is now at ease. There’s a sense of relief, joy, and confidence.