NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English
The Bond of Love NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 9
The Bond of Love NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
The Bond of Love Thinking About the Text
Given in the box are some headings. Find the relevant paragraphs in the text to match the headings.
An Orphaned Cub; Bruno’s Food-chart; An Accidental Case of Poisoning; Playful Baba; Pain of Separation; Joy of Reunion; A Request to the Zoo; An Island in the Courtyard
An Orphaned Cub – para 3
Bruno’s food-chart – para 6
An accidental Case of Poisoning – para 8
Playful baba – para 12
Pain of separation – para 14
Joy of reunion – para 16
A request to the zoo – para 18
An island in the courtyard – para 21
II. Answer the following questions.
“I got him for her by accident. ”
(i) Who says this?
narrator said this.
(ii) Who do ‘him’ and ‘her’ refer to?
Here, ‘him’ refers to the sloth bear and ‘her’ refers to the narrator’s wife.
(iii) What is the incident referred to here?
About two years ago the narrator and his companions were passing through the sugar cane fields near Mysore. Suddenly, they saw a black sloth bear. One of the narrator’s companions shot it on the spot. As they saw the fallen animal, they were surprised to see that the black fur on its back moved. Then they saw that it was a baby bear that had been riding on its mother’s back. The narrator ran up to it and attempted to capture it. He finally succeeded in grabbing it and gifted it to his wife. This incident is referred to in the above statement
“He stood on his head in delight. ”
(i) Who does ‘he’ refer to?
‘He’ refers to the bear, Bruno.
(ii) Why was he delighted?
Bruno was delighted to see the narrator’s wife after three months of separation.
“We all missed him greatly: but in a sense we were relieved. ”
(i) Who does Sve all’ stand for?
‘We all’ stands for the narrator, his wife and his son.
(ii) Who did they miss?
They missed Bruno (Baba).
(iii) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?
They felt relieved because Baba was getting too big to be kept at home. That is why they had sent him off to a zoo.
III. Answer the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.
On two occasions Bruno ate/drank somethingThat should not be eaten/ drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
On the first occasion, Bruno ate barium carbonate which was kept in the kitchen to kill rats. He was paralysed and had to be taken to a vet. On the second occasion, he drank engine oil. However, the engine oil did not have any ill effect on him.
Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?
Yes, Bruno was a loving and playful pet. He entertained everyone by his tricks. But he had grown in size and was getting too big to be kept at home. He could be dangerous for children. He was always kept in chains. So it was decided that he should be sent to the zoo.
How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?
Bruno had grown in size. It was too difficult to keep him in the house. So it was decided that Bruno would be sent away to the zoo at Mysore. A letter was written to the curator who agreed to the proposal. Thus, Bruno was finally sent to Mysore.
The Bond of Love Thinking About Language
1. Find these words in the lesson. They all have ie or ei in them.
field, ingredients, height, mischievous, friends, eighty-seven, relieved, piece
Now here are some more words. Complete them with ei or Consult a dictionary if necessary.
(There is a popular rule of spelling: ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c\ Check if this rule is true by looking at the words above.)
believe, receive, weird, leisure, seize, weight, reign, feign, grief, pierce
II. Here are some words with silent letters. Learn their spelling. Your teacher will dictate these words to you. Write them down and underline the silent letters.
The Narrative Present
Notice the incomplete sentences in the following paragraphs. Here the writer is using incomplete- sentences in the narration to make the incident more dramatic or immediate. Can you rewrite the paragraph in complete sentences?
(You can begin: The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering …)
(i) A dash back to the car. Bruno still floundering about on his stumps, but clearly weakening rapidly; some vomiting, heavy breathing, with heaving flanks and gaping mouth.
Hold him, everybody! In goes the hypodermic—Bruno squeals — 10 c.c. of the antidote enters his system without a drop being wasted. Ten minutes later: condition unchanged! Another 10 c.c injected! Ten minutes later: breathing less stertorous — Bruno can move his arms and legs a little although he cannot stand yet. Thirty minutes later: Bruno gets up and has a great feed! He looks at us disdainfully, as much as to say, ‘What’s barium carbonate to a big black bear like me?’ Bruno is still eating.
The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering about on his stumps, but clearly he was weakening rapidly. There was some vomiting and heavy breathing. His flanks were heaving and his mouth was gaping. Everybody was asked to hold him. The hypodermic medicine went into Bruno, who Squealed. 10 c.c. of anecdote entered his system without a drop being wasted. Even ten minutes later, the condition was unchanged. Another 10 c.c. was injected into him. Ten minutes later, his breathing became less stertorous. Bruno could move his arms and legs a little although he could not stand yet. Thirty minutes later, Bruno got up and had a great feed. He looked at us disdainfully, as much as to say, ‘What’s barium carbonate to a big black bear like me?’ Bruno was still eating.
(ii) In the paragraphs above from the story the verbs are in the present tense (e.g. hold, goes, etc.). This gives the reader an impression of immediacy. The present tense is often used when we give a commentary on a game (cricket, football, etc.), or tell a story as if it is happening now. It is, therefore, called the narrative present. You will read more about the present tense in Unit 10.
We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth-bear want only but, unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.
Find the adverbs in the passage below. ( You’ve read about adverbs in Unit 1.) We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth-bear wantonly but, unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.
(i) Complete the following sentences, using a suitable adverb ending in -ly.
(a) Rana does her homework …………….
(b) It rains …………… in Mumbai in June.
(c) He does his work
(d) The dog serves his master
(ii) Choose the most suitable adverbs or adverbial phrases and complete the following sentences.
(a) We should ……………. get down from a moving train, (never, sometimes,often)
I was ………………… in need of support after my poor performance, (badly,
(c) Rita met with an accident. The doctor examined her ……………… seriously, immediately)
Take down the following scrambled version of a story, that your teacher will dictate to you, with appropriate punctuation marks. Then, read the scrambled story carefully and try to rewrite it rearranging the incidents.
A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said, “When did you get the corn? I am dying of hunger.” She wanted to dry them. It was a cold winter’s day, and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home. She had gathered the corn in summer. “I was singing all day,” answered the grasshopper. “If you sang all summer,” said the ant, “you can dance all winter.” “What were you doing?” asked the ant again. The grasshopper replied, “I was too busy.” “I collected it in summer,” said the ant. “What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn?”
It was a cold winter’s day, and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home. She had gathered the corn in summer. She wanted to dry them. A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said, “When did you get the corn? I am dying of hunger.” “I collected it in summer,” said the ant. “What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn?” The grasshopper replied, “I was too busy.” “What were you doing?” asked the ant again. “I was singing all day,” answered the grasshopper. “If you sang all summer,” said the ant, “you can dance all winter.”