Class 9 First Language English Textbook Solutions

THE COLLECTORS – Class 9 First Language English Textbook Solutions

UNIT 3
THE COLLECTORS

Comprehension :
C1.) Read the play silently. With your friend, find and discuss the answers to the following questions.

1.) Why was the group looking for a shelter?
Answer: The group was looking for a shelter because it was raining.

2.) How far was the village from the place the group was living in?
Answer: The village was three miles away from the place where the group was living in.

3.) Why did Mr. Hunt hesitate to seek shelter in the house?
Answer: Mr. Hunt hesitated to seek shelter in the house because he thought that it was a lonely place to live.
4.) Name the occupants of the house.
Answer: The occupants of the house were Mr. and Mrs. Brown.
5.) On what pretext did the occupants of the house separate the teachers from the children?
Answer:  The occupants told that the room was not enough for everyone so they made the teachers to sit in the sitting room.
6.) What seemed unnatural in the house to the children?
Answer: The unusual things about the house were that it had not washing-up machines, plates, pots, pans which are very common in any normal house.

7.) What was unnatural with Mrs. Brown’s hand?
Answer:  The unnatural thing with Mrs. Brown’s hand was that she had seven fingers on both her hands.

8.) What did the children find in the larger cupboard?
Answer: The children found dials, digital read-outs, coloured lights and a mass of other electronic equipment.
 
9.) When Pete went to Mr. Hunt, Mr. Hunt was not moving and was staring blank because
a) he was thinking
b) he was drugged
c) he was meditating.
 
10.) When Pete went to Mr. Hunt, Pete heard the Browns talking to each other but could not understand what they were saying. Why?
Answer: Pete couldn’t understand what Browns were talking about because they were sounded as if they were just sort of hissing and clicking at each other.
 
11.) Why did Pete prevent the other children from taking the drink?
Answer: Pete prevented the other children from taking the drink because it could have made them drugged.
 
12.) Where were the aliens taking the children?
Answer: The aliens were taking the children to their home planet.
13.) Why were the aliens collecting the creatures from other planets?
Answer: The aliens were collecting the creatures from other planets for experiment and scientific study.
14.) Where was the control of the backdoor located?
Answer:  The control of the backdoor was located in the cupboard.
15.) After sending all the others out of the spaceship, how did Pete and Glenn manage to escape from the aliens?
Answer: Glen smashed the control panel and both the boys ran from the back door.

C2.) Work in pairs and answer the following questions. Compare your answers with those written by others.

1.) What circumstances forced the party to take shelter in the spaceship?
Answer: The party was completely wet due to the rain and this made them take shelter in the spaceship.

2.) List the things that made the children feel uncomfortable in the kitchen.
Answer: Everything in the kitchen was quite unusual. There was not washing-up machine, pots, plates and pAnswer: Even there was nothing in the fridge and the lights were off.
3.) Why couldn’t the children escape either through the backdoor or the window?
Answer: The children couldn’t escape either through the backdoor or the window because both had burglar proof lock.
4.) List the following:

a) Things that were in the kitchen.
Answer: There was no washing-up machine, pots, plates and pAnswer: The cupboard was empty. The fridge had nothing and didn’t have lights. It was not even working. There were electronic equipments in the cupboard.
b) Unusual features of the Browns.
Answer: Mrs. Brown had seven finger on both her hands.
c) Language used by the Browns.
Answer:  They talk sounded like hissing and clicking at each other.
d) Different ways in which the children tried to get out of the house.
Answer: The children tried to open the backdoor but couldn’t. Wayne tried to break the glass with the stick. These were the different ways in which the children tried to get out of the house.
C3.) Discuss in groups and answer the following questions.

Read out the answers to the class.

1.) What suspicion did the children have about the Browns and their ‘house’? What convincing reasons did Mrs. Brown come up with?
Answer: The children found everything about the house especially the kitchen very unusual. There was no washing-up machine, pots, plates and pAnswer: The fridge had no lights and nothing in it. It didn’t work. There were electric equipments in the cupboard which was very odd. Mrs. Brown came up with the reason that they had recently moved there and didn’t have enough time to sort out the things out.

2.) How did Pete become instrumental in saving the teachers and his mates?
Answer: When the children realized that Mr. and Mrs. Brown were not humans but aliens they tried very hard to escape from there. When Pete questioned about the door and other things Mrs. Brown gave excuse which made them clear about their doubts. Pete asked Glen to take the stick and smash the control panel. It was Pete who pressed the control and opened the door. He and Glen rushed out of the back door fast and this is how he could save lives.

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES:

Vocabulary

V1.) a) Look at the following describing words and phrases. Group them under words or phrases describing the place and describing the Browns. Write two different paragraphs describing the place and the Browns.

Words describing the place                                                  Words describing the Browns.
1.) Terribly quiet                                                                     1. Aliens
2.) Weird                                                                                 2. Had seven fingers
3.) Cold                                                                                               3. Eyes had no center
4.) Strange                                                                               4. Weird like a vampire
5.) Empty                                                                                5. Spoke strange language
V2.) A) PREFIX

Prefix is an addition to the beginning of a word which changes its form and meaning. Below are some examples of prefixes. You add some more (at least three each) to them.
Prefix Meaning Examples More examples
bi- two, twice bicycle Bilateral
Bilingual
Bio-maker
Bioactive
co- together, with co-operate Coeducation
Copilot
Co-locate
Co-existence
multi-
Many multipurpose Multimedia
Multistate
Multiphase
Multi talented
 
mono-
pre-
Single
 
Before Monosyllable
 
Preschool Monogram
Monopoly
Monosyllable
Monograph
 
Preview
Prepare
Prepay
Premature
re-
Again rewrite Reheat
Rewrite
Replay
Rebuild
 
post-
after, later postpone Postpone
Postgraduate
Post natal
Postgame
il-, im-, in-, ir-non-, un-, mis-dis-
Not (antonyms of the words) illiterate, impossible, inactive, irresponsible, nonviolence, unlock Illegal
Illogical
 
Impolite
Immortal
Immature
Imbalance
 
Incomplete
Insignificant
Insane
Informal
Irrelevant
Irregular
Irrational
 
Nonsense
Nonstop
Non-literate
Non-fat
 
Unable
Unfinished
Unclear
Unworried
 
Misspell
Mistrust
Mismatch
Mistreat
 
Dissimilar
Disappear
Dislike
Disobey
Over-
too much overeat Overheat
Overheat
Override
Overrule
 
semi-
Half semicircle Semiannual
Semicircle
Semiformal
Semiweekly
 
 
B) SUFFIX
Suffix is an addition to the end of a word which changes its form and meaning. Suffixes are mainly used to make nouns, adjectives, adverbs and antonyms.
1.) The table shows some examples for the same. You add at least two more in the last column.
Suffix
Examples
More examples
 
-er, -or, -ist, -ee
teacher, editor, tourist, employee
Worker
Manager
Farmer
 
Director
Collector
Debtor
 
Artist
Communist
Socialist
 
Trainee
Employee
Absentee
 
ance, -ence, -ism, -dom, -ity, -ty, -ship
performance, existence, patriotism, kingdom, possibility, cruelty, hard-ship.
Guidance
Acceptance
Clearance
 
Absence
Presence
Innocence
 
Criticism
Journalism
Socialism
 
Freedom
Boredom
Stardom
 
Responsibility
Clarity
Activity
 
Salty
Healthy
Difficulty
 
Ownership
Spaceship
Kinship
al, -en, -ful, -ly, -less, -ous
national, golden, joyful, friendly, fearless, ner¬vous
Rational
Conditional
Professional
 
Blacken
Thicken
Sweeten
 
Careful
Hopeful
Helpful
 
Clearly
Hopefully
Badly
 
Helpless
Hopeless
Homeless
 
Subconscious
Continuous
Glorious
-en, -ise (or) -ize
broaden, nationalise, modernize
Wooden
Waxen
Golden
Advertize
Realize
Compromise
-ly
 quickly, boldly
 Bravely
Happily
Slowly
 2.) Form new words using the appropriate prefixes or suffixes. One example is given for you : Safe – unsafe, safely, safety
1.) Multicolored
2.) Absently , absentee
3.) Restless, unrest, restful
4.) Bicycle, recycle
5.) Kindly, unkind, kindness
6.) Questionable
7.) Wisely, unwise
8.) Semisolid
9.) Loyalty, loyally
10.) Unlock, relock
11.) Insufficient
12.) Directly, indirect, redirect
13.) Nobly
14.) Movable, remove
15.) Woolen
16.) Cultural, uncultured
17.) Unwind, rewind
18.) Treatment, treatable
19.) Fearless, fearful
G1.) Match the following Main clauses and “if” clauses :
1.) If you waste water you will suffer
2.) If you lend me some money I can buy a new car
3.) If Ravi is late he will be punished
4.) If the bus breaks down I won’t be able to attend the class
5.) If it rains I shall get wet

G2.A.) Use the words provided and write sentences using “if” clauses.
Look at the example to help you.

(money/Reshma/buy/car) If Reshma had money, she would buy a car.
1.) Tajmahal/Chaya/Agra/visit
Answer: If Chaya goes to Agra , she will visit Tajmahal.
2.) rained/the plants/not wither
Answer: If it had rained, the plants wouldn’t have withered.
3.) had/Payalan/new shoes/jog faster
Answer: If Payalan had new shoes, she would jog faster.

4.) had/Kalai/a cycle/ reach school
Answer: If Kalai had a cycle, he would reach school soon.

B.) Match the phrases in Column A with those in Column B :
1.) If he studied well he would pass the exam.
2.) If he went late he would not get water.
3.) If I won a lottery I would feed a lot of people.
4.) If it got out of the gate the dog would bite us.
5.) If I had more money, I would buy a BMW car.
G3.) Exercise
Complete the following sentences with suitable clauses given in the box below :
1.) If Raj had got enough water, he would have shared it with his neighbor.
2.) Prajwal would have found a job, if he had attended the interview.
3.) If Ramya hadn’t started early, she would have been late to work.
4.) Christopher would have got a prize, if he had performed well.
5.) If we had saved more rain water in ponds and lakes,we could have survived the drought.
Work in pairs and decide what/how you would suggest in the following situations :
1.) Your friend’s eyes are red and watering. Why don’t you go to a doctor?
2.) Your neighbour is suffering from toothache. If I were you, I would go to a dentist.
3.) Ramesh wants to improve his English. I think you should join a crashcourse.
4.) The local MLA wants to meet your H M but the H M is away for a meeting, I’m afraid but HM is out of city for meeting. Can you come tomorrow?
5.) Salim wants to buy a dictionary but has no money. How about borrowing from the library?

1.) What suspicion did the children have about the Browns and their ‘house’? What convincing reasons did Mrs. Brown come up with?
Answer: The children found everything about the house especially the kitchen very unusual. There was no washing-up machine, pots, plates and pAnswer: The fridge had no lights and nothing in it. It didn’t work. There were electric equipments in the cupboard which was very odd. Mrs. Brown came up with the reason that they had recently moved there and didn’t have enough time to sort out the things out.

2.) How did Pete become instrumental in saving the teachers and his mates?
Answer: When the children realized that Mr. and Mrs. Brown were not humans but aliens they tried very hard to escape from there. When Pete questioned about the door and other things Mrs. Brown gave excuse which made them clear about their doubts. Pete asked Glen to take the stick and smash the control panel. It was Pete who pressed the control and opened the door. He and Glen rushed out of the back door fast and this is how he could save lives.
LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES:

Vocabulary

V1.) a) Look at the following describing words and phrases. Group them under words or phrases describing the place and describing the Browns. Write two different paragraphs describing the place and the Browns.
Words describing the place                                                  Words describing the Browns.
1.) Terribly quiet                                                                     1. Aliens
2.) Weird                                                                                 2. Had seven fingers
3.) Cold                                                                                   3. Eyes had no center
4.) Strange                                                                               4. Weird like a vampire
5.) Empty                                                                                5. Spoke strange language

V2.) A) PREFIX
Prefix is an addition to the beginning of a word which changes its form and meaning. Below are some examples of prefixes. You add some more (at least three each) to them.
Prefix Meaning Examples More examples
bi- two, twice bicycle Bilateral
Bilingual
Bio-maker
Bioactive
co- together, with co-operate Coeducation
Copilot
Co-locate
Co-existence
multi-
Many multipurpose Multimedia
Multistate
Multiphase
Multi talented
 
mono-
pre-
Single
Before Monosyllable
Preschool Monogram
Monopoly
Monosyllable
Monograph
 
Preview
Prepare
Prepay
Premature
re-
Again rewrite Reheat
Rewrite
Replay
Rebuild
 
post-
after, later postpone Postpone
Postgraduate
Post natal
Postgame
 
il-, im-, in-, ir-non-, un-, mis-dis-
Not (antonyms of the words) illiterate, impossible, inactive, irresponsible, nonviolence, unlock Illegal
Illogical
 
Impolite
Immortal
Immature
Imbalance
 
Incomplete
Insignificant
Insane
Informal
Irrelevant
Irregular
Irrational
 
Nonsense
Nonstop
Non-literate
Non-fat
 
Unable
Unfinished
Unclear
Unworried
 
Misspell
Mistrust
Mismatch
Mistreat
 
Dissimilar
Disappear
Dislike
Disobey
 
Over-
 too much overeat Overheat
Overheat
Override
Overrule
 
semi-
 Half    semicircle Semiannual
Semicircle
Semiformal
Semiweekly
 
 
B) SUFFIX
Suffix is an addition to the end of a word which changes its form and meaning. Suffixes are mainly used to make nouns, adjectives, adverbs and antonyms.
1.) The table shows some examples for the same. You add at least two more in the last column.
Suffix
 Examples
 More examples
-er, -or, -ist, -ee
 teacher, editor, tourist, employee
Worker
Manager
Farmer
 
Director
Collector
Debtor
 
Artist
Communist
Socialist
 
Trainee
Employee
Absentee
 
ance, -ence, -ism, -dom, -ity, -ty, -ship
 performance, existence, patriotism, kingdom, possibility, cruelty, hard-ship.
 Guidance
Acceptance
Clearance
 
Absence
Presence
Innocence
 
Criticism
Journalism
Socialism
 
Freedom
Boredom
Stardom
 
Responsibility
Clarity
Activity
 
Salty
Healthy
Difficulty
 
Ownership
Spaceship
Kinship
al, -en, -ful, -ly, -less, -ous
national, golden, joyful, friendly, fearless, ner¬vous
Rational
Conditional
Professional
Blacken
Thicken
Sweeten
Careful
Hopeful
Helpful
Clearly
Hopefully
Badly
Helpless
Hopeless
Homeless
Subconscious
Continuous
Glorious
 
-en, -ise (or) -ize
 broaden, nationalise, modernize
Wooden
Waxen
Golden
Advertize
Realize
Compromise
-ly
quickly, boldly
Bravely
Happily
Slowly

 2.) Form new words using the appropriate prefixes or suffixes. One example is given for you : Safe – unsafe, safely, safety
1.) Multicolored
2.) Absently , absentee
3.) Restless, unrest, restful
4.) Bicycle, recycle
5.) Kindly, unkind, kindness
6.) Questionable
7.) Wisely, unwise
8.) Semisolid
9.) Loyalty, loyally
10.) Unlock, relock
11.) Insufficient
12.) Directly, indirect, redirect
13.) Nobly
14.) Movable, remove
15.) Woolen
16.) Cultural, uncultured
17.) Unwind, rewind
18.) Treatment, treatable
19.) Fearless, fearful

G1.) Match the following Main clauses and “if” clauses :
1.) If you waste water you will suffer
2.) If you lend me some money I can buy a new car
3.) If Ravi is late he will be punished
4.) If the bus breaks down I won’t be able to attend the class
5.) If it rains I shall get wet
G2.A.) Use the words provided and write sentences using “if” clauses.

Look at the example to help you.

(money/Reshma/buy/car) If Reshma had money, she would buy a car.

1.) Tajmahal/Chaya/Agra/visit
Answer: If Chaya goes to Agra , she will visit Tajmahal.

2.) rained/the plants/not wither
Answer: If it had rained, the plants wouldn’t have withered.

3.) had/Payalan/new shoes/jog faster
Answer: If Payalan had new shoes, she would jog faster.
4.) had/Kalai/a cycle/ reach school
Answer: If Kalai had a cycle, he would reach school soon.
B.) Match the phrases in Column A with those in Column B :
1.) If he studied well he would pass the exam.
2.) If he went late he would not get water.
3.) If I won a lottery I would feed a lot of people.
4.) If it got out of the gate the dog would bite us.
5.) If I had more money, I would buy a BMW car.
G3.) Exercise
Complete the following sentences with suitable clauses given in the box below :
1.) If Raj had got enough water, he would have shared it with his neighbor.
2.) Prajwal would have found a job, if he had attended the interview.
3.) If Ramya hadn’t started early, she would have been late to work.
4.) Christopher would have got a prize, if he had performed well.
5.) If we had saved more rain water in ponds and lakes,we could have survived the drought.
Work in pairs and decide what/how you would suggest in the following situations :
1.) Your friend’s eyes are red and watering. Why don’t you go to a doctor?
2.) Your neighbour is suffering from toothache. If I were you, I would go to a dentist.
3.) Ramesh wants to improve his English. I think you should join a crashcourse.
4.) The local MLA wants to meet your H M but the H M is away for a meeting, I’m afraid but HM is out of city for meeting. Can you come tomorrow?
5.) Salim wants to buy a dictionary but has no money. How about borrowing from the library?

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