The Tsunami – NCERT Solutions

Q. Say whether the following are true or false:

  1. Ignesious lost his wife, two children, his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law in the tsunami.
  2. Sanjeev made it to safety after the tsunami.
  3. Meghna was saved by a relief helicopter.
  4. Almas’s father realised that a tsunami was going to hit the island.
  5. Her mother and aunts were washed away with the tree that they were holding on to.


  1. True
  2. False
  3. False
  4. True
  5. True

Q. Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand?

Ans. Tilly’s family had come to Thailand to celebrate Christmas.

Q. What were the warning signs that both Tilly and her mother saw?

Ans. Both saw the sea rise and it started to foam and form whirlpools.

Q. Do you think Tilly’s mother was alarmed by them?

Ans. No, Tilly’s mother was not alarmed by them.

Q. Where had Tilly seen the sea behaving in the same strange fashion?

Ans. Tilly had seen the strange sea behaviour in a video.

Q. Where did the Smith family and the others on the beach go to escape from the tsunami?

Ans. They went to the third floor of the hotel and were saved.

Q. How do you think her geography teacher felt when he heard about what Tilly had done in Phuket?

Ans. She felt very pleased and satisfied.

Q. In the Tsunami 150,000 people died. How many animals died?

Ans. Very few animals died.

Q. How many people and animals died in Yala National Park?

Ans. Sixty visitors and two animals.

Q. What do people say about the elephants of Yala National Park?

Ans. People say that the elephants ran from the beach an hour before the Tsunami hit the coast.

Q. What did the dogs in Galle do?

Ans. The dogs in Galle refused to go to the beach for their daily exercise.

Q. When he felt the earthquake, do you think Ignesious immediately worried about a Tsunami? Give reasons for your answer. Which sentence in the text tells you that the Ignesious family did not have any time to discuss and plan their course of action after the tsunami struck?

Ans. No, Ignesious did not think about the tsunami. He thought that it was just an earthquake. So he took the television off the table and put it on the ground. His family did not have time to discuss and plan their course of action. The following sentence tells about the chaos and confusion.

“…two of his children caught hold of the hands of their mother’s father and mother’s brother, and rushed in the opposite direction.”

Q. Which words in the list below describe Sanjeev, in your opinion?

cheerful, ambitious, brash, brave, careless, heroic, selfless, heartless, humorous

Ans. brave, heroic, selfless

Q. Use words from the list to complete the three sentences below.

  1. I don’t know if Sanjeev was cheerful, ____________ or _____________.
  2. I think that he was very brave, ______________ and ____________.
  3. Sanjeev was not heartless, ____________ or _____________.


  • ambitious or brash
  • heroic and selfless
  • careless or humorous

Q. How are Meghna and Almas’s stories similar?

Ans. Meghna and Almas — both were lucky. Meghna was carried away with her parents and other people. But she alone survived. She was washed ashore by a wave. Almas climbed on to a log of wood. When she opened her eyes, she found herself in a hospital in Kamorta.

Q. What are the different ways in which Tilly’s parents could have reacted to her behaviour? What would you have done if you were in their place?

Ans. Tilly foresaw the danger of tsunami at once. She became hysterial. Her parents didn’t ignore her. They were sure that something wrong must be going to happen. So they all left the beach and were saved. If I were in place of Tilly parents, I might not have believed her. I might have scolded her for making a nonsense situation.

Q. If Tilly’s award was to be shared, who do you think she should share it with — her parents or her geography teacher?

Ans. It is very obvious. Tilly’s award should be shared with her geography teacher. Her parents could not guess the tsunami was coming.

Q. What are the two different ideas about why so few animals were killed in the tsunami? Which idea do you find more believable?

Ans. Very few animals were killed in the tsunami. Perhaps they feel the tremor much before humans do. Secondly, the animals have sixth sense. They can guess the coming disaster and so run away to safer places/higher ground. The idea that the animals are gifted with the sixth sense is more believable. They move fast to get over the crisis.

Q. Go through Part-I carefully, and make a list of as many words as you can find that indicate movement of different kinds. (There is one word that occurs repeatedly-count how many times!). Put them into three categories.

  • fast movement
  • slow movement
  • neither slow nor fast

Can you explain why there are many words in one column and not in the others?


Fast movement Slow movement Neither slow nor fast
Fall Rising Walking
Rushed Recede
Washed away
Swept away

There are more words in column A. These are related to fast movements of escape from the tsunami. It was natural for men and animals to make fast movements in such situation. The waves also overtook some people very fast and washed them away.

Q. Fill in the blanks in the sentences below (the verbs given in brackets will give you a clue).

  1. The earth trembled, but not many people felt the ____________. (tremble)
  2. When the zoo was flooded, there was a lot of ________and many animals escaped into the countryside. (confuse)
  3. We heard with _________that the lion had been recaptured. B
  4. The zookeeper was stuck in a tree and his _______ was filmed by the TV crew. (rescue)
  5. There was much ____________in the village when the snake charmer came visiting. (excite)


  1. trembling/tremors
  2. confusion
  3. relief
  4. rescue
  5. excitement

Q. Say whether the following sentences are in the Active or the Passive voice. Write A or P after each sentence as shown in the first sentence.

  1. Someone stole my bicycle. __________
  2. The tyres were deflated by the traffic police. _________
  3. I found it last night in a ditch near my house. __________
  4. It had been thrown there. __________
  5. My father gave it to the mechanic. ______________
  6. The mechanic repaired it for me. ______________


  1. A
  2. P
  3. A
  4. P
  5. A
  6. A

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