NBSE Class 9 Alternative English notes: Prose, Poetry, Drama

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We have provided solutions and summaries of all the chapters of NBSE Class 9 Alternative English under the categories “prose”, “poetry” and “drama” for students studying under the Nagaland Board. Click on the link mentioned under each chapter to get the answers to that chapter. However, these materials should only be used for references, and, according to needs, changes or modifications should be made.

NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 1: The Rule of the Road

PROSE: In the essay The Role of the Road, AG Gardiner Gardiner illustrates the argument that individual liberty can easily convert to social anarchy by using a number of examples and situations that can be applied in the real world. He gave the example of an old lady walking with her basket down the middle of a street to the great confusion of the traffic. She could not understand that if liberty entitled the pedestrian to walk down the middle of the road, then the end of such liberty would be universal chaos. Everybody would be getting in everybody else’s way and nobody would get anywhere and individual liberty would easily become social anarchy.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 2: The Ogress and the Orphans

PROSE: The Ogress and the Two Orphans is a folk story from the Chakesang and Angami tribes. The story is about two orphan brothers who lost their parents when they were very young. They decided to trap animals and birds to sustain themselves. A few years later, they saw that the animals and birds in their traps were missing their heads. Something was eating off the heads of the animals and leaving the bodies intact. From here, their lives take a drastic turn, and they end up in the captivity of an ogress and her husband.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 3: The Indomitable Spirit of Youth

PROSE: Through the speech, The Indomitable Spirit of Youth, the former President of India and eminent scientist APJ Abdul Kalam encourages the students by saying that the most important aspect that makes someone a successful or unsuccessful person in the world is the quality of the spirit that he/she carries. It doesn’t matter if someone is less fortunate in their physical well-being or circumstantial, but in the end, if one has an indomitable spirit that wants to soar high despite all hurdles, nothing can stop the soul from achieving success.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 4: The Tunguska Event

PROSE: The chapter The Tunguska Event by Carl Sagan discusses a peculiar event that happened in the early morning hours of June 30, 1908, in Central Siberia. The particular event was a giant ball of fire that had come down from the sky and supposedly plunged into the surface of the Earth. The explosion was so powerful that it could have been mistaken for a nuclear explosion. However, when scientists and researchers tried to find a crater that could have formed because of the explosion and impact, they could not find anything like that, which was strange.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 5: The Devoted Friend

PROSE: The Devoted Friend by Oscar Wilde is kind of a fable and should not be taken in a literal sense. This story begins with a conversation between a water rat, a duck, and a linnet. The linnet is the storyteller, and a clever one at that, because the linnet appears to point to a certain similarity between the water-rat and the antagonist, Miller, without saying so, and the water-rat is very proud to identify with Miller.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 1: The Soul’s Prayer

POETRY: The Soul’s Prayer may be seen as part of a mystical tradition. The speaker recollects in awe and humility the childhood dialogue she had with God. She recollects all the things she asked from God when she was still naive and so didn’t understand that understanding everything is not fathomable.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 2: The Character of a Happy Life

POETRY: In the poem, The Character of a Happy Life the poet Sir Henry Wotton tries to uphold the very attributes needed to be a happy person in the world. In contrast to what the world thinks would make a happy life, the poet says that it is not worldly possessions that make someone happy, but true happiness comes from freedom, and freedom can only mean that someone is not under the command of another. When describing a happy man, he says that a happy person always does their own will, and their will is to serve others. He does not run after fame and money but is contented with a simple life. The poet says that a happy man always follows a truthful life and tries to stay close to God, not caring about what others think of him or want from him.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 3: Sonnet to Science

POETRY: In the poem Sonnet to Science, the poet Poe was unhappy with the technological advances that were sweeping America. He was well aware of the negative fallout of the industrial revolution in England, particularly concerning the living conditions of the working class, and the lives of women and children. In addition, he feared that undue emphasis on logic and facts alone, at the expense of imagination and intuition, could harm the way human beings felt and thought. For Poe and other Romantic writers, science held the threat of destroying humanity.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative English Chapter 4: Mother’s Tears

POETRY: Mother’s Tears by Dr Sedengulie Nagi presents a subject that is universal in the grief that all mothers share at losing their sons. The poem talks about a mother who wanted to give the best she had to her son, whom she loved unconditionally. Though she did not have many resources, she tried to make it up with her love, affection, and helping hand. But sadly, all of these only led him to go astray and indulge in substance abuse. She regretted how she raised him and realised that loving him was not supposed to mean giving in to all his demands.

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NBSE Class 9 Alternative Drama/Act Ivan the Fool

DRAMA: The story of Ivan the Fool largely concentrates on the three brothers-Simeon the soldier, Tarras the merchant and Ivan the fool. While Simeon and Tarras are tempted by wealth and power, Ivan is content with a simple life. He works hard on his farm to take care of his family. Though called ‘Ivan the Fool’ for his simple-mindedness and lack of intelligence, it is he who defeats the devil and his plans.

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