NBSE Class 9 English & Grammar notes, answers, summaries

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We have provided solutions and summaries of all the chapters of NBSE Class 9 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.

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English (prose, poetry, drama)

Rip Van Winkle

PROSE: Rip Van Winkle tells the story of a cheerful man named Rip who is popular among his neighbours, animals, and children. He is so friendly that he would not be left alone. He is also very helpful and would never deny any help to anyone. But, at the same time, when it comes to his personal life, he is very irresponsible and lazy. He would not take care of his farm, animals, or children. For his such attitude, he constantly needs to tolerate the rage of his wife Dam Van Winkle.

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Dr. T. Ao

PROSE: The chapter Dr. T. Ao by Dr. Senti Longkumer is a brief story of the life of first captain of independent Indian’s football team. Nature had endowed Talimeren with sharp features. As an adult, he stood all of 5’10” barefooted. He also had a towering personality with a booming voice, and people who met him for the first time were always momentarily taken aback by his sheer presence. He was a refined gentleman well versed in all matters and very articulate.

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Toasted English

PROSE: In the essay Toasted English, R.K. Narayan points out how English is not the same all over the world and why India needs its own brand. He approves simplified instructions that Americans use, especially for signboards in public places and for motorists like the word ‘go’ as they can be easily followed without peering out and studying the notice. He, however, disapproves the way the American English disrespects the rule of law and the dignity of grammar when someone says something like ‘Wer U goin, man?’

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A Christmas Carol

PROSE: The chapter A Christmas Carol is an abridged version of the novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Charles Dickens published in 1843. The story is about one old man named Ebenezer Scrooge who would not celebrate Christmas as he thought Christmas was stupid. He was also a miser and didn’t give any donation, until he is visited by ghosts.

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A Simple Philosophy

PROSE: In this chapter, A Simple Philosophy, the chief of the Suquamish Tribe, a Red Indian tribe of the north-west of America, is talking about an offer that the “white man” has sent to the tribe. It is a letter written by Chief Seathl (also spelt Chief Seattle) in 1860 in response to the offer.

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Lord Ullin’s Daughter

POETRY: A Scottish chieftain from Ulva’s isle wished to marry Lord Ullin’s daughter against her father’s wish. Hence she eloped with her lover. The chieftain and his beloved were chased by the kingsman on horses. He, therefore, urged a boatman to ferry them across Lochgyle to his land. However, Lord Ullin’s daughter, the chieftain, and the boatman were drowned that night.

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POETRY: The poet in the poem Peace longs that the people of the world should live in peace and harmony. He would want the people of the world are in complete agreement with each other. He imagines a scene of togetherness where everyone will be holding hands and the world will resound with songs of peace. The poet dreams of a world where there will be no war.

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PROSE: In Mirror by Nini Lungalang, the poet feels that although the people find a lot of similarities between her mother and her, the mother is not happy about this. However, the poet does not blame her mother. She feels they have learnt to respect the space. The poet feels this similarity is because the mother has invested a lot of emotions in her. These had begun even before her birth.

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The Echoing Green

PROSE: This is a joyful poem celebrating the advent of spring. The green fields, chirruping birds and playing children remind the elderly observers of their own childhood. Thus the season brings joy to all. The older people remember their youth, just as these children will someday be reminded of it by their own descendants. These children, too, in their old age will talk of their youth. The old man sitting under the oak tree in the green is a symbol of strength and security.

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The Bishop’s Candlesticks

DRAMA The play Bishop’s Candlesticks is based on the theme that love and care can change a man rather than violence. The play is about a convict who broke into the Bishop’s house one night as Bishop’s sister Persome and the Bishop were about to have dinner. The convict had actually escaped from the prison because the police had forgotten to chain him up. He was sent to prison for ten years because he had stolen food for his sick wife as he didn’t have a job or money.

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