Get here are the questions, answers, and notes for the chapter The lndomitable Spirit of Youth (Speech by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam) which is a part of class 9 alternative English for students studying under Nagaland Board of School Education.
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SUMMARY OF THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF YOUTH: Through the speech, the former President of India and eminent scientist encourages the students 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 some one 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 of all hurdles, nothing can stop the soul from achieving success.
In the speech he gives various examples of people who carried an indomitable success. Dr. Kalam conveys the message to the youth of India that education gives opportunities to shape and mould their desired dreams and it is through education that we can build inner strength, increase our knowledge, and develop our confidence. Knowledge leads to creativity, righteousness, and courage which help us to fly high and enable us to achieve success.
I. Explain with reference to context.
1. Another unique achiever was a great lady of science who discovered radium. She won not one, but two Nobel Prizes…
a. Who is being mentioned here?
b. For what two categories did she receive the Nobel Prize?.
c. How did she discover radium?
Answer: a. Madam Curie is being mentioned here.
b. The two categories for which she received two Nobel Prizes were physics and chemistry.
c. Madam Curie discovered radium while she was doing research on the effects of radiation on the human system.
2. I asked all of them one question. “What do you want to become?” Out of the several students who responded, there was one visually challenged boy studying in class IX who got up.
a. How did the boy answer this question?
b. What was Dr. Kalam’s reaction to his answer?
c. What is the boy currently doing?
Answer: a. The visually challenged boy answered that he would become the first visually challenged President of India.
b. Dr. Kalam was impressed by his confidence and ambition. He congratulated him on setting his goal and told him to work hard on his wings of fire.
c. The boy is currently pursuing his studies at MIT, Boston.
ll. Answer these questions briefly.
1. What battle must students fight to retain their uniqueness?
Answer: Students want to be unique but the world wants them to be like everyone else. So in order to reach and retain the uniqueness every student must keep fighting the hardest battle and never stop fighting.
2. Let not thy winged days, be spent in vain. What is Dr Kalam’s warning here?
Answer: Dr. Kalam warns us not to spend our days in vain but use time wisely as we don’t have control over time and it flies.
3. Why did Srikanth impress Dr Kalam?
Answer: Srikant was one among several students who would interact with Dr. Kalam. He was visually challenged but didn’t contain himself in small ambitions. He said he wanted to be the first visually challenged President of India. Dr. Kalam was very happy to hear that and found the boy’s confidence amidst the difficulties and challenges he must have faced commendable.
III. Answer these questions.
1. Let your education shape your’wings of fire’. Discuss.
Answer: In The lndomitable Spirit of Youth, Dr. Kalam conveys the message to the youth of India that education gives opportunities to shape and mould their desired dreams and it is through education that we can build inner strength, increase our knowledge, and develop our confidence. Knowledge leads to creativity, righteousness, and courage which help us to fly high and enable us to achieve success.
2. Think to yourself, “I WILL win!” Comment on Dr Kalam’s purpose behind this statement.
Answer: The given statement taken from a speech by APJ Abdul Kalam highlights the importance of having confidence in oneself equipped with education to achieve the desired goals. According to him, achievement comes from the fire of the strong sub-conscious mind that says “I WILL win!” He asked the students, therefore, to remember that education gives them wings to fly. Each one of them must let his/her education shape their ‘wings of fire.’ He said that this would lead them to great achievements and if they think they can win, they will fly.