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Questions Answers of 'The Beginnings of a Miracle' | English Literature


Q(01). What was the unusual activity that Helen could sense? What were her reasons for sensing it?

Ans: Helen sensed the arrival of her teacher Anne Sullivan. She could also sense it from her mother’s hurried movements.

Q(02). How does Helen describe her life before the arrival of her teacher?

Ans: She compares herself to a groping ship in a dense fog before the arrival of her teacher. In the utter confusion of her life, she craved for light.

Q(03). Which incident ignited the desire in Helen to learn more about the things around her?

Ans: Helen kept confusing the two terms ‘mug’ and ‘waters’. She would be in a frenzy when she could not make them out exactly. Being panicked Helen was led to the well-house by her teacher and made her feel the gush of water on her hand. This incident ignited a desire in Helen to learn more.

Q(04). Mention an incident in the text which proves that Helen’s parents were over-indulgent towards her.

Ans: Helen’s parents always accepted her ways and desires on the grounds of sympathy. This attitude of her parents affected Sullivan’s way of teaching to their child. Once Helen’s father asked Sullivan to spare the child when she went on insisting Helen to learn a certain thing.

Q(05). What was the first lesson that Helen’s teacher wanted to teach her?

Ans: Anne wanted to teach her obedience first by all means.


Q(01). The narrator says that after sometimes he became distrustful of every glance or gesture and stopped extending essential manners to women and elderly people on buses and trains. Why does he feel this hostility?

Ans: He had faced discrimination because of his coloured skin, so he took a dislike of all the fair –skinned people.

Q(02). When the old gentleman suggests to the narrator that he should apply for a teaching position in the East End of London, the narrator reacts bitterly. Why does he feel angry?

Ans: The residents did not there because it was a rather tough area and most teachers preferred to seek job elsewhere. The narrator felt that the old man was suggesting that he take up a job that has been rejected by the whites. III.OPERATION INDIAN OCEAN

Q(01). What are the challenges, dangers and difficulties that a swimmer would face while swimming across the Palk Strait?

Ans: The seas teem with all kinds of marine life including tiger sharks, barracuda and poisonous snakes.

Q(02). Why was Sen. forced to postpone the swim?

Ans: The unexpected equatorial storm and the chillness in the sea forced Sen to postpone his swim by forty eight hours.

Q(03) What was the most heart breaking moment for Mihir Sen during the swim?

Ans: Sen had gone towards Rameswaram instead of swimming towards Dhanushkodi, which was twenty miles to the north. It was the most heartbreaking moment for him during the entire swim.

Q(04) The goal was in sight, but not the end of the ordeal. Why does the narrator say this?

Ans: He caught sight of the silvery strip of land on the shores of Dhanushkodi, but still he had to swim two and half hours to reach the end.

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