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In Time of Adversity Question Answer Class 8

This chapter is about a letter written by a young lady; whose father was victim of this terror attack.

Q(01) Where was the writer's father when the terrorist attack took place? Who was with him?

Ans: The writer's father was at the Indian restaurant on the first floor of the Oberoi hotel when the terrorist attack took place. His two best friends were with him .They were having dinner together.

Q(02) How did the writer's father save himself? What were the qualities that helped him to protect?

Ans: The terrorist rounded up the hostages and made them to climb the service staircase, the eighteenth floor. On reaching the eighteenth floor landing ,they made the people line up against the wall then they opened fire on the people simultaneously . Her father was at the center of the line and body as soon as the firing began . He protected himself out of reflex or his presence of mind .    

Q(03)What did the writer's father and other survivors do to keep themselves alive till help arrived?

Ans:  When the terrorist left the landing after setting up explosive , the lady's father along with the three other survivors, climbed up the rest of the stairwell and discovered a large HVAC Plant room in which they decided to take shelter . They spent the rest of seige hiding in that room trying to get the attention of the world outside by waving a makeshift flag out of the window .They drank sips of dirty water from the Air conditioning unit to survive.

Q(04) The terrorists attacked people at every level .Explain this line in the context of the eventful day.?

Ans:  When terrorist attacked people they do not discriminate among them.They killed young kids and even the pregnant woman .They killed middle class workers at the railway station , elite in the hotels, tourist and kids in a cafe and sick and dying in the hospitals.They killed Indians, Americans, Britans and several other nationalities .Men, women, children, policeman,fireman and doctors etc were also killed.

Q(05) Q(05) What are the ideas behind every terror attack that the writer can recognise ? Do you agree with the writer's views? Justify your answer. .........

Ans:  The ideas behind every terror attack is the hatred anger and desperation of the terrorists and the cold-blooded targeted ruthlessness of these who sent them .They respect nothing but their own twisted beliefs to achieve them .They have declared war on every other way of life. Yes , I agree with the writer's views.     

Q(06) Why does the writer want to thank the readers? How have the readers helped the writer ? .

Ans:  Writer wants to thank the reader for the incredible concern and support that the readers have shown for the Mumbai victims when the whole of Mumbai was under terrorist attack. The reader helped the writer through their concern sympathy and prayers for the people of Mumbai who were under attack.     

Reference to the context -
(1) They communicated to each other by tough as they were too afraid to make a sound.

Q(a) Who does 'they' refer to??

Ans: Here 'they' referred to the survivors who survived from the mass murder of the terrorist at the eighteenth floor of the Oberoi hotel.

Q(b) Why were they afraid to make a ?

Ans: They were afraid to make a sound because a small sound in the room might bring back the terrorist would find that there were survivors , they would show no mercy and killed them.    

Q(c).What had happened to them ?

Ans:  The terrorist rounded up all the people of the Oberoi hotel and took them to the eighteenth floor landing. They made the people line up against the wall and opened fire on the people simultaneously.

(2) This was systematic, cold-blooded,slaughter.

Q(a) What is being described here?

Ans:  Here the writer describes a series of synchronized terror attack at various places in Mumbai.

Q(b) Why does the writer say so?

Ans:  The writer said so because terrorist attack people at every level. They did not show mercy to the children and the old.They killed middle-class workers , elite ,tourists and kids .They stormed three hospitals and killed the sick and dying .They did not discriminate among the different nationalities.They killed men, wonen , children, policeman, firemen , doctors.

(3) Over the next week....I hope the rest of the world does too.

Q(a) What is the writer talking about in these lines?

Ans: The writer is talking about the terrorist attack in Mumbai and the victims those who are killed .Writer wants everyone to pray for the souls of the ******.She also request everyone to help the victims who survived .She wants us to help them to come back to their normal life.

Q(b) Why does the writer want the world to do the same ?

Ans: Writers want world to do the same because terrorism is not a problem in any particular country . It is now a global war and people of every country are fighting to combat terrorism . So, it should be a joint fight and we should help one another to solve this global problem.   


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