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English Class 11
Hornbill - Chapters (Literature)

Read the extract and answer the following questions.

Extract:

The night of the scan, workmen carried Tut from the tomb in his box. Like pallbearers they climbed a ramp and a flight of stairs into the swirling sand outside, then rose on a hydraulic lift into the trailer that held the scanner. Twenty minutes later two men emerged, sprinted for an office nearby, and returned with a pair of white plastic fans. The million-dollar scanner had quit because of sand in a cooler fan. “Curse of the pharaoh,” joked a guard nervously.

(Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues )

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Question (i)

What did the workmen do to carry Tut from the tomb to the scanner?

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

 The workmen carried Tut in his box, climbed a ramp and a flight of stairs, and rose on a hydraulic lift.

Step-by-step explanation:

  • To answer this question, we need to locate the information that is directly given in the extract. We can use skimming and scanning skills to find the relevant part of the text quickly. For example:
  • Skimming is reading quickly to get the main idea or gist of a text.
  •   We can skim the extract and see that it is about how the workmen moved Tut from his tomb to the scanner on a night with swirling sand.
  •  Scanning is reading quickly to find specific details or facts in a text.
  •   We can scan the extract and look for keywords or phrases related to the question, such as "workmen", "carry", or "scanner".
  • We can then use these skills to find the answer in the first sentence of the extract. We can use quotation marks to indicate the exact words from the text. We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
  •  The answer is given in the first sentence of the extract: "The night of the scan, workmen carried Tut from the tomb in his box. Like pallbearers they climbed a ramp and a flight of stairs into the swirling sand outside, then rose on a hydraulic lift into the trailer that held the scanner".

Question (ii)

Why did the scanner stop working?

  • (a) Because of a power outage
  • (b) Because of a software glitch
  • (c) Because of sand in a cooler fan
  • (d) Because of a broken cable

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

(c) Because of sand in a cooler fan

Step-by-step explanation:

  • To answer this question, we need to locate the information that is directly given in the extract. We can use skimming and scanning skills to fin the relevant part of the text quickly. For example:
  •  Skimming is reading quickly to get the main idea or gist of a text.
  •   We can skim the extract and see that it is about how the workmen moved Tut from his tomb to the scanner on a night with swirling sand.
  • Scanning is reading quickly to find specific details or facts in a text.
  •   We can scan the extract and look for keywords or phrases related to the question, such as "scanner", "stop", or "sand".
  • We can then use these skills to find the answer in the second sentence of the extract. We can use quotation marks to indicate the exact words from the text. We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
  •  The answer is given in the second sentence of the extract: "Twenty minutes later two men emerged, sprinted for an office nearby, and returned with a pair of white plastic fans. The million-dollar scanner had quit because of **sand** in a **cooler fan**".

Question (iii)

What did the guard say as a joke when the scanner stopped working?

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

 The guard said "Curse of the pharaoh" as a joke when the scanner stopped working.

Step-by-step explanation:

  • To answer this question, we need to locate the information that is directly given in the extract. We can use skimming and scanning skills to find the relevant part of the text quickly. For example:
  •  Skimming is reading quickly to get the main idea or gist of a text.
  •  We can skim the extract and see that it is about how the workmen moved Tut from his tomb to the scanner on a night with swirling sand.
  •  Scanning is reading quickly to find specific details or facts in a text.
  •   We can scan the extract and look for keywords or phrases related to the question, such as "guard", "say", or "joke". We can use quotation marks to indicate the exact words from the text. We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
  • The answer is given in the last sentence of the extract: "“Curse of the pharaoh,” joked a guard nervously".

Question (iv)

How does the extract show that the scanning process was challenging and tense?

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

The extract shows that the scanning process was challenging and tense by using words and expressions that convey the difficulty and anxiety involved.

Step-by-step explanation:

To answer this question, we need to infer how the extract shows that the scanning process was challenging and tense from the actions and words in the extract. We can use clues such as nouns, adjectives, or expressions to help us. For example:

  •  The narrator says that the workmen carried Tut like pallbearers.
  •  The narrator says that the sand was swirling outside.
  •  The narrator says that the scanner quit because of sand in a cooler fan.
  •  The narrator says that two men sprinted for an office nearby.
  • The narrator says that the guard joked nervously about the curse.
  • We can then use these clues to write a complete sentence that explains how the extract shows that the scanning process was challenging and tense. We can use simple words and connect them with conjunctions like "and" or "by". We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
  • The extract shows that the scanning process was challenging and tense by using words and expressions that convey the difficulty and anxiety involved.

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