Chapter 4 - Birth

English Class 11
Snapshot - Chapters (Literature)

Extract:

“Eh, Doctor, I’m glad to see you. I been back and forward here this last hour. The missus wants ye —before time, too.” Andrew, abruptly recalled from the contemplation of his own affairs, told Morgan to wait. He went into the house for his bag, then together they set out for Number 12 Blaina Terrace. The night air was cool and deep with quiet mystery. Usually so perceptive, Andrew now felt dull and listless. He had no premonition that this night call would prove unusual, still less that it would influence his whole future in Blaenelly.

(Birth)

## Question (i)

### What is the name of the doctor who is called for a night visit?

1. Andrew
2. Morgan
3. Blaina
4. Blaenelly

(a) Andrew

#### Step-by-step explanation:

•  To answer this question, we need to identify the doctor who is called for a night visit in the extract. 🕵️‍♂️
•   The first sentence of the extract tells us that Morgan is the one who calls the doctor and says "I'm glad to see you". This means that Morgan is not the doctor, but the caller. ❌
•  The second sentence of the extract tells us that Andrew goes into the house for his bag, then sets out for Number 12 Blaina Terrace with Morgan. This means that Andrew is the one who has a bag, which is likely to be a doctor's bag. This also means that Andrew is not at his destination yet, but is going there with Morgan. ✅
• The last sentence of the extract tells us that Andrew is usually perceptive, but now feels dull and listless. This means that Andrew is the main character of the story and the one whose perspective we are following. ✅
• Therefore, based on these clues, we can conclude that Andrew is the name of the doctor who is called for a night visit. ✔️

## Question (ii)

### Why does Morgan say that the missus wants the doctor "before time"?

1. She is in a hurry
2. She is in labor
3. She is in pain
4. She is in danger

#### Answer as written by the student:

(b). She is in labor

#### Step-by-step explanation:

• To answer this question, we need to understand what Morgan means by "before time". 🤔
•   The phrase "before time" means earlier than expected or scheduled. It implies that something has happened sooner than planned or anticipated. 🕐
•  The extract does not give us much information about why Morgan's wife wants the doctor before time, but we can use our background knowledge and common sense to make an inference. 🧠
•  Since the chapter is called 'Birth' and the extract mentions a night call, we can assume that Morgan's wife is pregnant and about to give birth. 🤰
•  Giving birth before time means that she is in labor prematurely or unexpectedly. This could be due to various reasons, such as complications, stress, or natural causes. 😰
•  Therefore, based on these clues, we can infer that Morgan says that the missus wants the doctor before time because she is in labor. ✔️

## Question (iii)

### The phrase "contemplation of his own affairs" suggests that Andrew was ____________.

#### Answer as written by the student:

The phrase "contemplation of his own affairs" suggests that Andrew was preoccupied with his personal problems.

#### Step-by-step explanation:

• To answer this question, we need to understand what the phrase "contemplation of his own affairs" means. 📚
• The word "contemplation" means deep or serious thought or reflection. It implies that someone is focused or absorbed in something. 🤔
• The word "affairs" means matters or concerns that affect someone's life or situation. It implies that someone has issues or challenges to deal with. 😕
•  Therefore, the phrase "contemplation of his own affairs" means that Andrew was thinking deeply or seriously about his own matters or concerns that affect his life or situation. 🙇‍♂️
•  This suggests that Andrew was preoccupied with his personal problems. He was not paying attention to anything else, such as his surroundings, his work, or his patients. He was distracted or detached from his reality. 😶
• Therefore, based on these clues, we can complete the sentence appropriately by saying that the phrase "contemplation of his own affairs" suggests that Andrew was preoccupied with his personal problems. ✔️

## Question (iv)

### Pick evidence from the extract that helps one infer that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call.

#### Answer as written by the student:

The evidence from the extract that helps one infer that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call is the sentence "He had no premonition that this night call would prove unusual, still less that it would influence his whole future in Blaenelly."

#### Step-by-step explanation:

• To answer this question, we need to identify the evidence from the extract that supports the inference that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call. 🔎
•   The word "evidence" means facts or information that indicate or prove something. It implies that we need to find a specific sentence or phrase from the extract that shows or confirms something. 📝
•  The word "infer" means to conclude or deduce something from evidence and reasoning. It implies that we need to use our logic and understanding to make a judgment or assumption about something. 🧐
•  The inference that we need to support is that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call. This means that we need to find evidence that shows that Andrew was unaware or oblivious of any potential surprises or changes in his night call. 😮
•  The evidence from the extract that helps us infer this is the sentence "He had no premonition that this night call would prove unusual, still less that it would influence his whole future in Blaenelly." This sentence directly tells us that Andrew had no idea or foresight that this night call would be different from any other night call, or that it would have a significant impact on his life in Blaenelly. This sentence clearly shows that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call. 🙅‍♂️
•  Therefore, based on this evidence, we can infer that Andrew was not expecting anything unusual to happen during his night call. ✔️

## Question (v)

### What does the term 'night air' indicate about the setting of the story?

#### Answer as written by the student:

The term 'night air' indicates that the setting of the story is dark and cool.

#### Step-by-step explanation:

• To answer this question, we need to understand what the term 'night air' means and how it relates to the setting of the story. 🌃
•   The word "night" means the time from sunset to sunrise when there is no sunlight. It implies that the setting of the story is dark and gloomy. 🌑
•  The word "air" means the invisible mixture of gases that surrounds the earth and that we breathe. It implies that the setting of the story is atmospheric and environmental. 💨
•  Therefore, the term 'night air' means the air that surrounds the earth at night when there is no sunlight. It indicates that the setting of the story is dark and cool. It also suggests a sense of mystery and quietness in the story. 🕵️‍♀️
•  Therefore, based on these clues, we can say that the term 'night air' indicates that the setting of the story is dark and cool. ✔️

## Question (vi)

### Which of the following headlines best suggests the central idea of the extract?

1. A Doctor's Routine Night Call
3. A Doctor's Personal Dilemma
4. A Doctor's Unexpected Discovery

#### Answer as written by the student:

(d). A Doctor's Unexpected Discovery

#### Step-by-step explanation:

•  To answer this question, we need to identify the headline that best suggests the central idea of the extract. 🗞️
•  T he word "headline" means a short phrase or sentence that summarizes the main point or theme of a text. It implies that we need to find a concise and catchy way to express the essence or message of the extract. 📣
•  The word "central idea" means the most important or essential thought or concept that a text conveys. It implies that we need to find the main purpose or intention of the extract. 🎯
• The central idea of the extract is that a doctor who is preoccupied with his personal problems goes for a night call that turns out to be unusual and influential for his future. This means that we need to find a headline that captures this idea in a simple and effective way. 🙌
• The headline that best suggests the central idea of the extract is D. A Doctor's Unexpected Discovery. This headline summarizes the main point of the extract, which is that a doctor makes a surprising and significant discovery during his night call. It also creates interest and curiosity in the reader, who would want to know what the discovery is and how it affects the doctor's future. 🤩
• Therefore, based on these clues, we can choose D. A Doctor's Unexpected Discovery as the headline that best suggests the central idea of the extract. ✔️