English Class -08 December-18 Chapter -03


Kitty Gail Ferguson

Word Meaning 

Apparent  - clear =സ്‌പഷ്‌ടമായ

Flounder  - struggle = പ്രയാസപ്പെട്ടു മുന്നോട്ടു നീങ്ങുക

Imprecise  - inexact =കൃത്യതയില്ലാത്ത

precarious  =അസ്ഥിരമായ

Reprieve - release =ശിക്ഷാതാമസം

Slipshod   = അശ്രദ്ധമായ Careless

Summon= വിളിപ്പിക്കുക

Clumsy = Awkward in Movements = കുഴപ്പം പിടിച്ച

Execute =  ഉടമ്പടി ചെയ്യുക മരണശാസനം

 Qu)-Comment on Hawking’s life at Oxford.

In 1959, at the age of seventeen, Hawking went to Oxford to study natural science and to specialize in physics. He was not inspired to relieve his boredom by exerting himself academically. But halfway through his second year, he began enjoying Oxford.

Qu)-What opinion did Hawking’s  peers at Oxford have about him?

He was popular and well-accepted among his peers. He was  lively, buoyant, and adaptable. He wore his hair long, was famous for his wit, liked classical music and science fiction, and took part in sports

Qu)-Cite an example to prove that Stephen Hawking was sharp-witted. Did his wit help him in any way?

Stephen Hawking selected theoretical physics as his specialty. He had then applied to do a Ph.D. at Cambridge and was accepted on condition that he got a ‘First’ from Oxford. Hawking was confident that he could get through successfully. But as the examination day approached, his confidence failed. Hawking ended up disastrously on the borderline between a first and a second. Faced with a borderline result, the examiners summoned Hawking for an interview and questioned him about his plans.  In spite of the tenseness of the situation, Hawking managed to come up with the kind of remark for which he was famous among his friends. ‘If I get a first, I shall go to Cambridge. If I receive a second, I will remain at Oxford. So I expect that you will give me a first.’ He got his ‘First’ and he went to Cambridge

Qu)-Stephen’s first year at Cambridge was worse than that at Oxford. Why ?

His first year at Cambridge was worse than that at Oxford. His slipshod mathematical background caught up with him, and he found general relativity extremely tough

Today's Assignment 18-12-2020

Qu)- How did tragedy strike Hawking shortly after his twenty first birthday?

Shortly after his twenty-first birthday in 1963, Hawking contracted a rare disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, for which there was no known cure. It caused a gradual disintegration of the nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain.

Notes and Assignment  For 19-12-2020 Class 

  Word Meaning 

Dishevelled  - untidy = അലങ്കോലമായ

Arrogant = Proud 

Brashness - boldness =ധിക്കാരമുള്ള

Eccentric = Strange or Unusual = സാമാന്യവിരുദ്ധമായ

ingrained = Deep rooted ചിരകാലികമായ

Speech impediment = Physical problem that makes it difficult to speak   

Cosmology = പ്രപഞ്ചഘടനാശാസ്‌ത്രം

Qu)- What drastic change came over Hawking after the diagnosis of the disease?

 At first, he went into a deep depression. He did not know what he ought to do, or what his future would be like. But shortly after he came out of hospital, he dreamt that I was going to be executed. He suddenly realized that there were a lot of worthwhile things to do, if I were reprieved.

Qu)-What trait of Hawking's character do you note here?

Here we note Another recurring dream was the idea of sacrificing his life to save others. 

Qu)-What was Jane’s impression of Hawking?

As for her, this dishevelled graduate student seemed terribly intelligent, eccentric and rather arrogant. But he was interesting and she liked his wit.

Qu)- Write a note on the character of Jane.

Jane Wilde was  a shy teenager, serious-minded, with a strong faith in God ingrained from childhood by her mother, and a belief that good can come out of any adversity.

Qu)-How did Jane’s optimism influence Hawking?

Hawking admired Jane's optimism and he applied for a research fellowship at Caius, one of the colleges in Cambridge University. 

Today's Assignment 19-12-2020 (Text Book Page No:-28 -Let's Practice ) 

Qu)-Choose the correct cohesive devices from the box given to complete the sentences. Each one is to be used only  once.

1)-moreover 2)- firstly 3)-on the other hand 4)- whereas 5)-at last 6)- then 7)-however 8)-actually 9)-besides 10)-though

1. I had a terrible day at work and lost my umbrella too. at last I spoke to that nice guy who works in the coffee shop. 

2. Television turns people into lazy couch potatoes. on the other hand , there are some educational programmes on. 

3. Firstly , I would like to welcome you all to the conference today.

4. Though the film was a little boring, we still had a nice evening out.

5. I've always known Caroline as a miser. however , she lent me  1000 yesterday without my having to ask twice!

6. I got up at 9 o'clock yesterday and had a cold shower. then, I had breakfast and left for work. 

7. My brother works in a large office whereas I work on my own at home. 

8. Why do you think I don't want to go out tonight? actually, I would be delighted to get out of the house.

9. You should participate in the school youth festival as it gives you a chance to meet many people. moreover, it gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents.

10. I don't want to go to the football game. Football bores me and I don't want to pay 40 for a ticket. besides, look at the weather! All that rain!