CBSE 8th English- Honeydew

The Tsunami

Comprehension Check (Page 27)

Say whether the following are true or false.


  1. Ignesious lost his wife, two children, his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law in the tsunami.
  2. Sanjeev made it to safety after the tsunami.
  3. Meghna was saved by a relief helicopter.
  4. Almas’s father realised that a tsunami was going to hit the island.
  5. Her mother and aunts were washed away with the tree that they were holding on to.


  1. True
  2. False
  3. False
  4. True
  5. True

Comprehension Check (Page 28)

Answer the following in a phrase or sentence.


  1. Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand?
  2. What were the warning signs that both Tilly and her mother saw?
  3. Do you think Tilly’s mother was alarmed by them?
  4. Where had Tilly seen the sea behaving in the same strange fashion?
  5. Where did the Smith family and the others on the beach go to escape; from the tsunami?
  6. How do you think her geography teacher felt when he heard about what Tilly had done in Phuket?


  1. Tilly’s family had come to Thailand to celebrate Christmas.
  2. Both saw the sea rise and it started to foam and form whirlpools.
  3. No, Tilly’s mother was not alarmed by them.
  4. Tilly had seen the strange sea behaviour in a video.
  5. They went to the third floor of the hotel and were saved.
  6. She felt very pleased and satisfied.

Comprehension Check (Page 30)

Answer using a phrase or a sentence.


  1. In the Tsunami 150,000 people died. How many animals died?
  2. How many people and animals died in Yala National Park?
  3. What do people say about the elephants of Yala National Park?
  4. What did the dogs in Galle do?


  1. Very few animals died.
  2. Sixty visitors and two animals.
  3. People say that the elephants ran from the beach an hour before the Tsunami hit the coast.
  4. The dogs in Galle refused to go to the beach for their daily exercise.


Working With the Text (Page 30)

Discuss the following questions in class. Then write your own answers.

Question 1:When he felt the earthquake, do you think Ignesious immediately worried about a Tsunami? Give reasons for your answer. Which sentence in the text tells you that the Ignesious family did not have any time to discuss and plan their course of action after the tsunami struck?Answer:No, Ignesious did not think about the tsunami. He thought that it was just an earthquake. So he took the television off the table and put it on the ground. His family did not have time to discuss and plan their course of action. The following sentence tells about the chaos and confusion. “…two of his children caught hold of the hands of their mother’s father and mother’s brother, and rushed in the opposite direction.”


Question 2:Which words in the list below describe Sanjeev, in your opinion?ncert-solutions-for-class-8-english-honeydew-the-tsunami-1Answer:brave, heroic, selfless

Use words from the list to complete the three sentences below.

  1. I don’t know if Sanjeev was cheerful, ………………. or……………….
  2. I think that he was very brave, ……………….. and……………….
  3. Sanjeev was not heartless, ……………….. or……………….


  1. ambitious or brash.
  2. heroic and selfless.
  3. careless or humorous.


Question 3:How are Meghna and Almas’s stories similar?Answer:Meghna and Almas—both were lucky. Meghna was carried away with her parents and other people. But she alone survived. She was washed ashore by a wave. Almas climbed on to a log of wood. When she opened her eyes, she found herself in a hospital in Kamorta.


Question 4:What are the different ways in which Tilly’s parents could have reacted to her behaviour? What would you have done if you were in their place?Answer:Tilly foresaw the danger of tsunami at once. She became hysterial. Her parents didn’t ignore her. They were sure that something wrong must be going to happen. So they all left the beach and were saved. If I were in place of Tilly parents, I might not have believed her. I might have scolded her for making a nonsense situation.


Question 5:If Tilly’s award was to be shared, who do you think she should share it with— her parents or her geography teacher?Answer:It is very obvious. Tilly’s award should be shared with her geography teacher. Her parents could not guess the tsunami was coming.


Question 6:What are the two different ideas about why so few animals were killed in the tsunami? Which idea do you find more believable?Answer:Very few animals were killed in the tsunami. Perhaps they feel the tremor much before humans do. Secondly, the animals have sixth sense. They can guess the coming disaster and so run away to safer places/higher ground. The idea that the animals are gifted with the sixth sense is more believable. They move fast to get over the crisis.


Working with Language (Page 31)

Question 1:Go through Part-I carefully, and make a list of as many words as you can find that indicate movement of different kinds. (There is one word that occurs repeatedly-count how many times!). Put them into three movement slow movement neither slow nor fast Can you explain why there are many words in one column and not in the others?Answer:ncert-solutions-for-class-8-english-honeydew-the-tsunami-2There are more words in column A. These are related to fast movements of escape from the tsunami. It was natural for men and animals to make fast movements in such situation. The waves also overtook some people very fast and washed them away.

Question 2:Fill in the blanks in the sentences below (the verbs given in brackets will give you a clue).

  1. The earth trembled, but not many people felt the………………………… (tremble)
  2. When the zoo was flooded, there was a lot of……………………. and many animals es­caped into the countryside, (confuse)
  3. We heard with………………. that the lion had been recaptured, (relieve)
  4. The zookeeper was stuck in a tree and his ……………………… was filmed by the TV crew, (rescue)
  5. There was much……………….. in the village when the snake charmer came visit­ing. (excite)


  1. termbling/termors
  2. confusion
  3. relief
  4. rescue
  5. excitement.

Question 3:Study the sentences in the columns A and B.ncert-solutions-for-class-8-english-honeydew-the-tsunami-3Compare the sentences in A to the ones in B. Who is the ‘doer’ of the action in every case? Is the ‘doer’ mentioned in A, or in B?Notice the verbs in A: ‘was swept away’, ‘was hit’, ‘were washed away’, ‘were found’. They are in the passive form. The sentences are in the Passive Voice. In these sentences, the focus is not on the person who does the action.In B, the ‘doer’ of the action is named. The verbs are in the active form. The sentences are in the Active Voice.

Say whether the following sentences are in the Active or the Passive voice. Write A or P after each sentence as shown in the first sentence.

(i) Someone stole my bicycle.  A(ii) The tyres were deflated by the traffic police. ____________(iii) I found it last night in a ditch near my house. _____________(iv) It had been thrown there. ________(v) My father gave it to the mechanic. __________(vi) The mechanic repaired it for me. ___________


(ii) P(iii) A(iv) P(v) A(vi) A

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