Standing Up for Yourself
Answers for all the questions from the lesson ‘Standing Up for Yourself’ included in the CHSE +2 book ‘Invitation to English – 1’.
Think it out – 1
1. Is the narrator a child or an adult narrating his childhood experiences?
Answer – The writer is an adult while he narrates his childhood experiences.
2. Does the narrator have happy experiences in his childhood?
Answer – The narrator did not have a happy childhood. After his parents divorced, he was left to fend for himself. He lived virtually in the streets, and his education was in tatters.
3. What was his relationship with his father?
Answer – He had no contact with his father after his parents were divorced. His father working in far-off Kazakhstan never wrote him a letter.
4. How did his mother spend her time?
Answer – The narrator’s mother, who used to be a geologist, resigned from her job. She became a singer giving concerts for soldiers.
5. What does ‘My education was left to the street’ mean here?
Answer – The statement, “My education was left to the streets’ implies that he had no access to a decent education. Instead, he spent his time in the streets exposed to the coarseness and criminality of street kids.
In my opinion the best lesson the street taught him was to overcome his fear of those mightier than him.
Think it out – 2
1. What made Red look older than he really was?
Answer – Scars from daily fights and constant battle with the odds of streets had robbed him of his childlike innocent look. He had big and broad shoulders which made him look so much older than his age of 16.
2. How did he roam in the streets?
Answer – He had two or three younger accomplices who acted as his aides in his criminal assaults on innocent passers-by. They hung around Red and helped him in looting the victims.
3. How did he dress himself?
Answer – Red wore a cap that was swept backwards. His hair in the front fell out of the cap.
4. Did he intentionally dress and walk in the manner described?
Answer – Perhaps, he purposely dressed and walked so menacingly, so that he could instill fear in others.
5. Why did his lieutenants dress and walk in the manner described?
Answer – The lieutenants were his comrades who formed the gang. In order to show their solidarity with Red, they too wore their caps in similar manner.
6. What pet animal comes to your mind when you read the expression ‘tripped at his heels’?
Answer – A dog is the pet that follows its master as loyally as the lieutenants followed Red.
7. What was his way of forcing money out of other boys?
Answer – Red used to accost a pedestrian, utter the word ‘money’. His lieutenants then subdued the victim by force and empty his pocket of any cash.
8. How did he rule the street?
Answer – He resorted to intimidation and force to counter anyone who came in his way. If necessary, he would use his knuckle-duster to do bodily harm to the stranger.
9. Was the narrator afraid of Red? Quote the sentence from the text in support of your answer.
Answer – Yes, initially he was. He said, “Everyone was afraid of Red. So was I.” Later, he overcame his fear through determination.
Think it out – 3
1. What was the first thing the narrator did to overcome his fear of Red?
Answer – In order to overcome his fear of Red, the narrator wrote a poem about him.
2. How did the people in the street respond to the poem?
Answer – The people in the street were thrilled by the poem’s sarcasm.
3. Explain the expression ‘triumphant hatred’.
Answer – By triumphant hatred, it means that the poem had the desired effect of irking Red, the bully everyone disliked. They rejoiced at the annoyance of Red.
4. How did Red sneer at the narrator?
Answer – Red sneered at the narrator saying that he writes the verses & asked if they rhyme.
5. What was the result of his first encounter with Red?
Answer – In his first encounter with Red, the narrator got badly injured as he was struck on his head by Red’s knuckle duster.
6. ‘This was my first remuneration as a poet.’ – was the narrator happy with his reward as a poet?
Answer – No, the narrator says this cynically.
7. What was a more difficult situation for the narrator : to be injured by Red or to overcome his fear of Red when he saw Red after his injury?
Answer – For the narrator, overcoming the fear of Red was more difficult.
8. What was the result of his second encounter with Red?
Answer – In the second encounter, the narrator didn’t even dare to go in front of Red & felt too ashamed because of this.
Think it out – 4
1. How did the narrator train himself to grow stronger?
Answer – In order to be stronger, the narrator trained with parallel bars and weight that made his muscles stronger. He also practiced a Japanese method of wrestling called ju-jitsu from a book. This technique enabled a person to effectively take on another much stronger foe.
2. How did he get a textbook on ju-jitsu?
Answer – The narrator got a textbook on ju-jitsu by forsaking a week’s ration entitlement towards the cost.
3. How long did he train himself before the final encounter with Red?
Answer – Before his final encounter with Red, the narrator trained for three weeks. He practiced the new method with two boys.
4. Where did the final encounter take place? What was Red doing then?
Answer – The final encounter took place in the community yard where the narrator lived. Red was engrossed in playing vingt-et-un with his friends by sitting on the lawn.
5. How did the narrator attack Red?
Answer – The narrator had decided to confront Red frontally. The narrator went up to Red & defiantly kicked and scattered the cards he was playing with.
6. How did Red react to the narrator’s attack?
Answer – Red was surprised by the audacity and belligerence of the narrator. He sprang to his feet to counter the narrator.
7. How did Red suffer at the hands of the narrator?
Answer – The narrator lunged forward and gave Red a hard blow which left him seething in pain.
8. How did Red suffer at the hands of the narrator?
Answer – Clearly, Red found the narrator too skilled and strong to counter. He had to drop his knuckle-duster when the narrator squeezed his wrist.
9. What lesson did the narrator learn during his encounter with a bully like Red?
Answer – During his last encounter with Red, the narrator learned that he need not fear a person way too stronger than him. The stronger adversary can be neutralized by suitable fighting skill.
10. What career did the narrator prepare himself for?
Answer – The narrator prepared himself to be a poet.
11. Which of these do you think is true: courage means not having fear at all or courage means conquering fear? Justify your choice.
Answer – True: Courage means conquering fear. Timidity before a stronger foe only emboldens him. So, the right approach is to take him head on.
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Summary: Standing up for yourself
Yevtushenko was left to himself having had his parents divorced before he turned eight. His father had remarried whereas his mother had moved from being a geologist to singing professionally. It was a matter of time before he was exposed to the harsh world outside and had to learn the craft of self-defense to survive. The author gives an account of his encounter with a guy named Red, a local thug of the Moscow neighborhood. Red, with a couple or more assists at all times, used to extort money from the boys around his age rather frequently. The author, though afraid of Red like everybody else, decided to make Red look a little less intermediating through his poem. The aftermath was rather tragic as the author had to be bedridden owing to the injuries he sustained in a fierce knuckle duster blow to his head. His dogged determination, however, made him go from strength to strength, and coupled with his guile, he was all but ready to end the dominance of Red. He got a book on ju-jitsu, learned the trick comprehensively, practiced it for three weeks with two of his pals, and then went on to face Red for the second time. As the gang was busy playing vingt-et-un, a card-based game, the author intervened and invited Red for a face-off. Unlike last time, the author delivered a painful jab before Red could get his hands on the knuckle duster which caught him completely off guard. Red’s panicked counterattacks were all in vain as the author got hold of his wrist and skillfully rid him of his trusty knuckle duster. The fight was soon over and the author was victorious. The author turned a hero who not only knew how to write poems but also to fight for it should the time come.
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The missing lessons, mostly the poetries, will be posted very soon. That aside, you can find answers for all your 2nd year lessons as well.
Why did narrator mother leave her job
His mother, left her job as a geologist and became a singer to entertain soldiers. Perhaps, she earned more from her second job. Her husband had left her, and she needed money to sustain herself.
What was the education condition of author while living in Moscow?
The author was essentially abandoned by his parents at a very tender age. He was leading a solitary life without anybody to look after him. His formative mind was exposed to the harsh world outside and whatever he learned, he learned it out of experience. Such vulnerability had left its imprint that would go on to affect his way of living in the future. It’s safe to assume that his academics were badly affected.
Pleas give me important short question and answer
Cover all the questions included in the three ‘Think it out’ question sets. That’d suffice.
How did Red dress himself ?
Red wore a cap that was swept backwards. His hair in the front fell out of the cap.
How was Red punished ?
The dogged narrator had armed himself to the teeth with weeks of strength training and practice at home. The final standoff began with a overconfident Red teasing the narrator over his perceived weakness. What ensued was utter dominance from the narrator. In the flash of an eye, he rendered Red weaponless and delivered his knockout blow that he learned through ju-jitsu. Red was punished brutally as he deserved to be.
What lesson do you learn from ‘standing up for yourself ’?
The prose teaches us few important aspects of human life. It shows, through a real life example, that any fear can be overcome through willpower. It shows the shift of power and influence over a very short period of time. It also indicates that everything in this world is temporary and subject to change at any given time. All of these teach us the value of positivity and optimistic approach.
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Who was the ruler of the street? What does the author say about his appearance and character?
A rough and tough guy named Red was the ruler of the street. He was a bully who resorted to petty crimes to earn his living. He had a few street urchins to give him company in his evil deeds. The author despised Red and his ways.