Dog Named Duke

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Chapter- 2 Fiction -2  English Communicative Literature Reader

­­­­ A Dog Named Duke

ByWilliam D. Ellis

About the Author                                               

William D. Ellis – A Short Biography

William D. Ellis, the author of A Dog Named Duke was born in Concord, Massachusetts and began writing at the age of 12. Ellis’s study of the history of Ohio provided him material that he used as a foundation for a trilogy of novels—Bounty Lands, Jonathan Blair: Bounty Lands Lawyer, and the Brooks Legend. Each of his novels appeared on best seller lists. He was eventually nominated for Pulitzer Prize. The most important recurring theme in his works is the triumph of survival.

Introduction of the lesson- A Dog Named Duke

 “A Dog Named Duke” is the story of a wonder-dog named Duke who proved to be instrumental in the recovery of his paralysed master. His intelligence and the eagerness to serve lifted his master Hooper’s spirits and rekindled his lost hope of being able to lead a normal and independent life. The dog’s constancy of effort and the master’s determination bear fruit in due course of time and Hooper is back on his feet, resumes his work and gets rewarded for his efforts. But his saviour, Duke, the dog, dies in a road accident. The story shows how love cart transcend boundaries of species and language and work miracles and that the dog is more than a faithful animal – a companion, a friend and a saviour.

Theme / Central Idea of the Lesson. Analysis of A Dog Named Duke  

The theme of the story is that ‘when all is lost future still remains’. all odds, all challenges, all tragedies and all handicaps of life can be overcome with strong determination, persistent hard work, insurmountable patience and unshakeable tenacity and a little help from loved ones. They can help one change one’s destiny. Another theme that the story is built around is the sublime relationship between Man and the beast, as exemplified by Chuck Hooper and his dog Duke. The mute animal ends up performing a miracle that human science could not. With sheer dogged determination, Duke helps his master get back on his feet after an accident that had left the master’s left side completely paralysed.

Significance of the Title – A Dog Named Duke (Value Based)

Justify the title of A Dog Named Duke

The author has deliberately chosen the title “A Dog Named Duke” to focus on the supreme sacrifice that Duke, an intelligent, affectionate, faithful and responsible dog, makes to rehabilitate his paralysed master. Chuck Hooper got a second lease of life thanks only to his dog, a Doberman Pinscher, whom his wife had ignored and loathed initially. The entire story revolves round the role Duke plays in his master’s life, especially his recovery and rehabilitation. So the title pays a tribute to this sacrifice and is, therefore, quite appropriate.

Important Word-Meanings of difficult words  from the lesson- A Dog Named Duke

  • Critical : at a point of danger or crisis. • Slamming : to shut forcefully. • Confinement : a state when one is forced to stay in a closed space or a restricted area. • Quivering : to shake or vibrate slightly. • Slacked : became dull and inactive. • Rangy : tall and slim with long limbs. • Stalked : walked in a stiff or angry way. • Nudged : touched to attract. attention. • Reproachful : an expression of disappointment. • Yap : to give a sharp, high-pitched bark. • Bash : a band for tying dogs. • Shimmied : moved quickly and smoothly. • Taut : tight. • Jurisdiction : the area over which the legal authority of an institution extends. • Instinctively : do something by impulse •Genuine – having desired qualities; •Autumn – the season between summer and winter; •Twilight – the faint light at the sunset; •Subdural haemorrhage – bleeding of the brain; •Didn’t make much headway – didn’t make much improvement; •Hit a new low – became worse than before; •Quivering – trembling; •Reproachful – blaming; •Anticipation –hopes; •Swayed – move from one side to the other; •Gaped – surprised with mouth open; •Endurance – stamina; •Rampageous – violent and wild

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Moral/ Message of the lesson – A Dog Named Duke

The story conveys the message that coping with the challenges of life and accepting them as they come can give one an inner strength to find solutions to the most complex problems of life. Focussing on the solution rather than on the problem helps one wriggle out of the toughest and roughest of times. The story also gives the message that the relationship between man and beast can be sublime.

Point wise Summary of the lesson – A Dog Named Duke / Brief note on the Lesson

  • Dog Named Duke by William D. Ellis is a story based on the relationship of a dog and his master. The omnipresent narrator describes how Duke, a pincher Doberman, was loved by his master and in return offered his loyalty to Chuck.
  • It is said that a dog can learn as many as up to 100 words of a human language. Though he cannot speak, he understands them.
  • It’s a beautiful narrative which shows the understanding Chuck and Duke shared and how they felt responsible for each other.
  • Duke, the dog proved to be a loyal pet when the testing time came. Later when Duke met with an accident, Chuck was as worried as he would have been for his own child.
  • The struggle that the dog went through for his master is appreciable. What the doctors and physiotherapists could not do was done by the dog.
  • Marcy, Chuck’s wife, who was so reluctant on having a Doberman at home, was the one to take him to the hospital with much care.
  • The rare friendship between Chuck and Duke is beautifully narrated.
  • Chuck Hooper, a competitive young man, was a hard-charging zone sales manager for a chemical company.
  • One autumn night, he was pulled out of a car and was taken to a hospital with a subdural haemorrhage in motor section of the brain, completely paralysing his left side.
  • After months of sharing lonely thoughts with himself at home, Hooper and his wife Marcy decided to bring their dog, Duke, a pincher Doberman, back from kennel.
  • When the dog was brought back, he was a 23-kilo missile of joy. He hit his master in happiness so hard t Chuck almost lost his balance.
  • Duke was no ordinary dog. He sensed the criticality of Chuck’s situation instantly. Day and night the dog the master stared at each other giving way to boredom.
  • Finally, Duke couldn’t take it. He poked his pointed nose under Hooper elbow and lifted. He did not listen Chuck and poked his master-arm at equal intervals.
  • It happened so that one evening Chuck good hand idly hooked the leash onto Duke collar to hold him still. whole incident was like a lightening; Duke pranced and pulled Chuck to his feet.
  • With much effort he took a few steps and then collapsed on his wheel chair. The Dog then knew what
  • He started early next day. By two weeks they reached the front porch. By April the dog was pulling his by the least on the side-walk in the neighbourhood.
  • Everybody saw the pattern of progress. The next year in January. Hooper made his big move by walking 200 meters without Duke to the local branch office of his company.
  • The staff of the district office was amazed by Hooper visit. He told the manager that he will be making to the office one hour every day. It presented problems back in the company.
  • When a man fights that hard for a comeback, who wants to tell him that he cannot handle his old job.
  • However, Chuck already had his next objective set: March 1, a full day work. Hooper hit the target and then he no more took the physiotherapy suggested by his doctor and completely turned to Duke for his workouts.
  • Sometimes after dark, Chuck would trip and fall. Duke would stand still as a post while his master struggled to get up.
  • It was as though the dog knew that his job was to get Chuck back on his feet. Then on he worked full days for thirteen months and was promoted to regional manager and he, with Marcy and Duke, moved to a new house.
  • The fate then unleashed another mischief. It was October, while a party was going on, Duke was hit by a vehicle. They rushed the dog to the hospital. Duke was drugged and he made it until 11o’clock the next morning.
  • His injuries were too severe. Now Chuck walked alone to the office.
  • It was only a few weeks ago, worded as a special tribute to Duke, and order came through from Hooper company.
  • Therefore, to advance our objectives step by step, Charles Hooper is appointed Assistant National Sales Manager.

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Short and Simple Summary of the lesson in English– A Dog Named Duke / Summary in simple Words/ Critical appreciation of the lesson – A Dog Named Duke

“A Dog Named Duke” by William D. Ellis is a touching story of a very sensible and a huge a pincher Doberman dog, named Duke. He was not only a dog but also proved himself to be a physiotherapist for his master Charles Hooper, popularly known as Chuck Hooper. He was an athletic personality who had a well built body also he was the Zonal Sales Manager for a chemical company.  Everything was going well but the good time did not remain for long. One evening he was returning back from his office unfortunately he met with an accident and he had to be admitted to the hospital, due to a haemorrhage in the motor section of his brain, completely paralysing his left side. Hooper remained critical for a month. Exercises, baths, wheeled walker, nothing worked. He was discharged from the hospital. He returns to an empty home which further heightens his depression and loneliness, because Marcy had to go for work to keep the wheels rolling. He had a very lively, rambunctious pet of 23 kilos it was a Doberman named Duke. No one ever thought that he would ever be able to walk again or return to normal life. No one, that is, except his pet, Duke. Perhaps the dog sensed his master’s need and from that moment, he never left Hooper’s side. But Hooper remained grim and didn’t reciprocate at all. One fine day, Duke appeared to be in no mood to tolerate his master’s indifference. He nudged, needled, poked and snorted. By chance, Chuck’s right hand hooked onto Duke’s collar to hold him still, Duke pranced, Chuck asked Marcy to make him stand, and in a few seconds as he straightened his left foot to drag forward, he had taken a step.  Chuck was exhausted but a beginning was made. Next day, Duke walked to the end of the leash and tugged. Chuck managed to take four steps. All the time, Chuck is shadowed and guided by his loyal companion, Duke. They become a familiar sight in the neighbourhood. In two weeks, both of them managed to reach the front porch and by next month, they were along the sidewalk. Seeing this progress, the doctor prescribed a course of physiotherapy with weights, pulleys and whirlpool baths. Soon Hooper began walking with Duke, without pausing and relaxing at each step. Duke and Charles began to go for longer walks daily, setting specific targets for themselves. Finally, Charles had recovered enough to go back to work. On January 4, Hooper managed to walk to his district office without Duke. But Hooper was not mentally fit to undertake a full day’s work so he decided to work only for an hour.  Very Soon, March 1 he started  a full day’s work. There was no time for physiotherapy sessions so Chuck again took Duke’s help who pulled him along the street faster and faster.  Then on, he worked full days for thirteen months and was promoted as regional manager and he, with Marcy and Duke, moved to a new locality and in the new area people used to see them like a working machine. The partnership however comes to an abrupt end. The fate then unleashed another mischief. It was October 12, 1957, while talks were going on inside the new house, Duke was hit by a vehicle. It was Marcy who carried him to the car and drove him to the vet. Marcy had realized that Duke was more than a dog. Duke was rushed to the hospital but his injuries were too severe to survive. In spite of everyone’s efforts he could live until 11 o’ clock the next morning. People who had seen Chuck and Duke walk together sympathised with Chuck, who walked alone now. A few weeks later, the chemical company promoted Charles Hooper to the post of Assistant National Sales Manager. They call it a big tribute to late Duke because well being of Hooper was the result of Duke’s efforts. The promotion to Hooper was ultimately a gift to late Duke.

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MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS

 Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.
1. “Secretly, Marcy cried as she watched the big man’s grin fade away. Severe face lines set in like cement as Chuck stared at the ceiling for hours, then out of the window, then at Duke.”
(a) Marcy cried secretly because :
(i) She didn’t want Chuck to be upset        (ii) It was her personal grief
(iii) She was upset at the turn of events        (iv) She didn’t want to exhibit her feelings
(b) Identify the figure of speech from the above lines :

(i) Metaphor                 (ii) Simile
(iii) Personification                 (iv) Imagery
(c) The big grin was replaced by severe lines because :

(i) Boredom had set in            (ii) He was going into depression
(iii) There was no improvement in his condition    (iv) He started losing hope
Ans.
 (a) (i) (b) (iv) (c) (iv)

  1. But Duke wouldn’t. He’d lie down with a reproachful eye on Hooper.”

(a) Duke wouldn’t what :
(i) Stop barking                 (ii) Stop jumping
(iii) Obey Hooper                 (iv) Eat his food
(b) Duke is angry with Hooper because Hooper :

(i) wouldn’t play with him            (ii) wouldn’t take him out for a walk
(iii) didn’t serve him with interesting food        (iv) would just stare at the wall
(c) Hooper has earned Duke’s reproach because he is :

(i) Not interested in playing            (ii) Bedridden
(iii) Bored with Duke’s game            (iv) His wife doesn’t like it
Ans. (a)
 (i) (b) (ii) (c) (ii)

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 ‘‘In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man.A big genuine grin civilized his highly competitive nature.” 

  1. (a) By stating that ‘Hooper was a favoured young man’, the author means that :
    (i) Hooper was a successful person        (ii) he was the favourite of all
    (iii) he was the answer to all problems        (iv) he could rise higher
    (b) By the word civilised, the author wants :

    (i) to say that before that Hooper was uncivilized        (ii) to say that he had no sense
    (iii) to create humour by suggesting his earlier roughness    (iv) to laugh at Hooper

(c) Hooper had been working as a / an :
(i) sales manager                (ii) area sales manager
(iii) zone sales manager            (iv) assistant sales manager
Ans. (a)
 (i) (b) (iii) (c) (iii)

 4. “The pair set daily goals; Monday, the sixth fence post, Tuesday, the seventh fence post, Wednesday___.”

(a) The pair in the above line refers to :
(i) Doctor & Hooper                 (ii) Marcy & Hooper
(iii) Duke & Hooper                 (iv) Marcy & Duke
(b) Their daily goal was to :
(i) cross the road                 (ii) cover more and more distance
(iii) carry each post everyday            (iv) fence one post everyday
(c) The pair needed to set daily goals as :
(i) Chuck had realised that he could be normal    (ii) they had been given a deadline
(iii) they were in competition            (iv) they were lagging behind
Ans. (a) (iii) (b) (ii) (c) (i)

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Extract Based Questions and Answers of A Dog Named Duke

Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.

  1. “About six weeks after the accident, the hospital put him in a wheelchair.”

 (a) Who does ‘him’ refer to?

Answer. ‘Him’ refers to Chuck Hooper who has been admitted in the hospital after he met with  an accident.

(b) How had ‘he’ met with an accident ?

Answer. One day when Hooper was driving home from office, a car came without warning and collided head on with his car.

( c) How did the accident affect Hooper?

Answer. Hooper had a subdural haemorrhage in the motor section of his brain which completely paralyzed his left  side.

  1. ‘Finally they decided to bring Duke home.’

(a) Who is ‘Duke’?

Answer. Duke is their pet dog who had been sent to a kennel after Hooper met with an accident.

(b) Where had Duke been sent?

Answer. Duke had been sent to a kennel after Hooper met with an accident.

(c) Why was Duke being brought home? Or

Why did they decide to bring Duke home?

Answer. Duke was being brought home to give company to Hooper who was bedridden and was all alone at home after his wife left for work.

(d) Whom does “they” refer to?

In the given extract “they” refers to Hooper and his wife.

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 “On January 4, Hooper made a big move.”

(a) Who was Hooper?

Answer. Hooper was working as a Zonal Sales Manager in a chemical company.

(b) What was the ‘big move’ he made?

Answer. Alter he met with an accident, Hooper’s ‘big move’ was his first attempt to have walked 200 meters without the assistance of his dog.

 (c) Who had been instrumental in helping Hooper to make this ‘big move’?

Answer. It was his dog ‘Duke’ who awakened Hooper’s will. which was lying dormant in his mind, to fight back and emerge victorious.

  1. Several people jumped to lift the dog. “No please,” she said.

(a) Why did the people want to lift the dog?

Answer. The dog had met with an accident. It was severely injured and had to be taken to the hospital.

(b) Why did Marcy say “No please”?

Answer. She said so because Marcy had a deep feeling of gratitude for the dog and she herself wanted to do every possible thing for it.

(c) What had happened to the dog?

Answer. The dog had been hit by a vehicle in front of their bionic and was severely injured.

 5. In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man. A big genuine grin civilized his highly competitive nature. Standing six-foot-one, he’d played on the university football team. He was already a hard-charging zone sales manager for a chemical company. Everything was going for him.

(a) With reference to Hooper, the author says, “Everything was going for him.” What does it imply?

Answer. It implies that Hooper had everything that a man aspires for.

(b) What was Hooper’s occupation and what made him well suited for the job?

Answer. Hooper was a hard-charging zone sales manager for a chemical company. He was well suited because of his pleasant personality and competitive nature.

(c) In your own words can you define what hard-charging means?

Answer. Hard-charging means ambitious or working or performing with a lot of energy and skill

 6. “Hooper was taken to the hospital with a subdural haemorrhage.”

(a) How did Hooper get hurt?

Answer. Hooper got hurt in a car accident.

(b) What does subdural haemorrhage mean?

Answer. The medical term subdural haemorrhage means bleeding in the brain.

(c) For how long did Hooper have to stay in the hospital?

Answer. Hooper stayed in the hospital for many months.

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  1. “But Chuck did not make much headway.”

(a) What was wrong with Chuck?

Answer. Chuck was paralyzed after an accident.

(b) What does “did not make much headway” mean?

Answer. It means that Chuck did not show any signs of recovering.

(c) How did Chuck regain his enthusiasm for life?

Answer. He regained his enthusiasm for life because of his dog, Duke

 8. Those who saw it said the dog knew instantly. He never jumped on Chuck again from that moment; he took up a post beside his master’s bed around the clock.

 (a) Why did Duke never jump on Chuck again? Or

Duke never jumped on Chuck again because

Answer. Duke realised that Chuck was not well and could not balance himself.

(b) Explain the phrase ‘around the clock’.

Answer. The phrase around the clock means all day and all night.

(c) What does ‘it’ stand for?

Answer. ‘It’ stands for the incident when Duke jumped on Hooper after coming home.

(d) What do you mean by ‘instant’? What did the dog know instantly?

Answer. ‘Instant’ means happen immediately. The dog knew that its master had been badly injured in the accident.

(e) Which characteristics of the dog are highlighted in the above line? Or

What does the extract reveal about the dog’s character?

Answer. The characteristics which have been highlighted in the above line is that Duke was a very intelligent and sensitive dog.

(f) Why did Duke take to sitting beside his master’s bed around the clock?

Answer. The dog must have realized that his master was too unwell to move and needed his company. This was the dog’s way of empathizing with his master.

 9. ‘Go run around the house Duke.’ But Duke wouldn’t. He’d lie down with a reproachful eye.”

(a) Why was Duke unhappy with Hooper?

Answer. Duke was unhappy with Hooper as Hooper was not showing any interest in getting well.

(b) What do these lines tell us about Duke?

Answer. These lines tell us that Duke did not wish to leave his master alone. He was determined to Duke pulled the leash as he was helping Chuck to walk. make his master get up.

(c) What does the phrase ‘reproachful eye’ mean?

Answer. The phrase ‘Reproachful eye’ means that Duke was looking at Hooper disapprovingly.

  1. Duke felt the sudden slack in the leash and pulled it taut. Chuck swayed forward again, broke the fall with his good right leg, then straightened.

 (a) Why did Duke pull his leash?

Answer. Duke pulled the leash as he was helping Chuck to walk .

(b)What does the word “taut” mean?

Answer. Taut means very tight.

(c)What was the result of Duke’s help?

Answer. The result of Duke’s help was that Hooper regained his confidence and started to walk.

(d)The extract shows the dog trying to

Answer. Help his master to be on his feet again and walk.

(e)There was a ‘slack in the leash’ around Duke as

Answer. Chuck had moved forward and caught up with the Dog.

(f)The expression ‘pulled it taut’ means that

Answer. Duke would move forward thus tightening the leash which meant Chuck was supposed to move forward to catch up with him at his own time and pace.

11.  “By mid-April, neighbours saw a daily struggle in front of Marcy’s house.”

(a) What is the “daily struggle” being referred to ?

Answer. Here the “daily struggle” refers to Hooper getting out of the house to practice his walk.

(b) Who were the ones who struggled?

Answer. Duke and Hooper were the ones who struggled.

(c) What had happened to Hooper?

Answer. Hooper had become paralyzed after an accident.

(d) Duke would stand and wait in order to

Answer. Allow Chuck to catch up with him.

(e) A character trait of the dog as revealed in this extract is

Answer. Persistence / patience / devotion / caring / understanding.

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  1. “Gordon this isn’t just a visit. Bring me up to date…”

(a) Who is Gordon?

Answer. Gordon was Hooper’s manager at work.

(b) Who is the speaker?

Answer. The speaker of the extracted line is Hooper.

(c)What does he mean when he says “this isn’t just a visit?”

Answer. When Hooper says “this isn’t just a visit” he means he had come to work.

 

  1. Chuck hit the target, and after March 1, there was no time for the physiotherapy programme; he turned completely to Duke, who pulled him along the street faster and faster, increasing his stability and endurance. Sometimes, walking after dark, Hooper would trip and fall. Duke would stand still as a post while his master struggled to get up. It was as though the dog knew his job was to get Chuck back on his feet.

 (a) What target did Chuck hit on March 1?

Answer. The target that Chuck hit on March 1 was full day’s work at his office.

(b) What is the meaning of ‘stability and endurance’?

Answer. ‘Stability’ means the condition of being stable and ‘endurance’ means ability to bear prolonged hardship.

(c)What did Hooper do in order to increase his stability and endurance?

Answer. After starting to work for full days, Hooper had no time left for the physiotherapy programme. So, he completely turned to Duke in order to increase his stability and endurance.

(d) The author says that ‘Duke knew his job’. What was Duke’s job?

Answer. Duke’s job was to get Chuck back on his feet. Slowly and steadily, Duke was making Chuck walk faster and faster.

 (e) What did this prove about Chuck? What was the result of Hooper’s hitting the target?

Answer. It proved that he was persevering, determined, and painstaking. He was appointed regional sales manager for hitting the target.

(f) What do you mean by physiotherapy?

Answer. Physiotherapy is the treatment of injuries or disease by exercise or massage.

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  1. “They carried the big dog into the house.”

(a) Why did they have to carry the dog into the house?

Answer. They had to carry the dog into the house because he had been run over by a car.

(b) Who carried the dog in?

Answer. Marcy carried the dog inside.

(c) How does the person’s present attitude differ from earlier attitude?

Answer. Marcy did not like the dog earlier but after everything he did for Hooper she loved him now.

 15. “Marcy was not really a dog lover…it took a long time before Marcy was more than polite to the dog.”

(a) Who was Marcy?

Answer.  Marcy was Hooper’s wife.

(b) Explain “More than polite to the dog”

Answer. More than polite to the dog” means Marcy finally accepted the dog in their house.

(c) Why was Marcy wary of the dog at first?

Answer. Marcy was wary of the dog at first because it was very big and boisterous.

  1. Secretly, Marcy cried as she watched the big man’s grin face away. Several face lines set in like cement as Chuck stared at the ceiling for hours, then out of the window, then at Duke.

(a) Why did Marcy cry secretly? Or

Marcy cried secretly because

Answer. Marcy cried secretly as she didn’t want her husband to know that she is deeply distressed over his wretched condition.

(b) What do you mean by `grin face’?

Answer. ‘Grin face’ means smiling face.

(c) Why would Chuck stare at Duke?

Answer. Chuck would stare at Duke as he missed his playing and going out for walks with the dog. He was not used to see Duke sitting idle.

(d)The expression ‘severe face lines set in like cement’ refers to

Answer. Chuck’s stiff, expressionless face and empty looks.

(e) Chuck would stare at Duke probably because

Answer. He missed his playing and going out for walks with the dog. He was not used to Duke sitting idle like that.

  1. No, please, she said. And she picked up the big Duke, carried him gently to the carand drove him to the animal hospital.

(a) Who is ‘she’ in the above lines? Who did she say ‘no’ to?

Answer. She is Marcy and she said ‘no’ to the people who offered to help lift the wounded Duke.

(b) What do you mean by the phrase `picked up’?

Answer. ‘Picked up’ means lifted something.

(c)Why did she take Duke to the animal hospital? Or

What had happened to Duke?

Answer. Duke was taken to the animal hospital because he was injured in an accident.

(d) Why didn’t ‘she’ let anyone touch the dog?

Answer. She knew how precious the dog was and how he had been instrumental in her husband’s revival. So in the dog’s moment of crisis she wanted to take care of him herself out of her love and gratitude for him.

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  1. He was a 23- kilo missile of joy. He hit Chuck above the belt, causing him to fight to keep his balance.

(a) What do you mean by ‘missile’? Who was a missile of joy?

Answer. ‘Missile’ means an object thrown or launched as a weapon. Duke, the Hooper’s pet dog was a missile of joy.

(b) Why did ‘He’ hit Chuck above the belt?

Answer. Duke was very excited to see his master after four months. So, when he saw Chuck, he jumped over him.

(c) Why did Chuck fight to keep his balance?

Answer. Chuck had met with an accident and was unable to stand on his own. When Duke jumped over him, he lost his balance.

(d)Who has been called a ‘missile of joy’?

Answer. Chuck’s dog, Duke.

(e)How did he hit Chuck? Why?

Answer. Duke jumped upon Chuck in great excitement and with electrifying force to express his joy on seeing his master back home.

(f)Why did Chuck find it difficult to maintain his balance?

Answer. One, he did not expect the dog to launch himself at him so suddenly and forcefully. Two, his disability did not allow him to be steady on his feet.

 19. When two fellows stare at each other, day in, day out, and one can’t move and the other can’t talk boredom sets in.

(a) Who are the ‘two fellows’ here? Mention who can’t talk and who can’t move.

Answer. The ‘two fellows’ here are Duke the dog and Chuck the master. Duke can’t talk and Chuck can’t move.

(b) What do you mean by ‘boredom’? Who tried to break the ‘boredom’ and how?

Answer. ‘Boredom’ means the feeling of being bored. Duke tried to break the boredom by forcing Chuck to take him for a walk.

(c) How could boredom harm the fellows?

Answer. Duke would have felt restless and uneasy whereas Chuck would have become completely confined to bed because of boredom.

 20. A few weeks ago, worded as if in special tribute to Duke, an order came through from the chemical company’s headquarter.

(a) Who is Duke? What has happened to him?

Answer. Duke is Chuck Hooper’s pet dog. Duke has met with an accident and has died.

(b) What did the order say?

Answer. The order said that Chuck has been promoted as Assistant National Sales Manager.

 (c) What is the meaning of ‘tribute’? How was the order of the chemical company a tribute to Duke?

Answer. Tribute means ‘expression of gratitude or praise’. The order was so worded as if it was a tribute to Duke. Duke was responsible for this promotion as he advanced his and his master’s objectives step by step’ and succeeded in the end.

 21. Thirteen months from the moment he worked full days, Chuck Hooper was promoted to regional manager covering more than four states.

(a) What helped Chuck Hooper achieve the promotion mentioned here?

Answer. Chuck Hooper’s determination and hard work helped him to get the promotion.

(b) What did Chuck’s promotion reveal about the company’s management?

Answer. The company’s management was very fair and compassionate. It had full faith in his abilities.

(c) Who did Chuck owe his success to—himself or Duke?

Answer. Chuck owes his success to both himself and Duke. It was Duke who had forced Chuck to get out of the bed and start walking. Chuck’s determination, too, helped him to put his handicap behind.

(d) What values earned Hooper the promotion mentioned here?

Answer. His determination, constancy of purpose and efficiency.

 22. Suddenly over the babble of voices, Chuck heard the screech of brakes outside. Instinctively, he looked for Duke.

(a)The babble of voices was created by

Answer. Chuck and Marcy’s guests.

(b)The screech of brakes indicated that

Answer.  Some mishap had occurred.

(c)Chuck instinctively looked for Duke because

Answer. The dog was missing and Chuck feared that it was he who had met with an accident.

 23. One of Chuck’s district managers drove Marcy to the hospital. Her husband couldn’t talk; he could only breathe and see, and his vision was double. Marcy phoned a neighbour, asking him to put Duke in a kennel.

(a)The condition of Marcy’s husband, Chuck showed that he was

Answer. Critically ill.

(b)What or who was responsible for this condition?

Answer. Chuck was critically injured in a road accident when a car had pulled out in front of him without a warning.

(c)Why did Marcy call her neighbour to put Duke in a kennel?

Answer. Marcy asked her neighbour to put Duke in a kennel because she knew that she would be away for several days to look after Chuck in the hospital and consequently there would be no one to look after the pet.

  1. After the fifth week some men from his company came to the hospital and told Hooper to take a year off. They would create a desk job for him at headquarters.

(a) What had happened five weeks before the company men’s visit?

Answer. Hooper had to be hospitalized following an accident which had left him completely paralyzed in his left side.

(b) Why did they ask Hooper to take a year off?

Answer. They knew that with his kind of injury Hooper would not be able to resume his work and they wanted him to recover completely before he returned to work.

(c) What does the offer of a desk job for Hooper show about his employers?

Answer. The offer shows that Hooper’s employers were considerate and compassionate people. They were willing to assign him a desk job instead of the travelling sales job so that he could easily work even in his changed physical condition.

 25. After the excitement of the homecoming wore off, Chuck hit a new low.

(a) What ‘homecoming’ is referred to here?

Answer.  ‘Homecoming’ here means Chuck’s return home after a long stay at the hospital.

(b) “Chuck hit a new low ‘ means that

Answer. Chuck felt extremely depressed and lonely at home. He had probably lost all hope of returning to a normal life.

(c) What was the cause of this low feeling? 

Answer. Chuck had this feeling because he was preoccupied with his disability and felt lonely and helpless especially when Marcy went away to work each morning. There was no one at home, not even Duke.

  1. The staff was amazed by the visit. But to Gordon Doule, the manager, Chuck said, “Gordon, this isn’t just a visit…”

(a) Why did Chuck’s visit surprise the staff?

Answer. The staff was surprised because they did not expect Chuck to get back on his feet and visit the company’s local branch office so soon.

(b) What was Chuck’s real purpose in visiting the office?

Answer. Chuck wanted to test whether he could resume his work by working for an hour in the beginning. He asked Doule to update him with what had happened in the company during his absence.

(C) What problem did Chuck’s visit pose for the company?

Answer.  The company could neither discourage Chuck by not allowing him to resume his work nor did they find him of much use as a salesman in his present condition.

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Main Characters of the Story

Give a character sketch of Charles Hooper  from the chapter A Dog Named Duke

Charles Hooper, also known as Chuck Hooper by friends and colleagues, was a dynamic, highly competitive and vibrant young man who possessed all those qualities that a young man of his age could aspire for. According to the author, he was a ‘favoured’ young man. This means that he possessed respectability and acceptability in society. He was already a hard-charging’ zone sales manager of a chemical company. In short, everything went  for him. However, things changed when he met with an accident which left him completely paralysed on his left side. His love for dogs proves a boon for him for it is Duke, the Doberman Pincher he had got despite his wife’s dissent, who turns out to be his saviour. The re-entry of Duke lifted his numb spirits again. From shock to helplessness, Duke taught him to cope with the new challenges of life. His strong determination, perseverance and willpower coupled with the dog’s support, bounces him back into a normal and independent life. Step by step not only is he able to get back on his feet, but also resumes his work and soon goes on to earn a promotion. Hooper is a loving husband, too.

Give a character sketch of Marcy from the chapter A Dog Named Duke

Marcy is very clear about her likes and dislikes. She loves her husband dearly but not his dog. Her idea of dog is a Pomeranian, not the Doberman Pincher that her husband Chuck Hooper brings home. The essence of her character, however, is her strength and decisiveness. On learning of her husband’s accident, she doesn’t lose her composure and decides to send Duke to a kennel so that she could be by her husband’s side. She nurses her ailing husband like a mother tends to her sick baby. If she cries over his pathetic condition, she does so quite secretly lest he should notice it. She is a lady of determination and courage. She continues to work to keep the home running and, possibly, to pay hospital bills. Duke’s instrumental role in her husband’s recovery and rehabilitation makes her change her attitude towards the dog and when a car hits Duke, she gets an appointment fixed with the vet and carries the injured dog to hospital herself. Marcy is a very good wife and an equally good friend.

Give a character sketch of Duke from the chapter A Dog Named Duke

Duke was truly an extraordinary dog. He is a big Doberman weighing 23 kilos.  he was quick to understand his master’s disability and took care not to injure him. Duke also managed to push Hooper out of a rut and gave him the strength and the will to walk again.  He was loyal, faithful, hard working as well as a good friend of Charls Hooper. Duke is full of many a qualities like love, compassion, sincerity, never-say-die spirit, persistence, dogged determination, self-confidence, patience, courage and sacrifice. He embodies all these values. It is only Duke who takes over and miraculously makes the impossible possible. The way he stubbornly persists in making Hooper walk, regain the use of his legs is remarkable. Dukes intention foresight, extraordinary powers of in-depth understanding of human psychology all bear fruit and Hooper regain the use of his limb and also gets back his job with a promotion. Tragically Duke loses his life in this Noble struggle. Dogs have proved time and again their loyalty and faithfulness.

 

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Very Short Answer Type Important Questions

  1. Why did Chuck feel lonelier at home?

Answer- When Chuck was in the hospital, getting treated for paralysis, there were other injured people too, and so he was not lonely there. But at home, each morning when his wife, Marcy, went out to work, he was left all alone with his thoughts.

  1. How did Chuck Hooper happen to take his first step?

Answer- When Chuck’s good hand hooked into the leash of Duke’s collar. Duke moved U shaped and walked ahead with bigger steps. Chuck struggled for balance and with his good hand he placed the leash in his left, paralysed hand. With Marcy’s help, he moved his right leg out. causing the left foot to drag forward. Duke had helped him to take his first step.

  1. What was the reaction of the neighbours as they watched Chuck’s progress every day?

Answer- The neighbours used to watch very keenly and curiously the daily struggle in front of Marcy’s house. On the sidewalk, they saw the dog pull his leash tightly and then stood and wait for Hooper to follow him. They watched every step of progress made by Hooper. When on June 1, Hooper and Duke made it to the intersection, this news spread quite. far away.

  1. What objectives were set up by Chuck Hooper In his pattern of progress?

Answer- When Chuck was making good progress, he and Duke started making two trips in a day. They lengthened their targets to one-drive-way at a time. Even Duke no longer waited at each step. One day, Chuck Hooper walked to his office without Duke and expressed his willingness to work for an hour in a day in the beginning.

  1. What was the problem presented by Chuck in his company?

Answer- When Chuck reached the office and asked for work, the staff was quite shocked. Chuck’s step presented a tough problem because nobody had the courage to tell him that in his condition, he wouldn’t be able to handle thejob. They didn’t know what to do with a person who couldn’t move around, and could only work for an hour a day.

  1. What did the people wonder about Charles Hooper after the death of Duke?

Answer- People had observed Duke helping Hooper walk. It was an amazing sight for them. Now when Duke died, and Hooper walked alone day after day, the people wondered how long he would keep up with the walk. They were curious to know how far he would walk, and whether he would be able to walk all alone in the absence of Duke.

  1. Discuss the significance of the promotion given by the company headquarters to honour Duke?

Answer- Hooper was appointed as the ‘Assistant National Sales Manager. His promotion was more of a tribute to Duke as it was only due to the efforts made by Duke that Hooper was able to regain health, his job and his confidence. This was no ordinary promotion but very significant as Duke’s efforts had changed an impossible thing into a possible one.

  1. How did January 4, the day, become significant in the life of Hooper?

Answer- Hooper had been working as a Zonal Sales Manager in a chemical company. One day he met with an accident and was paralysed. Being bedridden he had lost all hopes of his recovery. It was his dog ‘Duke’ who awakened his dormant will to fight back and emerge victorious. The dog was instrumental in helping him take more steps each day. So January 4 was a significant day in his life because he had walked 200 meters, without any assistance, to his office.

  1. Which incident transformed Chuck Hooper from a favoured young man to an unfortunate young man?

Answer- Hooper was fortunate in every way. He was tall, healthy and satisfied man working as a Zonal Sale.’ Manager in a chemical company. Everyone liked him, but good luck did not last long and one unlucky day when he was driving home from office, a car collided head on with his car. He had a brain injury which paralysed his left side. l le became bedridden. In this way from a favoured young man, he was transformed into an unfortunate man.

  1. Whom do you think was responsible for Chuck’s progress in getting back on his feet?

Answer- Hooper met with an accident and was paralysed. He was bedridden, and when he had lost all hopes of his recovery, it was his dog, Duke. who was responsible for Chuck’s progress in getting him back to his feet. He helped Hooper to get over his handicap and proved that dogged determination, ability and perseverance in little measures. can achieve the impossible. Duke awakened what was lying dormant in Hooper’s mind—the will to fight back and emerge victorious.

  1. What was the reaction of the staff when Chuck visited his district office? What did he say to the manager Gorden Doule?

Answer- When Chuck visited his district office, the staff was amazed by his visit. They were further surprised when he told his manager, Gorden Doule, that he wanted to continue work, initially for one hour. Chuck’s move presented. problem for them because, seeing Chuck’s courage and determination, nobody had the courage to tell him that he  wouldn’t be able to handle his old job. Moreover, they didn’t know what to do with his demand to do a desk job just for one hour when his job of a salesman required him to move around all the time.

  1. “In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man.” Explain.

Answer- It means that Chuck Hooper had everything going for him. He was a tall young man who had played in the university football team and was now a zone sales manager fora chemical company. He seemed to have everything that he wanted.

  1. “They said that they would create a desk job for Hooper at headquarters.” Why did They  decide to do this?

Answer- They decided to do this because they wanted to show their support for Chuck during his difficult time. They realized he would not be as active as he had been in the past.

  1. “Duke was an extraordinary dog.” What special qualities did he exhibit to justify this? Discuss.

Answer- Duke was truly an extraordinary dog, he was quick to understand his master’s disability and took care not to injure him. Duke also managed to push Hooper out of a rut and gave him the strength and the will to walk again.  He was loyal, faithful, hard working as well as a good friend of Charls Hooper.

  1. What problems did Chuck present when he returned to the company headquarters? Answer- One of the problems was that the company did not think that he would be able to contribute much to the work due to his injuries and handicap, yet they did not have the heart to discourage him especially as he was trying so hard to bring some normalcy into his life.
  2. Why do you think Charles Hooper’s appointment as Assistant National Manager is considered to be a tribute to Duke?

Answer- It was a tribute because it was the result of Duke’s persistence, help, support, and love that Hooper regained an interest in life and started working again. He works hard to prove that his handicap was not going to limit his abilities.

  1. Why was Duke put in a kennel?

Answer- Duke was put in a kennel because Chuck had an accident which meant he would not      be returning home for a long time. Marcy also would not be home much and there would have been no one to take care of Duke.

  1. Why did Chuck not show much improvement in the hospital?

Answer- Chuck was probably not being able to come to terms with the fact that he would never regain his health but would remain a cripple all his life. This thought depressed him and slowed down his rate of recovery.

  1. How did Duke behave when he saw Chuck after he came back from the hospital? Duke was so excited to see his master that he launched himself on his master causing him to almost fall down.
  2. Did Duke’s return have any effect on Hooper?

Answer- After the first day when Duke threw himself on him and Chuck had stood up to welcome him, Chuck did not show any more enthusiasm. He would spend his days in silence, staring at the ceiling for hours.

  1. “The dog knew instantly”—What did he know? How did he behave thereafter?

Answer- He instantly realised that his master was not well and after that he never jumped on Chuck again but stayed by his bedside around the clock, staring at him in silence.

  1. “Duke finally couldn’t take it.” What does the narrator mean by this? What change did Duke bring about?

Answer- Duke could not take the long hours of silence from Hooper and his apathy and listlessness. He started poking and nudging Chuck till at last Chuck was forced to respond.

  1. “It was like lightening a fuse. Duke shimmied himself U-shaped in anticipation.” Explain.

Answer- This line refers to the effect Chuck had on the dog when his good hand idly hooked the leash onto the dog’s collar. The dog jumped up in anticipation that his master would take him for a walk. It made the dog all excited.

  1. “The pair set daily goals.” Who were the pair? What were their daily goals?

Answer- The “pair” refers to Chuck and his dog Duke. Their goal refers to their determination to get Chuck walking and resuming his normal life. Everyday they increased the distance and walked till Chuck was able to walk long distances without help from Duke.

 25. What did Duke do when his master fell in his attempt to walk?

Answer- Duke would stand very still while his master struggled to get up. It seemed as if he felt it was his job to get his master back on his feet.

  1. Did Chuck give up after Duke’s death? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer- Encourage the students to think creatively and formulate their own answer. No, Chuck continued to walk and work as he had done with Duke by his side. He had realised the deep love, dedication, and patience that the dog had shown in getting him back on his feet and he could not let all that effort go in vain.

  1. How was Chuck injured in the accident?

Answer- When Chuck was driving home one autumn evening, a car pulled out in front of him without warning. He met with a terrible accident. Hooper was taken to the hospital with a subdural hemorrhage in the motion section of the brain which left his left side completely paralysed.

  1. Why did Marcy’s attitude towards Duke change? How did she react after Duke met with a fatal accident?

Answer- Marcy was not really a dog lover and initially she did not like Duke .  Duke did not at all match Marcy’s idea of a pet dog. However, Duke played a very important role in Chuck’s recovery and rehabilitation; His love and loyalty towards Chuck was commendable. He brought back Chuck’s lost confidence and Chuck was able to walk again’ resume work and get promoted. This changed Marcy’s opinion of Duke. When Duke was run over by a car, Marcy herself carried him to the hospital and ensured he got the best treatment.

  1. How did Hooper feel when he returned to his home?

Answer- After staying in the hospital for a very long time, Hooper felt very excited after coming home.  However, this excitement soon wore off and he hit a new low. He felt very depressed and lonely when Marcy went to work. Chuck was bedridden and was left all alone with his thoughts.

  1. What significant role had been played by Duke in Chuck Hooper’s life?

Answer- The four years old Doberman played a significant role in Chuck Hooper’s life. He was not merely a playful pet dog. He was more than a companion, a nurse and even a guide for his crippled master. The dog assumed all the responsibility for leading his crippled master back to the office desk. The day he made Hooper take his first step there was a rekindled hope. Then it was the dog who owned the man and not otherwise. The pair set daily goals and Duke pulled Hooper along the street faster and faster, increasing his stamina and endurance. Hooper resumed work and was finally appointed as the Assistant National Sales Manager.

  1. Why did Chuck’s move present problems headquarters? What were they?

Answer- Chuck’s company obliged by creating a desk job in the headquarters. Chuck was back in the company’s headquarters earlier than expected. He started working for just an hour a day. Chuck’s move created some problems. He was fighting hard for a comeback. Nobody wanted to tell him that he couldn’t handle his old job. What one could do with a salesman who couldn’t move around and worked only an hour for a day. Nobody knew that Hooper had set his new objective — a full day’s work from March 1.

  1. What was the ‘next objective’ set by Chuck Hooper? How and with whose help did he hit the target?

Answer- Chuck Hooper was already working at a desk job in the headquarters only an hour a day. However, he was struggling hard for a comeback and had already set his new objective. He had decided to work full days from March 1. For it, Chuck was completely dependent on Duke. The dog pulled him faster and faster along the street, increasing his stability and endurance. Chuck hit the target and now worked for full days.

  1. What was the story that went around the new suburb where the Hoopers bought a house?

Answer- Chuck Hooper was promoted to the post of regional sales manager and he along with Marcy and Duke bought a new house in the suburb. The people in the suburb did not know the story of Chuck and Duke. All they knew was their neighbour walked like a ‘struggling mechanical giant’. He was always ‘pulled by a rampageous dog that acted as if he owned the man’.

  1. Describe the death of Duke.

Answer- On the evening of October 12, 1957, the Hoopers had guests. Suddenly over the babble of voices, Hooper heard the screech of brakes outside. Instinctively, he looked for Duke. The dog was run over by a vehicle. Marcy herself picked up the big Duke and drove him to the animal hospital. Duke was drugged but couldn’t survive and died at 1 lo’ clock the next morning.

  1. Who was Charles Hooper? What sort of life was he leading before meeting with an accident?

Answer- Charles Hooper was a hard-charging zone sales manager with a chemical company. A former university footballer, he was a tall and sturdy man with an affable and competitive nature that made him equally popular among his friends and colleagues. He was a loving and caring husband, too. Before the accident, he was leading a very successful and happy professional and personal life.

  1. What brought about a turning point in Hooper’s smooth-going life? Or

One incident changed Hooper’s life. What was the change?

Answer- Destiny that had been so kind to Hooper till now, all of a sudden gave an ugly turn to the smooth course of his life. He met with an accident when a car pulled out in front of him all of a sudden. The accident resulted in subdural haemorrhage in the motor section of his brain that left his left side completely paralysed.

  1. How did Marcy handle the crisis?

Answer- On hearing of Hooper’s accident, Marcy got Duke sent to a kennel and went to the hospital to be with her husband. She took keen interest in his treatment and physiotherapy and provided all the moral support he needed. She avoided crying in front of him lest he was upset. She continued to work at office, too, to keep the home running.

  1. How long was Hooper kept in hospital by the doctors? How far had he recovered at the time of discharge?

Answer- `Hooper was kept in hospital for about four months. Despite all the baths, exercises and a wheeled walker, Hooper didn’t show much progress. He could neither stand on his own nor take a step forward. That is not all; he didn’t show any signs of regaining his inner strength and self-confidence that this accident had robbed him of.

  1. How did Hooper feel on coming back home? Or

What depressed Hooper after the excitement of homecoming was over?

Answer- Hooper was really excited on coining back home after a long span of four months. However this excitement did not last for long. As Marcy, his wife, left for work each day, Hooper would be hit by pain and grief. Brooding over the whole episode, he continuously stared at the ceiling. He often thought of the other injured fellow patients in the ward and felt very lonely and depressed.

  1. Why did the Hoopers decide to bring Duke back from the kennel?

Answer- On coming back home, after a brief spell of excitement, Hooper felt very lonely and depressed. In the absence of Marcy, who would go away to work, Hooper was alone with his thoughts. He felt so lonely and miserable that his wife and he decided to get their pet dog Duke back home hoping that his presence would give the master some emotional security and the much-needed diversion.

  1. Describe Duke’s joy on seeing his master after a long span of time.

Answer- On being brought back home, Duke’s joy knew no bounds. He stood briefly quivering at the sight of his master, giving expression to his incalculable excitement. Then in all his eagerness and enthusiasm, he jumped across the room and landed right on Hooper, who was equally excited to meet his beloved pet, although he reeled under the dog’s weight and lost his balance.

  1. How did Duke react when he saw Hooper lose his balance?

Answer- Unaware of his master’s problem, Duke jumped at him in excitement to express his love and joy. However, the moment he saw his master struggling to maintain his balance, he instinctively sensed that there was something terribly wrong with his master. Never again did he jump at his master the way he had done. Instead, he took a permanent post beside Hooper’s bed and stayed there round the clock.

 43. Do you agree, that the moment Duke jumped on Hooper and imbalanced him, he realised his master’s problem. Support your answer.

Answer- The sight of his master made Duke jump over him in excitement. He expected that his master would reciprocate by holding him in his arms. However, he was shocked to see his master struggling for balance. His instinct and intelligence at once I revealed to him the poor man’s plight. That’s why never after  this incident did he try to jump on his master.

  1. How did Duke try to coax his master to make an effort to walk?

Answer- Day in and day out, the crippled master and the pet would spend hours together passively, doing nothing. Soon boredom set in, making Duke very impatient. He would then spring to his feet and push his pointed nose under his master’s elbow, nudging him and trying to get him out of the bed for a walk outdoors.

  1. Describe the first step taken by Hooper and Duke together after Hooper’s confinement to bed?

Answer- On being coaxed to be out of bed by Duke, one evening Hooper hooked the leash to the dog’s collar and asked Marcy to help him stand on his feet. Holding the leash in his left hand with the support of the right one, he straightened his right leg, dragging the left one along with. Duke pulled the slackened leash tight and thus he took his first ‘step’.

  1. How did the master and the dog make progress on a gradual scale in their step-by-step walking exercise?

Answer- Encouraged by the three clumsy steps taken on the first day, Hooper and his dog started early the next day. They took four proud steps as Duke tugged the leash straight and tight and Hooper dragged his left foot along the right one. Each day, without getting over- ambitious they added one more step to the previous count. In two week’s time, they reached the front porch.

  1. What contribution did Marcy make to Hooper’s recovery?

Answer- Right from the day of the accident till the time Hooper started walking independently, Marcy gave him full support at the physical as well as emotional level. By keeping the doctor informed about Hooper’s progress, recognising Duke’s contribution in his recovery and keeping her emotional turmoil to herself, Marcy helped Hooper recover gradually. Her contribution was no less important than that of Duke.

  1. How did Marcy react when she saw Duke helping Chuck to walk? What did the doctor do when contacted by Marcy?

Answer- Marcy’s joy knew no bounds when she saw Duke taking his master for a walk. Excited and elated, she told the doctor all about the development. The doctor not only readily approved of Hooper’s walking every day with Duke on a limited, gradual scale but also prescribed a course of physiotherapy with weights, pulleys and whirlpool baths. All this went a long way in Hooper’s total recovery and rehabilitation.

  1. What daily struggle did neighbours see in front of Marcy’s house? How did they react to it?

Answer- Every day the neighbours saw the dog leading his handicapped master on the sidewalk. He pulled the leash taut and then stood. – and waited for Hooper to put forward his sound leg first and then drag the paralysed one taking a clumsy step. Each day one more step was added to the previous count. The sight of an incapacitated man taking up the difficult challenge to return to normalcy with the help of his pet intrigued the neighbours. . They must have felt inspired to face the adversities of life boldly.

  1. Why did Hooper’s visit to the branch office surprise everyone?

Answer- The grave accident had left Hooper so critically disabled that none of his colleagues believed that he could recover enough to stage a comeback. Hence, when he visited the branch office, everyone in the staff was amazed. What surprised them all the more was his walking down to the office independently without any support.

  1. Initially Hooper got back to work on just one hour a day basis. What helped him achieve his target of putting in a full day’s work in less than two months?

Answer- The loving care of his dedicated wife, the faithful services of a loyal pet, and his own determination and will power helped Hooper to regain his physical as well as inner strength day by day. Resumption of his work, though it was just on one-hour-a-day basis revived his self-confidence. And in less than two months, he regained enough strength to put in a full day’s work.

  1. Hooper’s comeback was more of an asset rather than a liability for the company. Comment.

Answer- Initially somewhat reluctant to take back Hooper in the company, the authorities wondered What use a crippled salesman would he to the company. But within thirteen months they all admired his efficiency, dedication and sincerity and were obliged to promote him. By and by it became all the more obvious that Hooper was an asset rather than a liability on the company.

  1. Describe Duke’s tragic end? Or

The 12th October,1957 was a dark day for the Hoopers. Why?

On 12th October 1957, while the Hoopers were sitting with their guests in their new house, they heard a screeching sound of brakes. A speeding vehicle just outside the house had badly hit Duke. All efforts to save his life proved futile arid he succumbed to his injuries the next morning. Thus it was really a very sad and dark day for the couple.

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 54. When Duke saw his master on returning from the kennel, what did he do? How did his master react and what did those standing there observe?

Answer- When Duke saw Chuck on returning from the kennel, he jumped on him.
As Chuck was not physically fit, he struggled to keep his balance. Those present there saw that Duke understood everything immediately. From that day, Duke never jumped on Chuck again and took up a post beside his master’s bed around the clock.

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  1. Chuck and Duke complemented each other very well.

Answer- Both Chuck and Duke had great faith in each other. Duke always kept goading his master and Chuck also never disappointed him. Initially, they always did their daily exercise together before Chuck became fit enough to walk himself. After doing a full day’s work, Chuck did not go for the physiotherapy programme. Instead, he completely turned to Duke. Sometimes, Chuck fell down while walking. When this happened, Duke did not show any sympathy. He simply waited for his master to get up. This showed that the two understood each other very well.

  1. ‘‘It was like lighting a fuse.’’ Explain the context of the above statement.

Answer-One evening, Chuck’s good hand hooked into Duke’s lead of the collar to hold him still. It was like ‘lightning a fuse’ because on the spur of the moment, an idea struck the dog’s mind as to how to help Chuck move about and walk.

 57. Why did Chuck feel more lonely at home?

Answer- When Chuck was in the hospital, getting treated for paralysis, there were other injured people too, and so he was not lonely there. But at home, each morning when his wife, Marcy, went out to work, he was left all alone with his thoughts.

 58. How did Chuck Hooper happen to take his first step?

Answer- When Chuck’s good hand hooked into the leash of Duke’s collar, Duke moved u-shaped and walked ahead with bigger steps. Chuck struggled for balance and with his good hand he placed the leash in his left, paralyzed hand  With Marcy’s help, he moved his right leg out, causing the left foot to drag forward. Duke had helped him take his first step.

 59. What was the reaction of the neighbors as they watched Chuck’s progress every day?

Ans. The neighbors used to watch very keenly and curiously the daily struggle in front of Marcy’s house. On the sidewalk, they saw the dog pull his leash tightly and then stood and wait for Hooper to follow him. They watched every step of progress made by Hooper. When on June 1, Hooper and Duke made it to the intersection, this news spread quite far away.

 60. What objectives were set up by Chuck Hooper in his pattern of progress?

Answer- When Chuck was making good progress, he and Duke started making two trips in a day. They lengthened their targets to one-drive-way at a time. Even Duke no longer waited at each step. One day, Chuck Hooper walked to his office without Duke and expressed his willingness to work for an hour in a day in the beginning.

 61. What did the people wonder about Charles Hooper after the death of Duke?

Answer- People had observed Duke helping Hooper walk. It was an amazing sight for them. Now when Duke died, and Hooper walked alone day after day, the people wondered how long he would keep up with the walk. They were curious to know how far he would walk, and whether he would be able to walk all alone in the absence of Duke.

  1. Discuss the significance of the promotion given by the company headquarters to honour Duke?

Answer- Hooper was appointed as the ‘Assistant National Sales Manager’. His promotion was more of a tribute to Duke as it was only due to the efforts made by Duke that Hooper was able to regain health, his job and his confidence. This was no ordinary promotion but very significant as Duke’s efforts had changed an impossible thing into a possible one.

 63. How did January 4, the day, become significant in the life of Hooper?

Answer- Hooper had been working as a Zonal Sales Manager in a chemical company. One day he met with an accident and was paralysed. Being bedridden he had lost all hopes of his recovery. It was his dog ‘Duke’ who awakened his dormant will to fight back and emerge victorious. The dog was instrumental in helping him take more steps each day. So January 4 was a significant day in his life because he had walked 200 metres, without any assistance, to his office.

 64. Which incident transformed Chuck Hooper from a favoured young man to an unfortunate young man ?

Answer- Hooper was fortunate in every way. He was tall, healthy and satisfied man working as a Zonal Sales Manager in a chemical company. Everyone liked him, but good luck did not last long and one unlucky day when he was driving home from office, a car collided head on with his car. He had a brain injury which paralyzed his left side. He became bedridden. In this way from a favoured young man, he was transformed into an unfortunate man.

 65. What was the reaction of the staff when Chuck visited his district office? What did he say to the manager Gorden Doule ?

Answer- When Chuck visited his district office, the staff was amazed by his visit. They were further surprised when he told his manager, Gorden Doule, that he wanted to continue work, initially for one hour. Chuck’s move presented tough problem for them because, seeing Chuck’s courage and determination, nobody had the courage to tell him that he wouldn’t be able to handle his old job. Moreover, they didn’t know what to do with his demand to do a desk job just for one hour when his job of a salesman required him to move around all the time.

 66. How did Marcy and others react to this fatal accident?

Answer- When Marcy reached the hospital, she was shocked to see that her husband couldn’t talk, he could only breathe and see, and his vision was double. She knew that Hooper was very critical, and that he would have to be in the hospital for a long time, so she sent Duke to the kennel. Secretly, she used to cry, watching her husband’s grin fade away.

  1. Is it is irony of fate that Duke who had nursed Hooper back to normalcy, had to meet such a terrible end? Discuss.

It has rightly been said that one is unable to taste the fruit of one’s hard work. Justify in the light of A Dog Named Duke.

Answer- When Chuck was admitted to the hospital after his accident, every effort made by the doctors and others had failed to cure his paralysis. The intelligent effort made by Duke had changed an impossible situation into a possible one. It is really an irony that he who had nursed Hooper back to normalcy, himself met with an accident. Just like Hooper, he was also hit by a vehicle. It is an irony that he who had been successful in bringing life to Hooper, himself could not survive and met with such a terrible end.

  1. What is the meaning of the name Duke in the lesson A Dog Named Duke?

Answer- Duke means a male member holding the highest hereditary title in the British and certain other peerages but here in the lesson we find that the dog is the hero of the lesson as the whole story moves around him only from beginning to the end.

 Important Long/ Detailed Answer Type Questions- to be answered in about 100 -150 words each

 1 How did Hooper become paralysed? How did Marcy and others react to this fatal accident?

Answer- One autumn night, when Hooper was driving back home, a car suddenly pulled in front of his car without warning. It was a serious accident and Hooper suffered from subdural haemorrhage in the motor section of the brain, having his left side completely paralysed. When Marcy reached the hospital, she was shocked to see that her husband couldn’t talk, he could only breathe and see, and his vision was double. She knew that Hooper was very critical, and that be would have to be in the hospital for a long time, so she sent Duke to the kennel. Secretly, she used to cry, watching ;her husband’s grin fade away.

2  ‘On January 4, Hooper made the big move. ‘What was this big mote? Was this move welcomed or did it create further problems?

Answer- The big move made by Hooper on January 4, was that for the first time, without Duke’s help, he walked the distance of 200 meters from his home to the local branch office of his company. For a person who had been paralysed, with there being hardly any hope of his recovery, it was really a big move. Everyone was amazed to see him in his office. When he told the manager that he wanted to continue work initially for one hour, everyone was shocked. In the ‘company headquarters, Chuck’s move presented tough problems because, seeing Chuck’s courage and determination, nobody had the courage to tell him that he wouldn’t. be able to handle his old job. Moreover, they didn’t know what to do with his demand to do a desk job just for an hour, when his job of a salesman required him to move around all the time.

3  Is ‘It Irony of Fate’ that Duke who had nursed Hooper back to normalcy, had to meet such a terrible end? Discuss.

Answer- When Chuck was admitted to the hospital after his accident, every effort made by the doctors and others had failed to cure his paralysis. The intelligent efforts made by Duke had changed an impossible situation into a possible One. It is really an irony that he who had nursed Hooper back to normalcy, himself met with an accident. Just like Hooper, he was also hit by a vehicle. It is an irony that he who had been successful in bringing life to Hooper, himself could not survive and met with such a terrible end.

4  “Firm determination and strong will-power can achieve even the Impossible.” How does this statement prove true In case of Chuck Hooper?

Answer-  Tragedy is inevitable in human life. The only variable is what we do about it. Whether we choose to overcome handicaps or wallow in it, it is our choice. So tragedy proves to be the true touchstone of a person’s character. Chuck Hooper could have chosen to remain paralysed and not respond to Duke’s helpful gestures. Duke awakens what was lying dormant in Hooper’s mind, the will to fight back and emerge victorious. Life had ceased to be cakewalk for Hooper. Misery, regret, depression had reduced him to a vegetable. When Duke offers challenges, it is Hooper who rises to meet them. Pain, exhaustion, frustration take their toll but ‘Never say die’ spirit spurs him on. Days and weeks stretch into months. Step by step planning, setting deadlines—all were strategies towards a greater objective. Hooper doesn’t want to remain an object of pity. Instead, he becomes an inspiration for others in his daily trek. Neighbours and passersby became testimony to Hooper’s daily progress towards sanity and normalcy. His pattern of progress is painful, stretches too long but in the end yields results. Hooper manages to walk not only to hie office but is also ready to resume his duties. But he is not fit for a full day’s work. So he walks through the street, pulled faster and faster by Duke, to step up his endurance and stability. Life takes a full circle and Hooper becomes the Regional Manager. Destiny wishes him to move on in life, even without Duke. Though Duke was not with him in Hooper’s final triumph, but what he had imparted to Hooper had already become an inseparable part of Hooper’s psyche. Firm determination, perseverance and strong will can never be thwarted.

  1. You are Charles Hooper. Write a page in your diary expressing your feelings the day you were appointed Assistant National Sales Manager. Or

As Chuck you are in receipt of the order from the headquarters, announcing your promotion. Write a page in your diary glorifying the role of Duke and how he was instrumental in getting you the promotion.

Answer-

Dear Diary

24th  August 2017

Today I am feeling happy as well as sad. I am feeling happy because I have been promoted as an Assistant National Sales Manager, and sad because the one who made all this possible for me is no more in this world. I clearly remember the day Duke was brought home from the kennel where he was sent after my accident. After being paralysed. I had lost all hopes of my recovery but it was Duke who awakened my dormant will to fight back. It was he who always stood by me when I tripped while trying to walk. He helped me take my first step. It was he who made it possible for me to go to my office and restart my job. Even after Duke’s death, as a tribute to him, I continued my struggle to walk. Today I am overwhelmed because this is not an ordinary promotion but a very significant one as Duke’s efforts has changed an impossible thing into a possible one.

Charles Hooper

  1. Marcy was not fond of dogs and more so of big dogs. Yet when Duke died, she was devastated. After many days she was able to pen down her feelings in her diary. Write a page of Marcy’s diary.

Answer-

Dear Diary

24th  August 2017

Wednesday                                                                                                                                              9.00 p m 

Duke died an unnatural death and I am feeling devastated. I know that I am not very fond of dogs and more so of big dogs but Duke’s death has created a void in my life. I remember the day when Hooper brought Duke home against my wishes but later on he became an indispensable part of our life. It was he who made Hooper stand on his feet after every effort made by the doctors and others had failed to cure his paralysis. The intelligent efforts made by Duke have changed an impossible situation into a possible one. Duke was not only faithful and loyal but was also gifted with extraordinary powers of intuition, foresight, and in-depth understanding of human psychology. He knew exactly how he could accomplish the impossible task of making Chuck walk. It is irony that he who had nursed Hooper back to normalcy, himself met with an accident. Just like Hooper, he was also hit by a vehicle. He who had been successful in bringing life to Hooper himself could not survive and met with such a terrible end. May God rest his soul in peace.

Marcy

  1. Describe the first attempts made by Hooper to walk.

Answer- Hooper’s good hand held onto the leash attached to the dog’s collar and he asked Marcy to help him to his fret. With Marcy supporting him by the elbow, he moved his right leg out in the front, causing the left foot to drag forward alongside the right leg. Duke felt the sudden slackness in his leash and he pulled it tight. Chuck swayed forward, broke the fall with his right leg, and then straightened. Thrice he repeated the same before collapsing into his wheelchair, thus taking his first step since his accident. Everyday thereafter the dog and his master would set targets for the day, slightly further from the day before and not rest till the target for the day was accomplished. In this way from one step they took several steps to reach the door and finally covered the neighbourhood and beyond.

  1. Write a character sketch of Chuck Hooper. What kind of a man do you think he was?

Answer-  Before the accident Chuck appears to be a happy-go-lucky man who has everything going for him. He has a job, a loving wife, a comfortable home with a dog he loves, and the opportunity to play in the football team. But the accident brings out the real depth of his character. After he shakes off his initial despair and gloom, he appears to be a determined, persevering young man who is not afraid to stretch his limits. He shows tremendous courage in facing his handicap and finding a way to live life on his terms in spite of it. He also has the sensitivity to appreciate the dog’s efforts to help him. His hard working nature and independence is apparent in the way he comes back to work and is promoted due to the excellent work that he puts in.

  1. Charles Hooper writes a diary entry after Duke dies, detailing the impact the dog has had on his life. Write the entry.

Answer-

12 April 2017                                                                                                                                                       9.17pm

Wednesday

Duke died today. A part of me has been buried with him. There is much that I have to thank Duke for. After my accident I saw no reason to live. I lay in my bed for months staring at the ceiling. Marcy, my wife was so upset to see me so morose and depressed. That is when she decided to bring Duke back home from the kennel where she had put him while I was in hospital. The day he returned I tried to stand up to welcome him. With a giant leap he launched himself on me. He was so excited and happy to see me! But he was so sensitive; he immediately sensed that all was not fine with me. After that he never jumped on me but sat by my bedside quietly staring at me. For some weeks he sat patiently but one day he decided to take me outsideand started prodding and nudging me till I had to give in and try to stand. I can never forget the care and effort he put in to help me walk. I would hold on to his leash while he would walk forward holding it tight waiting for me to drag my legs till I reached him, then he would run ahead and wait for me. In this way I started walking—first a few steps then some more and finally around the neighbourhood. I owe Duke so much. it is really hard to let him go. May you rest in peace!

  1. Marcy writes a letter to her mother in another city informing her about the change in Chuck’s attitude since the return of Duke, mentioning the effort Duke has been putting in goading Chuck out of the bed. Write the letter.

Answer-

B-11/12

Pincer City,

England.

24th August 2017

Dear Mother,

I never thought there would be a day when I would be grateful to Duke! But it is true, that dog is a wonder! He has managed to get Chuck out of his bed today! I could hardly imagine this was possible.

When I returned from work I saw Chuck standing holding on to Duke’s leash. Then Duke moved ahead and waited with his leash tight while Chuck slowly shuffled his legs to move forward till he was just behind Duke and the leash was loose. Then Duke again moved forward and stood with his leash straining tight. Once again Chuck moved forward but was so tired out by the effort that he collapsed into his wheelchair!

I am so happy, Duke is such a godsend. He is so sensitive in spite of his huge size. He understands Chuck’s needs and adjusts his movements to suit Chuck’s. He is better than any physiotherapist! He has got my Chuck once again interested in life. Now I am hopeful that Chuck will resume as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

Your daughter,

Marcy

  1. What was the last tribute to Duke and who had sent it?

Answer-  Duke was dead. By now everybody knew the story of Chuck and Duke. People wondered how long will Chuck keep it up without Duke. But the real tribute to Duke came from the chemical company’s headquarters. The promotion order contained the words “…therefore, to advance our objectives step by step, Charles Hooper is appointed Assistant National Sales Manager.” The company acknowledged how Hooper advanced his objectives step by step with the help of Duke. Duke helped him to become a normal man again. Hence, these words were a tribute to Duke who achieved what even most humans would have failed to achieve.

  1. What values can we learn from Duke’s role in the story?

Answer-   Often dismissed as mere animals, dogs can teach us many a lesson in love, compassion, sincerity, never-say-die spirit, persistence, dogged determination, self-confidence, patience, courage and sacrifice. Duke embodies all these values. When his master is hanging between hope and despair, it is Duke who takes over and miraculously makes the impossible possible. One   step after the other, he gradually helps his master recover and rehabilitate by taking him out for walks and helping him ‘catch up’ with him. He quietly -goes about doing his ‘work’ till the master is on his own. Surely, Chuck literally owes a new lease of life to Duke. The important point is, if a dog can do all, this, why can’t we human beings? Why is that we often fail to show compassion, devotion and love as Duke does. Why do we give up so easily unlike he? Why can’t we learn to face adversities of life without indulging in self-pity? Must we have to learn lessons of life from dogs, even though they may be as noble as Duke?

  1. Marcy was initially impolite to Duke but later, would not let anyone touch Duke after his accident. What values exhibited by the dog brought about this transformation?

How were the feelings of gratitude towards Duke grow in Marcy’s heart?

Answer- The gigantic 23-kilo Duke did not at all match Marcy’s idea of a pet dog. She had always wanted a small cute little Pomeranian as a pet. She however had to give in to her husband’s craze for a dog like Duke but could not help show her resentment by being impolite to the animal for a long time. Yet, being good at heart, and knowing that the dog didn’t deserve to be blamed for his size, by and by she started caring for him. Hence after Chuck’s accident, she got Duke sent to a kennel, as she did not want him to be neglected. This gradual change came as she accepted the fact that the dog had become an integral part of their being. But it was Duke’s role in Chuck’s recovery and rehabilitation that changed Marcy’s heart. The patience, persistence, love and loyalty with which Duke tried to revive Chuck’s self-confidence and ability to walk on his own filled Marcy’s heart with love and gratitude. So, when Duke met with an accident, she herself carried him to the animal hospital and got him the best possible treatment but, as ill luck would have it, the dog succumbed to his injuries. That’s how from a hater of dogs Macy became a lover of dogs. After all she owed her husband’s second lease of life to a dog named Duke.

  1. Hooper’s company pracitised a value system that was humane and employee-centric. Do you agree? Give examples from the story in support of your view.

Answer- Hooper’s employers and colleagues were a bunch of good Samaritans and kind hearted people. They worked more like an extended family and extended full co-operation to him after his accident. Immediately after his accident, one of his district managers drove Marcy to the hospital where Chuck was brought for treatment.

Five weeks later he got a message from his company that he could take a year off from his job with an assurance that a desk job would be created for him at the headquarters to accommodate him.

A year later when on 4th January Hooper visited the branch office on his own feet, everyone at his office was surprised to see him there. His employers found themselves in a Piquant situation how to say no to an employee trying hard to make a comeback and how to accommodate a paralysed employee who was likely to be a liability. They simply did not have the heart to tell him that he couldn’t handle his old job any more.

Later when just two months after his comeback, Hooper started putting in a full day’s work; the company valued and appreciated his dedicated services and in a span of thirteen months promoted him to the post of a Regional Manager. Shortly afterwards to advance the company’s ‘objectives step by step’ he was promoted to the coveted rank of Assistant National Sales Manager by his proud employers. Thus, it is clear that his company and colleagues did all they could to help Chuck lead a normal life all over again.

  1. Imagine you are one of Chuck’s neighbours. Every day you see Chuck and his dog go out for a ‘walk’. You have just found out the reason of this unusual scene. Write a letter to a friend of yours to

Answer- 

  • describe the scene and explain how it is unique
  • highlight the values you have learnt from the relationship between the man and his dog
  • say how much you admire both of them

B-22, Courbet Enclave,

England

July22, 2016

Dear Edward

I must describe a real miracle I have witnessed recently with my own eyes. And you wouldn’t believe it; it has been performed by a human being with the help of a dog. Stumped? Well, so was I when I first saw the dog and his master out on a walk. I am talking about my neighbour, Mr Charles Hooper, who was paralysed on his left side due to a subdural haemorrhage suffered in a road accident. We all felt life had been very unkind to Charles and he would remain bed-ridden for the rest of his life. However, some time back we all were surprised to see Charles with his dog Duke out on a walk. At first I was not sure whether the master was taking his dog for a walk or vice versa, for Mr Charles walked wobblingly and the dog pulled at his leash each time it slackened. This continued for weeks and months together. Mr Charles, assisted by his dog and equipped with dogged determination, refused to be defeated by his physical handicap. And lo and behold; he is back on his feet and has even resumed his work, thanks to his and his dog’s persistent efforts.

I think Charles’s story is a marvellous triumph of endurance, perseverance, courage, determination and faith over the hostility of life. And imagine it was made possible with the efforts of a dog! Who says miracles don’t happen and handicaps cannot be overcome.

Yours

Robert

  1. Imagine you are John Fisk. You are working in the chemical company’s branch office that was visited by Hooper on 4th January after his accident. You are highly impressed with his inner strength that helped him get over his handicap. Write a diary entry paying tribute to Duke and describing the inspiration that you got from Charles Hooper.

Answer-

24th April, 2017                                                                                                                                                   9.30

Dear Diary

What a pleasant surprise it was for all of us at the branch office to see our old friend, Chuck Hooper trudging through the main door of the office on his own, without any support. We all were thrilled and excited to see him. When he narrated the story of his and Duke’s joint efforts to overcome his handicap, we couldn’t believe it. The efforts of a mute creature to help a paralysed man walk step by step and infuse him with an inner strength to help him face such an adversity of life with courage, perseverance and determination is quite incredible and inspiring.

Charles’s saga of suffering and recovery has motivated us to take life as it comes and be ready for its challenges and crises. I am at loss for words to pay tributes to this wonderful duo of a dog and his master. They are .a very picture of dogged determination, patience, perseverance and never say die spirit. Their fascinating story, I am sure would always inspire me and give me an inner strength during difficult times.

John

  1. Imagine you are Charles Hooper. Make a diary entry describing your feelings after Duke’s death.

 In your diary entry you should

  • express your sense of grief
  • acknowledge Duke’s role in your recovery and rehabilitation
  • list some of the values you have learnt from him
  • say how much you miss him

 Answer-

April 24, 2017

Dear Diary                                                                                                                                                      10.30       Today I am as grief-stricken as I was a couple of years ago when the road accident had left me paralysed on my left leg due to a subdural hemorrhage. My dearest pet, my best friend, my saviour Duke breathed his last in hospital today. But for him, I would have been confined to bed and leading a vegetative life. It was he who coaxed me to be on my feet and lifted my numb spirits. His patience, perseverance and determination inspired me and filled me with an inner strength. Through his efforts I learnt to focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Wonder, how a dog could teach me so much about life and living! His death has created a void in my life that is hard to fill. However, I must face this pain and grief with the same courage and strength that Duke gave me.

Love you Duke! Goodbye buddy.

May your soul rest in peace!

Charles

  1. It is not brooding over the problems but looking for solutions that helps one overcome the adversities of life. How did Duke help Hooper to learn this important fact of life?

Answer-   Duke taught Hooper to face the adversities of life without indulging in any self-pity. He coaxed his master to get out of the bed and manage the crisis bravely and make a genuine and a persistent effort to be ‘able to live normal life again. He made ‘ Chuck realize that crises in life can be managed only by focusing on the solution, rather than on the problem. Once he succeeded in helping his master take the first clumsy step, Duke infused in him a sense of immense self-confidence. A mute animal taught Chuck the all-important lesson in patience, courage, Perseverance, endurance and determination. It is these qualities that guided Chuck through the long and tortuous path to

  1. “Firm determination and strong will-power can achieve even the impossible.’’ How does this statement prove true in case of Chuck Hooper?

Answer- Tragedy is inevitable in human life. The only variable is what we do about it. Whether we choose to overcome handicaps or wallow in it, it is our choice. So tragedy proves to be the true touchstone of a person’s character. Chuck Hooper could have chosen to remain paralysed and not respond to Duke’s helpful gestures. Duke awakens what was lying dormant in Hooper’s mind, the will to fight back and emerge victorious. Life had ceased to be cakewalk for Hooper. Misery, regret, depression had reduced him to a vegetable. When Duke offers challenges, it is Hooper who rises to meet them. Pain, exhaustion, frustration take their toll but ‘Never say die’ spirit spurs him on. Days and weeks stretch into months. Step by step planning, setting deadlines – all

were strategies towards a greater objective. Hooper doesn’t want to remain an object of pity. Instead, he becomes an inspiration for others in his daily trek. Neighbours and passers by became testimony to Hooper’s daily progress towards sanity and normalcy. His pattern of progress is painful, stretches too long but in the end yields results. Hooper manages to walk not only to his office but is also ready to resume his duties. But he is not fit for a full day’s work. So he walks through the street, pulled faster and faster by Duke, to step up his endurance and stability. Life takes a full circle and Hooper becomes the Regional Manager. Destiny wishes him to move on in life, even without Duke. Though Duke was not with him in Hooper’s final triumph, but what he had imparted to Hooper had already become an inseparable part of Hooper’s psyche. Firm determination, perseverance and strong will can never be thwarted.

Value Based Questions and Answers of A Dog Named Duke

  1. Duke was more than a companion, a nurse and a guide for his crippled master. Describe Duke’s role in Chuck Hooper’s life. How did he assume all the responsibility for leading his crippled master back to his office desk?

Answer- Duke is not merely a pet dog. He is more than a companion, a nurse and even a guide for his crippled master. Duke’s re-entry into Hooper’s life lifted his numb spirits. The dog assumed all the responsibility for leading his crippled master hack to his office desk. The ghastly accident reduced 6-1′ giant into helpless cripple. Duke knew what he was doing for his master. When he first saw Hooper he jumped above the belt causing him lose his balance. But soon he realised his mistake. He never jumped on chuck again. The day he made Hooper take his first step, there was a rekindled hope. Then it was a dog who owned the man and not otherwise. The pair set goals. Their efforts were rewarded from March 1, when he began his full day work. The promotion order of Hooper was so worded as flit was a real tribute to Duke who was killed in a car accident. Duke advanced his and his master’s objectives step by step and succeeded in the end.

  1. When a person looses something, he is shocked and gets into a state of denial. How would you comment on the reaction of Hooper for having had a strange loss? Is his actions justified?

Answer- Life always has strange feelings to offer like sweetness, bitterness, joy and sorrow. There are many events in. Our lives which makes us happy and some which makes us sad. It depends upon the individuality of each that he/she reacts to the situation. One day Hooper had been paralysed This had made Hooper very dull and unsatisfied. Though he had lost courage but still his perseverance made him fit for official duty. He had a fighting spirit. His action is . completely justified. He grappled with his loss and re-invented the meaning of life. He fought with his paralyzed condition and finally rose to top of his career.

  1. Give the character sketch of Chuck Hooper?

Answer- Charles Chuck Hooper was a very strong healthy and efficient man before he met with an accident. After accident his health became fragile because of which he became incompetent and slow as work. However, with the help of Duke, his dog he regained courage and enthusiasm to fight against all odds to achieve strong goals. His will power and extreme undeterred perseverance made him do what medical science failed to do.

  1. Justify the title of the chapter ‘A Dog named Duke’?

Answer-  The title is fully justified, because in the story, the dog Duke plays the most important role in helping his master, Chuck Hopper revive from his paralyzed condition. Duke was a dog. But, he proved himself to be no less than a nurse in helping Chuck stands on his legs again. He helped him to walk by supporting him like a human being, pulling the leash taut and straight. The way he waited for him to regain balance in case of a stumble, highlighted his human-like intelligence. Dogs are commonly known as faithful animals, however, the way Duke helped his master regain his normal life, makes him emerge as a trustworthy, dependable and helpful guide and friend to his master.

  1. Chuck Hooper is the protagonist of the story ‘A Dog Named DUKE’ but the real hero is Duke, the dog. Support your answer with appropriate reasons.

Answer- There is no doubt that Charles Hooper is the protagonist of the story but the real hero is Duke .The title itself supports the above statement. The title does not give any indication about the accident and recovery of Charles Hooper. A mere mention of the title makes duke the hero of the story. Duke’s heroic work, his devotion to his master, his dedication and faithfulness makes him the real hero of the story. The entire plot of the story revolves around Duke.

  1. “Firm determination and strong will-power can achieve even the impossible”. How does this statement prove true in case of Chuck Hooper?

Answer- Tragedy in inevitable in human life. The only variable is what we do about it. Whether we choose to overcome handicaps or wallow in it, it is our choice. So tragedy proves to be the true touchstone of a person’s character. Chuck Hooper could have chosen to remain paralysed and not respond to Duke’s helpful gestures. Duke awakens what was lying dormant in Hooper’s mind, the will to fight back and emerge victorious. Life had ceased to be cakewalk for Hooper. Misery, regret, depression had reduced him to a vegetable. When Duke offers challenges, it is Hooper who rises to meet them. Pain, exhaustion, frustration take their toll but ‘Never say die’ spirit spurs him on. Days and weeks stretch into months. Step by step planning, setting deadlines — all were strategies towards a greater objective. Hooper doesn’t want to remain an object of pity. Instead, he becomes an inspiration for others in his daily trek. Neighbours and passersby became testimony to Hooper’s daily progress towards sanity and normalcy. His pattern of  progress is painful, stretches too long but in the end yields results. Hooper manages to walk not only to his office but is also ready to resume his duties. But he is not fit for a full day’s work. So he walks through the street, pulled faster and faster by Duke, to step up his endurance and stability. Life takes a full circle and Hooper becomes the Regional Manager. Destiny wishes him to move on in life even without Duke. Though Duke was not with him in Hooper’s final triumph, but what he had imparted to Hooper had already become an inseparable part of Hooper’s psyche. Firm determination, perseverance and strong will can never be thwarted.

  1. The Age long bond between ‘Man and Dog’ needs no reminder and proof. This story ‘A Dog Named Duke’ just adds on to the Saga of “Dog Man’s most faithful companion”. Express your views about it.

Answer- There are stories and stories of the faithfulness of Dogs for their Masters, the way they have sacrificed their lives for their Masters. These mute friends of man need no introduction, no medal, no awards. The Dog in our story is named Duke — a big Doberman weighing 23 kilos. The way he stubbornly persists in making Hooper walk, regain the use of his legs is remarkable. Dukes intention foresight, extraordinary powers of in-depth understanding of human psychology all bear fruit and Hooper regain the use of his limb and also gets back his job with a promotion. Tragically Duke loses his life in this Noble struggle. Dogs have proved time and again their loyalty and faithfulness. But Man has also tried to pay his tribute to these mute companions as the “Dog Memorial Graveyard” bears witness.

  1. “All odds, all challenges, all tragedies and all handicaps of life can be overcome with strong determination, persistent hard works insurmountable patience and unshakeable tenacity.” What values do you learn from Charles Hooper? Or

Write an article on ‘Coping with Loss’ on the basis of ‘A Dog Named Duke in about 150- 175’.

The following paragraph may be used as Just a Minute (JAM) on the topic ‘Coping with Loss’

Answer- When all is lost future still remains. Despite all odds, all challenge: all tragedies and all handicaps of life one can overcome difficult: with strong determination, persistent hard work, insurmountable patience and unshakeable tenacity and a little help from loved one  Charles Hooper was a favoured young man. Destiny that had been’ so kind to Hooper, all of a sudden gave an ugly turn to the sun; course of his life. He met with an accident that left his left side completely paralysed. Hooper was kept in hospital for about four months . The ghastly incident reduced him to helpless cripple and  left him demoralised. But the day when Duke made him take his first step, there was a iron rekindled hope. His firm determination and iron willpower helped him to fight all odds and he was able to walk again. From Charles Hooper’s determination we learn that coping with the challenges of life and accepting them as they come can give one an inner strength to find solutions to the most complex problems of life. Charle’s story is a marvellous triumph of endurance, perseverance, courage, determination and faith over the hostility of life.

  1. “Relationship between man and beast can be sublime.” Explain the sentence with reference to Hooper and Duke’s relationship.

Answer- The sublime relationship between man and beast is exemplified by Chuck Hooper and his dog, Duke. The mute animal ends up performing a miracle that human science could not. With sheer dogged determination, Duke helps his master get back on his feet after an accident that had left the master’s left side completely paralysed. It was Duke who taught Hooper to face the adversities of life without inducing in any self-pity. The way he coaxed his master to get out of the bed and forced him to go out for a walk with him clearly indicated how much he wished his master to live a normal life again. Once he succeeded in helping his master take the first clumsy step, Duke infused in him a sense of immense self-confidence. A mute animal had taught Chuck all the important lessons in patience, courage, perseverance, endurance and determination—the stuff—the dog was made of. It is these qualities only that guided Chuck’s long and tortuous path to complete recovery and rehabilitation. Thus, Duke not only helped his master overcome his physical handicap, he also equipped him with an inner strength that enabled him to live in the after-accident phase of his life. Duke proved that animal can also understand human problems and can be more than human companions.