NCERT Book Page Number 20
Thinking about the text
1. Answer each of these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences.
(a) How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?
Ans. She was seventeen at that time.
(b) When was her deafness first noticed? When was it confirmed?
Ans. Her deafness was first noticed when she was eight years old. It was confirmed by the time she was eleven years.
2. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph. (of about 30-40 words.)
(a) Who helped her to continue with music? What did he do and say
Ans. A famous percussionist, Ron Forbes, helped Evelyn to continue with music. He spotted her ability and encouraged her. He began to play two large drums to different tones. He asked her, “Don’t listen through. your ears.” Try to sense it sonic another way
(b) Name the various places and causes for which Evelyn performs.
Ans. Evelyn is a professional musician. She performs in regular concerts. Except this, she gives free performances in prisons and in hospitals. She gives great importance to classes for young musicians. She tries to inspire deaf children with her example.
3. Answer the question in two or three paragraphs. (100-150 words)
(a) How does Evelyn hear music?
Ans. Evelyn is a totally deaf child. Her listening capacity had totally failed when she was eleven years old. Mr Ron Forbes inspires her to pursue her music. He asks her not to listen to music through her ears but in some other way. Evelyn works hard. She began to listen to music through every part of her body. She listens to the high tone of the drum from the waist up and lower tone from the waist down. She says that she has learnt to open her mind and body to sounds and vibrations. She says that music tingles in her skin, her cheekbones and even her hair. When she plays the xylophone, she senses Allison through her fingertips. By leaning against the drums, she feels the echoes of its music. On a wooden platform, she performs barefooted so that music may reach to her heart through feet and legs.