DEEP WATER William Douglas
FLAMINGO CLASS-12 PROSE- CHAPTER:3
1. “Deep Water” is based on the story of –
A. Kamala Das
C. Anees Jung
D. William Douglas
2. In which of the following institutions William Douglas spent two years teaching ?
*Thereafter, he pursued legal career , also became friend and advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt .
3. ‘Deep water’ is an excerpt taken from –
A. Lost Spring
B. My Years with Boss
C. Penguin Book of Interviews
D. Of Men & Mountains
* In this excerpt he talks about his fear of water & how he overcame it .
4. What had happened to the narrator when he was ten-eleven years old?
A. He decided to learn aerobics
B. He decided to climb mountains
C. He decided to learn to swim
D. He went to the beach in California with his father
5. ‘There was a pool at the Y.M.C.A in Yakima that offered exactly the opportunity”. What opportunity is being talked here?
A. Opportunity to learn swimming
B. Opportunity to learn paragliding
C. Opportunity to learn surfing
6. Why Yakima river is referred to as ‘treacherous’ in the extract?
A. It offered an opportunity to swim
B. Due to many incidents of drowning
C. It was nine feet deep
D. Narrator had drowned in this river when he was three years old
*Treacherous – unsafe, dangerous
7. Why did Douglas hate to walk naked with a pair of water wings?
A. He didn’t want to learn swimming
B. The water wings were too tight
C. He didn’t want to show his skinny legs
D. He had an aversion to water wings
- But he subdued his pride & did it
- Aversion – a strong dislike
8. How did William Douglas’s aversion to water begin ?
A. A boy tossed him into the deep end of YMCA pool
B. His father tossed him into YMCA pool
C. His instructor took him to beach where he was knocked down by strong waves & got breathless
D. His father took him to beach in California where he was knocked down by strong waves & got breathless
*His introduction to the Y.M.C.A swimming pool revived unpleasant memories and stirred childish fears.
9. Aping in the chapter means the same as –
10. What misadventure happened with Douglas at YMCA pool?
A. He fell into water
B. Waves knocked him down & swept over him
C. A big bully threw him into the deep end of the pool when no one was around
D. His instructor scolded him
*Douglas had a shocking experience he almost drowned that day
11. Bruiser in the chapter means –
A. a big, strong, rough man
B. a weak ,timid man
C. a young , tall man
*Eighteen years old boy who tossed Douglas into pool
12. “He was a beautiful specimen”. Who is ‘He’ referred to here?
C. Eighteen years old boy
He yelled “Hi, skinny! How’d you like to be ducked”
Ducked – pushed under water
13. “I was frightened , but not yet frightened out of my wits” means –
Ans: When Douglas was thrown into the pool, he was frightened but he was frightened, but he used his intelligence and on his way down the pool, planned to push himself up when he reached the bottom
14. Which of the following is another word for gathered?
15. Tinge refers to –
Dizzy – faint
16. Flailed in the chapter means –
A. Wave flag
D. Wave hands
*Throbbed -feel pain in a series of regular beats
17.Douglas tried to save himself in the pool by.
A. Pushing himself upwards
B. Shouting aloud “help”
C. Waiting for someone to pull him out
D. Deep breathing
18. William compares his situation to –
A. A fish in the sea
B. A person who acts to drown in the river
C. A person who sees a nightmare and fights against it but is unable to prevent it
D. A person who drowned in the Yakima river
19. What terror is being talked about by William?
A. Terror of not being able to swim
B. Terror of the young strong boy
C. Terror of being under water
D. Terror of his instructor
20. The meaning of Shrieking is –
21. How many attempts did Douglas make to come out of water?
22. “I crossed to oblivion, and the curtain of life fell” implies –
Ans: Douglas became unconscious and now his life would end
23. “But I was only fooling’’ ‘I’ refers to –
B. The boy who threw Douglas into the pool
C. Douglas’s Dad
D. Mother of William
*After that Douglas was taken to the locker room
24. What were the after effects of the incident happened at YMCA pool on Douglas?
A. He felt weak and shivered
B. He couldn’t eat that night & cried
C. He never went back to the pool
D. All of the above
25. “Icy horror would grab my heart.” What horror would come again whenever Douglas wanted to get into the water?
A. The California beach incident
B. Yakima river incident
C. YMCA pool incident
D. His drowning at Lake Wentworth
26. Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?
A. He wanted to prove the young boy that he can swim
B. His family & friends made fun of his fear
C. His fear hampered joys of enjoying different water sports
D. His instructor had challenged him
Different water sports like – fishing , canoeing, boating etc.
27. In which month did Douglas decided to get an instructor?
*He went to pool & practiced five days a week an hour each day
28. How did instructor build a swimmer out of Douglas?
A. He adopted a systematic method to turn Douglas into a swimmer
B. He made him cross a pool suspended by a rope attached to a pulley
C. He taught him to breathe, leg movements & other strokes while swimming
D. All of these
* Piece by piece he built a swimmer
29. In which month the instructor finished the training of William?
30. “The instructor was finished, But I was not finished.” Why was Douglas not finished?
Ans: Douglas had not overcome the fear yet and wondered if the terror would grab him when he would be alone in the water
31. Whenever terror struck again Douglas would imagine himself –
A. laughing and joking
B crying and panicking
C. avoiding water and swimming
D. jokingly talking to terror
But now I could frown and say to that terror, “Trying to scare me, eh?
He faced the terror with confidence
32. Why did Douglas go swimming at Lake Wentworth?
A. To showcase his skills for all who had doubted him.
B. To honour the efforts of his swimming instructor.
C. To build on his ability of swimming in a natural water body.
D. To know for sure that he had overcome his fear of drowning in water
*He swam two miles
* Lake Wentworth was in the new Hampshire
33. Select the option that lists the correct inference based on the chapter.
A. Triggs Island and Stamp Act Island are both located in Lake Wentworth.
B. Lake Wentworth is a part of Triggs Island.
C. Stamp Act Island is two miles away from New Hampshire.
D. Lake Wentworth is connected via docks to New Hampshire.
34. Douglas mentions that the old sensation returned in miniature. He means that he felt the familiar feeling of fear ___________
A. at irregular intervals.
B. on a small scale.
D. without notice
35. How did Douglas handle the ‘old sensation’?
A. Addressed it.
B. Avoided it.
C. Submitted to it.
D. Stayed indifferent to it.
*Only once did the old terror returned when he was in the middle of the lake Wentworth , he faced it and laughed at it.
36. Swimming in which lake cleared the residual doubts of Douglas and he conquered the fear of water ?
A Lake Wentworth
B. Lake Michigan
C. Warm Lake
D. Gilbert Lake
37. Who was Dough Corpron mentioned in the Deepwater?
A. Instructor of Douglas
B. Father of William
C. A swimmer
D. The boy who threw Douglas into the pool
38. What deep meaning does the experience have for William Douglas?
Ans. He realized that death was peaceful and only the fear of death was fearful .
*He conquered his fear , experienced both the sensation of dying & the terror that the fear of it can produce, he learnt the will to live in great intensity (his desire to live grew immensely)
39. Who said “All we have to fear is fear itself” ?
B. William Douglas
C. Dough Corpron
40. Select the option that lists the qualities of Douglas’ trainer.
A. (1) and (6)
B. (3), (4) and (5)
C. (2) and (5)
D. (1), (4) and (6)
41. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
Statement 1: The author’s father laughed to mock his son’s inability to swim.
Statement 2: The author wanted to swim just to prove to his father that he can swim.
A. Statement 1 is true but Statement 2 is false.
B. Statement 1 is false but Statement 2 is true.
C. Both Statement 1 and Statement 2 cannot be inferred.
D. Both Statement 1 and Statement 2 can be inferred
42. “My introduction to the Y.M.CA. swimming pool revived unpleasant memories and stirred childish fears.” It can be inferred that this was a clear case of –
The action of subduing someone or something by force
43. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
Statement 1: The author tried his best to jump out of water. Statement 2: After a while, the author was not conscious in water.
A. If Statement 1 is the cause, Statement 2 is the effect.
B. If Statement 1 is the effect, Statement 2 is the cause.
C. Both the statements are the effects of a common cause.
D. Both the statements are the effects of independent causes
44. Which option indicates that the writer lost consciousness?
A. ‘It was quiet and peaceful.’
B. ‘I crossed to oblivion.’
C. ‘Tender arms like Mother’s.’
D. ‘It wiped out fear.
Oblivion – the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.
45. The chap that threw me in was saying, “But I was only fooling.” Choose the option mentioning the personality traits of this ‘chap’.
A. 1, 2, 4
B. 2, 4, 5
C. 2, 3, 5
D. 1, 3, 5
*Callous – heartless
46. The most appropriate justification for the title of the chapter ‘Deep Water’ is that
A. It’s about the dangerous depth of the swimming pool.
B. It reveals the author’s lack of surety about overcoming his fear of swimming.
C. It underlines the author’s fear of water and how he overcomes it.
D. It includes the methods of the author’s coach to overcome the fear of deep water
47. Yakima river is the tributary of –
*In eastern Washington, USA
* Yakima state named after indigenous Yakama people
48. Another word for ‘cascades’ is –
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