Conquering Mount Everest
About the passage
A. Read to understand
1. Fill in the blanks with years in which
these events occurred.
Tenzing Norgay was born in 1914.
He moved to Darjeeling in 1932 to accompany mountaineers.
He went on his first expedition to Mount
Everest in 1935.
He became the first to scale Mount Everest
2. Answer these questions.
What did Aditya plan to do with the
information he had gathered?
Ans. Aditya planned to quiz his classmates with the information
he had gathered.
How do the Sherpas help mountaineers?
Ans. The Sherpas helps mountaineers by carrying their supplies
and showing them the way up to the mountains.
How did Tenzing get to learn so many
Ans. Tenzing got to learn so many languages because being a
Sherpas he worked with so many different people.
How have Tenzing’s courage and heroism been
Ans. For his courage and heroism, Tenzing was awarded the
British George Cross and the Star of Nepal.
What is the answer to the question asked by
Aditya towards the end of the passage? You may use the Internet. (Q – Do you
know which award has been established in Tenzing Norgay’s honour by the
Government of India?)
Ans. The Government of India instituted the Tenzing Norgay
National Adventure Awards in his honour, awarded annually.
B. Read to infer
The Sherpas are hired by mountaineers to
guide them. However, Tenzing was different from the others. In what ways did
Tenzing prove to be much more than a guide?
Ans. Tenzing was much more
than a guide in the following way:
He learned to speak seven
ii. He was courageous and helped Edmund Hillary when he lost his
footing while climbing Everest.
iii. He was much experienced as he had taken part in more
Everest expeditions than any other climber.
How did Tenzing’s move from Tibet to Nepal
Ans. Tenzing’s move from Tibet
to Nepal benefits him because in Nepal there was a larger scope for Tenzing to
earn money as a porter and a guide.
Why was Tenzing perfectly suited to
accompany Hillary on his historic climb of Mount Everest?
Ans. Tenzing was perfectly
suited to accompany Hillary on his historic climb of Mount Everest because his
great experience and courage.
Why was Hillary fortunate to have the calm
Tenzing by his side while climbing Everest?
Ans. Hillary was fortunate to
have the calm Tenzing by his side while climbing Everest because Tenzing saved
Hillary’s life when he lost his footing while climbing Everest.
What do you think are the challenges faced
by mountaineers? What skills and qualities does a good mountaineer have?
Ans. There are many challenges
faced by the mountaineers. One and most occurring problem is altitude sickness.
The other problems in mountaineering include the avalanches, falling ice,
falling rocks and crevasse. Solar radiation and weather condition are the other
factors that may create problem during mountaineering.
Being a good mountaineer takes a lot of
practice, physical and mental strength, knowledge of terrains, understanding of
weather and proficiency in using climbing equipment.
You read how Tenzing was honoured for his
achievements. Does your school reward good performers? Why is it important to
honour a good performer?
Ans. Yes, our school rewards
It is important to honour a good performer because
rewarding performer’s achievement often increases performer’s motivation.