Power of Determination (by Burt Dubin)
Read to understand
A. Answer these
questions with reference to the context.
again heard the doctor and his mother speaking quietly.’
Who does ‘he’ refer to?
refers to Glenn.
What situation was ‘he’ in?
Ans. He heard
the doctor saying that the fire has destroyed so much flesh in his lower body,
that he has been crippled by his lower limbs for the rest of his life. Even on hearing
this, he did not give up and decided that he would not be confined to a
wheelchair. He will walk on his feet.
Why were the doctor and his mother speaking
doctor and his mother were speaking quietly so that Glenn would not get upset.
‘Once more, Glenn strengthened his resolve…’
When was the first time Glenn made a
made a resolve for the first time when he heard that he would die.
What was his strengthened resolve the
strengthened resolve the second time was that he would not be a cripple confined
to a wheelchair. He would walk.
What helped him to make this resolve?
strong determination helped him to make this resolve.
What caused the accident at the school?
Ans. One cold morning, someone had filled gasoline in the
kerosene container. Glenn tried to use it to light the coal stove in the school
room and disaster struck.
Were the doctors hopeful of a recovery for Glenn? Why?
Ans. The doctors were not hopeful because he had major burns and
the lower half of his body was severely damaged.
How did Glenn progress to the point of being nicknamed the ‘Kansas Flyer?
Ans. When Glenn’s legs became
strong enough then he began to run to school and everywhere else. Later in
college, he joined the track team and participated successfully in events which
earned him the title of ‘Kansas Flyer.
4. What three factors helped Glenn to
achieve his goal?
Ans. The three factors that helped Glenn to achieve his goal
were his parents’ love and support, his iron persistence and resolute
determination and the encouragement he got from the townspeople.
What distinction did he achieve in 1934?
Ans. In 1934, he participated in an athletics event at New York’s
Madison Square Garden and set a record for running a mile in 4 minutes and 8
seconds, the world’s fastest indoor mile.
Match the columns to make meaningful sentences.
Glenn Cunningham was given the
discovered alive by the teacher and students. e
The container was
in a half-dead condition. c
He was rushed to the hospital
fame as the man who ran the fastest mile. f
He spent many
task of warming the school before the others arrived. a
Glenn was fortunate to have been
filled with gasoline. b
He eventually gained
months in the hospital. d
Frame a question for each of the statements you made in the previous question.
a) What task was Glenn Cunningham given?
b) What was the container filled with?
c) What was his condition when he was rushed to the hospital?
d) How long was he in the hospital?
e) Why was Glenn fortunate?
f) What did he become famous for?
Discuss and write
Is it possible to develop a sense of determination as a young child?
Ans. Sense of determination means making one’s own choices,
learning to effectively solve problems, and taking control and responsibility
for one's life.
Yes, it is possible to develop a sense of determination as a
young child. Self-determination skills are most effectively learned and
developed by practicing them. Young children should be given ample opportunity
to use their self-advocacy, decision-making and socialization skills to prepare
themselves for working and living in their community.
What role do you think Glenn’s parents played in helping him achieve his goals?
Ans. Glenn’s parents were brave too. When Glenn was released
from hospital, his parents would massage his little legs every day. They wanted
him to overcome his disability. His parents’ love and support played a great
role in helping him achieve his goals.