NCERT English Beehive Class 9 Chapter 2 - The Sound of Music (Part I Evelyn Glennie)

Chapter 2 The Sound of Music

Part I - Evelyn Glennie Listens to Sound without Hearing It
Writer of the Story - Deborah Cowley
Question and Answers
I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each:
Question 1: How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?
Answer:
Evelyn Glennie was less than 17 years when she went to the Royal Academy of Music.

Question 2: When was her deafness first noticed? When was it confirmed?
Answer:
Evelyn Glennie’s deafness was first noticed when she was 8 years old. It was confirmed when she was 11 years old.

II. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (30 - 40 words):
Question 1: Who helped her to continue with music? What did he do and say?
Answer:
Percussionist Ron Forbes spotted her potential and to continue with music. He began by tuning two large drums to different notes. He would say that don’t listen through your ears says Evelyn. Forbes repeated the exercise, and soon Evelyn could sense certain notes in different parts of her body.

Question 2: Name the various place and causes for which Evelyn performs.
Answer:
Evelyn confesses that she is something of a workaholic. Apart from regular concerts, she also gives free concerts in prisons and hospitals. She gives high priority to classes for young musicians.

III. Answer the question in two or three paragraphs (100 - 150 words):
Question 1: How does Evelyn hear music?
Answer:
Evelyn explains that music pours in through every part of the body. It tingles in her skin, cheekbone and even in the hair. When she plays xylophone, she can sense the sound passing up the stick into her fingertips. By leaning against the drums, she can feel the resonance flowing into her body. When she performs music on a wooden platform, she removes her shoes so that vibrations pass through her bare feet and up her legs.

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