Chapter 11 – A Shipwrecked Sailor | Chapter Solution Class 9

A Shipwrecked Sailor
Book Name : Bliss English Textbook For Class IX Second Language
Subject : Bliss
Class : 9 (Madhyamik)
Publisher : Prof. Nabanita Chatterjee
Chapter Name : A Shipwrecked Sailor (11th Chapter)

Exercise 1

Tick the correct answer from the given alternatives

Question 1

Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked in

  1. 1659
  2. 1559
  3. 1359
  4. 1959


(a) 1659

Question 2

Robinson Crusoe used canvas to make a

  1. bed
  2. sail
  3. tent
  4. curtain


(c) tent

Question 3

The distance between the stakes Robinson Crusoe drove into the ground was

  1. five inches
  2. seven inches
  3. four inches
  4. six inches


(d) six inches

Question 4

Crusoe saw some fair weather in the month of

  1. December
  2. November
  3. September
  4. October


(b) November

Question 5

The journey homeward with the fruit parcel took Crusoe

  1. five days
  2. ten days
  3. three days
  4. four days


(c) three days

Exercise 2

Answer the following questions within fifteen words


  1. What name did Crusoe give to the dismal island?
  2. Where did he pitch the tent?
  3. How did Crusoe go over the fence?
  4. Why did he keep a journal?


  1. Island of Despair.
  2. On a little plain on the side of a rising hill.
  3. He used a short ladder to go over the fence.
  4. To describe his state of affairs and keep a record of everyday’s employment.

Exercise 3

Answer the following question within twenty-five words


  1. What were the items Robinson Crusoe collected from the wrecked ship?
  2. How did Crusoe keep track of the number of days he spent on the island?
  3. In what way did Crusoe make himself a lamp?


  1. Crusoe collected items such as tools, guns, clothes, and food from the wrecked ship.
  2. Crusoe kept track of the number of days by making notches on a stick.
  3. Crusoe made himself a lamp by filling a hollow in a rock with animal fat and lighting a wick.

Grammar in use

Exercise 4

Underline the adverbs and state their kind


  1. It is too hot today.
  2. The girl seldom visits my house.
  3. He searched everywhere for the book.
  4. The boy runs fast.


  1. too (degree adverb)
  2. seldom (frequency adverb)
  3. everywhere (place adverb)
  4. fast (manner adverb)

Exercise 5

Underline the clauses in the following sentences and state what kind of clauses they are:


  1. She asked me what my name was.
  2. He is a friend who has always helped me.
  3. Please enter the room when you are asked to.
  4. That he will win is known to us.


(a) She asked me | what my name was.

  • Independent clause: She asked me
  • Dependent clause: what my name was
  • Type: noun clause acting as the direct object of the verb “asked”

(b) He is a friend | who has always helped me.

  • Independent clause: He is a friend
  • Dependent clause: who has always helped me
  • Type: adjective clause modifying the noun “friend”

(c) Please enter the room | when you are asked to.

  • Independent clause: Please enter the room
  • Dependent clause: when you are asked to
  • Type: adverb clause modifying the verb “enter”

(d) That he will win | is known to us.

  • Independent clause: That he will win is known to us.
  • Dependent clause: None
  • Type: None (This sentence contains only one independent clause)

Exercise 6

Identify the following sentences as simple, complex and compound:


  1. They predicted that it would rain.
  2. The weather being fine, the children went out to play.
  3. Ravi woke up early but he could not reach school on time.
  4. Finishing his work, my father returned home.
  1. Simple sentence
  2. Complex sentence
  3. Compound sentence
  4. Complex sentence

Exercise 7

Do as directed


  1. Tatar hoped to do well in the examination. (change into a complex sentence)
  2. The Headmistress arrived and the meeting began.(change into a complex sentence)
  3. Ayesha was surprised when she heard the news. change into a simple sentence)
  4. You must work hard to be successful in life. (change into a compound sentence).


  1. Tatar hoped that he would do well in the examination.
  2. When the Headmistress arrived, the meeting began.
  3. Ayesha was surprised by the news.
  4. You must work hard, or you will not be successful in life.

Exercise 8


You had been ill for three days. Write a letter to the Headmaster/Headmistress of your school seeking a leave of absence for those days.



The Principal

[School Name]

Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Headmaster/Headmistress,

I have been unwell for the past three days and could not attend school. My doctor advised me to rest before resuming my studies. Kindly grant me a leave of absence for these three days. I will catch up on missed lessons on returning to school. I have informed my class teacher and enclosed a medical certificate.

Thank you.

[Your Name]

Exercise 9


You want to visit a tourist spot during the Puja vacation. Write a letter within 100 words to the manager of a hotel enquiring about the availability of rooms, the cost involved and sites to be seen.


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am planning to visit your city during the upcoming Puja vacation and I am interested in staying at your hotel. I would like to inquire about the availability of rooms and the cost involved during the said period. Moreover, I would also like to know about the tourist spots around the hotel that are worth visiting during my stay. It would be great if you could provide me with a list of the popular tourist sites in the area.

I would appreciate it if you could revert back to me with the required details at the earliest, as it would help me plan my trip accordingly.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.


[Your Name]

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