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Class 9 English The Sound of Music
I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.
1. How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?
Evelyn was younger than seventeen years old when she went to the Royal Academy of Music.
2. When was her deafness first noticed? When was it confirmed?
Evelyn’s deafness was first noticed when she was eight years old, as her mother observed her not responding to her name being called. It was confirmed when she was taken to a specialist at the age of eleven and diagnosed with severe hearing impairment due to gradual nerve damage.
II. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (30–40 words).
1. Who helped her to continue with music? What did he do and say?
Percussionist Ron Forbes helped Evelyn to continue with music. He tuned two large drums to different notes and encouraged her to “try to sense it some other way” rather than relying on her ears.
2. Name the various places and causes for which Evelyn performs.
Evelyn performs in various places and for various causes, including regular concerts, free concerts in prisons and hospitals, and giving high priority to classes for young musicians. She also tours internationally and has a hectic schedule.
III. Answer the question in two or three paragraphs (100–150 words).
1. How does Evelyn hear music?
Evelyn Glennie hears music through her body rather than relying on her ears. She describes feeling the music pouring in through every part of her body, tingling in her skin, cheekbones, and even her hair. When she plays the xylophone, she can sense the sound passing up the stick into her fingertips. By leaning against the drums, she feels the resonances flowing into her body. She also removes her shoes on a wooden platform, allowing vibrations to pass through her bare feet and up her legs. Her ability to sense vibrations and locate different notes in different parts of her body allows her to perceive and interpret music, enabling her to express it beautifully in her performances.
Class 9 English The Sound of Music MCQ
How did Evelyn Glennie discover her ability to sense certain notes in different parts of her body?
a) Through her ears
b) By watching other musicians
c) By feeling vibrations
d) Through her eyes
Answer: c) By feeling vibrations
At what age did Evelyn Glennie decide to make music her life?
Answer: c) Sixteen
What is Evelyn Glennie’s primary instrument?
Answer: c) Drums
How does Evelyn Glennie perceive music when she plays the xylophone?
a) Through her ears
b) By watching the notes
c) By feeling the sound passing up the stick into her fingertips
d) By reading the sheet music
Answer: c) By feeling the sound passing up the stick into her fingertips
What prestigious award was Evelyn Glennie presented within 1991?
a) Royal Academy of Music’s Top Performer Award
b) Royal Philharmonic Society’s Soloist of the Year Award
c) Beethoven Fund’s Inspirational Musician Award
d) Youth Orchestra’s Outstanding Achievement Award
Answer: b) Royal Philharmonic Society’s Soloist of the Year Award
How did Evelyn Glennie’s mother first notice her deafness?
a) Evelyn stopped playing the piano.
b) Evelyn didn’t respond when her name was called.
c) Evelyn complained of hearing loss.
d) Evelyn’s marks at school deteriorated.
Answer: b) Evelyn didn’t respond when her name was called.