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Summary

Charles Hooper was a man of courage. He met with a severe accident and got paralysed but he mustered courage to adapt himself to the new situation. He displayed great persevarance during his struggle for survival with the help of his dog Duke. Not a single day went effortless. There was a commendable gradual progress from moving a step on the first day of his effort to walking upto the porch, then to the fence post, to the intersection and finally to the district office. Many a times he lost his balance and fell down exhausted but he had wonderful endurance that kept him going. Hooper was a person with full of determination. He set dates as objectives and with the help of Duke could acheive the same. He had faith in himself and ability. No one could dare to say that a paralysed man couldn 't do the job of a moving salesman taking into account the hardwork he did for a comeback. Hence they created a special   desk job for him. All along his dog Duke helped him in his struggle for survival.


EXERCISE:

Page No: 18

4. (a) With reference to Hooper, the author says, "Every thing was going for him", What does it imply?
(i) He had everything that a man aspires for.
(ii) People admired him.
(iii) He did what he wanted.
(iv) He was capable of playing games.

Answer 
(i) He had everything that a man aspires for.

(b) Duke never jumped on Chuck again because _____________.
(i) Duke was paralysed and unable to jump
(ii) Chuck was angry with Duke for jumping at him
(iii) Duke realized that Chuck was not well and could not balance himself
(iv) Marcy did not allow Duke to come near Chuck

Answer 
(iii) Duke realised that Chuck was not well and could not balance himself.

(c) The author says that Duke 'knew his job'. The job was _____________.
(i) to look after Chuck
(ii) to get Chuck on his feet
(iii) to humour Chuck
(iv) to guard the house

Answer 
(ii) to get Chuck on his feet

(d)  "_______ even Duke's presence didn't reach Chuck ". Why?
(i) Duke was locked in his kennel and Chuck couldn't see him.
(ii) Duke hid himself behind the bed post.
(iii) Duke had come to know that Hooper was not well.
(iv) Hooper was lost in his own grief and pain.

Answer 
(iv) Hooper was lost in his own grief and pain.

Page No: 19

5. (a) In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man. Explain.
In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man. Standing Six-foot-one, he’d played on the university 
football team. He was already a hard-charging zone sales manager for a Chemical company.

(b) They said that they would create a desk job for Hooper at headquarters.
(i) Who are 'they'?
(ii) Why did they decide to do this?

(i) ‘They’ refer to the seniors of Hooper who were working for the same chemical company Hooper used to work for. 

(ii) Hooper had met with an accident and was critically ill suffering from a subdural haemorrhage. He remained on the critical list for a month. After five weeks when the men from his office came to visit him, they told him that they would create a desk job for him at headquarters because they knew his left side was completely paralyzed and he would not be able to move around. 

(c) Duke was an extraordinary dog. What special qualities did he exhibit to justify this? Discuss.
Duke was an extra-ordinary dog with special qualities, when chuck came from the hospital, Duke jumped on him and he knew instantly that he was never to jump on him again. From that movement he took up a post behind master’s bed around the cloak. Duke encouraged his master to get up by poking his nose under Chuck’s elbow and lifting it up. He also nudged, needled and snorted. Finally chuck and duke began walking together with Duke pulling at the leash and holding taught so that Chuck could be supported and he could be supported and he could take one step forward. What began as one step at a time culminated
in Chuck walking by himself.

(d) What problems did Chuck present when he returned to the company headquarters?
Chucks moving back to the company's headquarters presented several tough problems. Looking at the way he had fought to get back to his normal life, no one had the heart to tell him that he would not be able to handle his old job. Yet it was impossible to work as a salesman if you can't move about and can work for just one hour in a day.

(e) Why do you think Charles Hooper's appointment as Assistant National Sales Manager is considered to be a tribute to Duke?
Charles Hooper’s appointment as assistant national sales manager is considered to be a tribute to Duke because just as Duke helped chuck to walk again step by step Chuck’s appointment advanced the objectors of the company step by step.

6. Following dates were important in Charles Hooper's life in some way. Complete the table by relating the description with the correct dates.

Date
Description

News spread that Hooper and Duke had made it to an intersection.

Hooper walked independently from the clinic to the branch office.

Hooper planned to start a full day's work at office.

Duke met with a fatal accident.
Answer

Date
Description
June 1
News spread that Hooper and Duke had made it to an intersection.
January 4
Hooper walked independently from the clinic to the branch office.
March 1
Hooper planned to start a full day's work at office.
October 12
Duke met with a fatal accident.

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