UP Board syllabus Class 11th
UP Board Chapter 7 Class 11 Explanation
BoardUP Board
Text bookNCERT
Class 11th
SubjectEnglish
Chapter Chapter 7
Chapter nameA ON AN AFRICAN RIVER
Chapter Number Number 3 Explanation
CategoryEnglish PROSE Class 11th
UP Board Syllabus Chapter 7 Class 11th English (Prose)
NumberChapter Number
1UP board chapter 7 Class 11 A DIALOGUE ON CIVILIZATION
2UP Board Chapter 7 Class 11th Summary of the Lesson
3UP Board Chapter 7 Class 11 Explanation
4UP Board chapter 7 Class 11 Comprehension Questions on Paras
5UP board chapter 7 Class 11 Short Questions Answer
6UP board chapter 7 Class 11 Long Questions Answer
7UP board chapter 7 Class 11 FILL IN THE BLANKS
  1. The herd is never dangerous, except when a canoe passes into the midst of it when all are asleep; then some of them may strike the canoe in terror. To avoid
    this, the traveller is advised to steer always near the bank by day and in the middle of the stream by night.

Reference

Reference: These lines are taken from the lesson ‘On An African River’ written by David Livingstone.

Context

Context : In these lines the author describes the nature of the hippos in the river Chobe.

Explanation

Explanation : According to the writer the river Chobe is full of hippos but they are not harmful by nature. They become harmful only when they are asleep and someone passes one’s boat into their midst and thus disturbs them. In such a situation a few of them may get afraid and attack the boat. People advise the
tourists not to disturb the hippos by moving the boat by the bank by day. In the same way they ask the tourists avoid the midstream sail by night.

  1. The hippo, It seems after breaking a canoe, always looks on the surface for the people: and, if he sees none he soon moves aff. One of these bachelors, as the
    hippos driven from the herd are often called, actually came out of his lain; and putting his head down, run, with very considerable speed, after some of our men as they were passing.
    One cannot tell the numbers in a herd, for they are almost always hidden beneath the waters; but as they require to come up every few minutes to breathe, if heads keep coming up all the time, then the herd is supposed to be large.

Reference

Reference: These lines are taken from the lesson ‘On An African River written by David Livingstone.

Context

Context: In these lines the author tells us about the habits and activities of the hippos residing in the river Chobe.

Explanation

Explanation: A hippo easily breaks a canoe and looks on the surface of the water for people to attack them. If the people dive down in the water the hippo finds none, he soon leaves the spot. The elderly male hippo driven out of the herd is called ‘bachelor’. He comes out of his shelter. If he find men crossing the river, he bends his head down and chases them with a very fast speed.
The hippos generally remain under water. Therefore, we cannot count them. But they come out of water every few minutes to breathe. Thus, we can see their heads frequently and we can count them to know whether their herd is large.

  1. They seldom leave the water to catch prey; but they often come out by day. to enjoy pleasure of a river. Once, a small one, about three feet long, made a dash
    at my feet and caused me to rush quickly in another direction, but this is unusual: for I never heard of a similar case. When employed in looking for food, they keep
    out of light, fishing chiefly by night; and when eating, they make a loud champing noise which once heard, is never forgotten.

Reference

Reference: These lines are taken from the lesson ‘On An African River’ written by David Livingstone.

Context

Context: In these lines the author describes the sporting nature of the crocodiles of the river Chobe.

Explanation

Explanation : The crocodiles do not come out of water to catch men and animals. But they generally come out in the day light and play about in and out. On one occasion three feet long crocodile rushed against iny feet. Getting afraid i ran fast in the opposite direction. But it was a rare event. I never again heard of a similar incident. The crocodiles roam about for food but not in day light. They 80 about in search of fish but generally by night. They make a loud champing sound while eating fish. Such a peculiar noise is difficult to forget

UP Board Syllabus Chapter 7 Class 11th English (Prose)
NumberChapter Number
1UP board chapter 7 Class 11 A DIALOGUE ON CIVILIZATION
2UP Board Chapter 7 Class 11th Summary of the Lesson
3UP Board Chapter 7 Class 11 Explanation
4UP Board chapter 7 Class 11 Comprehension Questions on Paras
5UP board chapter 7 Class 11 Short Questions Answer
6UP board chapter 7 Class 11 Long Questions Answer
7UP board chapter 7 Class 11 FILL IN THE BLANKS

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