1. Extensive Reading
Read the following story and answer the questions that follow :
Robinson Crusoe’s ship had been destroyed by the sea. He had been alone for many years in a lonely island and longed for company. One day he discovered a footprint on the sand. Let’s find out what he did then. It was narrated by him
One day, when I was going towards my boat, I was surprised to see the footprint of a man on the sand. I stood amazed! I listened; I looked around me; I could neither hear nor see anything. I went up higher to look down; I went up the shore and down the shore, but it was no good; I could find no other footprint but that one. I went to it again to see if there were any more footprints and to tell if it had been my imagination. But I was not mistaken, for there was exactly the print of a foot - toes, heel, and every part of a foot. I could not imagine how it came there. I stayed for a long time thinking, but became more and more confused.
At last, I returned home very frightened, looking behind me after every two or three steps, mistaking every bush and tree to be a man.
When I came to my cave (which I called my castle), I ran inside it as if I was being chased. I did not remember whether I used the ladder or went by the hole in the rock, which I called the door. I ran for cover faster than any animal could run.
I did not sleep that night. The more I thought about what I had seen, the more afraid I was. I thought it could be one of the savages of the mainland who had wandered out to the sea, in a small boat.
Luckily I was not on shore at that time, but what would have happened if he had seen my boat! If he had seen the boat, he would have realised that someone lived on the island and would soon return with others to kill and eat me up.
And so I lay fearful for many days and prayed for protection. In doing so, I was much comforted and began going out to investigate. But even now as I went forward, I looked behind me frequently because I was still very frightened.
However, as I went about for two or three days and saw nothing, I became a little bolder. I decided to go down to the shore again and examine the footprint once more. I decided to measure it with my own footmark.
My fear returned! I went home again, believing that there was someone there. The island was inhabited!
(Adapted from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe)
Answer the following questions:
1. Why did Robinson Crusoe become confused?
*2. What would you do if you were in a similar situation?
*3. Do you know of any islands where primitive people live even today? Share what
you know among the members of your group.
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