The Accidental Tourist NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Moments Chapter 9
The Accidental Tourist NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
Bill Bryson says, “I am, in short, easily confused.” What examples has he given to justify this?
Bill Bryson was easily confused. Many times while searching a lavatory in a cinema, he ended up standing on the wrong side of a self-locking doorin an alley. He used to forget his room number. He had to go to the reception at least two or three times a day to enquire about his room number.
What happens when the zip on his carry-on bag gives way?
The author tried to open his bag forcefully. The side of the bag flew open and all his items fell out in the open. Newspaper cuttings, tobacco packet, passport, money, etc. rained out over an area about the size of a tennis court.
Why is his finger bleeding? What is his wife’s reaction?
The author tried to open his carry bag to find out his discount card. The zip got jammed. He tried to open it and got a long deep cut in his finger. It started bleeding. His wife looked at him with an expression of wonder. She remarked, “I can’t believe you do this for a living.”
How does Bill Bryson end up in a “crash position” in the aircraft?
Bill Bryson leaned over to tie shoe laces, just at the moment someone in the seat ahead of him pushed his seat back into full recline. He was hit badly and found himself pinned helplessly in the crash position. He could get out of this position only by clawing to the leg of the passenger sitting beside him.
Why are his teeth and gums navy blue?
Bill Bryson was writing some important thoughts in a notebook. In between he was sucking on the end of his pen. He fell into conversation with an attractive lady. He amused the lady for more than twenty minutes. He did not realise that his pen had leaked. When he retired to the lavatory, he found his teeth and gums navy blue.
Bill Bryson “ached to be suave”. Is he successful in his mission? List his ‘unsuave’ ways.
Bill Bryson tried to open his bag in a polished way but the zip gave away and his paper and other items fell around. There was always an accident on the plane. He got hit badly while trying to tie his shoe laces. He knocked soft drink twice onto the lap of a sweet lady sitting beside him. He painted his teeth and gums navy blue with his leaking pen. He used to get into a car and close the door without taking his full coat inside the car. Sometimes he used to sit on a chewing gum, ice cream, cough syrup and motor oil. This type of behaviour is not acceptable in anyway. It makes a person lose his dignity. One should always be well mannered.
Why do you think Bill Bryson’s wife says to the children, “Take the lids off the food for Daddy”?
She knew if Bill was left to take off the lids himself, he would spill the contents and either spoil his own clothes or the clothes of those who were around him. She always told her children to take the lids off the food for daddy to avoid any embarrassing incidents.
What is the significance of the title?
Bill Bryson narrates humorously his experiences as a tourist. ‘Accidental’ means ‘happening by chance’. The narrator relates his experiences in the story. All the incidents, he narrates, are accidental happenings. The story is full of chance happenings in the life of the author. Hence, the title of the story is appropriate.