(1) Who can you see in the pictures?
Answer : I can see the family of Bangabandhu in both the pictures. In the picture 1 Bangabandhu is sitting along with his parents, wife and children. In the picture 2 Bangabandhu is taking a photograph with his wife and children.
(2) What do you know about them?
Answer : Bangabandhu is one of the greatest leaders of Bangladesh. Being family members they played a great role to raise him as the father of the nation.
(3) Where were those people during the Liberation War?
Answer : Those people had to suffer a lot during the liberation war. They had to move from one place to another regularly to be safe.
(B) List the five ways how the Pakistan army
tortured Bangabandhu’s family.
Answer: (i) The Pakistani army threatened the family members of Bangabandhu.
(ii) They arrested Bangabandhu and his family members.
(iii) They made Bangabandhu’s family homeless. The family had to move from one place to another for safer place.
(iv) They set fire to Bangabandhu’s Tungipara home in front of his parents.
(v) Begum Mujib was not allowed by the Pakistani army to be with her daughter Sheikh Hasina, when she was admitted to hospital.
(c) Divide into pairs and tell the sufferings of
Bangabandhu’s family during liberation war in
your own words (Do not look at book)
Answer: The Pakistani army surrounded Bangabandhu’s home and started firing randomly.
They arrested Bangabandhu and put the other family members under house arrest. The family moved one place to another for safer place. The Pakistani army set fire to Bangabandhu’s Tungipara home where his parents used to live. Begum Mujib was not allowed to be with her daughter Sheikh Hasima, when she was admitted to hospital.
(D) Answer the following questions:
(1) Why was the family anxious?
Answer: The family was anxious as they realized that something horrific might occur as the Pakistani Army started firing randomly around the city and killing people indiscriminately on the night of 25th March in 1971.
(2) Where did Bangabandhu send the girls on that night?
Answer: Bangabandhu sent the girls of the family to a safer place for the night at Road No. 15, Dhanmondi and he gave their responsibility to his son- in- law Dr. Wazed Miah.
(3) How would the family communicate with
people or freedom fighters while they were under
Answer: The family would communicate with people
or freedom fighters in the disguise of vendors or by throwing pieces of waste paper with valuable information.
(4) How did the Pakistan army scare Sheikh
Jamal? How did Sheikh Jamal manage to flee
Answer: Pakistani army scared Sheikh Jamal that
they would hang him upside down. Later he found an opportunity, fled from the captivity and joined the
(5) How do you explain Bangabandhu’s family’s
contribution to liberation war?
Answer: Bangabandhu’s family contributed a lot to the liberation war. The family communicated by throwing pieces of waste paper with important information written on them. Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Kamal joined the liberation war as freedom fighters and fought against the Pakistani army from the front line.
(E) Discuss if the sentences are True/False. Give
correct information if a statement is false.
(1) Begum Mujib went to a safer place at Dhanmandi at the night on 25 March, 1971. (False)
Correct Information: Begum Mujib stayed with her husband Bongabandhu at the night on 25 March, 1971.
(2) Bangabandhu has declared the independence
of Bangladesh before he was arrested by
(3) Nobody stood beside the family of
Bangabandhu during liberation war.(False)
Correct Information: Some close friends stood beside the family of Bongabondhu during Liberation war.
(4) Bangabandhu’s parents became very sick soon after the Pakistan army had set fire to their home at Tungipara.(True)
(5) After liberation war was over, Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Jamal both returned home on the same day.(False)
Correct Information: After Liberation War was over, Sheikh Jamal returned home in the afternoon while Sheikh Kamal returned home the next day.
Lesson 2: The Tale of Homecoming
(1) What do you see in the picture?
Answer: I can see the homecoming of Bangabandhu after the independence of Bangladesh.
(2) Who do you identify in the picture?
Answer: I can identify Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the open truck in the middle of the picture.
(3) Do you find any connection between the picture and the title of the lesson? How?
Answer: Yes. There is a clear connection between the picture and the title of the lesson ‘ The Tale of Homecoming’. The picture shows how Bangabandhu is being received by thousands of his countrymen with happiness all around.
D. Answer the following questions:
(1) What made Bangabandhu so bold while in the prison?
Answer: Bangabandhu was so bold while in the prison because he knew nothing would stop the Bangalees to gain independence from the Pakistani soldiers.
(2) How did time change in Bangabandhu’s life within the nine months in a Pakistani prison?
Answer: Bangabandhu was brought in Pakistan as a prisoner nine months earlier with little or no hope to return to his country. However, when Bangladesh finally got independence, Bangabandhu was released and he was free to come back home.
(3) How did London welcome Bangabandhu?
Answer: Bangabandhu was welcomed in London with proper honour by the British prime minister and the leader of the opposition along with journalists, the general public, British officials and politicians and Bangalee residents. His arrival was made headlines in the British News and media.
(4) Do you agree with the statement that Bangabandhu was excited as well as relieved from long anxiety in London? Why/Why not?
Answer: Yes, I agree with the statement that Bangabandhu was excited as well as relieved from long anxiety in London. Because he called Dhaka and spoke to his family and Tajuddin Ahmed for the first time after his arrest by the Pakistan Army in March 1971.
(E) Match the word’s/phrases in column with the
means in column B. One is done for you. After matching, make sentences using them relating to your life.
|Column A||Column B|
|(1) on the way||in course of journey|
|(2)stop over||rest for sometime|
|(4) wholeheartedly||from the heart|
|(5) tar mark||area from which planes take off at an airport|
|(6) horde of newsman||a group of journalists on newspaper reporters|
|(7) to moist Eyes||to fill eyes with tears|
|(8) military junta||a group of Army personnel rules a country|
|(10) winter haze||Mist or fog that covers winter evening|
(1) on the way– On the way to my school I met my uncle.
(2) stop over – I have to stop over to rest.
(3) mesmerised – I was mesmerized by the rural scene.
(4) wholeheartedly – The members of the club wholeheartedly welcomed me.
(5) tar mark – The aeroplane took off from its tar mark.
(6) horde of newsman– A horde of newsman was present at the meeting.
(7) to moist eyes – The girl looks at me with two moist eyes.
(8) military junta – Military junta took control of the situation.
(9) intoned – He intoned my words.
(10) winter haze– The green fields are washed by winter haze.
(H) Make a timeline of two indents mentioned in
the texts on Bangabandhu’s homecoming.
Answer: (1) Bangabandhu was taken to Pakistan as
a captive until 7th January, 1972.
(2) In the evening of 7th January 1972. Bangabandhu
(3) Early in the morning on 8 January, 1972.
Bangabandhu arrived in London.
(4) Bangabandhu left London for Dhaka on the 9th
January evening in 1972
(5) On the way he would stop over in Delhi in India in
the morning of 10 January.
(6) Sometime after 1.30 PM Bangabandhu arrived in
(7) The father of the nation climbed on a beard of an
open truck and headed for the race course.
(8) At two race course, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar
Rahman wept remembering the sacrifices of the
(9) Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman made his
way back to his family.
(J) Do you agree with Bangabandhu that the
Bangalees have become worthy now? Justify your arguments in 200 words.
Answer: Yes, I agree with Bangabandhu, Father of
the Nation that the Bangalees have become worthy
Because the Bangalees had achieved victory against Pakistani army within the nine months of bloody war. Bangalees all over prepared themselves with whatever to face the Pakistanis. Students, teachers, doctors all walks of people come forward to save the motherland, but in the liberation war of Bangladesh, the people were wholeheartedly in support of the cause of freedom. The Mukti Bahini found Shelter, food and information wherever they went without any hesitation. Bangalees living abroad and their friends join hands to fight in the war of liberation. The international media was seen the struggle of the Bangalee people. The international community gave their sympathy and full support. So finally we can say every glory has a price to pay, Bangalees had to pay a high price for their freedom. But the great liberation war brought the nation together. The pride and glory and the spirit of the liberation war inspired us. So Bangabandhu said, “Were now worthy and valuable.”
Lesson 3 Bangabandhu at the UN
(c) Here are some words/phrases from the text
the meaning of which are given below with
alternatives. Choose the best answer as per the
(1) So it was another war that Bangabandhu had
to wage. Here the meaning of the underlined word is-
Answer: (d) Pay.
(2) It was another war that Veni Vedi Vici
experience for him. The meaning of the underlined phrase is
Answer: (d) He came, he saw, he conquered.
(3) Bangabandhu clarified Bangladesh’s absolute
pledge to the missions of the UN charters. The
meaning of the underlined word is –
Answer: (a) Determination.
(4) It was essential to justify the sacrifice of the
countless martyrs. The meaning of the underlined phrase is –
Answer: (d) Number of people who sacrificed their
lives and it’s impossible to count them.
(5) Bangabandhu expressed his utmost gratitude
to the UN ………. for standing beside war-ravaged country. The meaning of the underlined phrase is –
Answer: (d) Damaged by the war.
(6) He expressed his worry about people’s plight
to earn their own rights. The meaning of the
underlined word is –
(D) Here are some sentences that sum up the text
in section B. Match the title with each of the
paragraphs except the last two. The first two
paragraphs will have the same title.
(1) Bangabandhu’s polices to friend and
neighbours = 6th paragraph
(2) Call for unity = 6 the Paragraph
(3) The background information = First two
(4) Voice against tyranny = 5th paragraph
(5) Thanks giving = 4th Paragraph.
(E) Read the text in section B again. Work with a
partner and ask answer the following questions.
(1) How did Bangabandhu pay tribute to the
Answer: Bangabandhu paid tribute to the language
martyrs by delivering his speech in Bangla.
(2) Why did Bangabandhu seek for togetherness
and global partnership?
Answer: Bangabandhu seek for togetherness and
global partnership to remove the gap between the
rich and the poor countries.
(3) What foreign policy did Bangabandhu formulate in his speech?
Answer: Bangabandhu formulated the foreign policy
in his speech. He declared that Bangladesh would
follow the paths of togetherness, brotherhood,
mutual respect and cooperation.
(4) Do you think Bangabandhu could speak about the national, regional and international problems? Justify your argument.
Answer: Yes, I think Bangabandhu could speak about the national, regional and international problems. He expressed his worry about people’s plight to achieve their own rights.
(5) Why did the text term Bangabandhu as a leader of the oppressed and leader of the third world?
Answer: The next term Bangabandhu as a leader of
the oppressed and leader of the third world because
Bangabandhu told about the problems of the
oppressors and the poor countries in his speech.
(H) Make a list of some questions that you would have asked if you had a chance to meet Bangabandhu after his speech at the UN.
(1) How do you present Bangladesh to the world?
(2) What are the reaction of the members of the
(3) Are they agree to help Bangladesh?
Lesson 4 Bangabandhu’s Relationship with other Countries
(C) Ask and answer the following question based
on the text you read at section B. Then write the
(a) What did Fidel Castro compare Bangabandhu
Answer: Fidel Castro compared Bangabandhu with
Himalayas. Because in personality and courage
Bangabandhu is the Himalayas.
(b) What do you understand by ‘friendship to all,
malice to none’?
Answer: I think, ‘friendship to all, malice to none;
means to be friendly with others and not to quarrel.
(c) How did India help us during our liberation
Answer: India standing beside Bangladesh with their aids and millions of war refugees who took shelter in India during the liberation war.
(d) Why did Bangabandhu try to join different
Answer: Bangabandhu tried to join different
alliances to remove the gap between the rich and
(e) What was the purpose of Bangabandhu’s visit
to different countries?
Answer: The purpose of Bangabandhu visit to
different countries was to gain support from those
countries and to promote friendly relationship with
(D) Here are some words from the reading text. Find the opposite words and write on the blank spaces. You can take help of a dictionary:
(1) Charismatic – Bore.
(2) Evident – Unclear
She ate the egg with evident joy.
(3) Harmony – Mismatch
These are some harmony between two sisters.
(4) Wisdom – ignorance
We should gather wisdom.
(5) Capitalist – Socialist.
America is a capitalist country.
(E) Look at the third paragraph of the passage
and identity the connecting linking words.
(E) Look at the third paragraph of the passage and identify the connecting linking words:
|connecting or linking word||place of use|
|for instance||to give example of what was said before|
|moreover||to give addition of the previous sentence|
|not only that||to add more about something|
|However||to give the opposite idea of the previous sentence|
|noticeably||to show the noticeable manner|
|consequently||to tell the result of an action|