NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Literature Chapter 2 A Dog Named Duke

Textbook Questions Solved

Q1. Duke is a Doberman. What are the other known breeds of dogs?

Answer: Some other well known breeds of dogs are:

  • Poodle
  • Dach shund
  • Spaniel
  • Greyhound
  • German Shepherd
  • Labra dor
  • Dalmatian
  • Pekinese
  • Bulldog

Q2. Match the words in the boxes with their explanations given below:

(a) This is the other word for trembling
(b) This is used for smile
(c) You call a person this if he/she has pale gold coloured hair.
(d) This is a quality which relates to high energy and noise
(e) This is related to dancing or moving in a way that involves shaking your hips and shoulders
(f) This is to express a tendency to show violent and wild behaviour often causing damage
(g) We use it for a condition which is serious, uncertain and dangerous
(h) This is a state in which one is forced to stay in a closed space
(i) This is a medical condition involving bleeding in the brain
(j) It is a loud, deep shout to show anger.
(k) This is a condition when the rope or leash is stretched tightly


(a) quivering
(b) grin
(c) blonde
(d) rambunctiousness
(e) shimmied
(f) rampageous
(g) critical
(h) confinement
(i) subdural haemorrhage
(k) bellow (k) taut

Q4. Based on your reading of the story answer the following questions by choosing the correct option:
(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.


(iii) He did what he wanted.

(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 realised that Chuck was not well and could not balance himself.
(iv) Marcy did not allow Duke to come near Chuck.
(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.
(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.
(iv) Hooper was lost in his own grief and pain.

Q5. Answer the following questions briefly:
(a) In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man. Explain.
(b) They said that they would create a desk job for Hooper at headquarters.

Who are ‘they’?
Why did they decide to do this?
(c) Duke was an extraordinary dog. What special qualities did he exhibit to justify this? Discuss.
(d) What problems did Chuck present when he returned to the company headquarters?
(e) Why do you think Charles Hooper’s appointment as Assistant National Sales Manager is considered to be a tribute to Duke?

Answer: (a) The year 1953 had been quite an auspicious year for Hooper. This youngman of six-feet- one-inch,’played in the university football team. He was already a ‘hard-charging’ zone sales manager for a chemical company. He was a man of highly competitive nature and always had a big genuine grin of satisfaction over his face. He was a favoured youngman liked by all. Everything was going well for him.


They were men from Hooper’s chemical company. After the fifth week of the accident, some men from his company came to the hospital and told Hooper to take a year off
Hooper’s company told him to take a year off. They also promised to create a desk job for him at headquarters. A man in a wheelchair with paralysed arm and leg couldn’t do the mobile job of a ‘hard- charging’ zone sales manager. Hence, a desk job was especially created for him at headquarters.
(c) Duke was a four year old Dobermann pinscher weighing 23 kilos. Chuck Hooper liked Duke for his energy and cheerfulness. Duke knew what he had to do for Hooper.
Once while jumping he hit Hooper about the belt, causing him to fight to keep his balance. He never jumped on Chuck Hooper again. With Hooper standing, the dog walked to the end of the leash and tugged steadily. Leaning against the pull, Hooper learned to keep his balance. In this way, Duke helped Hooper to go on for short walks.

(d) Chuck’s company had created a especial desk job for him. But when he returned to the company’s headquarters, this move created some problems. Chuck was fighting very hard for his come back. The people there didn’t know that Hooper had already set his next objective: ‘March 1, a full day’s work’. But no one dared to tell him that he couldn’t do justice to his job as a salesman. He couldn’t move properly and worked only an hour a day.

(e) Charles Hooper was finally appointed Assistant National Sales Manager. Hooper’s appointment letter was so worded as if it was a special tribute to Duke. The words were “………. therefore, to advance our objectives step by step, ………..” It was just ‘step by step’ that Hooper learnt to maintain his balance and go for short walks. Duke made Hooper walk again like a normal man only ‘step by step’.

Q6. 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


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

Q7. Just A Minute
Given below are five qualities that Charles Hooper displayed during his struggle for survival.
Get into groups of four. Each team will choose one quality to talk about to the whole class for about one minute. But before you talk you have two minutes to think about it. You can make notes if you wish.

Answer: Group A: Charles Hoopqr was a man of courage.
Group B: He met with such a horrible * accident but displayed great perseverance during his struggle for survival.
Group C: Leaning against the pull of leash held by his dog Duke, Hooper learnt how to hold the balance.
Group D: Many times he lost his balance and fell down exhausted. But he had wonderful endurance and it kept him going.
Group A: Hooper was a motivated man. He was full of determination. He declared that he would start a full day’s work at office from March 1.
Group B: He could surprise all his companions in the company. The company created a special desk job for him at the headquarters. But it created some problems.
Group C: No one was ready to tell him that a paralysed man couldn’t do the job of a moving salesman.
Group D But he had great faith in himself and in his ability to do things. No doubt, all along his dog Duke helped him in his struggle for survival.

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