Answer Key for Mary Kom
• Vocabulary-Word Inference
…to be ringside when Mary Kom is in action is to feel the kinetic heat of boxing. (p.1)
kinetic |kəˈnetik|adjectiveof, relating to, or resulting from motion.
But next to Mary, these other girls were ponderous. (p.1)
ponderous |ˈpändərəs|adjectiveslow and clumsy because of great weight: her footsteps were heavy and ponderous.
MPHAL IS A town so removed from the Indian growth story that aspiration is not even visible on its streets. (p.2)
aspiration |ˌaspəˈrāSHən|noun1 (usu. aspirations) a hope or ambition of achieving something: he had nothing tangible to back up his literary aspirations
In matters of infrastructure, government has excused itself altogether. (p.2)
infrastructure |ˈinfrəˌstrəkCHər|nounthe basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
To protest at atrocities by Indian security forces, an activist named Irom Sharmila has been on hunger strike for 11 years…(p.2)
atrocity |əˈträsitē|noun ( pl. atrocities )an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury: war atrocities.
Mary Kom… watching her four-year-olds run amok in the yard…(p.3)
amok |əˈmək, əˈmäk|(also amuck )adverb (in phrase run amok)behave uncontrollably and disruptively: stone-throwing anarchists running amok.
When he recounts the incident, in harrowing detail, it is a journey…(p.4)
harrowing |ˈharōiNG|adjectiveacutely distressing: a harrowing film about racism and violence.
He is a talkative, interesting man, full of long, precise anecdotes…(p.5)
anecdote |ˈanikˌdōt|nouna short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person: told anecdotes about his job.
Tempestuous in defeat, she felt Cancan had fouled all through the bout and the referee didn’t catch her. (p.6)
tempestuous |temˈpesCHo͞oəs|adjective1 characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion: he had a reckless and tempestuous streak.
…the five judges must instantly concur that a punch is substantial…(P.7)
concur |kənˈkər|verb ( concurs, concurring , concurred ) [ no obj. ] 1 be of the same opinion; agree: the authors concurred with the majority. • (concur with) agree with (a decision, opinion, or finding): we strongly concur with thisrecommendation.
• Questions for Reading Comprehension: True / False
- T-Kom is 5ft 2in officially, an inch more in her own estimate, but looks smaller-(p.1)
- F- Mary must play taller opponents, who will have a longer reach.(p.1)
- F-To cool off, this 29-year-old mother of two does cartwheels and somersaults in the ring…(p.1)
- F-She has lived in Manipur all her life. The daughter of landless agricultural labourers (p.2)
- T- Five girls live in this room, students at the…Mary Kom Boxing Academy. Meant for poor Manipuri boys and girls, the academy is free. (p.3)
- F- Mary’s husband Onler manages the academy, along with her career…(p.4)
- T- Onler’s father had been called out of the house by a group of men, taken a short distance away, and shot in the head at point-blank range. (p.4)
- F-To help fund her training, equipment and travel, he[Tonpa Kom-her father] sold the family cow for 14,000 rupees (£175) and borrowed money. (p.5)
- T-At the Olympics there are only three weight categories for women, as opposed to ten for men. (p.6)
T-But amateur boxing—or Olympic-style boxing, as it is beginning to be called…(p.7)
IV. Listening Activity: Video Clip: Magnificent Mary
- T-The video opens with opens with Mary warming up for a bout.
- F-The narrator describes Mary as a “diminutive” power house of energy.
- F-Mary states that when she was small, she was very interested in boxing, karate and kung Fu.
- T-Mary was always watching fighting movies.
- F-Mary began boxing 10 years ago.
- T-Since she became famous, she has inspired an entire generation of boxers.
- F-The young boxers hope that the boxing sport will become their ticket to a better future.
- T-Mary grew up in the countryside, where she had a tough childhood.
- T-She often helped her parents in the fields.
- F-Mary occasionally visits her family, who are very proud of her.
- F-Mary takes care of her family.
- T-She visited a high school where she has influenced the young students.
- F-When she was young, Mary was never a model student, but wild, and like to run free.
- T-One teacher described Mary as having a strong-will and being brave.