Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Chapter 4.1 Please Listen Solution

Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Solution Chapter 4.1 – Please Listen

Balbharati Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Solution Chapter 4.1: Please Listen. Marathi or English Medium Students of Class 9 get here Please Listen full Exercise Solution.


Maharashtra Class 9

English Solution


Please Listen

Q.) What is the difference between ‘hear’ and ‘listen’?

Ans: ‘Hear’ means to receive or become conscious of a sound using your ears. Eg: She heard a noise outside. Whereas,

‘Listen’ means to pay attention to one’s sound or words. Eg: What kind of music do you listen to?


Q.) How old is the speaker in the poem?

Ans: It seems to me that the speaker in the poem is a teenager.


Q.) Who is he/she talking to?

Ans: He/she is talking to his/her parents or might be to those people who are constantly advising him/her and trying to solve his/her problems.


Q.) What must have happened before the speaker says all this?

Ans: It seems like, being a teenager or a young person, he/she went through some emotional stress and his/her parents or other elders are not able to understand exactly how he feels and keeps on advising him instead.


Q.) Is the speaker aware of his short comings?

Ans: Yes, the speaker is well aware of his short comings.


Q.) Does he/she want to improve?

Ans: Yes, the speaker wants to improve.


Q.) If he/she confident that he/she can improve?

Ans: Yes, he/she is confident enough that he/she can improve.


Q.) How does he/she want to work it out?

Ans: The speaker wants to pray to God, as God listens to the problems, without advising and help in finding the solutions ourselves.


Q.) Is the poet willing to listen to others? Discuss how you can be a good listener.

Ans: Yes, the poet listens to others. I can be a good listener by paying attention to what the other person is saying, without interrupting him/her and will not try to advice unless and until he/she needs it.



1.) The poet uses a free conversational style in his poem. It is also called colloquial style. Pick out such lines or expressions to support the above statement:

Ans:  a) Listen! All I ask is that, listen

b) When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advise, you have not done what I asked

c) So just listen and just hear me

d) Don’t talk or do, just hear me


2.) Put the following expressions in a table of do’s and don’ts as expressed by the poet:


Do’s Don’ts
a. Please listen a. Give me advice
b. Just hear me b. Tell me why
c. Accept what I say as a simple fact c. Solve my problem
d. Wait a minute d. Contribute to my fear


3.) Write in your own words:

a) What does the listener do, when the poet asks him to just listen? 3 points

Ans: i) Gives him advice

ii) Tells him/her the reason that why he/she shouldn’t feel depressed

iii) Tries to solve his problem

b) Why does the poet remark that the advice is cheap?

Ans: He says so because every single person is ready to give advice, no one instead is willing to just put their ears to what he/she to say.


c) Which two facts show that the poet is confident of overcoming his irrational feeling?

Ans: i) “I can stop trying to convince you and get about this business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling”

ii) “And when that’s clear the answer are obvious and I don’t need advice”


4.) According to the poet, how does God help people, when they pray to him for help?

Ans: When we pray to god and tell him our problems, he just listens and work it out for ourselves. He doesn’t give advice or try to fix things.



5.) Why should one learn to tackle one’s problems by one’s own self?

Ans: It is important to learn to tackle our own problems as it helps us becoming self-aware and decisive and also helps us to become self-confident.


6.) Why should seniors not over protect or over pamper juniors?

Ans: Seniors shouldn’t over protect juniors as it leads to over dependency, they won’t be able to take decisions on their own, if their elders always help them out or advise them or find out solutions for their problems.


Q.) Find out and write down some idioms/proverbs/axioms/quotations that convey a message similar to ‘self-help is the best help’.

Ans: a) “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love”

b) “Too many looks spoil the broth”

c) “You are the king and minister of your life”

d) “Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything”

Updated: September 3, 2021 — 2:52 am

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  1. The last line is supposed to be “too many cooks spoil the broth” not “too many looks spoil the broth.”

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