SHORT ANSWERS - ALL IS NOT LOST
(i) What is an ICU in a hospital?
Ans. An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a special unit within a hospital where those patients are treated who are critically ill. The specially trained staff of the hospital takes care of such patients round the clock.
(ii) Why did the nurse ask Hira's sister to come and talk to her?
Ans. Hira had met with a road accident. She had received severe head and spinal injuries. The nurse tried to do several exercises on her lifeless arms but in vain. She made her younger sister to come and talk to her, thinking that her voice might activate her sister's nearly dead neurons and brain.
(iii) Why did the nurse disagree with the doctor's point of view?
Ans. The nurse disagreed with the doctors' point of view that Hira was a hopeless case because she thought that it was not logical. She was hopeful of Hira's recovery if a chance was given to her by the senior doctors.
(iv) Describe some qualities of the nurse in the story?
Ans. The nurse in the story is kind, dutiful and committed to her profession. She has positive thinking, strong will power and a sense of deeper understanding to life. She has a sense of hope for what to others may seem hopeless.
(v) Why did the nurse say: "Where there is a will there is a way"?
Ans. The nurse reached her seemingly impossible goal; her patient Hira that was a hopeless case in others' point of view has recovered. Thus she uttered the phrase. "Where there is a will there is a way". The phrase means that the unyielding people are bound to succeed.