Answers for “The coconut palm” with explanation

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Answers for “The coconut palm” with explanation

Answer Keywords Location Explanation
  1. furniture
trunk, 30 metres paragraph no. 2, line no. 4 This is an important source of timber for building houses, and is increasingly being used as a replacement for endangered hardwoods in the furniture construction industry.
  • the making of = construction
 2. sugar               flowers, top of trunk, sap line 8-10 of paragraph no. 2 Immature coconut flowers are tightly clustered together among the leaves at the top of the trunk. The flower stems maybe stapped for their sap to produce the drink, and the sap can also be reduced by boiling to produce a type of sugar used for cooking.
  • used as = produce
 3. ropes                      fruits, middle layer (coir fibres), paragraph no. 3, lines 3-5 The thick fibrous middle layer produces coconut fiber, ‘coir’, which has many uses and is particularly important in manufacturing ropes.
  • used for = manufacturing
 4. charcoal                 inner layer (shell) Paragraph no. 3, lines 5-6 The woody innermost layer, the shell, with its three prominent ‘eyes’, surrounds the seed. An important product obtained from the shell is charcoal, which is widely used in various industries as well as in the home as a cooking fuel.
 5. bowls  inner layer (shell), when halved last lines of paragraph no. 3 When broken in half, the shells are also used as bowls in many parts of Asia.
  • when broken in half = when halved
 6. hormones coconut water Paragraph no. 4, line 1-4 Initially, the endosperm is a sweetish liquid, ………………… grow faster and produce higher yields.
 7. cosmetics fruits, coconut flesh, oil Paragraph no. 4, lines 2-3 Dried coconut flesh, ‘copra’, is made into coconut oil and coconut milk which are widely used in cooking in different parts of the world, as well as in cosmetics.
 8. dynamite coconut flesh, ingredient paragraph no. 4, lines 7-9 A derivative of coconut fat, glycerin, acquired strategic importance in a different sphere, as Alfred Nobel introduced the world to his nitroglycerin-based invention: dynamite.
  • nitroglycerin-based invention = glycerin is an ingredient in this invention
 9. FALSE coconut seeds, germinate  paragraph no. 5,lines 4-6 Literally cast onto desert island shores with little more sand to grow in and exposed to the full glare of the tropical sun, coconut seeds are able to germinate and root.
  • exposed to the full glare of the tropical sun= needs sun not shade to germinate
 10. FALSE probably transported, Asia to America, 16th century Paragraph no. 6, lines 4-6 … .. .. 16th century trade and human migration patterns reveal that Arab traders and European sailors are likely to have moved coconuts from South and Southeast Asia to Africa and then across the Atlantic to east coast of America.
  • the coconuts were moved from Asia to Africa and then to america
 11. NOT GIVEN west coast of America, paragraph no. 6, line 7 But the origin of coconuts discovered along the west coast of America by 16th century sailors has been the subject of centuries of discussion. Two diametrically opposed origins have been proposed: that they came from Asia , or that they were native to America.
  • nothing about the difference found in west and east coast’s coconuts
 12. TRUE coconuts, Asia, cultivated varieties
Paragraph no. 6, line 10 In Asia, there is a large degree of coconut diversity and evidence of millennia of human use – but there are no relatives growing in the wild.
  • large degree of coconut diversity= cultivated varieties
 13. NOT GIVEN America and the Pacific    Paragraph 6 There is no definite mention of how coconuts are cultivated.


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