Gujarat Board GSEB Class 12 English Textbook Solutions Vistas Chapter 1 The Third Level Textbook Exercise Important Questions and Answers, Notes Pdf.
Gujarat Board Textbook Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 1 The Third Level
GSEB Class 12 English The Third Level Text Book Questions and Answers
Read and Find Out (Textbook Page No. 1)
What does the third level refer to?
The third level refers to the subway of the Grand Central Station that takes passengers to Galesburg, Illinois. The third level on the station was a medium of escape for Charley, the narrator from the harsh realities of modern life. It provided him a base where he could interweave fantasy and reality.
Read and Find Out (Textbook Page No. 5)
Would Charley ever go back to the ticket counter on the third level to buy tickets to Galesburg for himself and his wife?
No, Charley would never go back to the ticket counter on the third level to buy tickets to Galesburg for himself and his wife because the third level was his imagination.
Reading with Insight
Answer the following questions in about six to seven sentences each:
Do you think that the third level was a medium of escape for Charley? Why?
Yes, I think that the third level was a medium of escape for Charley. Life in modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worries and stress. Man has to confront them all the time. The harsh realities of life make living quite unpleasant and even unbearable. So, he wants to escape into a wishful world. Charley talks to his psychiatrist friend about the third level at the Grand Central Station. His friend calls it “a walking-dream wish fulfilment”. Charley possesses an escapist tendency. Even his stamp collecting is a ‘temporary refuge from reality.
What do you infer from Sam’s letter to Charley?
The way Charley came across Samis letter was surrounded in mystery. Among his oldest first-day covers, he found an envelope. The envelope containing the letter bore the address of his grandfather. It was written on July 18, 1894. The postmark showed the picture of President Garfield. Generally, the first-day covers have blank papers in them, but this one contained a letter. The letter was addressed to Charley. In the letter, Sam had informed Charley that he was living on the third level. He had also told Charley and his wife to keep looking for the third level. Clearly, the letter was a product of Charley’s imagination.
‘The modem world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and stress.’ What are the ways in which we attempt to overcome them?
We can overcome the anxieties and insecurities bred by our inevitable existence in the modern world by getting involved in some practical and beneficial activities. Cultivating hobbies, spending time with family and friends, going on trips and excursions, pursuing meditation and exercises help us live a balanced and healthy life. Reading good books is equivalent to having good friends with great insight. They not only enrich us with the vast store of knowledge but also help us to learn from other’s experiences and stay rooted to some basic qualities of humanity.
Joining hobby classes or gyms, attending social events like birthdays and weddings, going for outdoor games, interacting meaningfully through social-networking sites and writing diaries, etc. can also help us relieve our worries and stay focussed and disciplined in life. Simple activities like listening to music, playing with pets, an occasional dinner out, watching cinema or plays or going to places like parks, etc. can go a long way in helping us get rid of stress, boredom and insecurities.
Do you see an intersection of time and space in the story?
Yes, there Eire certain instances in the story that show an intersection of time and space. Firstly, the first two levels of Grand Central Station were located in the present time while the third level existed in the 1890s. Secondly, Charley and his wife, Louisa, live in the present time yet he rushes to get old currency to buy two tickets to go to the Galesburg of 1894.
Further, the old architecture of the platform at the third level is different from the modern platforms of the first two levels. Besides, the archaic manner of dressing by the people, and the newspaper, The World, dated June 11, 1894, also overlaps with Charley’s real-time world and existence. Lastly, the letter that was mailed to Charley’s grandfather on 18th July 1894 highlights the intersection of time and space as the sender (Charley’s friend Sam) and receiver (Charley himself) belong to the present time.
Apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection. Discuss.
It is true that apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection. Before the Wright Brothers invented the first aeroplane, nobody could have dared to believe that man could fly. Before Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, it would have been impossible to believe in long-distance talks happening in the real-time interface.
Moreover, there are examples of inventions, like that of inventing the modern-day sewing machine with a needle that has hole on its wrong end, which were conceived in dreams but now are part of our everyday reality. All this emphasises that fantasies of one point of time that seem illogical may turn out to be revolutionary things that change the future of the mankind. Similarly, it would not be far-fetched to think about railway stations fitted with time-machine devices that would make travel from one era to another just a matter of time.
Philately helps keep the past alive. Discuss other ways in which this is done. What do you think of the human tendency to constantly move between the past, the present and the future?
Besides philately, there are numerous other ways to help .keep the past alive. Collecting historical artefacts, paintings and inscriptions in a museum, collecting and reading books (including autobiographies, bio-sketches, letters and diary entries) written in different eras, collecting and viewing documentaries and other videos are all a few ways of revisiting history. Besides, we can keep our culture and traditions alive when we follow the rituals in ceremonies, treasured memories in the form of videos, photographs and audio collections.
Also, reviving old monuments, buildings and other artefacts may prove a huge learning opportunity to those visiting such places, and promote tourism at the same time. The capacity to oscillate between the past, present and future is a great intellectual gift. This human tendency enables him to plan for the future in the present by reaping benefits from the past. Consider a very simple example of adopting a study technique for board exams.
Considering the past result (of class test or half yearly exams) a student makes a strategy plan to address the weak areas more and score better in the future. Thus, such a tendency helps in ensuring acceptance of the impact of important decisions taken at any point of time and learning from them.
You have read ‘Adventure’ by Jayant Narlikar in Hombill Class XI. Compare the interweaving of fantasy and reality in the two stories.
In Adventure’ Jayant Narlikar expressed that many worlds exist simultaneously though they appear to be separated by time. He expressed that the other world also existed and prospered with the world we are aware of. On the other hand, in the third level, Charley a young New York commuter wandering Grand Central Station by accident finds a gateway that leads to a real past of 1894.
Seizing the opportunity Charley attempts to escape the rat race by buying a one-way ticket to his childhood town of Galesburg. Not having proper currency for that period, he is forced to postpone his plan to escape to the past.
The Third Level Summary in English
The Third Level Summary:
Charley, the main character of the story finds a portal which leads to 1894. He tries to go to his hometown, Galesburg. But, as because he didn’t have any currency of 1894, he had to postpone his plans for the future. He exchanged his three hundred dollar bills for less than two hundred dollars of that of 1894’s currency.
However, he never finds the third level again. When he tells this to his wife and his psychiatrist friend about this, both think that alike philately, this is also another way to take refuge from the realities of the world. However, the proof of the third level’s existence comes from the most unexpected source, his psychiatrist friend Sam.
Sam sends Charley a letter telling him about the third level. When Sam heads over to 1894 through the third level, he sends a first-day cover to his grandfather’s address. His grandfather thinking that the first-day cover was sent to him by himself, adds it to his collection of stamps and never opens it thinking that there is nothing in that envelope but blank paper. In the story, you will find a line ‘…he started my collection’. It means that Charley’s grandfather had a collection of stamps along with first-day covers which was passed over to Charley.
When Charley was looking at his collection, he found the letter which Sam had written to him and that letter gave solid proof of the third level’s existence. You might be confused by the last part of the story, but it’s really simple you see … the concept is something like something you do in the past which has direct effect on the present. Charley received the letter because Sam wrote it to him in 1894. Charley didn’t exist in 1894 because in 1894, he wasn’t born.
So, Sam had to think and write a letter to Charley’s grandfather who’s hobby was to collect stamps like Charley and Sam knew that if somehow he could make his grandfather into adding the letter to his collection, then it would straight away go off to Charley as Charley’s collection was started by Charley’s grandfather. So, I think it’s clear that Charley got that letter only when Sam sent it to him. He didn’t receive it until Sam actually went to 1894 and wrote a letter to Charley’s grandfather. It’s like this… something someone does in the past which has a direct (in this case immediate) effect on the present you are living in.