Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following statements.
WORKING WITH THE TEXT (Page 130)
Answer the following questions.
Question 2: What was the story attributed to the Stone Face?
Answer: The story attributed to the Stone Face was that someday a child with the likeness of that face would be born. He would become the greatest and noblest person of his age.
Question 3: What gave the people of the valley the idea that the prophecy was about to come true for the first time?
Answer: A Youngman named Gathergold had left the valley many years ago. By the time he grew old, he had grown rich. When he returned to his native valley, a rumor spread that he resembled the Stone Face. People thought that the prophecy had come true.
WORKING WITH THE LANGUAGE (Page 130)
Question 1: Look at the following words.
Like — likeness
punctual — punctuality
The words on the left are adjectives and those on the right are their noun forms.
Write the noun forms of the following words by adding -ness or -itv to them appropriately. Check the spelling of new words.
Question 2: Add-iv to each of the following adjectives, then use them to fill in the blanks.
Complete each sentence below using the appropriate forms of the verbs in brackets.
SPEAKING AND WRITING (Page 131)
Question 1: Imagine you are Ernest. Narrate the story that his mother told him.
Begin like this: My mother and I were sitting at the door of our cottage. We were looking at the Great Stone Face. I asked her if she had ever seen anyone who looked like the Stone Face. Then she told me this story.
Answer: She had heard that story from her own Mother that someday a child would be born resembling the Stone Face. In manhood, he would become the greatest and noblest person of his time.
Question 2: Imagine you are Gathergold. Write briefly the incident of your return to the valley.
Begin like this: My name is Gathergold. I left the valley of the Great Stone Face fifty years ago. I am now going back home. Will the people of the valley welcome me? Do they know that I am very rich?
Answer: I drove to my native village in a horse-drawn carriage. The people mistook me for the Great Stone Face. They welcomed me and shouted, “Sure enough, the old prophecy is true and the great man has arrived at last”.
I. SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Question 1: What is the significance of the Great Stone Face?
Answer: The Stone Face was a work of nature. It was formed on the side of a mountain by rocks. Viewed from a distance, those rocks looked like the features of a human face. People linked stories to that face. The people living in that valley believed that someday a great and noble person with the likeness of that face would come.
Question 2: What did the spectator see when he went near the Great Stone Face?
Answer: When the spectator went near the Great Stone Face, he lost the outline of the enormous face and could see only a heap of gigantic rocks, piled one upon another.
Question 3: How did Ernest grow up to be a mild and quiet youth?
Answer: Ernest never forgot the story that his mother told him. He was dutiful to his mother and helpful to her many things, assisting her with his little hands, and more with his loving heart. In this manner, he grew up to be a mild and quiet youth.
Question 4: How did Gathergold become rich?
Answer: Gathergold was a young man when he left his native valley and settled at a distant seaport. He set up there as a shopkeeper. He was very sharp in business matters and therefore became very rich in a very short span of time.
Question 5: How did people’s opinion change about Gathergold after his death?
Answer: Gathergold died one day. His wealth had disappeared before his death. Since the melting away of his gold, it had been generally believed that there was no likeness between the ruined merchant and the majestic face upon the mountain.
II. LONG ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Question 1: What was the prophecy connected with the Stone Face? Did it come true?
Answer: The prophecy is a statement about some event in the future. The people of the valley believed that the Stone Face was auspicious for them. It made the land fertile with its gaze.
The old prophecy about the Stone Face was that at some future day a child would be born there who will grow up to become great and noble. The child would look like the Stone Face. Some people thought it was just idle talk. It appears finally Ernest himself would be declared to be the great man resembling the Stone Face.
Question 2: Who was Ernest? What personal qualities made him great?
Answer: Ernest was a little boy who lived with his Mother in a valley. His interest grew in the Great Stone Face which smiled on him. His mother told him the prophecy about that Face. The boy never forgot that story. He spent hours looking at that face. He regarded it as his teacher. He was inspired to be noble, kind and helpful. These qualities could make him the man with the likeness of the Face.