Q.1: Why did the king want to know the answers to three questions?
Ans: The king wanted to know the answers to the three questions because he thought that he would never fail once he knew the answers to the questions.
Q.2. Messengers were sent throughout the kingdom:
(i) to fetch wise men.
(ii) to find answers to the questions.
(iii) to look for the wise hermit.
(iv) to announce a reward for those who could answer the questions.
Correct Answer is Option (iv)
Messengers were sent throughout the kingdom to announce a reward for those who could answer the questions.
Q.3. Complete the following sentences by adding the appropriate parts of the sentences given in the box.
(i) Many wise men answered the king's questions, ______.
Ans: Many wise men answered the king's questions, but their answers were so varied that the king was not satisfied.
(ii) Someone suggested that there should be a council of wise men, ______.
Ans: Someone suggested that there should be a council of wise men to help the king act at the right time.
(iii) Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable ______.
Ans: Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable and follow it strictly.
(iv) The king requested the hermit ______.
Ans: The king requested the hermit to answer three questions.
(v) The king washed and dressed the bearded man's wound ______.
Ans: The king washed and dressed the bearded man's wound, but the bleeding would not stop.
Answer the following questions:
Q.1. Why was the king advised to go to magicians?
Ans: The king was told that in order to decide the right time for doing something, it was necessary to look into the future. Since only magicians could do so, he was advised to go to magicians.
Q.2. In answer to the second question, whose advice did the people say would be important to the king?
Q.3. What suggestions were made in answer to the third question?
Ans: In answer to the third question, some said that the most important thing was science. Others said fighting, and yet others chose religious worship.
Q.4. Did the wise men win the reward? If not, why not?
Ans: No, none of the wise men won the reward. As he got very different answers to his questions, the king was not satisfied, and therefore, he chose not to give the reward to anyone.
Q.5. How did the king and the hermit help the wounded man?
Q.6. (i) Who was the bearded man?
Ans: The bearded man was an enemy of the king. The king had put the man's brother to death and had also seized his property. That is why he wanted to take revenge on the king.
(ii) Why did he ask for the king's forgiveness?
Q.7. The king forgave the bearded man. What did he do to show his forgiveness?
Ans: The king forgave the man. He showed his forgiveness by telling him that he would send his servants and his own doctor to look after him. He also promised to give back the man his property.
Q.8. What were the hermit's answers to the three questions? Write each answer separately. Which answer do you like most, and why?
Q.1. Match items in List A with their meanings in List B.
Use any three of the above words in sentences of your own. You may change the form of the word.
(i) I will ask my parents to forgive me for my bad behaviour.
(ii) I thank you all for your hard and faithful service.
(iii) I am feeling pity for my shameful act.
Q.2. Each of the following sentences has two blanks. Fill in the blanks with appropriate forms of the word given in brackets.
(i) The _______ said that only fresh evidence would make him change his _______. (judge)
Ans: The judge said that only fresh evidence would make him change his judgement.
(ii) I didn't notice any serious _______ of opinion among the debaters, although they ______ from one another over small points. (differ)
Ans: I didn't notice any serious difference of opinion among the debaters, although they differed from one another over small points.
(iii) It's a fairly simple question to _______, but will you accept my _______ as final? (answer)
Ans: It's a fairly simple question to answer, but will you accept my answer as final?
(iv) It isn't _______ that _______ should always be the mother of invention. (necessary)
Ans: It isn't necessary that necessity should always be the mother of invention.
(v) Hermits are _______ men. How they acquire their _______ no one can tell. (wise)
Ans: Hermits are wise men. How they acquire their wisdom no one can tell.
(vi) The committee has _______ to make Jagdish captain of the team. The _______ is likely to please everyone. (decide)
Ans: The committee has decided to make Jagdish captain of the team. The decision is likely to please everyone.
(vii) Asking for ________ is as noble as willingness to ________. (forgive)
Ans: Asking for forgiveness is as noble as willingness to forgive.