Very Short Answer Type Questions

  1. State two adjectives used to describe the nose of the elephants.

Ans. Big and bulgy.

  1. Why was Golu called a naughty baby?

Ans. Golu was called a naughty baby because he asked his relatives difficult questions.

  1. Who all were Golu’s relatives?

Ans. The ostrich, the giraffe, the baboon and the hippopotamus were the relatives of Golu.

  1. What all did Golu carry with him on his way to river Limpopo?

Ans. Golu took with him a hundred sugarcanes, fifty dozen bananas and twenty-five melons while setting for river Limpopo.

  1. Why did the crocodile catch hold of Golu’s nose?

Ans. The crocodile thought of eating Golu for dinner.

Short Answer Type Questions

  1. Make a list of the questions Golu asked his relatives.

Ans. Golu asked the following questions to his relatives

(i) To ostrich he asked why he never flies like the other birds.

(ii) To Uncle Giraffe Golu asked the reasons for his spotty skin.

(iii) From hippopotamus Golu wished to find out the reason for his eyes always being red.

(iv) He asked Baboon why melons tasted like melons.

  1. Why did Golu bid goodbye to his family?

Ans. Golu bid goodbye to his family and set on a journey towards the great, grassy Limpopo river in order to find out what crocodile had for dinner.

Golu asked this question to the mynah bird. On being directed by mynah Golu decided to leave his family to find answers for his questions.

Long Answer Type Question

In what ways did the python help Golu?

Ans. The python could not help Golu in answering the question he asked about the crocodile.

However, when the crocodile tricked Golu and tried to drag him into the stream, the python guided Golu to pull himself back as hard as possible. Then, the python coiled himself around Golu’s stomach and helped Golu to pull himself back.

Later, when Golu was upset because of his long nose, the python tried to highlight the advantages of his long nose in order to make him feel better and happy.

Value Based Question

What lesson does the chapter impart?

Ans. The chapter imparts a very important lesson. Golu’s old nose was not very useful. His new nose, on the other hand, had quite a few advantages.

However, Golu could not immediately accept the changes in his nose and became upset because of them. He kept waiting for his nose to shrink again. Soon, Golu is able to realise that the changes that occurred were to his advantage.

The chapter teaches that humans should not unnecessarily crib about the sudden changes in their circumstances, but should reconcile themselves with such occurrences. It is possible that unexpected changes prove beneficial.