Very Short Answer Type Questions

1.What did the kind farmer do with the money he made from the gold?

Ans. The kind farmer bought a piece of land, hosted a feast for his friends and helped his poor neighbors.

2.How did the daimios reward the kind farmer?

Ans. The daimio was pleased seeing the magic of the withered.cherry tree bursting into a blossom. So he rewarded the kind farmer with many gifts.

3.What did the leader of the van do with the kind old man?

Ans. The leader of the van allowed the old man to remain seated at the cherry tree considering him to be very old.

4.Why did the wicked couple drop their tools?

Ans. The wicked couple found the foul smell of the dead kitten unbearable so they dropped their tools.

5.How did the wicked couple behave with the dogs passing by their house?

Ans. The wicked couple always used to kick and scold the dogs passing by their house.

6.What preparations did the kind old couple make for the New Year?

Ans. For the New Year the old couple planned to make rice pastries and bean sauce.

7.How was the wicked farmer punished for his greed?

Ans. The wicked farmer was killed brutally by the daimio’s men and was thus punished for his greed.

Short Answer Type Questions

1.How did the kind old couple treat their dog?

Ans.The old couple treated the dog as their own child. The old farmer had created a cushion made of blue crepe for the dog. During the meals they used to feed the dog plenty of rice and tidbits of fish from their own chopstick.

2.Describe the change the cherry tree underwent after the kind old poured a pinch of ash over it.

Ans. It was winter season and the cherry tree in the old couple’s garden didn’t have leaves. The old man sprinkled a pinch of the ashes and blossoms sprouted out of it. Pink flowers came on it and their fragrance filled the air.

3.How did the dog repay to his masters?

Ans. The dog made his masters rich by giving them gold coins. His masters became prosperous with it and bought a piece of land.

He then asked them to collect the ashes which had the power to sprout blossoms of a withered tree. This magic was seen by the daimio and rewarded the old couple for this magic.

4.What happened when the wicked old farmer sprinkled ash over the cherry tree?

Ans. When the wicked farmer sprinkled the ash over the cherry tree it didn’t bring in a change on it. The fine particles from the ash entered the eyes of daimio and his wife. They began to cough and sneeze. All the lavishness of the procession was spoiled.

 Long Answer Type Questions

1.Explain three ways in which the dog helped his master.

Ans. The dog when he was alive guided his master to a heap of gold. After his death he asked his master to prepare a mortar and a mill from the woods of the pine tree.

While making the rice pastries and bean sauce during the New Year using the mortar and the mill, the kind old couple again found the dough to be turned into gold coins and gold dripping out from every drop of the sauce.

The dog then asked the master to collect the ashes of the mortar and mill and sprinkle over the withered trees. The withered trees sprouted into blossom immediately with the magic.

2.The wicked farmer wanted to be rich like his neighbour. What happened every time when he tried to do so?

Ans. First time when the neighbour tried to be rich, all he got was a foul smelling dead kitten. In their second attempt the old couple got neap of worms from the dough of rice pastry and the bean sauce. In the third attempt the old man failed to create magic with the ashes. He spoiled daimio’s procession and was killed by his men as a punishment. 

Value Based Questions

1.Why do you think we should be kind towards animals?

Ans. Animals are also living beings like us. They can’t speak like us but still can feel the love and emotions. Some animals like dog and horse are very faithful to human beings. We should be kind towards them.

It is good to offer our leftover food to the street dogs because they guard our homes. Chapattis should be offered to homeless cows. In winter we should keep bowls of water for the birds. Injured animals like pigeons, cats and dogs should be taken to veterinary doctors by us.

2.One should not be greedy. Why do you think so?

Ans. We should feel contended about what we have. We should strive hard to earn things but not be greedy. Our greed makes us to do many things which are not good or ethical.

We should make just demands that can be fulfilled easily and must make our earnings in honest means. Our greed can turn us into corrupt and dishonest human beings and must restrain ourselves from becoming that. Our needs should be limited and our wishes should be in control.