Comprehension Checks


  1. Why did the king want to know answers to three questions?

Ans. The king wanted to know answers of his three questions because he wanted to be a successful ruler.

  1. Messengers were sent throughout the kingdom

(i) to fetch wise men.

(ii) to find answers to the questions.

(ii) to look for the wise hermit.

(iv) to announce a reward for those who could answer the questions.

Ans. (i) to find answers to the questions. 


Complete the following sentences by adding the appropriate parts of the sentences given in the Bоx.

  1. Many wise men answered the king’s questions ………………………………………
  2. Someone suggested that there should be a council of wise men ………………
  3. Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable ……………….
  4. The king requested the hermit………………….
  5. The king washed and dressed the bearded man’s wound …………………………
  • but the bleeding would not stop.
  • to answer three questions.
  • but their answers were so varied that the king was not satisfied.
  • and follow it strictly.
  • to help the king act at the right time.


  1. Many wise men answered the king’s questions, but their answers were so varied that the king was not satisfied.
  2. Someone suggested that there should be a council of wise men to help the king act at the right time.
  3. Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable and follow it strictly.
  4. The king requested the hermit to answer three questions.
  5. The king washed and dressed the bearded man’s wound but the bleeding would not stop. 

Working with the Text

(NCERT Page 14 )

Answer the following questions.

  1. Why was the king advised to go to the magicians?

Ans. Some of the wise men thought that in order to decide right time for doing something, one must look into the future and only magicians were able to do that. So, they advised the king to go to the magicians.

  1. In answer to the second question, whose advice did the people say would be important to the king?

Ans. In answer to the second question some people, suggested to seek advice of councillors, the priest or the doctors or the soldiers.

  1. What suggestions were made in answer to the third question?

Ans. For the third question some people said science was the most important business while there were others who believed it was fighting and then there were those who believed religious worship should take the first place.

  1. Did the wise men win the reward? If not, why not?

Ans. No, the wise men didn’t win the reward because their answers were so different from each other and king was not satisfied with their answers.

  1. How did the king and the hermit help the wounded man?

Ans. The king washed the wound and covered the wound of the man with his handkerchief and kept on dressing it until the bleeding stopped completely. The king also offered the wounded man water to drink. The hermit helped the king to bring the wounded man inside his hut and allowed the man to spend his night in the hut.

  1. (i) Who was the bearded man?

(ii) Why did he ask for the king’s forgiveness?


(i) The bearded man was an enemy of the king. He wanted to take revenge of his brother’s death by killing the king and taking away all his property.

(ii) The bearded man asked for the king’s forgiveness because he wanted to kill the king but the king has saved his life. He was grateful to the king now.

  1. The king forgave the bearded man. What did he do to show his forgiveness?

Ans. The king showed his forgiveness by promising the man that he will send his doctor and servants to look after him and also promised to return him all his property.

  1. What were the hermit’s answers to the three questions? Write each answer separately. Which answers do you like the most and why?

Ans. The most important time, the hermit said, is our present because it is the only moment when we have the power to act. The most important person at a moment is we ourselves because the future is unknown and we don’t know whether we will meet anyone in the future or not.

So, we should listen to ourselves. The most important business is to be kind and good to others because we have been sent in this world to serve this noble cause.

I liked the third answer the most because helping someone in need is like serving God. It makes us a good person and brings a sense of satisfaction and contentment. 

Working with Language

(NCERT Pages 15 and 16)

  1. Match items in List A with their meanings in List B.

fainted: lost consciousness

A                                                                       B

(i) wounded                                                  got up from sleep

(ii) awoke                                                      give back

(ii) forgive                                                     small patches of ground for plants

(iv) faithful                                                   severely injured

(v) pity                                                           pardon

(vi) beds                                                        loyal

(vii) return                                                    feel sorry for

Use any three of the given words in sentences of your own. You may change the form of the word.

Ans. A                                                             B

(i) wounded                                                  severely injured

(ii) awoke                                                      got up from sleep

(ii) forgive                                                     pardon

(iv) faithful                                                    loyal

(v) pity                                                           feel sorry for

(vi) beds                                                        small patches of ground for plants

(vii) return                                                    give back

                                Forming Sentences

(i) The soldier was severely wounded in the war.

(ii) He awoke his wife and told her that the train has caught fire.

(iii) It took Arun several months to forgive Nasir.

  1. Each of the following sentences has two blanks. Fill in the blanks with appropriate forms of the word given in the brackets.

He has ……. to help me. Do you think he will remember his.. ..? (promise)

He has promised to help me. Do you think he will remember his promise?

(i) The….. said that only fresh evidence would make him change his.. . (judge)

(ii) I didn’t notice any serious…. of anoij opinion among the debaters, although they …… from one another over small points. (differ)

(iii) It’s fairly simple question to ……, but will accept my ….. as final? (answer)

(iv) It isn’t …… that …… should always be the mother of invention. (necessary)

(v) Hermits are …… men. How they acquire their … .no one can tell. (wise)

(vi) The committee has … to make Jagdish captain of the team. The …. likely to please everyone. (decide)

(vii) Asking for …. is as noble as willingness to …….. (forgive)


(i) judge, judgement

(ii) difference, differed

(iii) answer, answer

(iv) necessary, necessity

(v) wise, wisdom

(vi) has decided, decision

(vii) forgiveness, forgive 

Speaking and Writing

(NCERT Page 16)

  1. Imagine you are the king. Narrate the incident of your meeting with the hermit. Begin like this:

The wise men answered my questions, but I was not satisfied with their answers. One day I decided to go and meet the hermit….

Ans. ….. I knew the hermit used to help only ordinary men, so I left behind my servants and bodyguards. I went to meet him wearing simple clothes. The hermit was an old man and used to live in a hut amidst the woods. He was digging the ground in front of his hut when I arrived there. He greeted me and continued his work. I informed him the purpose of my visit, but still he continued digging, the ground. He looked tired so I offered my help. He agreed, so I took the spade from him and started digging the ground.

After digging for many hours I again repeated my questions, but the hermit did not answer.

Evening was approaching and now I thought of returning. Suddenly, the hermit showed me a bearded man who was running towards us.

  1. Imagine you are the hermit. Write briefly the incident of your meeting the king. Begin like this:

One day I was digging in my garden. A man in ordinary clothes came to see me. I knew it was the king….

Ans. ………….. but still pretended to be unaware of his identity. He told me that he has come to me to get answers for his three questions.

I greeted him and continued digging the ground. I was tired digging the ground; the king noticed this and offered his help. I agreed and gave my spade to him.

After digging two beds in the ground the king repeated his questions, I ignored him again and rather asked him if he was tired and would like me to dig the ground. But he refused to do so and continued the task.

Evening was approaching and it seemed that he was ready to leave, at that very moment we saw a man running towards us.