Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Class 7th - English : Short Stories - Lesson 1 – Three Questions (Leo Tolstoy)

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Three Questions| Story 1 |English 7th | Tulip Series |
(Leo Tolstoy)

Working with the Text

(A) Answer the following questions:

Q1. What are the three questions in the story?

Ans. Three questions in the story are:

1. What is the right time to begin something? 2. Which people should he listen to? 3. What is the most important thing for him to do?

Q2. Why did the king want to seek the answers to these questions?

Ans. Because the king thought that he would never fail if he knew the answers of these questions.

Q3. Why was, the king advised to go to the magicians?

Ans. The king was, advised to go to the magicians because in order to decide the right time for doing something it was necessary to look into the future and only the magicians could do that.

Q4. Was the king satisfied with the answers of the wise men?

Ans. The king was not satisfied with the answers of the wise men because their answers were different.

Q5. How did the king and the hermit help the wounded man?

Ans. The king and the hermit removed wounded man’s clothing, washed and dressed his wound and gave him the freshwater to drink.

Q6. Who was the bearded man? Why did he ask for the king’s forgiveness?

Ans. The bearded man was the enemy of the king who swore revenge on him because he (king) had put his brother to death and seized his property. The bearded man asked his forgiveness because he (king) saved his life.

Q7. How did the king show his forgiveness?

Ans. The king showed his forgiveness by making peace and friends with him. He told him that he would send his servants and his own doctor to look after him and promised him to give back his property.

Q8. What answers did the hermit give to the three questions?

Ans. The hermit replied to the king that the most important time is the time when you have any power to act, the most necessary person is the person you are with at a particular moment and the most important thing to do is to do the good with that person.

(B) Complete the following sentences by adding the appropriate parts of the sentences given in the box below:

– 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.

­– to help the king 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 else suggested that there would be a council of wise men to help the king at the right time.

3. Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable and follow it.

4. The king requested the hermit to answer three questions.

5. The washed and dressed the bearded man’s wound but the bleeding would not stop.

Language Work

(C) Find from the lesson words which mean the following:

1. To act in accordance with timetable

2. To cause (an event) to occur earlier action

3. An assembly of people who advise the council

4. To find by searching; to look for seeking

5. Meet with friendliness or expression of welcome greet

6. Small patches of a group of plants beds

7. Feel sorry for pity

8. Got up from sleep awake

9. Give back return

10. Loss consciousness faint

Polite Expression

What will you say in the following expression?

1. Somebody offers you a cup of tea but you don’t want to take it. No, Thanks.

2. You want somebody to listen to you. Excuse me.

3. You did not understand what somebody said. Sorry, could you say it again?

4. Someone asks you for a, change of Rs. 500, but you don’t have it. Sorry, I don’t understand.

5. You want somebody to pass you the pen which is on the table. Could you pass the pen, please?

6. You are late and your teacher asks you why you are late.  Sorry sir, I am late.

7. Somebody has offered you an apple and you ate it. Thanks for the apple.

8. You want somebody to show you the way to the railway station. How will you start the conversation? Excuse me, could you tell me the way to the railway station.

Grammar Work

Fill in the blanks with the correct tense of the verbs given in brackets:

1. If I had worked (work) hard, I would have got more marks.

2.If the driver in front had not stopped so suddenly, the accident might not have happened (not happen).

3. He would not have played tennis if you could not have given (not give) him a racket.

4. If you had not wasted (not waste) your time, you would have succeeded.

5. If he had tried, he would have done it. (try, do).

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