Working with the Text

Q.1: The old farmer is a kind person. What evidence of his kindness do you find in the first two paragraphs?

Ans: The old farmer was a kind person. Having no children, he made a little dog named Muko, his baby. The couple used to feed him with tidbits of fish from their own chopsticks and all the boiled rice he wanted. They treated him nicely. The farmer was patient and kind to everything that had life and often turned up a sod on purpose to give food to the birds.

Q.2: What did the dog do to lead the farmer to the hidden gold?

Ans: The dog persuaded the old farmer to a place and began scratching it. The old man thought there might be a buried bone or bit of fish, thus struck his hoe in the earth and found the hidden gold.

Q.3: (i) How did the spirit of the dog help the farmer first?

(ii) How did it help him next?

Ans: (i) The spirit of the dog appeared to the farmer in a dream and asked him to cut down the pine tree over his grave and to make a mortar for rice pastry and a mill for bean sauce from it.

(ii) Once again the spirit of the dog spoke to the farmer and told him how the wicked neighbours had burnt the mill made from the pine tree. He asked him to take the ashes of the mill, to sprinkle them on the withered trees, and that they would bloom again.

Q.4: Why did the diamio reward the farmer but punish the neighbour for the same act?

Ans: The framer had the magical ashes which on sprinkling on the withered cherry tree, bloomed it. On seeing the act the diamio became very happy and rewarded the farmer but his neighbour didn’t have the magic in the ashes he was having. In order to get reward he sprinkled the ashes on a withered cherry tree but the ashes went into the eyes and nose of diamio and his wife resulted in sneezing and therefore the diamio got angry and punished the neighbour for his act.

Working with Language

Q.2: Write appropriate question words in the blank spaces in the following dialogue.

Neha: ________ did you get this book?

Sheela: Yesterday morning.

Neha: ________ is your sister crying?

Sheela: Because she has lost her doll.

Neha: _______ room is this, yours or hers?

Sheela: It’s ours.

Neha: ________ do you go to school?

Sheela: We walk to school. It is near by.

Ans: When, Why, Whose, How.

Q.3: Fill in the blanks with the words given in the box.

(i) My friend lost his chemistry book. Now he doesn’t know ____ to do and ___ to look for it.

(ii) There are so many toys in the shops. Neena can’t decide ______ one to buy.

(iii) You don’t know the way to my school. Ask the policeman ____ to get there.

(iv) You should decide soon ____ to start building your house.

(v) Do you know ______ to ride a bicycle? I don’t remember ______ and _____ I learnt it.

(vi) “You should know ______ to talk and _____ to keep your mouth shut,” the teacher advised Anil.

Ans: (i) what, where (ii) which (iii) how (iv) when (v) how, when, where (vi) how, when

Q.4: Use a, an or the in the blanks.

There was once ___ play which became very successful. ____ famous actor was acting in it. In ___ play his role was that of ___ aristocrat who had been imprisoned in ___ castle for twenty years. In ____ last act of ____ play someone would come on ____ stage with ___ letter which he would hand over to ____ prisoner. Even though ______ aristocrat was not expected to read ____ letter at each performance, he always insisted that ___ letter be written out from beginning to end.

Ans: a, A, the, an, a, the, the, the, a, the, the, the, the.