NCERT (CBSE) Textbook Exercise

Working with the Text (Important Questions)

Q.1: How was Earnest different from others in the valley?

Ans: Earnest was a humble, hardworking and thoughtful person. Unlike others, he was not an obscure person. By the time he grew old; Earnest had become famous beyond the limits of the valley. College professors and even active men of cities came from far to meet him. Earnest received those people with gentle sincerity and spoke with them freely with open heart. He led a life of good deeds and with self-less love for others. He used to deliver thoughtful words from the depth of his heart. His words had power since they agreed with the reality of his life. While talking to his audience, his face would brighten and shine upon them, as with as mild evening light. In this way Earnest was different from others in the valley.

Q.2: Why did Earnest think the poet was like the Stone Face?

Ans: The poet wrote songs with lofty thoughts. The poetry of the poet found his way to Earnest also. Earnest used to read the poet’s poems and songs after his day’s work and found them worthy. When the poet came to meet Earnest, he looked wise, gentle and kind. Even the Great Stone Face appeared bending forward to listen to his talk. For all these reasons, Earnest began to think that the poet was like the Great Stone Face.

Q.3: What did the poet himself say about his thoughts and poems?

Ans: The poet said that his poems were heavenly, and his dreams had been grand. But his life did not match with his great thoughts. He found lack of faith in his own thoughts. His dreams were only hollow dreams.

Q.4: What made the poet proclaim Earnest was the Stone Face?

Ans: The poet observed Earnest while he was talking to his audience. Earnest was speaking kindly but from the depth of his heart and mind. The poet felt that Earnest’s own life and character were a nobler strain of poetry than he had ever written. The poet found great similarities between the misty white clouds around the Great Stone Face and the white hairs around the brow of Earnest. So, the poet proclaimed that Earnest himself was the Stone Face.


(i) Who, by common consent turned out to be like the Great Stone Face?

(ii) Did Earnest believe that the old prophecy had come true? What did he say about it?


(i) By common consent, Earnest turned out to be like the Great Stone Face.

(ii) No, Earnest did not believe that the old prophecy had come true. He still hoped that some day, some man wiser and better than himself would appear. He would bear a likeness to the Great Stone Face.


Additional Important Question(s)

Q.1: Describe the life which Earnest led as an old man?

Ans: Refer to the answer of Q.No.1 in ‘Working with the Text’.