Additional Questions and Answers 

Q1. How did the dogs live before the dog who was ill pleased with his way of life came into the world?
Ans: Dogs were once their own masters and lived the way wolves do, in freedom, until a dog was born who was ill pleased with this way of life.

Q2. When the wolf asked the dog where he was going, what did the dog reply?
Ans: The dog replied “I am looking for someone to take up services with. Would you like to be my master ,Wolf?”

Q3. After the dog made the bear his master what did the bear say to him?
Ans: The bear said “Let’s go and find a herd of cows. I’ll kill a cow and then we can both eat our fill.”

Q4. When the dog made the lion his master both of them were comfortable for a long time. How do you know this?
Ans: I know this because the Dog stayed with him and served him for a long, long time. It was a good life, and he had nothing to complain of, for there was no stronger beast in the forest than the Lion, and no one dared touch the Dog or offend him in any way.

Q5. What did the Lion do when he smelt a man coming towards them
Ans: All of a sudden the Lion stopped. He gave a great roar and struck the ground with his paw with such force that a hole formed there. Then he began to back away very quickly.

A. Fill in the blanks to complete the summary of the story with the words given below:-

A dog, stronger than anyone else, the strongest of all, a wolf,
The bear, afraid of man, his own master, a lion.

Ans: This is the story of a dog, who used to be his own master. He decided to find a master stronger than anyone else. First he found a wolf, but the wolf was afraid of the bear. The dog thought that the bear was the strongest of all. After some time the dog met a lion who seemed the strongest. He stayed with the lion for a long time. One day he realized that the lion was afraid of man. To this day, the dog remains man’s best friend.

Working with language
Each word indicates a large number. Complete the phrases with a suitable word given below:-
School, Fleet, Brood, Bundle, Bunch, Pack, Flock, Herd.

1.  A fleet of ships.                                       5.  A bundle of sticks.
2.  A bunch of flowers.                               6.  A flock of sheep.
3.  A brood of chicks.                                  7.  A school of fish.
4.  A herd of cattle.                                      8.  A pack of wolves.

B. Make nouns from the words given below by adding –ness or –ity.
(For some words you need to add just –ty or –y).
i) Honest — honesty                                 vii) creative —- creativity
ii) Kind —– kindness                             viii) sincere —sincerity
iii) Cruel —- cruelty                                  ix) cheerful– cheerfulness
iv) Calm —– calmness                              x) bitter —- bitterness
v) Sad —- sadness                                     xi) sensitive—sensitivity
vi) Active—– activeness                         xii) great—greatness.

C.  Word Search
There are twelve describing words hidden in the table. Six can be found horizontally and six vertically.

    H       A      S      T      Y     D      U       L     M     N      P
N      F        L      U     V      Q     T      B       O     A       L      Z
G      Z        M     R     X      R     V      D       Y     F       Q     O
R      X        O      P     W     S      F      O       A     B      U      C
Y      C         P      R      E     A      D     Y       L      D           F
D      G        Q           Y      F     I       E       R     C      E       D
A      H        R      S      T      R     O     N       G     H          J
X           S       E      Z         A     B       H     K      S      K
G      O        O      D     A         C      A       I      J       T      L
F       R        I       G     H      T     E      N      E      D     W    M
B             J       C      B      L     D      F      J      K      X      Y
E            K       D     E      M    B       E      L     M     U      Y

Words horizontally

Words vertically

D. Read the following passage and do the exercises that follow. Then complete the family tree of dogs given on the facing page.

                                                                 The Dog Family

The dog family is one of the 11 families that make up the Carnivores, a large group of intelligent, flesh-eating, backboned animals. In this group are such varied animals as bears, pandas, raccoons, cats, hyenas, and even seal. The dog or canine family has many wild\ species like wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, and wild dogs.

The dog is the only domesticated member of the canine family though now and then someone tames a wolf, fox or coyote as a pet.

All members of the dog family are descendants of a wolf-like animal which lived about 15 million years ago. From this distant ancestor, the true dogs gradually developed. But nobody knows the exact ancestor of the modern domestic dog.

Several wild dogs look and behave like domestic dogs. The dingo or wild dog of Australia is one of these. It is possible that the dingo was a tamed dog brought to Australia long ago which then ran wild.

Dogs were the first animals tamed by humans — perhaps 20,000 years ago. Tamed dogs were brought from Asia to the New World 5,000 or more years ago. Dogs were first used for hunting.

1. Find the opposites of these words from the text:-

(i) Ancestor — — — — — — — — — —

(ii) Wild t — m —

(iii) Ancient — — — — — —

(iv) Near d — — — — — t

(v) Suddenly gr — — — — — — —


(i) Ancestor  —-   Descendant.

(ii) Wild         —-    Tame

(iii) Ancient    —-    Modern

(iv) Near        —-    Distant

(v) Suddenly —-    Gradually.

2. Complete the sentences:

(i) The dingo is ———————.

(ii) Dogs were the ———-—animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are ———————.

(Think and name some other such animals.)

(iii) The New World refers to ———————.  Dogs were brought there from ————— —.


1. The dingo is a wild dog.

2. Dogs were the first animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are cats, seal, dolphins.

3. The new world refers to Eurasia. Dogs were brought  there from America.

Family tree of dogs

NCERT Solutions for Class 6 English Unit 2 How the Dog found himself a new master - 3


NCERT Solutions for Class 6 English Unit 2 How the Dog found himself a new master - 4

1. Here are some points from a similar story that you might have heard in another language. Dividing the class into two groups try and tell the story in English. One person from each group can speak alternately. Your teacher will help you. As you tell it, one of you may write it down on the board.
                     A Mouse Maidens

  • Mouse changed into a girl by a magician…
  • Wants to marry the strongest person…
  • Asks whether sun or cloud stronger (why?)…
  • But mountain stronger than clouds (how?)…
  • But mouse stronger than mountain (how?)…
  • Girl asks to marry mouse, becomes a mouse again.

Answer: Do it yourself.