Working with the text:

Answer the following questions:

Q1.Why did the king want no more talk about the hilsa fish?

Ans . It was the season of hilsa fish everyone was busy talking about it. The king was fed up of the talks of the hilsa fish. Moreover he did not want his courtiers to waste their time on these talks which could affect their work.

Q 2. What did the king ask Gopal to do to prove that he was clever?

Ans  Time and again the king used to test Gopal. So this time he asked Gopal to buy a hilsa fish and bring it to the palace crossing the bazaar, without anyone asking anything about the fish on the way, to prove that he was clever.

Q 3 What three things did Gopal do before he went to buy his hilsa fish?

Ans  Gopal half shaved his beard, smeared himself with ash and wore dirty rags before he went to buy hilsa fish so that he could divert the people’s mind from the hilsa fish.

Q 4.  How did Gopal get inside the palace to see the king after he had bought the fish?

Ans .Gopal bought the hilsa fish from the market and reached the king’s palace in that dirty rags. The guards refused to open the gate for a mad man as they were unable to recognize him. They did not allow him to meet the king. Therefore, he began to dance and sing loudly. On hearing his loud song, the king sent his messenger to call him in the court.

Q  5.  Explain why no one seemed to be interested in talking about hilsa fish which Gopal had bought?

Ans .Gopal’s funny appearance attracted the attention of people much more than the hilsa fish . At that time, no one was caring about the hilsa fish he was carrying. Everyone was busy in talking about his mad appearance of half shaved face and the rags that he wore.

Q 6 Write True or False against each of the following.

i) The king lost his temper easily.

ii) Gopal was a mad man.

iii) Gopal was a clever man.

iv)  Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.

v) The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.


i) The king lost his temper easily. True.

ii) Gopal was a mad man.False.

iii) Gopal was a clever man.  True.

iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes. False.

v) The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.False.

                    Working with the language:

Notice in a comic book there are no speech marks when characters talk . Instead what they say is put in a speech “bubble”  However ,If we wish to  repeat or report what they say then we must put it into reported speech.

Change the following sentences in the story to  reported speech:-

i) How much did you pay for that hilsa?

ii) Why is your face half-shaven?

iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty,”

iv) I want to see the king.

v) Bring the man to me at once.


i) How much did you pay for that hilsa?.
The woman asked the man how much he paid for that hilsa.

ii)Why is your face half shaven?.
Gopal’s wife asked him why his face was half shaven.

iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.
Gopal told the king that he accepted the king’s challenge.

iv) I want to see the king.
Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the king.

v) Bring the man to me at once.
The king ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

Find out the meaning of the following words.Then use them in sentences of your own:-

i) Challenge ii) mystic  iii) comical  iv) courtier  v) smearing


i) Challenge –ask to contest, dare
My friend challenged me in a game of chess.

ii) Mystic –believing in spiritual power.
Some people believe in the mystic powers of the saint.

iii) Comical—funny
The joker looked very comical in his  silly dress.

iv) Courtier —officials of the king’s court.
Birbal was one of Akbar’s courtier’s.

v) Smearing—to apply or mark.
The sadhus smeared their faces with ashes.

Now ask your partner  questions about  each picture.

(See text book pages 44 – 45 )

Q i) Where is the  stag?

Ans i) The stag is by the side of the pond.

Q ii) What is he doing?

Ans ii) He is looking at the reflection of his horns and legs in the water.

Q iii) Does he  like his antlers (horns) ?

Ans iii) Yes, he likes his antlers as he feels thay are beautiful.

Q iv) Does he like his legs?

Ans iv) No, he doesn’t like his legs as they are thin and ugly.

Q v)  Why is the stag running?

Ans v) The stag is running to save his life from the hunters.

Q vi)  Is he able to hide in the bushes?

Ans vi)  No, he is not able to hide in the bushes because of his horns.

Q vii) Where are the hunters now?

Ans vii) The hunters are now close to him.

Q viii) Are they closing in on the stag?

Ans viii) Yes, they are closing in on the stag.

Q ix) Is the stag free?

Ans ix) Yes, the stag is free.

Q x) What does the stag say about his horns and legs?

Ans x) The stag said that he was proud of his horns but they  were the ones that could  have caused his death. He was ashamed of his legs which were the ones that saved him

Now write the story in your own words and give it a title.

A stag was once drinking water at a pond.  He saw his own reflection in water. He admired his beautiful horns but he did not like his thin and ugly legs. Suddenly he saw a group of hunters running towards him. He ran into the jungle to save himself. His legs  soon carried him far away from the hunters. He then tried to hide himself in the bushes but his horns were caught  in the bush. With a lot of efforts he was able to free himself. Now he realized that his ugly legs helped him in saving his life but his beautiful horns could have caused his death.

Title:- All that glitters is not gold.

Complete the following word ladder with the help of clues given below:-

(See text book page 47)


  1. Mother will be very —— if you don’t go to school.
  2. As soon as he caught —- of the teacher Mohan started writing.
  3. How do you like my —– kitchen garden? Big enough for you, is it?
  4. My youngest sister is now a ——- old.
  5. Standing on the —– he saw children playing on the road.
  6. Don’t make such a ——- . Nothing will happen.
  7. Don’t cross the —— till the green light comes on.


  1. Cross                 2. Sight            3. Tiny                4. Year
  2. Roof                   6. Fuss             7. Street