1. The cricket says, “Oh ! What will become of me. When does he say it, and why.

Ans. The cricket said the given line when it found it’s cupboard empty and it was winter season. The cricket said it when it could not find a single crumb to eat on the snow covered ground. Since there was nothing to eat, it was worried that it would starve and die.

  1. (i) Find in the poem the lines that mean the same as “neither a borrower nor a lender be“(Shakespeare)

Ans. The lines in the poem that mean the same as Neither a borrower…..” are But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend;
(ii) What is your opinion its good we save something for future so that one doesn’t have something for future so that one doesn’t have to borrow. But the second part of the line ‘we ants never lend’ is not agreeable as if the ant is a friend then it should help the cricket in this time of need.
We must help anyone who is in need and who comes for help.

  1. The ant tells the cricket to ‘dance the winter away”. Do you think the word “dance’ is appropriate her. If so, why.

Ans. The ant  tells the cricket to dance the winter’ away as the cricket has enjoyed his summer by saying and had not stored any food for the winter. The word “dance doesn’t seem appropriate because its winter time, there is no food for the cricket, so it cannot be happy to dance anyway.

  1. (i) Which lines in the poem express the poet’s comment. Read them aloud.

Ans. The lines in the poem that express the poet’s comment are “ Folks call this fable. I ‘ ll warrant it true.”

(ii)  Write the comment in your own words.

Ans. The comment by the poem means that the poem is fable as it has a moral. The cricket did not have anything to eat during winter as it did not save anything. It spend its time singing and enjoying the summers. On the other hand the ants worked hard and stored food. We also need to be prepared for the adverse time by being responsible and working for our needs.