Comprehension check:
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Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following statements –
1. Ernest’s words
reminded people of the wise old sayings. ______
2. Total strangers from
far away, who visited Ernest in the valley, found his face familiar.
3. The Great Stone Face
confirmed Ernest’s view that the poet could be worthy of its likeness.
4. When Ernest and the
poet met, they respected and admired each other equally. ______
5. The poet along with
Ernest addressed the inhabitants of the valley. ______
6. The poet realised
that Ernest’s thoughts were far nobler than his own verses. ______
Ans :    1.         TRUE
            2.         TRUE
            3.         FALSE
            4.         TRUE
            5.         FALSE
            6.         TRUE
Working with the
Answer the
following questions :
Q.1.     How was Ernest different
from others in the valley?
Ans: Apparently Ernest had
no difference with other people of the valley, but, he was different in his
thoughts which were not of others, but his own and filled with serenity,
honesty, and simplicity. With the advancement of his age his wise thoughts made
him famous beyond valley. College professors and active men of cities came to
converse with him. He accepted all with sincerity and talked with them on
whatever they liked. He had noble thoughts. Those not were of different books
but his very own experience of life. People of the valley agreed to his
thoughts for his thoughts had power to influence them.
Q.2.     Why did Ernest think the
poet was like the stone face?
Ans:     There was no one who understood the great stone face as Earnest
did. When he came across the poems of the poet, he felt as if, he had a deep
understanding of the great stone face. His poems acclaimed highly about the
latent characteristics of the great stone face. Earnest development a notion
that the poet with apt understanding of the great stone face, must be the man
of prophesy, the much awaited noble man.  
Q. 3.    What did the poet himself
say about his thoughts and poems?
Ans:     The poet declared himself as a hypocrite. He said that his
thoughts poured in his poems had been grand and heavenly, but his own life
could never correspond to those thoughts. His dreams had only been dreams; he
could not transform his dreams into reality. Above all he himself did not have
faith over his grand thoughts.
Q.4.     What made the poet
proclaim Ernest was the stone face?
Ans:     As a daily chore, Ernest went to meet the people of the valley
to share his own thoughts. The poet accompanied Ernest. While Ernest was sharing
his thoughts, the poet conceived that life and character of Earnest had been a
nobler strain of poetry than his poems. At the same time he could behold the
Great stone Face which was covered with white mists which astonishingly matched
with Ernest. To add to that Ernest’s face suddenly reflected a heavenly expression
which prompted the poet to proclaim as the man of prophecy.
Q.5.     Write ‘Ernest’ or ‘poet’
against each statement below
(i) There was a gap between
his life and his words.
(ii) His words had the power
of truth as they agreed with his thoughts.
(iii) His words were as
soothing as a heavenly song but only as useful as
a vague dream.
(iv) His thoughts were
(v) Whatever he said was
truth itself.
(vi) His poems were noble.
(vii) His life was nobler
than all the poems.
(viii) He lacked faith in
his own thoughts.
(ix) His thoughts had power
as they agreed with the life he lived.
(x) Greatness lies in truth.
Truth is best expressed in one’s actions. He
was truthful, therefore he
was great.
1. Poet
2) Ernest
3) Poet
4) Ernest
5) Ernest
6) Poet
7) Ernest
8) Poet
9) Ernest
10) Ernest
1) Who, by common consent, turned out to be like the Great stone face?
Ans:     Highlighted and rationalized by the poet, Ernest turned out like
the Great stone face.
Q.6.     2) Did Earnest believe that
the old prophecy had come true? What did he say about it?
Ans.     Ernest did not concur with what the poet and others thought. He
did not consider himself as a man of prophesy. He rather hoped that in the
course of time someone wiser and better man than himself would emerge bearing
prior resemblance to the Great stone face.
(Working with the
Mark the meaning that best fits the word or a phrase in the story.
(i) (sun) going down
 (a) becoming smaller
(b) weakening
(c) setting
ANSWER-(c) setting
(ii) brightening
 (a) making (it) look bright and cheerful
(b) lending (it) a special
(c) causing (it) to appear
ANSWER-(b) lending (it) a
special glow
(iii) spacious
 (a) lonely and wild
(b) big and wide
(c) special and important
ANSWER-(b) big and wide
(iv) prophecy
(a) proverb
(b) prediction
(c) rumour
ANSWER-(b) prediction
(v) marvelous
 (a) wonderful
(b) surprising
(c) shocking
ANSWER- (a) wonderful
(vi) proclaim
 (a) reveal
(b) declare
(c) shout
ANSWER-(b) declare
(vii) cease
 (a) happen
(b) stop
(c) remain
ANSWER-(b) stop
(viii) (a night’s) shelter
(a) stay
(b) safety
(c) hospitality
ANSWER-(a) stay
(ix) gazed
 (a) wandered about
(b) stared at
(c) thought of
ANSWER-(b) stared at
(x) took on
 (a) challenged
(an expression)
(b) resembled
 (c) assumed
ANSWER-(c) assumed
Ii) Which form of the verb is more natural in these sentences? Encircle
your choice.
(a) I’m not free this
evening. I will work/am working on a project.
(b) Have you decided where
you will go for your higher secondary?
Yes, I have. I will go/am
going to the Kendriya Vidyalaya.
(c) Don’t worry about the
dog. It won’t hurt/isn’t hurting you.
(d) The weatherman has
predicted that it will snow/is snowing in
Ranikhet tonight.
(e) Swapna can’t go out this
evening. Her father will come/is coming to
see her.
An working
Will go
Won’t hurt
Will snow
Is coming
Q. 3.    Complete these pieces of
conversation using will or going to with the verbs given
(a) Rani : Why are you
turning on the radio?
Ravi : I ___________
(listen) to the news.
(b) Rani : Oh, I can’t buy
this book. I have no money.
Ravi : Don’t worry. I
___________ (lend) you some.
(c) Rani : Look at those
dark clouds.
Ravi : I think it
___________ (rain).
(d) Rani : What shall we
have for dinner?
Ravi : I can’t decide.
Rani : Make up your mind.
Ravi : All right, then. We
___________ (have) fried rice and dry
(e) Rani : Why are you
filling the kettle with water?
Ravi : I ___________ (make)
(f) Rani : We need some
bread and butter for breakfast.
Ravi : All right. I
___________ (go) to the bakery and get
(Before he goes out, Ravi
talks to their father.)
Ravi : I ___________ (get)
some bread and butter. Do you want
any thing from the bakery?
Father : Yes, I want some
salt biscuits.
Ravi : Fine, I ___________
(get) you a packet.
a)      Going to                
b)     Will                                    
            c) going to
            d) will
            e) going to
            f) will, going to, will

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