WORKING WITH THE TEXT
Page no- 34
A. Answer the following questions.
1. Why did Taro run in the direction of the stream?
Ans. Taro ran in the direction of the stream. This is because he was quite thirsty. So, in order to quench his thirst, he went over there. Moreover, that was the first time he heard the sound of a waterfall in that place.
2. How did Taro’s father show his happiness after drinking sake?
Ans. Taro’s father stopped shivering immediately after drinking the sake. Moreover, he started to dance in the middle of the.
3. Why did the waterfall give Taro sake and other water?
Ans. The waterfall gave Taro sake but water to others as they, unlike Taro, were greedy and selfish. Taro worked hard only to provide his father with a cup of sake which was very costly. So, he got the sake from the waterfall.
4. Why did the villagers want to drown Taro?
Ans. The villagers were quite angry on Taro as they didn’t get the sake. They thought that Taro had tricked them. So, the villagers wanted to drown Taro.
5. Why did the Emperor reward Taro?
Ans. The Emperor wanted to reward Taro for having been so good and kind towards his parents.
B. Mark the right item.
1. Taro earned very little money because
(i)he didn’t work hard enough.
(ii)the villagers didn’t need wood.
(iii)the price of wood was very low.
Ans. (iii) the price of wood was very low.
2. Taro decided to earn extra money.
(i)to live a more comfortable life.
(ii)to buy his old father some sake.
(iii)to repair the cracks in the hut.
Ans. (ii)to buy his old father some sake.
3. The neighbour left Taro’s hut in a hurry because
(i)she was delighted with the drink.
(ii)she was astonished to hear Taro’s story.
(iii)she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.
Ans. (iii)she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.
WORKING WITH LANGUAGE
Page no- 35
A. Strike off the words in the box below that are not suitable.
Taro wanted to give his old parents everything they needed. This shows that he was…
Thoughtful hardworking loving honest Considerate trustworthy efficient kind
Ans. honest, efficient and trustworthy.
B. 1. “This made Taro sadder than ever.”
‘This’ refers to
(i)a strong wind that began to blow.
(ii)Taro’s father’s old age
(iii)Taro’s inability to buy expensive sake for his father.
(Mark the right item.)
Ans. (iii)Taro’s inability to buy expensive sake for his father.
2. “This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour and obey their parents.”
‘This’ refers to
(i)the most beautiful fountain in the city.
(ii)rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.
(Mark the right item.)
Ans. (ii)rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.
C. Arrange the words below in pairs that rhyme.
Example: young – lung
Young sad money chop lung last
Wax could bad sound axe wood
Way stop sunny fast round day
D.1. Fill in the blanks with words from the box.
Lonely little hard young
Thoughtful delicious beautiful
A_________woodcutter lived on a _________hillside. He was a _____________son who worked _________ but earned _________________money. One day he was a ___________waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it____________.
Ans. A young woodcutter lived on a lonely hillside. He was a thoughtful son who worked hard but earned little money. One day he saw a little waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it delicious.
2. Find these sentences in the story and fill in the blanks.
(i) This made Taro _________than ever.
(ii) He decided to work __________than before.
(iii) Next morning Taro jumped out of bed _____________than usual.
(iv) He began to chop even___________.
(v) Next morning, Taro started for work even _____________than the morning before.
Ans. (i) sadder (ii) harder (iii) earlier (iv) faster (v)earlier
SPEAKING AND WRITING
Page no- 36
A. Speak the following sentences clearly but as quickly as you can. Learn them by heart.
(i) How much wood would a wood chuck would chuck wood.
(ii) Betty bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was a little bitter so she bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better.
Ans. Do it yourself.
B. 1. The story “Taro’s reward” shows that Taro is thoughtful, hardworking and also wise. Read aloud the parts of the story that show these qualities in Taro.
Ans. Some of the instances that show Taro to be thoughtful are
(i) “Though he worked very hard, he earned very little money.”
(ii) “This made him sad, for he was a thoughtful son and wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.”
(iii) “But Taro had been wise enough to slip behind a rock when he saw how things were going.”
2. (i) Like Patrick in the story “Who Did Patrick’s Homework.” Taro is helped by magic. Do you believe in magic? What are the magical things that happen in these stories?
(ii) Which story do you like better, and why? Do you know such stories in other languages? Discuss these questions in class.
Ans. (i) No, I don’t think that magic exists. The magical things that happened in the story were the water tasted like that of the sake to Taro but to others, it was nothing else than water. But in the case of Patrick, an elf was there.
(ii) Both the stories covey a didactic lesson, so both are quite good.
Yes, there are lots of such stories in different languages.
C.1. Listen to these children. What are they talking about?
Ans. These children are talking about which things they find to be difficult. According to one of them, swimming is more difficult than driving. But the other one tells that it is not that difficult. The third child tells that learning swimming and driving was not difficult as compared to learning English.
2. Work in groups. Come to some agreement on each of the activities given below. Decide which is the most interesting, dullest, most dangerous, safest, most rewarding, most exciting.
listening to music
Most interesting: cooking, painting, dancing, watching TV, listening to music, mountain climbing
Most dullest: sewing, knitting
Most dangerous: mountain climbing
Safest: walking, stamp collecting
Most rewarding: painting, dancing, fishing
Most exciting: swimming, playing football