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The Great Stone Face – I
Textbook Questions With Their Answers
COMPREHENSION CHECK – I
Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following statements:
1. The Great Stone Face stood near where Ernest and his mother lived.
2. One would clearly distinguish the features of the Stone Face only from a distance.
3. Ernest loved his mother and helped her in her work.
4 Though not very rich, Gathergold was skilful merchant.
5. Gathergold died in poverty and neglect.
6. The Great Stone Face seemed to suggest that Ernest should not fear the general.
WORKING WITH THE TEXT
Answer the following questions:
Q. 1. (i) What was the Great Stone Face?
Ans. The Great Stone Face was a rocky mountain that appeared above a valley. It was the work of nature. It had the resemblance of simply a few stone pieces joined together.
(ii) What did young Ernest wish when he gazed at it?
Ans. The young Ernest wished that it (The Great Stone Face) could speak. He hoped to love the man dearly whoever resembled that face.
Q. 2. What was the story attributed to the Stone Face?
Ans. The story attributed to the Stone Face was that some day a child with the likeness of that face would be born. He would become the greatest and the noblest person of his ago.
Q. 3. What gave the people of the valley the idea that the prophecy was about to come true for the first time?
Ans. The people of the valley gave the idea that the prophecy was about to come true for the first time was that the great man, who loooked like the Great Stone Face had appeared at last for the first time. It appeared that Gathergold, a young man had left the valley many years ago. When returned, he resembled the Great Stone Face.
Q. 4.(i) Did Ernest see in Gathergold the likeness of the Stone Face?
Ans. No, he didn’t. He found wrinkled shrewdness in that unpleasant face
(ii) Who did he confide in and how was he proved right?
Ans. He confided in the Great Stone Face because he turned away his face sadly from the gaze of Mr. Gathergold and looked up the valley. He believed in what Great Stone Face told him not to fear as that man would surely come.He was proved right because Gathergold died as a poor man.
Q. 5. (i) What made people believe General Blood- and-Thunder was their man?
Ans. General Blood-and-Thunder was a famous commander. Lately, he had expressed a desire to return to his native valley after serving as a soldier many years before. It appeared that man with likeness of the Great Stone Face had actually appeared.
(ii) Ernest compared the man’s face with the Stone Face. What did he conclude?
Ans. Earnest could not recognise any likeness of the general with the Stone Face.
WORKING WITH LANGUAGE
1. Look at the following words:
Like —- likeness
Punctual —– punctuality
The words on the left are adjectives and those on the right are their noun forms.
Write the noun forms of the following words by adding-ness or – ity to them appropriately. Check the spelling of the new words.
(i) lofty ______________________.
(ii) able ______________________.
(iii) happy ____________________.
(iv) near ______________________.
(v) noble ______________________,
(vi) enormous __________________,
(vii) pleasant ___________________,
(viii) dense _____________________,
(ix) great _______________________,
(x) stable _______________________.
2. Add -ly to each of the following adjectives, then use them to fill in the blanks.
|Perfect near kind pleasant eager|
(i) Why didn ‘t you turn up at the meeting?
we all were ___________ waiting for you.
(ii) ____________ write your name and address in capital letters.
(iii) I was _____________ surprised to see him at the railway station.I thought he was not coming.
(iv) It is ____________ believable that I am not responsible for this mess.
(v) He fell over the step and ____________ broke his arm.
3. Complete each sentence below using the appropriate forms of the verbs in brackets.
(i) I ___________ (phone) you when I ___________ (get) home from school.
Ans. shall phone, get.
(ii) Hurry up! Madam_____________ (be) annoyed if we ___________ (be) late.
Ans. will be, are.
(iii) If it ____________ (rain) today, we ______________ (not go) to the play.
Ans. rains, shall not go.
(iv) When you___________ (see) Mandal again, you ____________ (not/recognise) him. He is growing a beard.
Ans. see, will not recognise.
(v) We are off today. We ________ (write) to you after we ___________ (be) back.
Ans. shall write, are.
SPEAKING AND WRITING
Q. 1. Imagine you are Ernest. Narrate the story that his mother told him. Begin like this.
My mother and I were sitting at the door of our cottage. We were looking at the Great Stone Face. I asked her if she had ever seen any one who looked like the Stone Face. Then she told me this story.
Ans. My mother and I were sitting at the door of our cottage. We were looking at the Great Stone Face. I asked her if she had ever seen anyone who looked like the Stone Face Then she told me this story, that at some day, a child should be born near here, who will destined to become the greatest and noblest person of his time and whose face, in manhood, should bear an exact resemblance to the Great Stone Face. Now the people of our valley still had faith in this old prophecy. But some of them took it to be nothing but an idle talk. At all events, the great man of the prophecy had not yet appeared and we are still waiting for him eagerly.
Q. 2. Imagine you are Gathergold. Write briefly the incident of your return to the valley.
Begin like this: My name is Gathergold. I left the valley of the Great Stone Face fifty years ago. I am now going back home. Will the people of the valley welcome me? Do they know that I am very rich?
Ans. My name is Gathergold. I left the valley of the Great Stone Face fifty years ago. I am now going back home. Will the people of the valley welcome me? Do they know that I am very rich? I have reached at my native valley. But, what is this? Why are they shouting. “The Great man has returned ?” Oh! perhaps, they are thinking about that old prophecy. They consider me as the Great Stone Face. There was a rumour in the valley that I was to bear a resemblance to the Great Stone Face. I am greatly excited. They all welcomed me. I was excited as well as puzzled, “what to do”! Above all, I enjoyed the great welcome to my native valley.
PASSAGE – 1
And Ernest never forgot the story that his mother told him. It was always in his mind whenever he looked upon the Great Stone Face. He spent his childhood in the log-cottage where he was born, was dutiful to his mother and helpful to her in many things, assisting her much with his little hands, and more with his loving heart. In this manner, from a happy yet often pensive child he grew up to be a mild and quiet youth.
(a) Name the lesson and the writer.
Ans. The name of the lesson is The Great Stone Face–I and the writer is Nathaniel Hawthrone.
(b) Who had told Ernest the story?
Ans. Ernest’s mother had told Ernest the story.
(c) Where did he spend his childhood?
Ans. He spent his childhood in the log- cottage where he was born.
(d) How did he assist his mother?
Ans. He assisted his mother with his little hands, and more with his loving heart.
(e) Find from the passage.
(i) one abstract noun.
(ii) two adjectives.
Ans. little, loving.
(iii) two proper nouns.
Ans. Ernest, Great Stone Face.
(iv) two common nouns.
Ans. hands, things.
PASSAGE – 2
Ernest had been deeply stirred by the idea that the great man, the noble man, the man of prophecy, after so many ages of delay, was at length to be seen in his native valley. While the boy was still gazing up the valley one day and imagining that the Great Stone Face returned his gaze, the noise of wheels was heard, and a crowd of people cried. “Here comes the great Mr Gathergold.
A carriage, drawn by four horses, dashed round the turn of the road. Within it, thrust partly out of the window appeared the face of an old man with yellow skin.
“The very image of the Great Stone Face!” shouted the people “Sure enough, the old prophecy is true. Here we have the great man, at last!”
(a) What idea excited Ernest!
Ans. The idea that excited Ernest was that the great man, the noble man, the man of prophecy, after so many ages of delay had appeared in his native valley.
(b) When did Ernest hear the crowd of people cry, “Here comes the Mr. Gathergold”
Ans. Ernest heard people say so when a carriage dashed round the turn of the road and the face of an old man could be seen out of the window.
(c) What was the prophecy!
Ans. The prophecy was that a great noble man would appear some day who would have resemblance with the Great Stone Face.
(d) Whose face appeared out of the window of the carriage.
Ans. The face of an old man with yellow skin appeared out of the window of the carriage.
PASSAGE – 3
The years went on, and Ernest grew to be a young man. He attracted little notice from the inhabitants of the valley. They saw nothing remarkable in his way of life, except that, when the labour of the day was over, he still loved to gaze upon the Great Stone Face. Their idea was that this was a folly, but pardonable, because Ernest was industrious, kind and neighbourly. They did not know that the Great Stone Face had become a teacher to him, and that the sentiment which was expressed in it would enlarge the young man’s heart, and fill it with deeper sympathies than other hearts. They did not know that from this would come a better wisdom than could be learnt from books. Neither did Ernest know that the thoughts which came to him so naturally, in the fields and at the fireside, were of a higher tone than those which all men shared with him. A simple soul-simple as when his mother first told him the old story-he beheld the marvellous face looking down the valley, and still wondered, why its human likeness was so long in coming.
(a) What was the only remarkable thing did inhabitants of the valley notice about Ernest?
Ans. The only remarkable thing that the inhabitants of the valley found in Ernest was when the labour of the day was over, he still gazed upon the Great Stone Face.
(b) What relationship had developed between the Great Stone Face and Ernest?
Ans. The Great Stone Face had become a teacher to Ernest.
(c) How will gazing at the Great Stone Face effect Ernest’s personality?
Ans. The gazing at the Great Stone Face would enlarge the young man’s heart and fill it with deeper sympathies than other hearts.
(d) What did Ernest wonder at?
Ans. Ernest wondered why the human likeness of the Great Stone Face was not coming.
SOME OTHER QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION
Q. 1. “I do hope that I shall live to see him!”
(a) Who said this to whom?
Ans. Ernest said this to his mother.
(b) When did he say this?
Ans. He said this when his mother told him about the prophecy that some day a great noble man would appear who would have exact resemblance with the Great Stone Face.
Q. 2. Write two main features of the Great Stone Face.
Ans. (a) The Great Stone Face was a wort of nature which was formed on the perpendicular side of a mountain by some immense rocks.
(b) It seem from a distance, it resembled the features of a human face. The Great Stone Face seemed positively to be alive.
Q.3. When and till how long did Ernest gaze at the Great Stone Face?
Ans. When the work of the day was over, Ernest would gaze at it for hours until he began to imagine that those rast features recognised him, and gave him a smile of kindness and encouragement.
Q. 4. How did people welcome the general’s arrival?
Ans. On the day of the general’s arrival Ernest and all the other people of the valley left their work. They went to the spot where a great banquet had been prepared, Soldiers stood on guard, flags waved and the crowd roared.
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS
Tick (✓) the correct option
1. Which of the following words mean ‘thoughtful’?
Ans. (c) pensive.
2. What does ‘benign’ mean?
(d) both (a) and (c).
Ans. (d) both (a) and (c).
3. Which adjectives have been used for Ernest?
(d) all of these.
Ans. (d) all of these.
4. What did Ernest wonder at?
(a) Why the Great Stone Face looked like a human face?
(b) Why the Great Stone Face was made of rocks?
(c) Why the human likeness of the Great Stone Face was so long in coming.
(d) all of these.
Ans. (c) Why the human likeness of the Great Stone Face was so long in coming.
5. Where had Gathergold settled?
(a) at a desert.
(b) at a distant sea port.
(c) near a valley.
(d) in a village.
Ans. (b) at a distant sea port.
6. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
(a) Gathergold had set up as a shop-keeper.
(b) Gathergold had become very rich.
(c) People found the likeness of the Great Stone Face with Gathergold.
(d) Ernest found the face of Gathergold very pleasant.
Ans. (d) Ernest found the face of Gathergold very pleasant.
Use the following words in sentences of your own:
Ans. (i) inhabitants: Inhabitants of this village are very friendly to each other.
(ii) renowned: Ambanis are the owners of renowned Reliance Company.
(iii) enormous: The king lived in an enormous and magnificent palace.
(iv) perpendicular: An altitude is a line perpendicular from a vertex to the opposite side of the triangle.
(v) immense: Mr. X earned immense wealth in is import business.
(vi) exactly: The two brothers got their houses made exactly alike each other.