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In the Kingdom of Fools
SUPPLEMENTARY READER – MOMENTS
THINKING ABOUT THE TEXT
Q. 1. What are the two strange things the Guru and his disciple find in the kingdom of fools?
Ans: The guru and his disciple were surprised to find that in the Kingdom of Fools, every thing cost the same, a single dhuddu. Secondly, the people were awake at night and they went to bed as the sun came up. Anyone who disobeyed the rule was done to death.
Q. 2. Why does the disciple decide to stay in the kingdom of fools? Is it a good idea?
Ans: The guru foresaw the dangers of living in the Kingdom of Fools, even though cost of living was very low. He wanted to leave the place at the earliest. But his disciple was greedy and short sighted. He decided to stay on, eat and put on fat like a bull.
Q. 3. Name all the people who are tried in the king’s court, and give the reasons for their trial.
Ans: When the merchant’s wall collapsed the thief died. His brother complained to the king. He called the merchant who blamed the brick layer. The bricklayer pleaded that the dancing girl diverted his attention. The dancing girl blamed on the goldsmith for delaying her jewellery but he blamed the rich merchant whose pressure made him work for them first. The rich merchant was the first accused’s father. Thus all these people where questioned.
Q. 4. Who is the real culprit according to the king? Why does he escape punishment?
Ans: According to the king the rich merchant was the real culprit who had in herited everything both sins and riches of his criminal father. As the father had died so the responsibility tell on his son and he was at the root of that horrible crime. So a new stake was ordered to be made ready for the execution. But the rich merchant was too then to be executed. He appealed the king’s common sense and it struck in his mind to search a fat man enough to fit the slake. Thus he escaped punishment and the servants ran to search for the fat man.
Q. 5. What is the guru’s words of wisdom? When does the disciple remember them?
Ans: The disciple while waiting for death, remembered his wise guru. The guru possessed magic powers. He saw that his disciple was in trouble. He arrived at once to save his greedy disciple.
Q. 6. How does the Guru manage to save his disciples life?
Ans: The guru was wise enough to plan a trick. He first scolded the disciple and also whispered something into his ears. Then he went to the king with a request that he should be put to death first. The disciple also began to shout for his own death first. The two got into a battle of words. The king was puzzled. He asked the guru to explain the mystery to him. The guru then said that whosoever died first would be reborn as the king of the land. The one to die next would be his minister. The plan worked. The foolish king and his minister offered themselves for execution. The people then installed the guru and his disciple as their new king and minister.
Q. 7. In Shakespear’s plays fools are not really fools. If you have read or seen Shakespeare’s plays such as King Lear, As You Like It or Twelfth Night, you may talk about the role of fools.
Ans: Self Study.
Q. 8. Do you know any stories in your language about wise fools, such as Tenali Rama or Gopal Bhar? You can also read about them in Ramanujan’s collection of both tales.
Ans: Self Study.
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION
SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Answer the questions in about 30-10 words each:
Q. 1. What things were different in the kingdom of fools?
Ans: The king changed the schedules of day and night. People were ordered to sleep in the day and work in the night. The price of everything was the same-the single duddu. Shops remained closed during day but opened at sunset. The farmers tilled their field at night.
Q. 2. Name the people who are tried in the king’s court and give the reasons for their trail.
Ans: Many people are blamed in the king’s court. Four people were tried in the king’s court. The first person was the owner of the house who was tried for building a weak wall. The second person was the bricklayer. The third was a dancing girl who was blamed for distracting the mason. And the last one was the goldsmith who was accused of making the dancing girl walk by delaying her jewellery.
Q. 3. Why does the merchant feel that the bricklayer is responsible for the thief’s death?
Ans: The merchant felt that is was the mistake of the bricklayer who built a weak wall. He did not build it right and it fell on the thief. So, the brick layer is responsible for the death of the thief.
Q. 4. Why does discipline decide to stay in the kingdom of fools? Is it a good idea?
Ans: When the king and the minister were executed the Guru and his disciple became the incharge of the throne. Now the kingdom become normal. The people began to sleep at night and work during the day. Discipline was restored in the kingdom after guru took over the throne.
Q. 5. What two strange things did the guru and the disciple experience in the kingdom of fools?
Ans: Guru and disciple experienced very strange things in the kingdom. Guru realised that the place was a kingdom of fools. People slept during day and worked in the night. The price of everything was same-the single duddu.
Q. 6. What is the final decision taken by the king and his minister after hearing the story of the rich merchant?
Ans: After hearing the story of the rich merchant, the King decided to execute him on the stake announcing that if he had inherited richness from his criminal father, he had to inherit his sins also.
Q. 7. Who is the real culprit according to the king? Why does he escape punishment?
Ans: The merchant was the real culprit. But he could not be executed as he was very thin. So the king decided to search a person who was fit to be executed on stake. The disciple was a fat person. He was found fit to be executed on the stake.
Q. 8. What was foolish about the king’s trial of the merchant?
Ans: The king was an idiot. He acted as a foolish judge. He wanted to sentence the merchant in place of his father. The merchant had not killed the thief. So it was foolishness of the king to award sentence to the merchant.
Q. 9. What happened to the thief when he broke into the merchant’s house?
Ans: When the thief broke into the merchant’s house, the wall of the old house collapsed on his head and he was killed on the spot.
Q. 10. What are Guru’s words of wisdom? When does the disciple remember them?
Ans: The guru realised that there was no justice in the kingdom of fools. He told his disciple that you couldn’t tell what they might do to you. He wanted him to leave the kingdom at once. The disciple remembers these words when king had decided that disciple was fit to be put on stake.
Q. 11. Why did the disciple refuse to leave the kingdom of fools?
Ans: The disciple refused to leave the kingdom of fools because he was happy with the system of a single duddu for everything he wants. It was too cheap. He could felt up his stomach in a very low price.
Q. 12. Why was the goldsmith unable to make jewellery of the dancing girl on time?
Ans: The goldsmith was unable to make jewellery of the dancing girl on time because he was busy completing the order of rich merchant who had a wed- ding in his family.
Q. 13. What appeal did the minister make to the king?
Ans: When the new stake was made ready for the execution of rich merchant, it was found that rich merchant was too thin to be properly executed on the stake. Then, the minister appealed to the king that they should find a man fat enough to fit the stake.
Q. 14. The thief died in the wall collapse. Who was finally blamed for his “death? Why?
Ans: A thief broke into a rich merchant’s house. The wall was weak and collapsed. The thief died. The king thought that the merchant was to blame. Finally merchant’s father was blamed for the thief’s death. His father had now died. So the merchant was finally blamed.
Q. 15. What was foolish about the king’s trial of the merchant?
Ans: The king was an idiot. He acted as a foolish judge. He wanted to sentence the merchant in place of his father. The merchant had not killed the thief. So it was the foolishness of the king to award sentence to the merchant.
Q. 16. How was the bricklayer able to defend himself?
Ans: The bricklayer remembered why he could not build a strong wall. He said that a dancing girl went up and down the street that day. So his attention was distracted by her jingling anklets again and again. Hence the defect in the wall was because of her and not him. With these words he was able to save himself.
Q. 17. What did the Guru tell the king that made him change his mind about the execution?
Ans: The Guru told the king that stake is the stake of god of justice. It never had a criminal on it. So one who dies on it will be born as the king. He told him that they were sick of their ascetic life. This talk made king change his mind.
THOUGHT PROVOKING MODULE
Study the following Questions:
Q. 1. Suppose you reach Kingdom of fools. How would you react on reaching Kingdom of fools? Describe.
Ans: Kingdom of fools always offers all different kind of schedules. If I reach such a kingdom things would be very absurd. I would try to observe each activity and find out the functioning of the kingdom. If I feel things can be corrected then I shall try my best. It would be very funny to watch people sleeping in day and working at night. I would just wish that such a kingdom does not exist in reality.
Q. 2. What impression do you form about the king in ‘Kingdom of Fools’?
Ans: We find that king in Kingdom of Fools is really an idiot. He gave very silly judgements. He wanted to punish the merchant in place of his father. Next he wanted to punish the bricklayer who further put his blame on dancing girl. The dancing girl put the blame on gold smith which further fell on merchant. Finally the stake of justice fell on the king. The king is thus a very foolish person. If kingdoms are ruled by such kings, the state will be in ruins.
Q. 3. Do you think guru has the true qualities of a real leader? How will you rate him as a person full of qualities?
Ans: Guru is a wise person who could judge that kingdom of fools would offer problems and injustice. He wanted disciple to leave the place. But when disciple did not follow him, he went away. But his true knowledge made him came back to disciple and thus save his life. I shall rate him as a very sensible person full of qualities. If a person like guru becomes the king then things would be wonderful and much better.
LONG ANSWERS TYPE QUESTIONS
Answer the questions in about 100-150 words each:
Q. 1. What did the guru and the disciple find in the city of fools?
Ans: When the guru and his disciple arrived in the city they found it beautiful. It was broad daylight. Everyone was asleep. Even the cattle had been taught to sleep by day. They wandered around the town and found it deserted. The shops were closed and nothing could be seen outside. In the evening suddenly the whole town woke up and went about its nightly business. Being hungry, they went to buy some eatables from a shop. They were surprised to find that everything cost the same a single ‘duddu’. Both of them were delighted to find such a cheap city.
Q. 2. In the kingdom of fools, each one was blaming the other to save his skin. There was nothing human in the humans of the kingdom. Bring out the values that were missing in the subjects.
Ans: In the kingdom of fools, each one was blaming the other to save his skin. There was nothing humane in the kingdom. They were so insensitive and selfish that they could put anyone in trouble to save their life. They are so clever that they can blame the other person for their own mistake. Moreover, they are perfect in making excuses for their crimes. They are not generous or kind. Even we can call them cruel who can hang an innocent person without any guilt to save their skin.
Q. 3. The death of the foolish king and the minister was like a blessing in disguise for the subjects of the kingdom. Elucidate highlighting the values they lacked.
Ans: The death of the foolish king and the ‘minister was like a blessing in disguise for the people of the kingdom because he was a fussy and crazy man. The king made his own rules and changed days into nights and nights into days. He fixed the rate of everything for a duddu which was not a practical decision.
Secondly, he did the justice for the name of justice. He did not have the ability to judge the criminals and punish them. He could not take right decision at the right time. Rather, both of them were very greedy. They did not want to lose their kingdom even in the next round of life. To achieve this, they were willing to sacrifice their lives.
Q. 4. “My mind was not on it,” said the bricklayer. Was this a good excuse for not building the wall properly? What will happen if we do something without our mind on it? What can we learn from this situation? Explain.
Ans: When the foolish king accused the bricklayer of causing death due to negligence, the bricklayer pleaded innocence as he had been distracted by a dancing girl’s anklets while building the wall. This, however, was a flimsy excuse given by him to save his life. The bricklayer ought to have done his work efficiently, and with full concentration, so as to build a sturdy wall. Similarly, in life, one is bound to mess up at some point or another if one is not focussed on the job at hand. Hence, we come to learn that whatever job we do, must be carried out to the best of our ability and with our complete concentration. If not done so, one might face problems later on.
Q. 5. How did the guru and the disciple became the king and minister of the kingdom of fools?
Ans: The disciple was found physically fit for the stake. The king ordered to execute the disciple. The disciple prayed to the guru to save him. The guru saw everything in a vision. He came and said something to the disciple. Both desired to be executed first. They started fighting over this. It surprised the king.The guru told him that whoever died first would be reborn as king of this kingdom. The next who died would be reborn as minister.
The king and minister thought over this. Both wanted to become the king and the minister in their next birth also. So they decided to get themselves executed. The people of the city now were without the king and the minister. Some people thought of the guru and his disciple as the next king and the minister. The guru and the disciple agreed. Thus they became the king and the minister.
Q. 6. Give the character sketch of the Guru.
Ans: The Guru was wiser than the disciple. When they came to the kingdom of fools and found the king as an idiot person, he soon realised that to stay in that kingdom was dangerous. So, he decided to leave the kingdom as soon as possible. He feared anything harmful might follow anytime.
He asked his disciple to stand up, leave the kingdom and accompany him. However, the disciple did not agree. He stayed there. He was a glutton and ate every day to his fill because everything was cheap there. Secondly, the Guru saw his disciple in trouble through his vision. He managed to save him by planning a mystery for the execution of the king. As a result the king and the minister were executed, the guru became the king and the disciple became the minister. Everything became normal in the kingdom of fools.
Q. 7. Would you agree/disagree that the ‘subjects of the kingdom of fools were really foolish?
Ans: I do not think that the subjects of the kingdom of fools were really foolish. They followed the rule of changing night into day and day into night out of fear for their lives, and not because they agreed with it. Even after the deaths of their king and the minister, after the initial panic, they realised that the guru and his disciple would be good rulers. So, they begged them both to be their king and minister. They arrived at this decision after a whole night’s discussion. Thus, the citizens of the kingdom were not essentially foolish, although the king and his minister definitely were!
Q. 8. The foolish king was solely responsible for his doom. Apart from being foolish, what were the other reason that made him dig his own grave? Write in about 100-120 words.
Ans: The foolish king was solely responsible for his doom. His decision of changing the days into nights and nights into days made the people frustrate and uncomfortable. They have to follow this rule out of fear, not out of heart. Moreover, his injustice to the disciple was one of the reason for his end. His greed for the kingdom in the next round of life did not make him suspect the cleverness of the Guru. He did not have wise people around him who could guide him properly. Haste makes waste proves to be true in his case which led him to his end.