Ncert (Cbse) Solutions for English Textbook Exercise
Class VIII, Honeydew
The Ant and The Cricket
Answers of Important Exercise Questions
Q.1: The cricket says: “Oh! What will become me?” When does he say it, and why?
Answer: The cricket speaks these words on the arrival of winter. He says so since he finds that there is no food for him in his house.
Q.2: (ii) What is your opinion of the ant’s principles?
Answer: I agree with what the ant says first that one should save something for the future so that he does not need to borrow or lend. However, I don’t agree with the ant’s principle what he told later. If he says he is a friend of cricket then he should also help the cricket at the time of distress. It is because; I believe that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Q.3: The ant tells the cricket to ‘dance winter away’. Do you think the word ‘dance’ is appropriate here? If so why?
Answer: Yes the word ‘dance’ is appropriate here. It is so because the cricket had spoken of his love for singing. Singing and dancing go together.
Q.4: (ii) Write the comment of the poet in your own words.
Answer: “The Ant and The Cricket” is a short story with a moral. And the moral is true. There are people in this world who spend all their earnings when they are capable of earning. In the moments of crisis or in their old age such people find that they don’t have any money to depend upon. Such people, says the poet, are like the cricket of the story.
The moral of the poem is: “Save something for bad days.”
The Ant and The Cricket : further study
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