3.Gopal and the Hilsa-fish


Ch 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-fish

Working with the Text( Page No:

the following questions.


Why did the king want no more talk about the hilsa-fish?


The king was fed of
the talks of Hilsa-fish. It was season of Hilsa-fish and everyone was busy in
talking of it. More-ever, he did not want his courtier to waste the time on
these talks.

What did the king ask Gopal to do to prove that he was clever?


The king asked Gopal
to buy a hilsa-fish and bring it to the palace without anyone asking anything
about the fish throughout the way to prove that he was clever.

What three things did Gopal do before he went to buy his hilsa-fish?



Gopal half-shaved his
beard, smeared himself with ash, and wore disgraceful rags before he went to
buy his hilsa-fish.

How did Gopal get inside the palace to see the king after he had bought the


When Gopal asked the
guards to let him meet the king, they refused. Therfore, he began to dance
and sing loudly. On hearing his loud song, the king sent his messenger to call
him in the court.

Explain why no one seemed to be interested in talking about the hilsa-fish
which Gopal had bought.


Gopal funny appearance
attracted the attention of people much more than the hilsa-fish. At that time,
no one was caring about the hilsa-fish he was carrying. Everyone was busy in
talking about his mad appearance, half shaved face and rags.

Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following sentences.


The king lost his temper easily.

Gopal was a madman.

Gopal was a clever man.

Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.

The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.



(i) True
(ii) False
(iii) True
(iv) False
(v) False

Working with Language


Notice how in a comic book, there are no speech marks when characters talk.
Instead what they say is put in a speech ‘bubble’. However, if we wish to
repeat or ‘report’ what they say, we must put it into reported speech.


the following sentences in the story to reported speech. The first one has been
done for you.


How much did you pay for that hilsa?

woman asked the man how much he had paid for that hilsa.


Why is your face half-shaven?

wife asked him ………………………….


I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.

told the king ……………………………..


I want to see the king.

told the guards ………………………………..


Bring the man to me at once.

king ordered the guard …………………………


(ii)Why is your face
Gopal’s wife asked him why was his face half-shaven.

(iii)I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.
Gopal told the king that he accepted his challenge.

(iv)I want to see the king.
Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the king.

(v)Bring the man to me at once.
The king ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

No: 43


Find out the meaning of the following words by looking them up in the
dictionary. Then use them in sentences of your own.

challenge        (ii) mystic
(iii) comical          (iv) courtier
(v) smearing



(i) challenge – ask to
contest, dare

The boss challenged
Rahul to finish his work before the time.

(ii) mystic –
believing in spiritual power

Some people do believe
in the mystic forces.

(iii) comical – funny

I liked the comical
act of the joker the most.

(iv)  courtier –
officials of the king’s court

Birbal was one of the
clever courtier present in Akbar’s court.

(v) smearing – to
apply coat or mark

He smeares his face
with ashes.

No: 46


Now ask your partner questions about each picture.


Where is the stag?

What is he doing?

Does he like his antlers (horns)?

Does he like his legs?

Why is the stag running?

Is he able to hide in the bushes?

Where are the hunters now?

Are they closing in on the stag?

Is the stag free?

What does the stag say about his horns and his legs?


(i) Stag is by the
side of the pond.

(ii) He is looking at
the reflection of his horns and legs in the water.

(iii) Yes, he liked
his antlers.

(iv) No, he did’t
liked his legs.

(v) The stag is
running to save his life from the hunters.

(vi) No, he is not
able to hide himself in the bushes.

(vii) The hunters are
now beside to him.

(viii) Yes, they
closing in on the stag.

(ix) Yes, the stag is

(x) The stag said that
he was proud of his horns which could have caused his death and was ashamed of
his legs which saved him.

3.  Now
write the story in your own words. Give it a title.


The suitable title for
this story will be “All that glitters is not gold”.

A stag was once
drinking water at a pond. He saw his own reflection in water. He admired his beautiful
horns, but he did not like his thin and ugly legs. Suddenly he saw a group of
hunters running towards him. He ran into the jungle to save himself. His
legs soon carried him far from the hunters. He then tried to hide himself in
the bushes but his horns were caught into the bush. With his best efforts, he
was able to free himself. Now he realised that his ugly legs helped him in
saving his life, but his beautiful horns could have caused his death.

No: 47


Complete the following word ladder with the help of the clues given below.





Mother will be very ………….. if you don’t go to school.

As soon as he caught ……………… of the teacher, Mohan started writing.

How do you like my ……………….. kitchen garden? Big enough for you, is

My youngest sister is now a …………….. old.

Standing on the …………….. , he saw children playing on the road.

Don’t make such a ………………… . Nothing will happen.

Don’t cross the ……………….. till the green light comes on.




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