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Class-8 Chapter-4.The Last Bargain

The Last Bargain (Poem)
                                                                                                                                                              Rabindranath Tagore

Working with Poem(Page No: 75)
1. Who is the speaker in the poem?
Answer- The speaker in the poem is a man who is looking for work.

2. “The king, sword in hand” suggests
(i) wealth
(ii) power
(iii) more power than wealth
Mark the appropriate item in the context of stanza 1.

Answer- (ii) power

3. The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did he turn down the offer?
Answer- The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. However, he turned it down because he realised that money cannot give him what he actually desires. He had not till then realised that what he actually desired was happiness. When the old man was counting the gold coins, the speaker realised that once the money was finished or the work the old man wanted to hire him for was done, he would again be out of work. More than that, he would be bound in this bargain. It did not satisfy him and therefore, he turned it down.

4. Find in the poem, lines that match the following. Read both one after another.
(i) I have nothing to give you Except goodwill and cheer.
Answer- (i) ‘I hire you with nothing.’
(ii) Her happiness was no more Than sorrow in disguise.
(ii) ‘Her smile paled and melted into tears’.
(iii) The king’s might was not worth much.
(iii) ‘But his power counted for nought’.

5. How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
Answer- After talking to the child on the beach the speaker felt extremely happy