45. Reading Skills Comprehension: SNAKE

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 Read the following passage carefully:

        1       One day Gandhiji and Vallabhbhai Patel were talking in the Yeravda jail when Gandhiji remarked, At times even a dead snake can be of use.” And he related the following story to illustrate his point: Once a snake entered the house of an old woman. The old woman was frightened and cried out for help. Hearing her, the neighbours rushed up and killed the snake. Then they returned to their homes. Instead of throwing the dead snake far away, the old woman flung it onto her roof.

      2        Sometime later a kite flying overhead spotted the dead snake. In its beak, the kite had a pearl necklace which it had picked up from somewhere. It dropped the necklace and flew away with the dead snake. When the old woman saw a bright, shining object on her roof she pulled it down with a pole. Finding that it was a pearl necklace she danced with joy! When Gandhiji finished his story, Vallabhbhai Patel said he too had a story to tell:

     3         One day a bania found a snake in his house. He couldn’t find anyone to kill it for him and hadn’t the courage to kill it himself. Besides, he hated killing any living creature. So, he covered the snake with a pot and left it there.

     4         As luck would have it, that night some thieves broke into the bania’s house. They entered the kitchen and saw the overturned pot. “Ah,” they thought, the bania has hidden something valuable here:” As they lifted the pot, the snake struck. Having come with the object of stealing, they barely left with their lives. Once he came out of jail Gandhiji went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours, he addressed a meeting in Orissa.

      5        After his speech, a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting. “I must see him: she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari, she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhi for the coin but Gandhi refused.

Read the given questions and write the answer in a sentence.

1. Why did the woman cry out for help?

2. What did the kite do when it saw the dead snake on the roof?

3. How did the live snake help the bania?

4. Why was the old woman happy?

5. Why did Gandhiji go to Orissa?

6. Describe the woman who went up to meet Gandhiji.

7. Why the old woman had to fight her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting?

8. Who was in charge of the Charkha Sangh funds and what did he ask Gandhiji?


1. She cried out for help because a snake had entered her house. The sight of the snake frightened her.

2. The kite dropped a pearl necklace which it had picked up from somewhere and flew away with the dead snake.

3. When the thieves entered the bania’s house, they saw the snake under the pot and ran for their lives.

4. She was happy because the kite had dropped a pearl necklace on her roof while taking the dead  

5. Gandhiji went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh.

6. The woman was old and her body was bent with age. She had grey hair and her clothes were in tatters.

7. The volunteers tried to stop the poor old woman from going to Gandhiji so she had to fight her way to him.

8. Jamnalal Bajaj was in-charge of the Charkha Sangh Funds and he asked for the copper coin from Gandhiji.

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