The King : The king is very intelligent and awakened. He asks questions which are difficult to answer. He reaches the conclusion quickly. He has a very low opinion of the natives of Gulliver’s country
The chapter is a biting satire on civilized mankind. It describes in detail the English parliamentary system, the powers of elected members and the role of the English courts.
Staying in Brobdingnag Gulliver won the favour of the king and the queen. He tried to please them in many ways. Once he made a chair using the queen’s hair, taken from her comb, as cane. He gifted the chair to the king. On another occasion Gulliver made a beautiful purse for the queen. It had on it the queen’s name inscribed in gold letters.
One day the king asked Gulliver about the system of government In his own country. Gulliver told the king how the parliament consisted of two houses the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The members of these houses were selected very carefully. Gulliver also described the functioning of English Courts.
The king took notes from Gulliver’s speeches. This gave birth to many doubts . Many questions arose in the mind of the king. Gulliver tried to answer the questions but he could not convince the king. To the king the history of Gulliver’s country was nothing but the history of conspiracies, murders, rebellions, banishment, etc.
The king concluded from the accounts of Gulliver that he belonged to “the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl on the surface of the earth”.
Very Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1. What did Gulliver present the king?
Ans. He presented the king a chair made of the hair taken from the comb of the queen.
Q.2. What did Gulliver present the queen?
Ans.He presented the queen a purse which he had made. It had the queen’s name inscribed on it.
Q.3.Name the two houses of the English Parliament.
Ans.(1) The House of Commons
(2) The House of Lords.
Q.4.Was Gulliver able to remove the doubts of the king?
Ans-No, Gulliver could not remove the doubts of the king.
Q.5.What was The king’s opinion about Gullivers countrymen?
Ans.The king felt that they were the most pernicious little odious vermins.
Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1.How did Gulliver try to please the king and the queen?
Ans. Gulliver once made a chair using the queen’s hair and presented it to the king. On another occasion he made a purse about five feet long for the queen. It had a queen’s name inscribed on it.
Q.2. What did Gulliver tell the king about the English Parliament ?
Ans. He told the king that the English Parliament consisted of two houses — the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The members of these houses were selected very carefully.
Q.3How did the king react to Gulliver’s account ?
Ans. The king was not happy with Gulliver’s accounts .He had many doubts objections. Gulliver tried to satisfy him but he could not.
Q.4. What Is the opinion of the king about Gulliver’s countrymen ?
Ans. The king is of the opinion that the English history is nothing but a series of revolutions and wars.Majority of the English seem to be the most pernicious race of little odious vemins.