A Voyage to Lilliput Chapter 6


1.The size of plants, trees and animals in Lilliput was in correct proposition to the size of men.
2.They buried the dead with their heads downwards.
3.All crimes were severely punished. Punishment for fraud was death.
4.More weight was given to morals than to abilities in the selection of government officers.
5.Children were educated in public nurseries.
6.Flimnap entertained inimical views Gulliver.
7.Scandal against Gulliver’s affair with the wife of Flimnap.

Some of the Lilliputians are not happy with Gulliver’s stay in their country because he eats too much. They want him to be expelled from the country.

As the common size of the natives in Lilliput was somewhat under six inches, so there was an exact proportion in all animals, trees and plants. I The tallest horses and oxen were between four and five inches in height, the sheep an inch and a half. The trees were about seven feet high.
The Lilliputians buried their dead with their heads directly downwards. In fact, they had a belief that after eleven thousand moons, the dead would arise from the graves and during this period, the earth would turn upside down. So, when the dead came back to life, they would be standing on their feet.
In Lilliput, all crimes against the state were severely punished. Fraud being a greater crime than ordinary theft was invariably punished with death. But those who could prove that they had always obeyed the laws of the land for seventy three moons were adequately rewarded.
While selecting persons for various government offices more weight was given to morals than to abilities. An atheist was considered ineligible for holding a government post. Corruption had entered public life. Some people got high posts by showing balancing skill or the skill to creep under sticks.
The views of Lilliputians regarding the duties of parents and children were unique. A child was not expected to feel any sense of obligation towards his parents for begetting him. Moreover, education of the children was not the responsibility of the parents. Children both boys and girls were educated in public nurseries till they were twenty. Moreover, children were taught the virtues of religion, courage and patriotism. Children of the labourers didn’t go to the public nurseries. Their main business was to plough the land, so they remained at home.
One day Gulliver was invited by the emperor to dinner. Flimnap was also invited. Gulliver knew that Flimnap had always been his secret enemy. Flimnap made a mention of the cost of food which Gulliver took everyday. His purpose was, somehow, to get Gulliver out of the country.
A scandalous news spread in the country. It linked the name of Flimnap’s wife with that of Gulliver. Flimnap became inimical to his wife. But Gulliver successfully delinked the lady’s name and his own name too as there was nothing between them. Eventually, Flimnap was reconciled to his wife. But his attitude towards Gulliver did not change.

Very short answer type questions and answers
Q.1. What was the size of horses in Lilliput?
Ans. The horses were four to five inches tall.
Q.2. What was the biggest crime?
Ans. Fraud was the biggest crime in Lilliput. Punishment for it was death.
Q.3.  In the selection of government officers, what was the yardstick?
Ans. Good morals were given more weightage than general ability.
Q.4. How did the people get high posts?
Ans. They got high posts by showing their dancing skill or the skill to creep under sticks.
Q.5. Besides Gulliver who was involved In the scandal?
Ans. Flimnap’s wife was involved in the scandal.

Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1.How did the Lilliputians bury their dead?
Ans. They buried their dead with their heads directly downwards because they believed that after eleven thousand moons, the dead could arise from the graves.
Q.2.What was the biggest crime In Lilliput? What was the punishment for this?
Ans. Crimes in Lilliput were dealt with strictness. Fraud was considered the greatest crime and the punishment for this was death.
Q.3.What was the role of parents In the education of children ?
Ans.  Children were taught by the government at the nurseries. Parents were not considered responsible for the education of children.
Q.4.What was Flimnap’s attitude towards Gulliver ?
Ans. Flimnap did not like Gulliver. He wanted that Gulliver who ate so much food should be dismissed from Lilliput. His attitude towards Gulliver was inimical.
Q.5. What was the scandalous news spread in Lilliput?
Ans. The scandal linked the fair name of Gulliver with that of Flimnap’s wife. It was rumoured that Gulliver was carrying on an affair with Flimnap’s wife.