Three Questions NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 1
Three Questions NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
Three Questions Comprehension check-I
Why did the king want to know answers to three questions?
The king wanted to know answers to three questions because he thought that he would never fail if he knew the answers to these questions.
Messengers were sent throughout the kingdom
i. to fetch wise men.
ii. to find answers to the questions.
iii. to look for the wise hermit.
iv. to announce a reward for those who could answer the questions.
Mark your choice.
iv. to announce a reward for those who could answer the questions.
Three Questions Comprehension check-II
Complete the following sentences by adding the appropriate parts of the sentences given in the box.
1. Many wise men answered the king’s questions, ……………..
2. Someone suggested that there should be a council of wise men ………….
3. Someone else suggested that the king should have a timetable ………………
4. The king requested the hermit ……………..
5. The king washed and dressed the bearded man s wound ……………….
- but their answers were so varied that the king was not satisfied.
- to answer three questions.
- and follow it strictly.
- to help the king act at the right time.
- but the bleeding would not stop.
Three Questions Working with the text
Answer the following questions.
Why was the king advised to go to magicians?
The king was advised to go to magicians so that he could look into the future, and decide the right time for every action.
In answer to the second question, whose advice did the people say would be important to the king?
In answer to the second question, some said that the people most important to the king were his councillors; others said it were the priests. A few others chose the doctors. And yet others said that his soldiers were the most important.
What suggestions were made in answer to the third question?
In answer to the third question, some said that the king should pay the most attention to science, while some others said it should be religious worship. However, some others cliamed that fighting was the most important thing to do for the king.
Did the wise men win the reward? If not, then why?
No, the wise men did not win the reward because their answers were too varied from each other and failed to satisfy the king.
How did the king and the hermit help the wounded man?
Upon seeing the wounded man faint on the ground, the king and the hermit removed his clothing to find the wound. Then, the king washed and covered it with his handkerchief to stop the blood from flowing. The king re-dressed the wound until at last the bleeding stopped. The man felt better and asked for something to drink. The king brought fresh water and gave it to him. Later, the king with the hermit’s help carried the wounded man into the hut and laid him on the bed.
i. Who was the bearded man?
ii. Why did he ask for the king s forgiveness?
i. The bearded man was a sworn enemy of the king. He was the brother of a man who the king had punished and executed. The king had also taken away his property.
ii. He asked for the king’s forgiveness because he had come with the intention of killing the king to revenge his brother’s death. But it was the king who saved his life. He felt ashamed of himself and asked for forgiveness from the king.
The king forgave the bearded man. What did he do to show his forgiveness?
The king said to the man that he would send his servants and his own doctor to look after him, and he promised to give the man his property back.
What were the hermit s answers to the three questions? Write each answer separately. Which answer do you like most, and why?
The hermit’s answered all three questions of the king as follows:
He told the king that there is only one time that is important and that time is ‘Now’. It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power to act.
According to him, the most important person is the person you are with at a particular moment, for no one knows what will happen in the future and whether we will meet anyone else. The most important business, the hermit said, is to do that person good, because we were sent into this world for that purpose alone. (Encourage the students to come up with individual answers.)
Sample answer: The hermit’s answer that I like the best is that the most important business is to help others. Who doesn’t need help? The world works well only because human beings help and support others in their time of need. It also makes one feel good about life and oneself. And no one knows when they themselves would need help. So, it is important to understand this belief.
Three Questions Working with language
i. wounded: severely injured
ii. awoke: got up from sleep
iii. forgive: pardon
iv. faithful: loyal
v. pity: feel sorry for
vi. beds: small patches of ground for plants
(Encourage the students to make three sentences using the words above.)
- Is Mira awake yet? She needs to go to the zumba class.
- One needs to forgive others easily to live peacefully.
- There’s no need to pity her. She is doing well in life.
Each of the following sentences has two blanks. Fill in the blanks with appropriate forms of the word given in brackets. With answers.
i. The judge said that only fresh evidence would make him change his judgement.
ii. I didn’t notice any serious difference of opinion among the debaters, although they differ from one another over small points.
iii. It’s a fairly simple question to answer, but will you accept my answer as final?
iv. It isn’t necessary that necessity’ should always be the mother of invention.
v. Hermits are wise men. How they acquire their wisdom no one can tell.
vi. The committee has decided to make Jagdish captain of the team. The decision is likely to please everyone.
vii. Asking for forgiveness is as noble as willingness to forgive.
Three Questions Speaking and writing
Imagine you are the king. Narrate the incident of your meeting the hermit. Begin like this: The wise men answered my questions, but I was not satisfied with their answers. One day I decided to go and meet the hermit…
The wise men answered my questions, but I was not satisfied with their answers. One day I decided to go and meet the hermit. I had heard a lot about how wise he was. I wore ordinary clothes as the hermit only meets simple people. When I reached near his hut, I saw an old man digging the ground. This was the hermit. We greeted each other first, and then the hermit continued to dig the ground unheedingly. I approached him and told him that I had come to seek answers to my three questions.
But he did not pay me any attention and continued to dig the ground. Seeing that he was old and weak, I offered my help in digging the ground. He accepted, and I began to dig the ground. I again repeated my questions. But instead of answering my questions, the hermit asked me to rest and let him work.
But I wasn’t tired; I just wanted answers to my questions. They were bothering me. And the hermit also did not seem interested in answering them. At last, after digging the ground for almost two hours, I gave up and stuck the spade on the ground. I told him that I could return if he did not have the answers to my questions.
But just at that moment, we saw a wounded man coming towards the hut. We both helped the wounded man by stopping his bleeding and taking him inside the hut. He slept off. I was also quite tired because of all the work. So, I lay down on the floor and only awoke the next day.
Imagine you are the hermit. Write briefly the incident of your meeting the king.
Begin like this:
One day I was digging in my garden. A man in ordinary clothes came to see me. I knew it was the king…
One day I was digging in my garden. A man in ordinary clothes came to see me. I knew it was the king, but I chose not to reveal this fact. I know that he had come to find the answers to his three questions. I knew that in due time, he would find them by himself. I only wanted to help him find them, and did not want to serve the answers to him on a silver platter.So, instead of paying him much attention, I just greeted him and returned to my digging.
After a while, he spoke about his three questions, the answers to which I already knew. However, I did not want him to get to the answers easily. I am sure he is used to that.
So, I did not speak at all. When he saw that I was breathing heavily due to the digging, he asked me if he could help. I accepted without a protest. I was going to teach him his first lesson so that he understood the answers better. He kept on digging and stopped after a while to ask his three questions again. However, I had a plan he did not know. I told him to stop digging and give me the spade. But he continued to dig for two hours at least.
I could tell he was tired. So, after some time, he struck the spade on the ground and asked me if I had any intention of answering the questions. Or else, he would return to his home. Just then, I saw a wounded man coming in our direction.