The Great Stone Face 2 NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 10
The Great Stone Face 2 NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
The Great Stone Face 2 Comprehension check
Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following statements.
1. Ernest s words reminded people of the wise old sayings. True
2. Total strangers from far away, who visited Ernest in the valley, found his face familiar. True
3. The Great Stone Face confirmed Ernest’s view that the poet could be worthy of its likeness. False
4. When Ernest and the poet met, they respected and admired each other equally. True
5. The poet along with Ernest addressed the inhabitants of the valley. False
6. The poet realized that Ernest’s thoughts were far nobler than his own verses. True
The Great Stone Face 2 Working with the text
Answer the following questions.
How was Ernest different from others in the valley?
Ernest was different from others in the valley because he was wise in his thoughts, gentle in his speech and pure and kind in his bearing. He was noble and respected by one and all. He believed in simple truths and had a clean heart.
Why did Ernest think the poet was like the Stone Face?
Ernest thought that the poet was like the Stone Face because he had not forgotten the Great Stone Face, and had celebrated it in a poem. His poetry had touched Ernest’s heart.
What did the poet himself say about his thoughts and poems?
The poet did not think himself worthy of the likeness between him and the Great Stone Face. He said that his poems can be heard in the distant voice of a heavenly song. But his life had not corresponded with his thoughts. He had grand dreams, but they had been only dreams. Sometimes he lacked faith in his thoughts.
What made the poet proclaim Ernest was the Stone Face?
As the poet sat listening to Ernest speak with his heart, he felt that the life and character of Ernest were a nobler strain of poetry than he had ever written. His eyes filled with tears and he said to himself that never was there so worthy a sage as Ernest. It was then that the resemblance between Ernest and the Great Stone Face struck him. So, he proclaimed that Ernest was the Stone Face.
Write ‘Ernest’or‘Poet’, against each statement below.
i. There was a gap between his life and his words.
ii. His words had the power of truth as they agreed with his thoughts.
iii. His words were as soothing as a heavenly song but only as useful as a vague dream.
iv. His thoughts were worthy.
v. Whatever he said was truth itself.
vi. His poems were noble.
vii. His life was nobler than all the poems.
viii. He lacked faith in his own thoughts.
ix. His thoughts had power as they agreed with the life he lived.
x. Greatness lies in truth. Truth is best expressed in one s actions. He was truthful, therefore he was great.
i. Who, by common consent, turned out to be like the Great Stone Face?
Ernest turned out to be like the Great Stone Face.
ii. Did Ernest believe that the old prophecy had come true? What did he say about it?
No, Ernest did not believe that the old prophecy had come true. He did not say anything, but went on to finish his lecture. After that he took the poet’s arm, and went home. He thought that one day some wiser and better man than himself would by and by appear, bearing a resemblance to the Great Stone Face.
The Great Stone Face 2 Working with language
1. i. c. setting
ii. c. causing (it) to appear hopeful
iii. b. big and wide
iv. b. prediction
V. a. wonderful
vi. b. declare
vii. b. stop
viii .a. stay
ix. b. stared at
X. c. assumed
ii. Which form of the verb is more natural in these sentences? Encircle your choice.
a. I’m not free this evening. I will work/am working on a project.
b. Have you decided where you will go for your higher secondary? Yes, I have. I will go/am going to the Kendriya Vidyalaya.
b. will go
c. Don’t worry about the dog. It won’t hurt/isn’t hurting you.
c. won’t hurt
d. The weatherman has predicted that it will snow/is snowing in Ranikhet tonight.
d. will snow
e. Swapna can’t go out this evening. Her father will come/is coming to see her.
e. is coming
i. Complete these pieces of conversation using will or going to with the verbs given.
a. Rani: Why are you turning on the radio?
Ravi: I am going to listen (listen) to the news.
b. Rani: Oh, I can’t buy this book. I have no money.
Ravi: Don’t worry. I will lend (lend) you some.
c. Rani: Look at those dark clouds.
Ravi: I think it is going to rain (rain).
d. Rani: What shall we have for dinner?
Ravi: I can’t decide.
Rani: Make up your mind.
Ravi: All right, then. We will have (have) fried rice and dry beans.
e. Rani: Why are you filling the kettle with water?
Ravi: I am going to make (make) coffee.
f. Rani : We need some bread and butter for breakfast.
Ravi: All right. I will go (go) to the bakery and get some.
(Before he goes out, Ravi talks to their father.)
Ravi: I am going to get (get) some bread and butter. Do you want anything from the bakery?
Father : Yes, I want some salt biscuits.
Ravi: Fine, I will get (get) you a packet.
ii. Let pairs of children take turns to speak aloud the dialogues.
Encourage the students to form pairs and take turns to speak aloud the given dialogues.
The Great Stone Face 2 Speaking and writing
Each of the following words has the sound /f/ as in feel. The words on the left have it initially. Those on the right have it finally. Speak each word clearly.
Encourage the students to pronounce the given words clearly.
Underline the letter or letters representing /f/ ineach of the following words.
file; slough; faint; lift; cough; defence; afford; enough; photograph; staff; tough; aloof; affront; philosophy; sophistry
Imagine that you are the poet. You have come to your native valley to meet a famous
preacher called Ernest. Narrate the incident of your first meeting with him.
I had heard a lot of things about a man called Ernest in the Great Stone Face Village. I thought that it would be worthy of my time and go and meet him. But I did not want to reveal my identity to him, as I did not want him to pretend.
I saw it like a spiritual adventure. I would meet a man whose actions are noble and coincide with his words. When I went to his simple abode, I knocked at the door. An old man with the most radiant and kind face greeted me. I told him that I was a traveller and was looking for a place to stay for the night. He readily agreed. I must confess that this man has the most pleasant and the kindest face I have ever seen.
This meek and gentle man has the soul of an angel. He is as innocent as a baby, and as wise as a sage. We spoke at length about profound matters in the simplest of ways. I noticed that I could pour my heart over to him. My communion with him is as close I could have ever reached to God. And I am glad that I took this journey and came to meet him. I know that I have found a lifelong friend and mentor in him.
i. Put each of the following in the correct order to construct sentences.
- a resident of Noida near Delhi,/is visually impaired/George Abraham,
George Abraham, a resident of Noida near Delhi is visually impaired.
- Confidence and competitive spirit/and infuses discipline among the participants/It provides
It provides confidence and competitive spirit and infuses discipline among the participants.
- He has helped/The brain behind the World Cup Cricket,/the disabled to dream The brain behind the World Cup Cricket he has helped the disabled to dream.
- To the blind school in Delhi/It was a chance visit/that changed his life It was a chance visit to the blind school in Delhi that changed his life.
- Sport is a powerful tool/the disabled/He believes that/for rehabilitation of He believes that sport is a powerful tool for rehabilitation of the disabled.
ii. Now rearrange the sentences above to construct a paragraph.
George Abraham, a resident of Noida near Delhi is visually impaired. The brain behind the World Cup Cricket he has helped the disabled to dream. It was a chance visit to the blind school in Delhi that changed his life. He believes that sport is a powerful tool for rehabilitation of the disabled. It provides confidence and competitive spirit and infuses discipline among the participants.