The Girl Who Asked Why

I Tick ()the correct option
1 The girl did not agree to her mother’s view that girls should
a) Learn to cook.
b) Do household chores.
c) Marry at a certain age.
2 The parents believed that the girl should marry
q) at a certain age.
b) take care of her husband.
c) cook and do household work.
3 When the king allowed her to join the panel, the audience
a) felt happy and cheered the king.
b) was not sure of her worthiness.
c) left the venue in protest.
II The following are the comments made by the people about the girl. Put a tick () on the comments that you think are correct .
a) She was wearing provoking clothes.
b) She was sinning against God.
c) She was of good reputation.
d) She was very good looking.
e) She was talented.
f) She was very confident.
g) She was not fit to be in a company of scholars.
h) She could marry a rich person.
i) She would feel uncomfortable in the company of men.
III. A. Complete the grid with suitable information from the story. You may choose the words given in the box One has been done.
The actual words spoken

The actual words spoken Who said What do these words show about the character of the speaker?
a “A woman can’t sit on the
Scholar’s panel unless she is accompanied by a man
The king He is presjudiced
b. “Pardon me, Your Grace! But
I was invited to join the discussion.”
The girl Great behaviour
c “But I don’t think a woman can
join the discussion.”
One of the women in audience Jealous and illiterate
d “So, by joining the discussion,
what do you want to prove? That.
women are better than men?”
The elederly Scholar Cruelty
eMay I ask who wrote those hymns?” The Girl Polieness
f …..Why is a female intellect weaker
than a male?”
the King Supporting Views
g”I need to study, Your Grace, to come
up with an example.”
The elederly Scholar Forgiveness
h.”You ask too many questions, girl!” The elederly Scholar Irritate manner

B. Which of the above utterances (actual words spoken) do you support and why?
III. Answer the following questions.
1. Why did the academy send the girl to the conference?
Ans. The girl was the brightest scholar of the academy. There was an invitation for the brightest scholar.
2. Why did the king invite scholars and philosophers from all over the world?
Ans. The king wanted to compile all the knowledge in the universe into a book. So, he invited scholars and philosophers from all over the world.
3. How did the girl justify her presence in the auditorium?

Ans. There were a large number of men with immense confidence in the conference. She was the only woman in the conference.
4. What made the king support the girl in the end?
Ans. The king did not receive convincing reply to the questions “why is a female’s intellect weaker than a male’s?. So, he couldn’t stop her from joining the scholars’.
5 “Women have weaker intellect,” say the hymns. Do you agree/disagree with this view? Give reasons (s)
No. I don’t’ agree. God has given equal intellect to both men and women.
I Tick () the correct meaning of the underlined word in each
Of the following sentences.
1. She surpassed her father in knowledge.
a) defeated
b) bypassed
c) equaled
2 The king wanted to compile all the knowledge.
a) save
b) gather
c) share

3 She noticed a large number of men, but hardly any women among the delegates.
a) guests
b) audience
c) representatives

4 The king gave a little chuckle.
a) nod
b) cry
c) laugh

5 They were sure that the girl will be humiliated by scholars.
a) ignored
b) praised
c) insulted
ans. insulted

6 If the scholars have objections ,they can debate with her.
a) argue
b) fight
c) talk

Read The following

2. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate forms of verbs given in brackets.
The Fox and the Goat
Once a fox was roaming around in the dark. Unfortunately, he fell into a well. He tried his level best to get (get) out but all in vain. So, he had no other alternative but remained (remain) there till the next morning. The next day a goat came that way. She peeped (peep) into the well and saw the fox there. The goat asked (ask) “what are you doing there, Mr. Fox?”

The sly fox replied, “I came here to drink (drink) water. It is the best I have ever tasted. Come and see for yourself.” Without thinking even for a while, the goat jumped (jump) into the well to quench (quench) her thirst . Then she looked for a way to get out. But just like the fox, she also found (find) herself helpless to come (come) out.
Then the fox said, “ I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs. I’ll climb on your head and get out. Then I shall help oyu come out too.” The goat was innocent enough to understand. (understand) the shrewdness of the fox and did as the fox said “ to get.(get) out.”

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