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THE ANT AND THE CRICKET - Class 6 First Language English Textbook Solutions

1.) Discuss with your partner the points raised in the questions below and write down what you say.
a.) What did the cricket do when the weather was good? What should it have done instead?

Answer: When the weather was good, the cricket enjoyed the weather and sang. It should have preserved some food instead.
b.) What was it unhappy about?
Answer: The cricket had nothing to eat in winter, not even a crumble, so it was unhappy.
c.) Is that the reason why the poet calls it silly young cricket?
d.) The cricket did not know how to keep himself alive. How did he express this feeling?
Read out aloud the words that say, “There was no food anywhere.”

Answer: “Oh! what will become,”
Not a crumb to be found
On the snow-covered ground;
Not a flower could he see,
Not a leaf on a tree.
e.)The cricket did not have the courage to go to the ant at first. When did he make bold to do this?
Answer: Starvation and famine made the cricket bold enough to go to the ant.
f.) Rewrite the long sentence in the second stanza as four simple sentences. Use the active voice in your first sentence.

Answer: 1.) There was no crumb.
2.) The ground was snow-covered.
3.) There was not even a single flower.
4.) There was not even a single leaf on a tree.
g.) The cricket did not want to beg for food. [True/not true]

Answer: True
h.) The ant was surprised at the cricket’s request. [True/ not true]

Answer: Not true
i.) The cricket lied to the ant. [True/not true]

Answer: Not true
j.) What advice was given by the ant? Could the cricket dance in the cold winter?

Answer: The ant advised the cricket to dance in the winter.
The cricket could not dance in the cold winter.
k.) What do you think the cricket did in the winter?

Answer: The cricket would have died in the cold winter.
2.) Writing.
Who do the words “—- and some have two” refer to? Write in 6 to 8 sentences the moral the poem teaches us.

Answer: It refers to the human beings.
There is very important moral lesson that the poem teaches us. It teaches us to save money, food and other important things for the future. It is important to enjoy the moment but also it is important to save things. We should not depend on anybody. We should not beg anything to anyone and for that we must save for ourselves for the better future.
Read the following passage aloud to your partner. Tell him/her what words go in the blanks.
What do animals do when they are hungry?
The carnivorous animals hunt for food. The herbivorous animals move from place to place in search of grass and plants. Ants store food for winter.
In stories animals do many things to get their food. They grab, steal, beg, cheat, tell lies. In this poem a cricket did not do any of these things. It did something unusual.
3.) Let us see what we like in this poem.
c.) Was the ant cricket’s servant or friend?

Answer: The ant was cricket’s friend. It taught him how to save for itself.

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