NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: Gopal and the Hilsa Fish Chapter 3– Part 1

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Answer the following questions.

Question 1:

Why did the king want no more talk about the hilsa-fish?



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The king didn’t want any talk about the hilsa-fish because his courtiers were not fishermen. It was below their dignity to talk about a fish.

Question 2:

What did the king ask Gopal to do to prove that he was clever?


The king asked Gopal to buy a hilsa-fish and bring it to the palace without anyone asking anything about the fish throughout the way to prove that he was clever.

Question 3:

What three things did Gopal do before he went to buy his hilsa-fish?


Gopal half-shaved his beard, smeared himself with ash, and wore disgraceful rags before he went to buy his hilsa-fish.

Question 4:

How did Gopal get inside the palace to see the king after he had bought the fish?


When Gopal asked the guards to let him meet the king, they refused. Therefore, he began to dance and sing loudly. On hearing his loud song, the king sent his messenger to call him in the court.

Question 5:

Explain why no one seemed to be interested in talking about the hilsa-fish which Gopal had bought.


Gopal funny appearance attracted the attention of people much more than the hilsa-fish. At that time, no one was caring about the hilsa-fish he was carrying. Everyone was busy in talking about his mad appearance, half shaved face and rags.

Question 6:

Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following sentences.(i) The king lost his temper easily.(ii) Gopal was a madman.(iii) Gopal was a clever man.(iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.(v) The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.

The king lost his temper easily.

Answer: True

(ii) Gopal was a madman.

Answer: False

(iii) Gopal was a clever man.

Answer: True

(iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.

Answer: False

(v) The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.

Answer: False