Class 9th Second Language English Textbook Solutions

THE ENCHANTED POOL – Class 9th Second Language English Textbook Solutions

 PROSE- 1
THE ENCHANTED POOL

C.RAJAGOPALACHARI

I. Four alternatives are given. Choose the best alternative: –

1) …………….. Makes Sun shines every day.

A] Power of God B] Courage C] Pride D] Dharma
2) Drowsy means ……….
A] Extremely sad B] Sleepy C] Notice D] Fell – Down
3) Happiness is ……….
A] Desire B] Change C] Result of good conduct D] Learning
4) Yudhistira choose ………. to revive.
A] Nakula B] Sahadeva C] Arjuna D] Bhima
5) In Mahabharatha, the Pandavas lost everything in the game of ……..
A] Chees B] Dice C] Cricket D] War
6) Birth and learning do not make one a …………
A] Man B] Brahman C] Yaksha D] Yudhistira
7) Arjuna was a ……….
A] Angry man B] Foolish C] Great strength D] Great Hero
8) According to Yudhistira the friend of one who stays at home is ……..
A] Son B] Wife C] Daughter D] God
9) Nakula was …… when he got to the place and saw there was a pool.
A] Thirsty B] Glad C] Happy D] Surprised
10) Nakula dip his hand in the …………. water.
A] Fresh B] Clear C] Transparent D] Salty
11) Arjuna compelled him towards the …………
A] Magic B] Fatal C] Fresh water D] Salty water
12) After another anxious wait, Yudhistira turned to ………..
A] Arjuna B] Sahadeva C] Bhima D] Nakula

13) ……….. Rescues man in danger.
A] Courage B] Mind C] The power of God D] Dharma

14) ……….. is faster than wind.
A] Thoughts B] Anger C] Desire D] Mind
15) …….. befriends a traveller.
A] Mother B] Learning C] Dharma D] The wife
16) ……… for abandoning that man will be loved by all.
A] Pride B] Anger C] Desire D] Dharma
17) Anger giving it up, use will no longer be subjected to ………
A] Desire B] Wealth C] Sorrow D] Happiness
18) Desire getting rid of it, man becomes ……….
A] Pride B] Wealthy C] Happy D] Noble
19) Woud – Complexioned, lotus – eyed, Broad – chested and long armed ……. May arise
A] Bhima B] Nakula C] Arjuna D] Sahadeva
20) Bhima has the strength of …….. Thousand elephants.
A] Fifteen B] Sixteen C] Twenty D] Fourteen
21) According to Yudhistira mind is faster than ………
A] Rain B] Wind C] Water D] Current
22) ………. Is most dear to Yudhistira.
A] Arjuna B] Nakula C] Shadeva D] Bhima
23) The pool belongs to ………
A] Ganesha B] Krishna C] Yaksha D] Yudhistira
24) Pandavas excile was for …….. years.
A] Twelve B] Thirteen C] Ten D] Five
25) Nakula was the son of……….
A] Kunthi B] Yudhistira C] Madri D] Arjuna
26) Yudhistira saw a …… way of redeeming the situation.
A] Easy B] Possible C] Excellent D] Impossible
27) Yaksha had taken the form of………. to check the Pandavas brothers.
A] Pool B] arrows C] deer D] lion
II. Answer the following questions:-

1. Why did Pandavas grew more and more weary and thirsty?

Ans.: The Pandavas brothers wandered deep into the forest in pursuit of a deer. The sun was hot
overhead and the five brothers grew more and more weary and thirsty.
2. Why did Nakula felt terribly drowsy?
Ans.: Nakula was very thirsty. He wanted to quench his thirst first so he did not heed the
warning of unseen voice. He knelt down and began to drink water. At once, he began to feel
terribly drowsy and he fell down.
3. How did Arjuna react when he see his brother lying dead?
Ans.: Yudhistira sent Arjuna to see whether the brothers had met with any danger. Arjuna went
swiftly. He saw his brothers lying dead near the pool. Heart – broken with grief, he wanted to
avenge their death.
4. Why did Yudhistira sent Arjuna to see whether the brothers had met with any danger?
Ans.: When Nakula did not return for a long time, Yudhistira sent Sahadeva to see what the
matter was. Sahadeva also ignored the warning; he drank the water at once dropped down. When
Sahadeva too failed to return. Yudhistira sent Arjuna to see whether the brothers had met with
any danger.
5. Why did Invisible voice laughed at Arjuna?
Ans.: Arjuna became very angry by hearing the voice of invisible being. Arjuna cried ‘Who are
you? Come and stand up to me and I will kill you”. He shot sharp arrow in the direction of the
voice. So the invisible being laughed in scorn and said’ Your arrow can’t touch me’.
6. Why did Yudhistira said the unseen voice to ask his questions.
Ans.: Yudhistira saw his brothers lying on the ground. The unseen voice warned Yudhistira. He
knew that these could be none other than the words of Yaksha and guessed what had happened to
his brothers. He saw a possible way of redeeming the situations. So, he said to the bodiless voice
‘Please ask your questions’.
7. What makes one a real Brahman?
Ans.: Birth and learning do not make one a Brahman good conduct alone does. However learned
person may be, he will not be Brahman of he is a slave to bad habits.
8. Whom did Yudhistira wanted to revived? Why?
Ans.: Yudhistira wanted to revive Nakula. Because Kunti and Madri were the two wives of his
father. Yudhistira was son of Kunti and he is alive so she is not completely bereaved so to be fair.
Yudhistira asked the Madri’s son Nakula to revive.
9. How did Yudhistira described Nakula?
Ans.: Yudhistira described Nakula as woud – complexioned, lotus – eyed, broad – chested and
long armed Nakula, lying like a fallen enbony tree.
10. Why did Yaksha granted all Yudhistira’s brothers would come back to life?
Ans.: Because Yaksha was pleased with Yudhistira’s impartiality and granted that all his
brothers would come back to life.
11. Why did Yaksha took the form of deer?
Ans.: Yaksha, the lord of Death had taken the form of the deer and Yaksha so that he might see
his son Yudhistira and test him. He embraced Yudhistira and blessed him.
12. Why did Pandavas live in forest for twelve years?
Ans.: Because Pandavas lost everything in the game of dice to the Kauravas and they had to live
in forest for twelve years.
13. What is the greatest wonder in the world?
Ans.: Every day man sees creatures depart to Yama abode and yet those who remain seek to live
forever.
14. Who were the Pandavas?
Ans.: The Pandavas were five brothers who had lost everything to their cousins the Kauravas in
a game of dice. They had to live in exile for twelve years.
15. Who was Yaksha? Why did he take the form of dear?
Ans.: Yaksha was the ‘Lord of Death’. He had taken the form of dear. Because only a few days
remained to complete the stipulated period of Pandavas exile in the forest. Therefore, he wanted
to test them.
16. Why do you think Yaksha asked Yudhistira for a boon?
Ans.: Yaksha told Yudhistira the one of his dead brothers would be revived, whom he wanted to
revived. He would come back to life. It was the choice that Yaksha gave Yudhistira when he
answered all the questions.
17. Why did Yudhistira went near the pool?
Ans.: Because his four brothers had not returned for a long time by this he puzzled and worried
of his brothers. Therefore, he went near the pool.
18. Why the Pandavas had to live in forest?
Ans.: Pandavas lost everything in the game of dice to the Kauravas and had to live in forest for
Twelve years.

19. Why Pandavas brothers wandered deep into the forest?

Ans.: During their stipulate period of exile, Pandavas had to constantly move from place to place
for safety and to meet their daily needs. One day in the twelfth years, the Pandavas brothers
wandered deep into the forest in pursuit of a deer.
20. If you were in the place of Arjuna, how would you react to the invisible voice? Justify
your answer.

Ans.: If I was in the place of Arjuna, even I might have reacted in the same way. Because Arjuna
was very thirsty and wanted to avenge his brother’s death. Therefore, he came out of his patience
and followed his brothers.
III Read each of the following extracts and answer the questions given below:

1. “At a little distance I see water plants and cranes”
a. Who said this?

Ans.: Nakula said this.
b. Why did he say this?
Ans.: Because the Pandavas were thirsty and Yudhistira asked Nakula to climb the tree and see,
whether there is any pool or river nearby.
2. “Stop! Nakula! Do not drink”
a. Who said this?

Ans.: Yaksha said this.
b. Why did he say so?
Ans.: Because the unseen voice has to test the Pandavas. Therefore, the unseen voice asked
Nakula to answer his questions before drinking water.
3. “Answer my questions before you drink the water”
a. Whom does ‘You’ refer to?
Ans.: ‘You’ refers to Arjuna.
b. How did he react to this?
Ans.: Arjuna became very angry, by hearing this words and he shot sharp arrow in the direction
of the voice.
4. “Who are you? Come and stand up to me and I will kill you”
a. Who said this?

Ans.: Arjuna said this.
b. How did the unseen voice react to this?
Ans.: Arjuna shot sharp arrow in the direction of the voice. The invisible being laughed in scorn
and said ‘Your arrows can’t touch me’
5. “Your arrows can’t touch me”
a. Whom does ‘Me’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘Me’ refers to Yaksha.
b. What did Arjuna do after listening to this?
Ans.: Arjuna wanted to destroy this unseen foe, but first he had to quench his terrible thirst.Therefore, he drank water and fell down dead.
6. “Dear brother, even Arjuna, the great hero hasn’t returned”
a. Who said this?

Ans.: Yudhistira said this.
b. Why did he say this?
Ans.: Yudhistira anxiously waited for Arjuna and Nakula. However, they did not return for long
time. Yudhistira thought that something to his brothers.
7. “Please! Find them quickly”
a. Who said this?

Ans.: Yudhistira said this
b. Why did he want to find them quickly?
Ans.: Because Nakula, Sahadeva and Arjuna had not returned for a long time, he thought
something had happened wrong and he sends Bhima to find them.
8. “Your brothers died because they did not heed my words”
a. Who said this?
Ans.: Yaksha said this.
b. What was the warning given to brothers?
Ans.: Yaksha gave warning to the brothers that they must, answer is questions before they drink
the water.
9. “Please ask your questions”
Ehthashamuddin.
a. Who said this?
Ans.: Yudhistira said this.
b. Why did he say so?
Ans.: Yudhistira knew that the unseen voice is none other than Yaksha. He saw a possible way
to redeeming the Yudhistira.
10. “Who accompanies a man in death?”
a. Who said this?
Ans.: Yudhistira said this.
b. What is the answer to this question?
Ans.: The answer to this question is Dharma that alone accompanies the soul in the solitary
journey after death.
11. “None of your enemies will be able to discover you”
a. Whom does ‘You’ refer to?
Ans.: ‘You’ refers to Yudhistira
b. Where was he at that time?
Ans.: Yaksha was at the pool in the forest with Yudhistira.

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