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English Class 9
Beehive - Poems (Literature)

Read the given extract and answer the questions


He came up to the woman’s door,

And he said, “Food, for charity!

A single cake is all I ask,

You are rich enough to grant me that.”

(A Legend of the Northland)

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Question (i)

What did Saint Peter ask for from the woman? 

  • A) A single cake
  • B) A glass of water
  • C) A loaf of bread
  • D) A bowl of soup


Answer written by student: 

A) A single cake

Step-by-Step Explanation:

  •    Saint Peter asked for a single cake from the woman because he was hungry and tired.
  •     The clue is in the second line, where he says, "A single cake is all I ask".
  •     The other options are wrong because they are not mentioned in the extract.๐Ÿ˜Š

Question (ii)

 What word in the extract means the same as 'kindness'? 


Answer written by student: 


Step-by-Step Explanation:

  •     The word that means the same as 'kindness' in the extract is 'charity'.
  •     Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate towards others.
  •      Charity is the act of giving money, food, or other help to those who are in need.
  •     Saint Peter asked for food for charity because he was poor and needy.๐Ÿ˜Š

Question (iii)

Why did Saint Peter say that the woman was rich enough?   


Answer written by student: 

Saint Peter said that the woman was rich enough because she had many cakes to bake and eat.

Step-by-Step Explanation:

  •    Saint Peter said that the woman was rich enough to grant him a single cake because she had plenty of resources and food to share with others.
  •     We know from the poem that the woman was baking cakes when Saint Peter came to her door. We also know from the previous stanza that she had plenty of dough to make more cakes.
  •    These clues suggest that she was not poor or hungry like Saint Peter. She could afford to be generous and compassionate towards him.๐Ÿ˜Š

Question (iv)

 How do you think the woman felt when she heard Saint Peter's request?  


Answer written by student: 

 Greedy or selfish

Step-by-Step Explanation:

  •    The woman felt greedy or selfish when she heard Saint Peter's request for a single cake because she did not want to give any of her cakes to him.
  •     We know from the poem that the woman was very greedy and selfish. She tried to make smaller and smaller cakes, but she still felt that they were too big to give away.
  •     These actions show that she did not care about Saint Peter's needs or feelings. She only cared about herself and her own possessions.๐Ÿ˜Š

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