English Class 11
Snapshot - Chapters (Literature)

Read the extract and answer the following questions.


O King, you do not realise

 The bricks were made of the wrong size.’

 ‘Summon the masons!’ said the King. 

The masons stood there quivering.

 ‘It was the architect...’, they said, 

The architect was summoned. 

‘Well, architect,’ said His Majesty.

 ‘I do ordain that you shall be 

Hanged.’ Said the architect, ‘O King,

You have forgotten one small thing

(The tale of the Melon city)

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Question (i)

What is the name of the small thing that the king had forgotten?

  1. The arch
  2. The crown
  3. The law
  4. The size


Answer as written by the student:

(c) The law

Step-by-step explanation:

  •  To answer this question, we need to identify the name of the small thing that the king had forgotten in the extract. 🕵️‍♂️
  • The last sentence of the extract tells us that the architect said to the king, "You have forgotten one small thing." This means that there was something that the king did not remember or consider that was important or relevant. 🤔
  • The previous part of the chapter tells us that the law of the land was that whoever passed under the arch and lost his crown would be hanged. This means that there was a rule or principle that governed the actions or behavior of the people in the city. ⚖️
  • Therefore, based on these clues, we can conclude that the name of the small thing that the king had forgotten was the law. ✔️

Question (ii)

What does the phrase 'stood there quivering' imply about the masons' emotion?

  1. They were excited and eager
  2. They were scared and nervous
  3. They were angry and defiant
  4. They were bored and indifferent


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