NCERT Solutions for Class 6 English Unit 3 - Taro’s Reward

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The story, “Taro’s Reward” is about Taro, who is a very hardworking and dutiful son to his parents. He works very hard to fulfil his parents’ wishes and gets rewarded in the most unexpected manner. This chapter teaches students that hard work pays off and they should always honour and obey their parents.

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Taro’s Reward

Working with the text (Page 34-35)

1. Answer the following questions.

Question 1:

Why did Taro run in the direction of the stream? (5)

Answer:

Taro ran in the direction of the stream because he was very thirsty. He had never seen a rushing stream or heard the sound of falling water in that part of the forest.

Question 2:

How did Taro’s father show his happiness after drinking saké? (7)

Answer:

Taro’s father was so delighted with the saké that when he swallowed a sip of the liquid, he stopped shivering and became energetic and he did a little dance in the middle of the floor.

Question 3:

Why did the waterfall give Taro saké and others water? (12)

Answer:

The waterfall gave Taro saké and others water because Taro was a very thoughtful and dutiful son to his parents. He used to serve his parents with dedication and sincerity. The saké from the waterfall was a reward for his goodness. On the other hand, the people of his village got plain water because they were greedy.

Question 4:

Why did the villagers want to drown Taro? (10, 11)

Answer:

When the villagers went to the waterfall with big pitchers and vessels to collect saké, they simply got plain water from the waterfall. They thought that Taro had fooled and tricked them. Hence, they decided to punish him by drowning him in the same waterfall.

Question 5:

Why did the Emperor reward Taro? (13)

Answer:

Taro was a very dutiful son to his parents and served them with devotion. The Emperor rewarded him with twenty pieces of gold for having been so good and kind to his parents. He also named the fountain after Taro. Through this reward, the Emperor declared Taro as a role model for all children and wanted to encourage all of them to love, honour and obey their parents.

  1. Mark the right item.

1. Taro earned very little money because

(i) he didn’t work hard enough.

(ii) the villagers didn’t need wood.

(iii) the price of wood was very low.

2. Taro decided to earn extra money

(i) to live a more comfortable life.

(ii) to buy his old father some saké.

(iii) to repair the cracks in the hut.

3. The neighbour left Taro’s hut in a hurry because

(i) she was delighted with the drink.

(ii) she was astonished to hear Taro’s story.

(iii) she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.

Answer:

1. Taro earned very little money because

(iii) the price of wood was very low.

2. Taro decided to earn extra money

(ii) to buy his old father some saké.

3. The neighbour left Taro’s hut in a hurry because

(iii) she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.

Working with language (Page 35-36)

Question A:

Strike off the words in the box below that are not suitable.

Taro wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.

This shows that he was …

thoughtful

hardworking

loving

honest

considerate

trustworthy

efficient

kind

Answer:

honest, trustworthy, efficient.

Question B:

1. “This made Taro sadder than ever.”

‘This’ refers to

(i) a strong wind that began to blow.

(ii) Taro’s father’s old age.

(iii) Taro’s inability to buy expensive saké for his father.

(Mark the right item.)

2. “This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour and obey their parents.”

‘This’ refers to

(i) the most beautiful fountain in the city.

(ii) rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.

(iii) sending for Taro to hear his story.

(Mark the right item.)

Answer:

1. “This made Taro sadder than ever.”

‘This’ refers to

(iii) Taro’s inability to buy expensive saké for his father.

2. “This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour and obey their parents.”

‘This’ refers to

(ii) rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.

Question C:

Arrange the words below in pairs that rhyme.

Example: young – lung

money – sunny

young

sad

money

chop

lung

last

wax

could

bad

sound

axe

wood

way

stop

sunny

fast

round

day

Answer:

sad

bad

chop

stop

last

fast

wax

axe

could

wood

sound

round

way

day

Question D:

1. Fill in the blanks with words from the box.

lonely

little

hard

young

thoughtful

delicious

beautiful

A ——————–— woodcutter lived on a ——————–— hillside. He was a ——————–——— son who

worked ——————–——— but earned ——————–——— money. One day he saw a ——————–———

waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it ——————–———.

Answer:

A young woodcutter lived on a lonely hillside. He was a thoughtful son who worked hard but earned little money. One day he saw a beautiful waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it delicious.

2. Find these sentences in the story and fill in the blanks.

(i) This made Taro ——————–——— than ever. (3)

(ii) He decided to work ——————–——— than before. (3)

(iii) Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed ——————–——— than usual.(4)

(iv) He began to chop even ——————–———. (4)

(v) Next morning, Taro started for work even ——————–——— than the morning before. (10)

Answer:

(i) This made Taro sadder than ever.

(ii) He decided to work harder than before.

(iii) Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed earlier than usual.

(iv) He began to chop even faster.

(v) Next morning, Taro started for work even earlier than the morning before.

Speaking and Writing (Page 36-37)

Question A:

Speak the following sentences clearly but as quickly as you can. Learn them by heart.

(i) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood.

(ii) Betty bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was a little bitter so she bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better.

Answer:

Activity to be done by yourself.

Question B:

1. The story ‘Taro’s Reward’ shows that Taro is thoughtful, hardworking and also wise. Read aloud the parts of story that show these qualities in Taro.

2. (i) Like Patrick in the story ‘Who Did Patrick’s Homework’, Taro is helped by magic. Do you believe in magic? What are the magical things that happen in these stories?

(ii) Which story do you like better, and why? Do you know such stories in other languages? Discuss these questions in class.

3. Now write a paragraph or two about these two stories, comparing them.

Answer:

  1. “All day long he chopped wood in the forest. Though he worked very hard, he earned very little money. This made him sad, for he was a thoughtful son and wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.”
  2. “But Taro had been wise enough to slip behind a rock when he saw how things were going.”

  3. (i) Yes, I believe in magic. But I also know that it is a matter of playing tricks that require practice. In Patrick’s story, there is an elf that helps him to do his homework. In Taro’s story, the magical things happen when the water of the beautiful little waterfall behind the rocks taste like saké.
  4. (ii) Honestly speaking, I do like both the stories as they are interesting and have a hint of magic in it. However, I really appreciate Taro’s story as it teaches us a major lesson that hard work always pays off and that we should always respect and obey our parents who sacrifice so much for our sake.

    (For the second part of the question, please attempt by yourself).

  5. The story “Who did Patrick’s homework?” is an interesting story about a young boy who hated doing his homework. One day he saves an elf from the cat and the little man grants him a wish. Patrick asks the little man to do his homework until the end of his semester and the elf complies with it. This is a very natural story of all students who hate homework and want someone else to complete their pending work.

On the contrary, “Taro’s Reward” is the story of a young and hardworking woodcutter who is a thoughtful son to his parents. He tries his best to keep his parents happy and even God favours his thoughtfulness and rewards him. A magical waterfall offers saké instead of plain water for his old father to drink. This story has a moral lesson that hard work always pays off and that we should always respect and obey our parents who sacrifice so much for our sake.

Question C:

1. Listen to these children. What are they talking about?

NCERT Solutions Honeysuckle Class 6 English Unit 3 - Taro’s Reward - 1

Answer:

The three boys are discussing their problems. The first boy considers swimming to be more difficult than driving. The second boy disagrees to it. He thinks that swimming is much less difficult than driving. However, the third boy thinks that learning English is the most difficult task in comparison to swimming and driving.

2. Work in groups. Come to some agreement on each of the activities given below. Decide which is the most interesting, dullest, most dangerous, safest, most rewarding, most exciting.

cooking

fishing

playing football

knitting

dancing

listening to music

reading

sewing

mountain climbing

walking

swimming

learning languages

painting

watching TV

stamp collecting

Answer:

most interesting: dancing, watching TV, listening to music

dullest: knitting, sewing, learning languages

most dangerous: mountain climbing

safest: walking, stamp collecting

most rewarding: cooking, reading, fishing, painting

most exciting: playing football, swimming

Dictation (Page 38)

Question 1:

Your teacher will speak the words given below. Write against each two new words that rhyme with it.

1. bed —–———–———— —–———–————

2. wax —–———–———— —–———–————

3. fast —–———–———— —–———–————

4. chop —–———–———— —–———–————

5. young —–———–———— —–———–————

Answer:

1. bed red, shed

2. wax axe, tax

3. fast last, cast

4. chop hop, shop

5. young tongue, unsung

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