02. Aesop’s Fables | English | Class 4

Hello Students ! The blog here presents the Question and Answers from chapter number 2, AESOP’s Fables. The study material can be used for reference by students to write the answers for given questions at the end of the chapter.

Answer the following questions :

(a) Name the person who first told these fables.
Ans. The person who first told these fables was a wise person called Aesop.

(b) What did the stag like about himself ? Why ?
Ans. The stag liked about himself his beautiful curving antlers. He liked the antlers because they were graceful and added to his beauty.

(c) What was the stag unhappy with ? Why ?
Ans. The stag was unhappy with his legs. He found his legs to be ugly and spindly with small feet.

(d) What did the dog do when the ox went near the manger ?
Ans. When the ox went near the manger, the dog snarled, barked and snapped at the ox. The dog would not allow the ox to eat his hay.

(e) Write the message of each of these two stories.
Ans. The message of the two stories are:
• The Stag at the Pool : Very often, we dislike the very things that are
most useful to us.
• The Dog in the Manger : Don’t begrudge others what you don’t enjoy
yourself.

Q2. Read aloud the following speeches from the lesson.

(a) What the stag said when he saw his reflection.
Ans. “How handsome I look !” he said to himself. “How beautiful are these curving antlers ! How they add to my beauty ! How graceful they look !”

(b) What the stag said at the end.
Ans.“I realize now that my ugly feet saved my life. I was so proud of these handsome antlers, but they would have been the cause of my death. Very often, we dislike the very things that are most useful to us.”

(c) What the ox said to the dog in the manger.
Ans. “Dog, if you wanted to share my dinner with me, I would not mind it. But you neither eat the hay nor allow me to enjoy it. It is of no use to you. Then why dont you let me have my favourite food ? Dont begrudge others what you dont enjoy yourself.”

Q3. Find the smaller words hidden in the following words :

reflection : reflect, for, fire
delighted : light, eight, get
graceful : grace, race, ace
hunter : hunt, hut, true
thicket : thick, kite, hit
growth : grow, row, hot
dislike : like, kid, lid
afternoon : after, noon, eat
firmly : firm, rim, fry
upset : up, set, put

Q4. Find synonyms for :

delighted : happy
beautiful : pretty
disgusted : disapproval
bounded : ran away

Q5. The stag saw his reflection in water. Name at least three things in which one may see a reflection. Name three things that do not reflect anything.

Ans. The three things in which one may see a reflection are:
• water
• mirror
• polished metal

The three things that do not reflect anything are:
• soil
• paper
• wood

Q6. Find and write the names of ten countries.

Ans. The names of 10 countries around the world are:

  1. India
  2. Brazil
  3. Srilanka
  4. China
  5. Russia
  6. Germany
  7. France
  8. Argentina
  9. Chile
  10. Unites States of America

Q7. With the help of your teacher, make a collection of idioms and proverbs that mention birds and animals.

Ans. The following idioms and proverbs mention birds and animals:

  1. To let the cat out of the bag.
  2. Barking dogs seldom bite.
  3. Kill two birds with one stone.
  4. You can’t teach an old dog a new trick.
  5. The early bird catches the worm.
  6. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  7. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
  8. Take the bull by the horns.

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