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Class 7 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 3 - Gopal And The Hilsa - Fish

Gopal And The Hilsa - Fish Exercise 42

Solution 1

The king did not want any more talk about the hilsa-fish because it was the season for hilsa-fish and no one could stop talking about it for even five minutes. From the fishermen, to the fish mongers, the householders even the courtiers at the place could not stop talking or discussing about the hilsa-fish. He was therefore getting annoyed with all the talk about the hilsa-fish.

Solution 2

In order to prove that he was clever, Gopal was asked to buy a huge hilsa-fish and bring it to the palace without anyone asking him anything about the fish.

Solution 3

Before he went to buy his hilsa-fish, Gopal half-shaved his face, smeared himself with ash, and wore disgraceful rags.

Solution 4

After he had bought the fish, Gopal reached the palace and told the guards that he wanted to see the king. When the guards did not let him in, he began to dance and sing loudly. When the king heard this, and also the comments of the people watching the man sing and dance, he asked for the man to be brought before him at once.

Solution 5

No one seemed to be interested in talking about the hilsa-fish which Gopal had bought because of Gopal's ridiculous appearance. Some people found him comical, others thought he was a madman, still others thought he was a mystic. They were so engrossed in discussing his appearance that the hilsa-fish went unnoticed.

Solution 6

(i) True
(ii) False
He was just acting as a madman so that the people's attention would be diverted from the hilsa-fish he was carrying.
(iii) True
(iv) False
He wore rags so that people would notice them, and not talk about the hilsa-fish.
(v) False
The king laughed and congratulated Gopal for achieving the impossible yet again.

Gopal And The Hilsa - Fish Exercise 43

Solution 1

(ii) Why is your face half-shaven?
Gopal's wife asked him why his face was half-shaven
(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.
Gopal told the king that he accepted the challenge.
(iv) I want to see the king.
Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the king.
(v) Bring the man to me at once.
The king ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

Solution 2

(i) Challenge: a call to prove or justify something
Every difficult situation should be taken up as a challenge and not be run away from.
(ii) Mystic: a person who tries to gain religious knowledge through prayer and thought
The mystic from the Himalayas had great words of wisdom to share with the villagers.
(iii) Comical: funny
Everyone appreciates the comical side of a man.
(iv) Courtier: a person who attends a royal court as the king’s adviser or companion.
Birbal was Akbar's most trusted courtier.
(v) Smearing: spreading/applying
Smearing the forehead with tilak is one of the traditions of the South Indians.

Gopal And The Hilsa - Fish Exercise 47

Solution 4