The Sack of Diamonds The Sack of Diamonds

A. Write True or False for the statements. 1. The old woman was celebrating her one-hundredth birthday. 2. The king sent her a sack of gold. 3. The old woman kept celebrating her birthday till late in the night. 4. There was no fear of robbers in the village. 5. The diamonds became a burden for the old woman. 6. The diamonds were beautiful as well as useful. 7. The old woman shot the diamonds into the sky.
A. Write True or False for the statements. 1. The old woman was celebrating her one-hundredth birthday. True 2. The king sent her a sack of gold. False 3. The old woman kept celebrating her birthday till late in the night. False 4. There was no fear of robbers in the village. False 5. The diamonds became a burden for the old woman. True 6. The diamonds were beautiful as well as useful. False 7. The old woman shot the diamonds into the sky. True
How was the old woman’s birthday celebrated?
The old woman hurried home as the sun set. Why?
Why was the old woman not happy with the diamonds?
How did the old woman finally get rid of the diamonds?
Was the woman happy in the end? Why or why not?
The old woman was contented with whatever she had. Her needs were very few and she was happy and at peace. These qualities are rare to find. Discuss with your partner how the desire to possess more leads to jealousy, hatred and unhappiness.
The old woman had no use for the diamonds and tried to get rid of them. Later, she thinks of a way to make the diamonds useful for everyone. This makes her happy. What does this tell us about the woman? Write any two major qualities of her character. Compare them with what your partner has written.
Match the words in Column A with their meanings in Column B. Column A Column B 1. Burdensome (a) something worth a lot 2. Sparkled (b) something that causes difficulty 3. Valuable (c) not found easily 4. Cluttering (d) shone, giving out tiny flashes of light 5. Rare (e) making a place untidy
Fill in the blanks with the same word in each pair of sentences. Fine last step back 1. The soldier took one ............................. forward and stood in attention. The little boy fell off the first ............................. of the ladder. 2. The motorcyclist had to pay a ............................. for not wearing a helmet. The fielder at the boundary took a ............................. catch. 3. Inferior quality goods to not ............................. long. I couldn’t sleep well ............................. night. 4. Geetanshu sat with his mother on the ............................. seat of the car. I gave ............................. the book I had borrowed from my friend.
Match sentence parts in Column A and Column B and write five sentences beginning with when. Column A Column B 1. She hid the sack in a hole in the garden. (a) her room was filled with smoke. 2. She hid the sack in the well, (b) they became twinkling stars. 3. She hid the sack in the chimney. (c) some people brought it back to her. 4. She left the sack in the town. (d) the well water became saltish. 5. She shot the diamonds into the dark sky. (e) the dog brought the sack back.
Fill in the blanks with suitable verbs. Take verbs from the box on the facing page. The old woman ........................... the diamonds in the market place. She ........................... happy that she ........................... rid of them. She ........................... lie down in bed when there was a knock on the door. “Who ........................... it?” the woman ........................... as she ........................... the door. It was a neighbour. He ........................... the diamonds back. “Ma’am,” ........................... the man, “I ........................... this sack of diamonds in the market place. I ........................... it ........................... to you. It ........................... how it reached there. I am sure you ........................... happy to get the diamonds back. Here they ...........................!” is said wonder found had got was know asked belongs had brought are left opened will be was going to

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