Tamil Nadu 6th Standard English Book Term 3 A Tragic Story Solution | Lesson 2.2

Lesson 2.2 A Tragic Story

6th Standard English Book Term 3 - A Tragic Story Book Back Answers

Lesson 2.2 >  A Tragic Story


sage wise man
yore long ago
pigtail a plaited lock of hair worn singly at the back
mused thought over
curious eager to learn more
mystery puzzle
stout thick in structureI.

A. Answer the following.

1. What made the sage upset?

The pigtail of the sage hung behind his head. This made the sage upset.

2. Why did the sage spin?

The sage spun all day to make his pigtail hang at his face.

3. What solution did he arrive at for the mystery that he found?

The sage decided to turn his whole body round.

4. Was the finally successful in changing his pigtail’s position? Support your answer with a line from the poem?

No, he was not finally successful in changing his pigtail’s position. “But still it hung behind him.”

5. Did something dreadful happen? How would you describe the events in the poem- comedy or tragedy?

No, nothing dreadful happened. The events in the poem from a comedy. To the sage, it is a tragedy.

B. Read the poem lines and answer the questions given below.

1. But wondered much and sorrowed more
Because it hung behind him.

a. What was he wondering about?

He was wondering about the pigtail handing behind him.

b. What does the word ‘it’ refer to here?

‘It’ refers to the pigtail.

2. And though his efforts never slack
And though he twist, and twirl, and tack,
Alas! Still faithful to his back
The pigtail hangs behind him.

a. Pick out the rhyming words from the above lines and give the hyme scheme for the same

Rhyming words: slack, tack, back
Rhyme scheme : a a a b

b. Did he quit his trying? How can you say?

The sage did not quit his trying. The lines ‘his efforts never slack’ and ‘he twist and twirl, and tack’ show that the sage did not his trying.

3. ‘He mused upon this curious case’

What is the figure of speech used this line?

The figure of speech is ‘irony’.

4. Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning. It may also be a situation that ends up in quite a different way than what is generally anticipated. In simple words, it is a difference between appearance and reality.

Can this poem be called an ironic poem? Justify your answer?

In irony we say one thing. But we mean the opposite of what we say. The man is called a sage or a wise man. Actually he is an idiot. The pigtail hanging behind is a common thing. There is nothing to fee; surprised at. The wise man thinks that it s a ‘curious case’. This is an example for irony.

C. Fill in the table with the appropriate poem lines. A few lines may be used more than one time

Pick the line or lines that
  • suggest the sage lacked practical common sense
  • And swore he’d change the pigtail’s place
  • make the poem humorous
  • Because it hung behind him
  • Not dangling there behind him.
  • Hung steadily behind him.
  • The pigtail hans behind him.
  • show the clowning movements of the sage
  • He turned him round
  • Then round and round, and out and in
  • All day the puzzled sage did spin
  • And up and down and in and out, he turned.
  • that are actually funny but have a serious tone
  • In vain – it mattered not a pain.
  • Alas! still faithful to his back
  • The pig tail hangs behind him

D. The summary of the poem is given. But there are some words missing. Fill in the blanks with the help of the box given below.

( faithfully, change, pigtail, round, sage, down, slack, out, hung, place, behind, vain, face )

Once upon a time there lived a sage. He had a handsome pigtail. He was worried and pondered over his pigtail’s place. He wanted to change it’s place face. He wanted it hanging at his He didn’t like it hanging behind there him. So he turned right and left and round about, up and down, and in and out but it still hung behind him. However he tried, his efforts were in vain. But he didn’t in his efforts. Nevertheless his pigtail hung faithfully behind him.

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