NBSE Class-9| Alternative English| Drama | The Tale of Ivan the Fool

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NBSE Class-9| Alternative English| Drama | The Tale of Ivan the Fool

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Drama

I. Explain with reference to context. 

1. Soldiers playing tunes? What would Ivan know about the use of soldiers? It would take a man of the army to  know to use them better. 

a. Who says these lines? 

Ans:- Simeon, the soldier, s says these lines. 

b. What does the speaker mean when he says ‘a man of the army’? 

Ans:- The speaker means to say that only a seasoned soldier will know how to use those soldiers. 

c. What is the mood? 

Ans:-The mood is that of disbelieve, irritation and unacceptability. 

2. If they stop serving others, they will be free to work for themselves. Then they can work on the fields and make their own food. 

a. Who are ‘they’? 

Ans:- Here ‘they’ refers to the Courtiers and the Ministers. 

b.What does the speaker mean by ‘work for themselves”? 

Ans:- The speaker means to say that, if the people who work for the Tsar are not paid, then they can work for themselves on the fields and grow their own food.

C.To what problem is the speaker providing a solution? 

Ans:- The problem is the dearth of money to pay to these people who work for the Tsar, that means they will have no money to buy food. Therefore, the speaker provides the solution and that is ‘they can work for themselves on the field and grow their own food. 

II. Answer the questions. 

1. Why is Ivan considered a fool? Mention three instances of ‘foolish’ behaviour. 

Ans:- Ivan is considered as a fool because of his simple mindedness and lack of intelligence. 

There are more instances of his ‘foolish’ behavior; from them here are three instances of his ‘foolish’ behavior: 

a. Ivan did not bother to give away all that he had accomplished by working hard to his two cunning brothers. 

b. He did not understand the real value of the power he possessed given to him by the imps. 

c. Ivan did not know that soldiers fought for kingdoms or that gold could be anything but a plaything. 

2. Fools are determined and won’t give up easily. Comment on the truth of this statement. 

Ans:- Fools by nature lack the intelligence and the common sense to discern between what good or bad can happen from what they say to others or what will be the consequences of their action. Fools are also stubborn by nature and impossible to be convinced and make them see the reality of a situation. It is naturally hard to reason with them and talk them out of something or some work which seems impossible. They tend to do what they desire, how hard the work might be is not their concern because the sense to discern is missing. Therefore, fools are determined lot who won’t give up easily on any things that they do. 

3.When the imps grant him whatever he desires, what does Ivan choose? Why does he do so? 

Ans:- Ivan chooses not to use the wishes which were granted to him by the imps for his own personal gain, but he helps his brothers and his own people. Ivan is a farmer who believes that everyone must work for himself or herself so no one will depend upon anyone to feed them. Even after he becomes the Tsar all the courtiers are dismissed and told to work for their own families. 

He does so because he believes in hard work and by doing so everyone will be equal in his kingdom. 

III. Going Beyond 

1. Clever people work with their heads. It is more profitable and difficult at the same time. Is brain power mightier than physical strength? Discuss your views in an essay of 150 words. 

Ans:- In a modern world where competition is fierce in every field, to emerge successfully and establish firmly in any field, definitely we need brainpower more rather than physical strength. Therefore, it is a proven fact that brainpower is mightier than physical strength. It’s not only the clever people who use their heads, meaning brain. The fools too use their brain; the only difference is how they use it. Clever people use their brain with a purpose, not any other purpose but for a hundred percent profitable purpose. Only the fools use their brain for purpose which outcome may or may not be profitable, which is a waste of time and energy. Clever people use their brainpower until they achieve that purpose, they utilize their brainpower in ways they find fit for that profitable purpose. Sometimes they fail but they try repeatedly by using different approaches and in the process they learn how and where to utilize their brainpower precisely and finally end up achieving the profitable purpose they were after. It is difficult but the end result is exciting. 

2. Is it possible to live without money or power? Write a short paragraph, explaining your view. 

Ans:- A person who has money and power, can do anything without fear, as he knows that what cannot be done by power can be done by paying money. A person who has no money but only power can live without difficulties, if he can use his power wisely. A person with money but without power can also live a comfortable life. The real question is, ‘is it possible to live without money and power’? The answer is doubtful. Even a farmer who grows everything to sustain his life needs money, although not much, to buy his basic needs. Therefore, in my view to live a life, if not both, either money or power is of paramount importance.

3. ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. Have a group discussion on the role of the government and society in this context. 

Ans:- Humans are social beings as such each person directly or indirectly plays a part in moulding the society towards a better bright future or to the worst. If anything happens within the society, the society will shoulder the responsibility together, for better or for worse. In a society, one can come across various types of people and individual. In a society, not all are equal, some are poor, rich, farmers, daily wagers, government or private employees, and some are not even farmers, daily wagers, and unemployed in both government and private sector. The role of government in a given society is to monitor the society, so that everyone lives in peace according to the Law of the land. It is also the responsibility of the Govt. to see that even those who are unemployed must be shown a way to meet his basic needs. 

Therefore, government has a moral duty to execute especially for the unemployed. The government cannot provide his basic needs throughout his life and thus the Govt. must see what kind of skill he possess and help develop that skill by means of training and provide financial assistance to establish his own business and the society must help him, so that he also can meet all the basic needs by his earning. Therefore, as stated “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’

Class-9 Alternative English Notes/Solutions

Chapter No.Chapter’s Name
PROSE
Chapter 1On The Rule Of the Road
Chapter 2The Ogress and the two Orphans
Chapter 3The Indomitable spirit of Youth
Chapter 4The tunguska Event: Siberia 1908
Chapter 5The Devoted friends
POETRY
Chapter 6Sonnet – To Science
Chapter 7The character of a Happy Life
Chapter 8Mother’s Tears
Chapter 9The Soul’s Prayer
DRAMA
1.The Tale of Ivan the Fool
GRAMMAR
1.Auxiliaries
2.Articles
3.Tenses
4.Reported speech
5.Punctuation
Reading
WRITING
1.Story Writing
2.Dialogue
3.Article
4.Newspaper Report
SPEAKING
1.Listening Transcripts

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