Working with the Text
A. Complete the following sentences from memory choosing a phrase from those given in brackets.
1.___________ was held at the time of the Eid festival.
(A big show, A big fair, A big competition)
2.Tradesmen came to the village with all kinds of goods_____________________ .
(to display, to buy, to sell)
3.Uncle told me________________ while he was away.
(not to buy anything, not to go anywhere, not to talk to anyone)
4.The owner of the Lucky Shop wanted everybody present_________________ .
(to play the game, to win a prize, to try their luck)
5.The first time I took a chance I got___________________ .
(a bottle of ink, two pencils, a trifie)
6.Uncle told me that the shopkeeper had made_____________________ .
(a fool of me, a good profit, friends with many people)
Ans: 1.A big fair 2. to sell 3. not to buy
4.to try their luck 5.two pencils 6. a fool of me
B. Answer the following questions.
1. Why do you think Rasheed’s uncle asked him not to buy anything in his absence? (3)
Ans: Uncle warned Rasheed not to buy anything in his absence because the shopkeepers could cheat him and take away his money.
2. Why was the shop called ‘Lucky Shop’? (4)
Ans: The shop was named Lucky Shop so as to tempt the people to try their luck and win prizes.
3. An old man won a clock and sold it back to the shopkeeper. How much money did he make? (5)
Ans: The old man made 15 rupees by selling the clock back to the shopkeeper.
4. How many prizes did the boy win? What were they? (6)
Ans: The boy won four prizes-a combs, a fountain pen, a wristwatch and a table lamp.
5. Why was Rasheed upset? (7, 8, 9)
Ans: Rasheed was upset because he thought he was unlucky at the game of chance.
6. In what way did the shopkeeper make a fool of Rasheed? (11)
Ans: The shopkeeper gave Rasheed things of small value. He encouraged the boy to try his luck again and again. Innocent Rasheed lost all his money.
Working with Language
A. The words given against the sentences below can be used both as nouns and verbs. Use them appropriately to fill in the blanks.
B. Notice the use of’ there’ in the following sentences
- There was a big crowd at the fair.
- There were many things I’d have liked to buy.
Now rewrite the following sentences using ‘there’ in the beginning. Look at the following examples.
- I can do nothing to help you.
- There is nothing I can do to help you.
- A man at the door is asking to see you.
- There is a man at the door asking to see you.
1. This park has beautiful roses.
2. Your story has no fun in it.
3. We have no secrets between.
4. My village has two primary schools.
5. This problem can be solved in two ways.
1. There are beautiful roses in this park.
2. There is no fun in your story.
3. There are no secrets between us.
4. There are two primary schools in my village.
5. There are two ways to solve this problem.
C. Fill in the blanks in the paragraph below with words from the box.
huge, big foolish, interesting, tiny, unlucky, last
There was a________________ Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a
______________ toy to a____________________ camel. I went to the fair on its
______________ day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the Lucky Shop. It was
very_______________ . I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later, Uncle told
me that I was more _________________ than________________ .
Ans. There was a huge Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a tiny toy to a big camel. I went to the fair on its last day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the Lucky Shop. It was very interesting. I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later, the uncle told me that I was more foolish than unlucky.
I.SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
1. What was Rasheed’s fault at the fair?
Ans: He did not heed the advice of his uncle either to buy anything nor to go too far out in his absence.
2. How did Rasheed lose all his money at the Lucky shop? ‘
Ans: Rasheed was tempted to try his luck and win some big prize. He took several chances but won no expensive item. Thus he lost gill his money.
3. How would you describe Rasheed’s ‘bad luck’?
Ans: Rasheed was neither unlucky nor foolish. He was an innocent boy while the shopkeeper was a cheat.
4. How did uncle explain the ‘game of chance’?
Ans: Uncle told Rasheed that the lucky shop man had made fool of him. The old man and the boy who won costly things were, in fact, the shopkeeper’s friends. It was all a trick to tempt the customers,
II. LONG ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
1. What is meant by a ‘game of chance’? What lesson did the narrator learn from his experience at the fair?
Ans: ‘A Game of Chance’ refers to gambling. A person stakes his money in the hope of doubling it. But he can never be sure of winning the lottery. The narrator Rasheed goes to the fair on the occasion of Eid. He is tempted to try his luck at a shop. He is too innocent to see through the shopkeeper’s trick. He loses all his little money in that game of chance. He learnt the lesson that he can be easily be fooled and robbed of his money by witty shopkeepers.
2. What trick did the shopkeeper play to tempt his customers to play the losing game?
Ans: The Eid fair was held every year. It attracted tradesmen from far and wide. Rasheed too went to the fair with his servant and his uncle. There he watched a shopkeeper rewarding the persons who staked their money with costly prizes. The game was played with six numbered discs. The winner claimed the article with the winning number. The tricky shopkeeper gave handsome prizes to his own friends. Rasheed too was tempted to try his luck. But he lost the last penny in that game of chance.