NCERT Solutions For Class 8 English
The Story of Rainbow
This Chinese story tells us how the rainbow was formed. Many years ago a very beautiful girl lived in a mountain village. She was very clever at making lace. She made plants, birds and animals which looked very real. People called her sister lace. They loved her and spoke to everyone about her. She became very famous. The emperor heard about her. He told his courtiers to bring her to his palace. Sister lace did not want to go. She wanted to stay in the village with her friends and teach them to make lace. But the courtiers carried her to the emperor. She was very unhappy. The emperor told her not to be sad. He told her that he would marry her. Then she would not have to work. Sister Lace told the emperor that he would let her go back to her village. The emperor was very angry. He told Sister Lace that he would let her go back to her village if she made a live rooster ( cock) with her lace. If not she would have to live with him. Then he threw her into prison.
Sister Lace set to work. The Lace rooster was ready on the seventh day. She bit her finger. She let the blood drop onto its comb. Then she blinked her eyes. A tear rolled into the rooster’s mouth. With a flap of wings, the rooster stood up. The Emperor came to see the rooster. He was shocked to see the rooster. He told Sister Lace that it was one of the birds in his palace though he knew it was not. Then he had another idea. He told her that she should make a wild partridge. She could go home after doing that.
Suddenly, the rooster jumped up and sat on the Emperor’s head. He told Sister Lace that he was sorry for her and he hated the Emperor. The courtiers tried to drive it away. It scratched the Emperor’s head. The blood began to pour down. Then it flew into the garden and disappeared. The Emperor walked away angrily.
After seven days, the Lace partridge was ready. Sister Lace bit her finger. She smeared the blood on the feathers of the partridge. She blinked her eyes. A teardrop fell into the partridge’s mouth like a pearl. The partridge flapped its wings and stood up.
The Emperor came to see Sister Lace. He was shocked to see Sister Lace had made the partridge. The Emperor told Sister Lace that he had asked her to make a heavenly dragon and not a partridge. If she failed to make a dragon in seven days, she could not go back home.
When the partridge heard these words, it flew at the Emperor’s and scratched his neck. While flying away, it said that it hated the Emperor. Once again the Emperor walked away in anger and shame.
After seven days the heavenly dragon was ready. Sister Lace bit her finger and dyed the dragon red. Then she blinked her eyes and tear rolled into the mouth of the dragon like a pearl. Sister Lace feared that the Emperor would not let her go back to her village.
When the Emperor saw the dragon, he shouted that it was a snake. He wanted to be helped. The dragon was very angry. It sent out a ball of flaming fire which burned the Emperor and all his courtiers to death. Then the fireball rolled out of the prison and burned the whole palace to the ground.
Sister Lace looked sadly around her. She had been very happy in her village. She climbed on the dragon’s back and flew into the sky. She still lives there. Whenever you see a many-coloured rainbow in the sky. You know it is the bright and beautiful lace she is making.
THE STORY OF RAINBOW QUESTIONS
Q.1. How did Sister Lace come to be known by this name?
Ans. Sister Lace was very clever at making lace. She made plants, birds and animals which looked very real. In this way, Sister Lace came to be known by this name.
Q. 2. How did Lace come to the palace?
Ans. When the Emperor heard about the fame and beauty of Sister Lace, he ordered his courtiers to bring her to his palace. The courtiers brought her to the palace in a sedan against her will.
Q. 3 Why did Lace reject the Emperor’s offer? What was its result?
And. Lace rejected the Emperor’s offer because she wanted to go back to her village. She would rather die than stay with the Emperor. The Emperor felt very angry. He told her to make him a live rooster with
her lace. Then she could return home. If she failed to do that, she would have to live with him forever. Then he threw her into prison.
Q.4. What conditions did the Emperor put for Lace to go to her home? Did she fulfil those conditions?
Ans. The Emperor asked Lace to make a living rooster in seven days to be able to go back to her village. Subsequently, she was asked to make a living wild partridge and later a heavenly dragon. She fulfilled these conditions.
Q.5. ” It’s one of the birds in my palace.” What does it refer to here? Why does the speaker say this?.
Ans. It refers to the live rooster made by Sister Lace. The speaker said this because he did not want Sister Lace to leave his palace. He wanted her to live with him as his queen.
Q.6. Why did the dragon feel angry? What did he do?
Ans. When the Emperor saw the dragon, he shouted out for help by saying that it was a snake. The dragon felt very angry. It raised its head, opened its mouth and sent out a burning ball of fire which burned the Emperor and his courtiers.
Q.7. Where did Sister Lace go? How do you know?
Ans. Sister Lace climbed on to the dragon’s back flew into the sky. She still lives there. When we see the rainbow, it is the bright and beautiful lace she is making.
Q.8. Do you think Sister Lace should have rejected the Emperor’s offer? Why?
Ans. By not rejecting the Emperor’s offer, she could have lived as his queen. She could have continued teaching lace-making to the people from her village.
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