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Damon and Pythias Questions & Answers
Question 1: Choose the most appropriate answer:
1. ‘If Damon did not go to visit Pythias then Pythias came to see Damon’. This sentence from the text shows that
(a) Damon and Pythias lived in two different places.
(b) Damon and Pythias were very good friends.
(c) Damon and Pythias were great friends and hardly lived apart.
(d) Damon and Pythias did not like the places where they lived.
2. Pythias thought Dionysus was foolish because he
(a) did care who was punished
(b) ruled through fear
(c) was cruel
(d) did not punish anyone
3. Dionysus put Pythias in prison because
(a) he did not like Pythias
(b) he was angry when Pythias said in public that Dionysus was a wicked ruler
(c) Pythias was a stranger in Syracuse
(d) Pythias had pelted stones at him
4. Dionysus allowed Damon to take Pythias’s place because he
(a) did not care who was punished.
(b) felt Pythias deserved to die.
(c) was angry with Pythias
(d) was more upset with Damon.
5. Dionysus did not expect Pythias to return because he
(a) had to go far away.
(b) didn’t think Damon was a true friend.
(c) couldn’t imagine anyone coming back to die.
(d) was sure that Pythias was cunning.
6. Before he died, Pythias wanted to return to his country to
(a) visit his old mother and younger sister and say goodbye to them.
(b) make arrangements for his onwards journey.
(c) make arrangements for a lawyer who could fight his case.
(d) none of the above.
Question 2: Who were Damon and Pythias? What is the main theme of this story?
Answer: Damon and Pythias were two friends.
The main theme of this story is importance of valuable, true friendship.
Question 3: What problems did Pythias face on his journey back to Syracuse?
Answer: On his journey back to Syracuse, Pythias faced a lot of problems. He ran into storms and wild animals and then into thieves. The thieves took everything he had and left him tied up in ropes.
Damon and Pythias Questions & Answers
Question 4: When did Damon get ready to be executed?
Answer: Damon got ready to be executed on the day for the execution when Pythias did not return due to the problems that he faced on his way back to Syracuse.
Question 5: Read the lines and answer the questions:
“Tell me that you have dared to say against my name.”
(a) Whom do ‘me’ and ‘you’ refer to?
Answer: ‘Me’ refers to king Dionysus and ‘you’ refers to Pythias.
(b) What was said against the speaker’s name?
Answer: Against the speaker king Dionysus’ name, it was said that he was a wicked ruler.
(c) What was the consequences of daring to speak against the speaker?
Answer: As a result of speaking against the speaker, Pythias was put in prison and sentenced to death in three months.
Question 6: Read the lines and answer the questions:
“I begged them to take everything but let me be free.”
(a) Whom do ‘I’ and ‘them’ refer to?
Answer: ‘I’ refers to Pythias and ‘them’ refers to the thieves.
(b) Why did the speaker beg ‘them’ to be freed?
Answer: The speaker begged the thieves to be freed because he had to reach Syracuse in time. Otherwise, his friend Damon would be executed in his place.
(c) Was the speaker set free? What would have happened if he wasn’t set free?
Answer: The speaker was not set free. But he had freed himself. He struggled with the knots of the ropes and finally untied them and stood free.
If the speaker had not been freed, his friend Damon would have been executed in his place.
Question 7: Damon agreed to be in prison in place of Pythias. What does this tell you about Damon?
Answer: This tells us Damon was a true friend of Pythias and he had so much faith in his friend that he even did not hesitate to be in prison in his place. He was helpful, caring and knew the meaning of true friendship and so, he helped Pythias in meeting his mother and sister before his execution.
Question 8: How did Pythias and Damon prove that they were true friends indeed?
Answer: Pythias and Damon were true friends indeed as they were hardly ever seen apart. If Damon did not go to visit Pythias, then Pythias came to see Damon.
When Dionysus put Pythias in prison for speaking against his name, Damon got ready to be in Pythias’ place so that he could visit his old mother and younger sister and say goodbye to them. At the same time, Pythias in spite of facing many problems on his way somehow reached Syracuse to save Damon. They were true friends who were ready to sacrifice for each other. They understood each other so well and were loyal and faithful to each other.
Question 9: What do you think was the lesson that the cruel ruler Dionysus learnt in the end?
Answer: In the end, the cruel ruler, Dionysus learnt the value of true friendship. Though he was a king and was having a lot of wealth, a huge army and a kingdom but there was no one who could understand him well. People served him out of fear and not because they respect and loved him. When he saw these two friends ready to sacrifice their lives for each other, he learnt that true friendship is more valuable than wealth and power and so, he set both of them free.
So, these were Damon and Pythias Questions & Answers.