The Cruel Crane Questions & Answers

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The Cruel Crane Questions & Answers

Question 1: Why did the crane stop by the pond?

Answer: The crane stopped by the pond in search of fish because it was hungry.

Question 2: Why did the crane say he would do to help the fish?

Answer: The crane said he would carry all the fishes one by one to a fine large pond where there were all kinds of lotuses.

Question 3: Why did the fish believe the crane?

Answer: The fish believed the crane because the crane had taken one of them to the large pond and brought back the fish who told them of all the glories of the pond.

Question 4: Did the fish do the right thing by trusting the crane? Why or why not? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer: No, the fish did not do the right thing by trusting the fish. The crane deceived the fish and ate them all one by one. The crane first took one fish in its beak and showed it the large pond. He then brought him back and let him go with the other fish. He told the others all about the pond and they believed the crane.

Question 5: How did the crab outwit the crane?

Answer: The crab outwitted the crane by allowing the crane to carry him to the pond but he did not allow the crane to carry it in its beak. Instead, the crab held on the neck of crane with its sharp claw so that it can snap the crane’s neck if it tries to eat him.

Question 6: Compare the crab’s approach to the crane’s proposal to that of the fish. How were the two different? Whose approach was better and why?

Answer: The crab knew that the crane had tricked the fish and wanted to teach him a lesson. So, he thought of a plan and requested the crane to take him to the pond as well. He told the crane that he would not be able to hold him, so the crab should hold on to the crane’s neck instead. The crane agreed and as soon as he saw the fish bones by the pond, he threatened to cut the crane’s neck with his claws. He made the crane step down into the pond and then cut his neck. Whereas, the fish were wrong in their approach as the crane tricked them one by one. They agreed to be taken in its beak and trusted a fish which was blind from one eye. Hence, the approach of the crab was better than that of the fish.

Question 7: What is the moral of the story?

Answer: The moral of the story is that even a trickster can be tricked by someone who is cleverer.

Question 8: Read the lines and answer the questions:

1. I must…………….make a prey of them.

(a) Who says this and to whom?

Answer: The crane says this to himself.

(b) What does ‘make a prey of them’ mean?

Answer: ‘Make a prey of them’ here refers to making the fish his prey, in tricking them as well as eating them.

(c) What does he do after this?

Answer: The crane promises to carry the fish in his beak and take them to a large pond. The fish don’t trust him so he takes one fish there first and brings him back. After the fish believe that he wishes them well, he takes them one by one and eats them.

2. Those fishes got eaten through their own stupidity.

(a) Who says this and to whom?

Answer: The crane says these words to the crab.

(b) In what way might the fish have been stupid?

Answer: The fish may have been stupid to believe that the crane was their well-wisher.

(c) Do you agree with what he says about the fish?

Answer: Yes, I agree. The fish should have given the proposition more thought and should not have trusted the crane. They should have been wary of him because they already knew that a crane thinking about a fish’s welfare was unheard of.

Question 9: Words and meaning:

a. Cast it on the ground – throw it to the ground
b. It will be capital – it will be the best thing to happen
c. Told them all the glories – described all the good things about
d. He’s sharp enough in any situation – is very clever or smart
e. It’s unheard of – not known to have happened before
f. Lost in thought – not paying attention to anything happening around

So, these were The Cruel Crane Questions & Answers.

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