Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Spinning Sage Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by William Thackeray. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of **King Shibi and The Two Birds,** **King Midas and His Daughter **and **The Brave Pizza Delivery Boy** so, you can check these posts as well.

**The Spinning Sage Questions & Answers**

**Word Galaxy**

**Sage –**a very wise person**Pigtail –**hair tied together into a bunch and twisted into plaits**Mused –**thought carefully**Stout –**strong and thick**Twirl –**move round and round**Slack –**without attention and energy**Tack –**move in a zigzag way**Twist –**turn the body quickly and change direction**Faithful –**here, staying with

**Question 1: Choose the correct option:**

**(a) This poem is about**

i. the way sages live

ii. the wisdom of the sage**iii. the foolishness of the sage**

**(b) There lived a sage in days of yore. In the poem, the sage lived in_____.**

i. The hard times**ii. The olden days**

iii. The not so very modern days

**(c) The sage was worried about**

**i. his hair**

ii. his tail

iii. his pig

**(d) The sage wanted the pigtail**

i. to spin around him**ii. to hang at his face**

iii. to hand behind him

**(e) The theme of the poem relates to**

**i. a learned man who lacks practical common sense**

ii. an idiot

iii. an intellectual

**(f) The behaviour of the sage is**

**i. irrational**

ii. cruel

iii. insane

**(g) The tone of the poem is**

i. tragic**ii. mock-serious**

iii. humorous

**(h) The ending of the poem indicates that**

i. his pigtail refuses to change its place.

ii. the sage is satisfied with his efforts.**iii. it is a case of wasted efforts.**

**Question 2: When did the sage live?**

**Answer: **The sage lived in days of yore/olden days.

**Question 3: What was the sage upset?**

**Answer: **The sage’s pigtail hung behind him which made him upset.

**Question 4: How did the sage try to solve his problem?**

**Answer: **The sage tried to bring his pigtail to the front by spinning around and turning right and left, up and down and in and out.

**Question 5: Describe the movements the sage made in his struggle to move the pigtail.**

**Answer: **To make the pigtail move, the sage turned round and round and then out and in. Then, he turned right and left. Finally, he twisted and twirled to move the pigtail.

**Question 6: Why did the pigtail not move?**

**Answer: **The pigtail of the sage was fixed bunch of hair which hung behind him and was impossible to move.

**Question 7: How is the sage in the poem different from sages you have heard or read about?**

**Answer: **The sages that I have heard about are wise men. They are philosophers having direct knowledge of the Universal/Absolute. However, the sage described in this poem is a learned man but he lacks practical common sense. He kept trying to move his pigtail which was useless and practically not possible.

**Question 8: Write a few pairs of rhyming words from the poem.**

**Answer: **Yore-wore, case-face and found-round.

**Question 9: Read and answer the questions:**

**(a) What was the sage wondering about?**

**Answer: **The sage was wondering about his pigtail.

**(b) What did the word ‘it’ refer to here?**

**Answer: **The word ‘it’ referred to the sage’s pigtail.

So, these were The Spinning Sage Questions & Answers.