The Storyteller Questions & Answers

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

This poem is written by Nicholas Horsburgh. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Pip Meets a Convict, Pippi Longstocking and From a Railway Carriage so, you can check these posts as well.

The Storyteller Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Awe – mixed feelings of respect and fear brought about by authority, genius, or great beauty
  • Cuddled – hugged in the arms
  • Fables – short stories, usually with a lesson or message
  • Phantoms – ghosts
  • Yore – time long past

Question 1: When were the stories told to the children?

Answer: The stories were told at the end of the day.

Question 2: How do we know the children were comfortable and at ease?

Answer: We know they are comfortable and at ease because they are bathed, well fed and cuddled in bed.

Question 3: How do we know the stories were interesting to the children?

Answer: We know the stories were interesting to the children because they listen in awe, with their eyes open wide. We open our eyes wide when we are amazed, surprised, highly interested…

Question 4: What are fables of yore?

Answer: Fables of yore are stories from a long time ago.

Question 5: When would the shadows creep and phantoms appear?

Answer: The shadows would creep when they were asleep and the phantoms would appear when they had not prayed. Perhaps, the poem is suggesting that the stories would affect their dreams.

Question 6: Who tells the stories now and to whom?

Answer: Now the children (now grown up) tell the stories to their families (young and old).

Question 7: What clues are there in the lines which tell us the stories were really good ones?

Answer: These are some of the clues in the poem which tell us that the stories were really good: The exclamation mark at the end of What stories he told the children! shows that they were awesome/ exciting/good. They listened in awe. They repeat them still – we repeat things we find interesting/ like. stories of gold—conveys the idea that they are precious.

Question 8: Do you think the stories were frightening? Why?

Answer: Yes, the stories were frightening because they talked about the ghosts and shadows who harmed the children who went to sleep without offering their prayers.

Question 9: Do you think the storyteller was a good storyteller? Why?

Answer: Yes, the storyteller was a good storyteller. He could spellbind the children and charm them to sleep. He could draw all their attention to the content of the story and render them helpless before its happenings.

Question 10: What is the difference between a story and a fable?

Answer: A story is an account of people and events, real or imaginary, told for entertainment. A fable is: a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral; a story, typically a supernatural one which includes elements of myths and legends.

Question 11: Which words in the poem describe actions?

Answer: The words in the poem that describe actions are: play, bath, feed, cuddle, creep, sleep, pray, feel, repeat, tell and listen.

Question 12: Which words in the poem rhyme?

Answer: The words in the poem that rhyme are – children/then, day/play, fed/bed, wide/side, awe/yore, crept/slept, played/prayed, chill/still, old/gold.

Question 13: Read the line and answer the questions:

If first they’d not prayed!

(a) Who is ‘they’?

Answer: The children.

(b) What might happen to them if they had not prayed?

Answer: Phantoms would come out to play; shadows would creep.

(c) Which word or phrase in the last verse reminds us of these things?

Answer: They feel a chill.

So, these were The Storyteller Questions & Answers.

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