The Walrus and the Carpenter Questions & Answers

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Written by Lewis Carroll, this poem is about a walrus and a carpenter and describes how this unlikely pair trick young oysters into being eaten after a walk on a shoreline. Below are given its questions and answers. I have also shared the questions and answers of the poems – The Height of Ridiculous, The World is Too Much With Us and Bangle Sellers so, you can check these posts as well.

The Walrus and the Carpenter Questions & Answers

Question 1: Read the passage given below and answer the following questions:

“But wait a bit………………………… thanked him much for that.”

(a) Whom does ‘us’ stand for and what did they want?

Answer: ‘Us’ stands for the oysters. They wanted to rest before their chat with the Walrus and the Carpenter. They said that as they were fat and they were tired from the walk.

(b) Find a word/phrase from the extract which means the same as ‘gasping for air’.

Answer: Out of breath

(c) Who is ‘we’ and ‘us’ in the above lines?

Answer: ‘We’ refers to all the small oysters who had followed the Walrus and Carpenter.

(d) What did the Carpenter mean when he said, No hurry?

Answer: The carpenter knew that the oysters were tired and was sure that they couldn’t run away or save themselves when he would try to eat them. He said the above words to engage the oysters in small talk or comfort/pacify them.

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Question 2: Where were the Walrus and the Carpenter? Why did the Walrus weep?

Answer: The Walrus and the Carpenter were standing on the beach. The Walrus acted (pretended) like he was weeping. He is not really sad or sobbing as he has planned with the Carpenter to bring the oysters out of their homes and eat them.

Question 3: Why did the walrus and the carpenter call out to the oysters to come along with them? How many oysters did they want?

Answer: The Walrus and the Carpenter wanted four oysters to come for a walk with them.

Question 4: What does the Walrus speak to the Oysters about?

Answer: The walrus spoke to the oysters about shoes, ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings and about why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings. In fact these are useless things for oysters.

Question 5: Why did the eldest oyster choose not to come along with the walrus and the carpenter? How did he convey his intentions?

Answer: The eldest oyster was more experienced and he understood the intentions of the walrus and the carpenter. The eldest oyster did not say a word, he only shook his head and winked his eye to convey his displeasure and refusal.

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The Walrus and the Carpenter Questions & Answers

Question 6: When do you get to know the real intentions of the walrus and the carpenter? Quote the lines.

Answer: It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,
‘To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!’

Question 7: ‘Before we have our chat……………………. thanked him much for that.’ What is the irony in these lines?

Answer: While all were gathered at the rock, the oysters asked if they could rest before they start doing anything else. The carpenter agreed and the oysters actually thanked him for his kindness. The cruel irony is what the carpenter then do the innocent oysters. People believe that what their leaders are doing is best for them but actually, they are acting in their own best interests.

Question 8: Read the lines given below and answer the following questions:

‘After such kindness………………………… dismal thing to do!’

(a) Who spoke the above lines?

Answer: The oysters said the above lines.

(b) What act of kindness are they referring to?

Answer: They are referring to the kindness that the walrus and the carpenter shown by allowing the oysters to rest after a tiring walk.

Question 9: Read the lines given below and answer the following questions:

It seems a shame……………………… them trot so quick!’

(a) What trick has the walrus played and on whom?

Answer: The walrus played a trick on the oysters by inviting them for a walk but in reality, his intention was to eat them.

(b) Where had they brought them?

Answer: They had brought them to a conveniently low rock.

(c) Did the walrus really regret playing the trick? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer: No, the walrus did not regret playing the trick. He was only showing false sympathies and sorted out the biggest oysters to eat.

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Question 10: What did the oysters want to do before their chat? Why did they turn blue?

Answer: The oysters wanted to rest for a while. As they were all fat and had been made to trot or run fast they were tired. They turned blue when they realized that they were going to be eaten by the Walrus and the Carpenter.

Question 11: Write in short the story of ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’.

Answer: The Walrus and the carpenter walk along the beach. They see a bunch of oysters in the low ocean bed and invite them for a pleasant walk. The older oyster ignores the walrus and warns the younger oysters. The inexperienced young oysters go behind the walrus while he talks idly about unnecessary things. When the oysters are far away from their see bed and tired, the walrus and carpenter eat them and pretend to shed tears for them. In reality, they misled the little innocent oysters and used them to satisfy their greed and hunger. The poor oysters didn’t heed the advice of the older and the more experienced oyster and perished.

So, these were The Walrus and the Carpenter Questions & Answers.

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