Class 5 English Lesson 10: Three sacks of Rice answers

Maharashtra Board Class 5 English Solutions Chapter 10 Three Sacks of Rice

Balbharti Maharashtra State Board Class 5 English Solutions Chapter 10 Three Sacks of Rice Notes, Textbook Exercise Important Questions and Answers.

Maharashtra State Board Class 5 English Solutions Chapter 10 Three Sacks of Rice

English Balbharati Std 5 Digest Chapter 10 Three Sacks of Rice Textbook Questions and Answers


1) soft- hearted — kind-hearted

2) trade- business

3) prosperous- successful

4) affection- fondness, love

5) permit- allow

6) priest- father of the church

7) confession- accept one’s mistake

8) fortunately – luckily

9) labour – hard work

Things to do:

1. Find the opposites of the following words from the lesson:

(1) begun × end

(2) bought × sold

(3) reject × accept

(4) eldest × youngest

(5) lent × borrowed

(6) earned × spent

(7) narrow × wide

2. Answer the following questions

1) What common qualities did the three brothers have?

Ans: All three brothers were honest, kind-hearted and hard-working.

2) What was the businessman looking for? Why?

Ans: The businessman was looking for a son-in-law, who would be a good husband to his daughter and would also handle his business well.

3) How did the middle brother distribute the rice?

Ans: The middle brother distributed the sack of rice among the poor in the businessman’s name.

4) Was it right for the youngest brother to ask for a share in the money? Why?

Ans: Yes, it was right for the youngest brother to ask for a share in the money as he hadworked hard and also spent his own money to grow the crops.

3. Language Study (See pages 84-88.)

(1) Read the highlighted words.

All three of them were honest, kind and hardworking.
You are such an honest person.
The highlighted words are adjectives 

Now find at least five other adjectives from the lesson.

1)  Soft-hearted

2) good husband

3) small purse

4) wide smile

5) unused plot

(2) List words the will go with the given adjectives

1) simple: simple plan

2) odd: odd watch

3) only: only son

4) honest: honest seller

5) long: long tail

4. Activities:

(1) Imagine you are one of the three brothers. Write in short what you did with the rice.


The third brother:

It had been a long time since the businessman had left the rice with me. I waited for long for him to come back to take his possession. I had an idea. I borrowed an unused plot of land from a neighbouring farmer. I exchanged the sack of rice given by the businessman for paddy and sowed the paddy in the plot. Fortunately, the crop grew well and yielded twenty-five sacks of rice. I kept back five sacks and sold twenty of them. I gave the money to the businessman as soon as he came to visit me. And with his permission I kept a part of it as my share taking into account the money I had spent on labour and other things to get the things done.

(2) Find any other story of three brothers or three sisters and rewrite it in your own words.

King Lear  (Short Shakespeare Story)

A Story by Edith Nesbit

King Lear was old and tired. He was aweary of the business of his kingdom, and wished only to end his days quietly near his three daughters. Two of his daughters were married to the Dukes of Albany and Cornwall; and the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France were both suitors for the hand of Cordelia, his youngest daughter.

Lear called his three daughters together, and told them that he proposed to divide his kingdom between them. “But first,” said he, “I should like to know much you love me.”

Goneril, who was really a very wicked woman, and did not love her father at all, said she loved him more than words could say; she loved him dearer than eyesight, space or liberty, more than life, grace, health, beauty, and honor.

“I love you as much as my sister and more,” professed Regan, “since I care for nothing but my father’s love.”

Lear was very much pleased with Regan’s professions, and turned to his youngest daughter, Cordelia. “Now, our joy, though last not least,” he said, “the best part of my kingdom have I kept for you. What can you say?”

“Nothing, my lord,” answered Cordelia.

“Nothing can come of nothing. Speak again,” said the King.

And Cordelia answered, “I love your Majesty according to my duty–no more, no less.”

And this she said, because she was disgusted with the way in which her sisters professed love, when really they had not even a right sense of duty to their old father.

“I am your daughter,” she went on, “and you have brought me up and loved me, and I return you those duties back as are right and fit, obey you, love you, and most honor you.”

Lear, who loved Cordelia best, had wished her to make more extravagant professions of love than her sisters. “Go,” he said, “be for ever a stranger to my heart and me.”

The Earl of Kent, one of Lear’s favorite courtiers and captains, tried to say a word for Cordelia’s sake, but Lear would not listen. He divided the kingdom between Goneril and Regan, and told them that he should only keep a hundred knights at arms, and would live with his daughters by turns.

When the Duke of Burgundy knew that Cordelia would have no share of the kingdom, he gave up his courtship of her. But the King of France was wiser, and said, “Thy dowerless daughter, King, is Queen of us–of ours, and our fair France.”

“Take her, take her,” said the King; “for I will never see that face of hers again.”

So Cordelia became Queen of France, and the Earl of Kent, for having ventured to take her part, was banished from the kingdom. The King now went to stay with his daughter Goneril, who had got everything from her father that he had to give, and now began to grudge even the hundred knights that he had reserved for himself. She was harsh and undutiful to him, and her servants either refused to obey his orders or pretended that they did not hear them.

Now the Earl of Kent, when he was banished, made as though he would go into another country, but instead he came back in the disguise of a servingman and took service with the King. The King had now two friends–the Earl of Kent, whom he only knew as his servant, and his Fool, who was faithful to him. Goneril told her father plainly that his knights only served to fill her Court with riot and feasting; and so she begged him only to keep a few old men about him such as himself.

“My train are men who know all parts of duty,” said Lear. “Goneril, I will not trouble you further–yet I have left another daughter.”

And his horses being saddled, he set out with his followers for the castle of Regan. But she, who had formerly outdone her sister in professions of attachment to the King, now seemed to outdo her in undutiful conduct, saying that fifty knights were too many to wait on him, and Goneril (who had hurried thither to prevent Regan showing any kindness to the old King) said five were too many, since her servants could wait on him.

Then when Lear saw that what they really wanted was to drive him away, he left them. It was a wild and stormy night, and he wandered about the heath half mad with misery, and with no companion but the poor Fool. But presently his servant, the good Earl of Kent, met him, and at last persuaded him to lie down in a wretched little hovel. At daybreak the Earl of Kent removed his royal master to Dover, and hurried to the Court of France to tell Cordelia what had happened.

Cordelia’s husband gave her an army and with it she landed at Dover. Here she found poor King Lear, wandering about the fields, wearing a crown of nettles and weeds. They brought him back and fed and clothed him, and Cordelia came to him and kissed him.

“You must bear with me,” said Lear; “forget and forgive. I am old and foolish.”

And now he knew at last which of his children it was that had loved him best, and who was worthy of his love.

Goneril and Regan joined their armies to fight Cordelia’s army, and were successful; and Cordelia and her father were thrown into prison. Then Goneril’s husband, the Duke of Albany, who was a good man, and had not known how wicked his wife was, heard the truth of the whole story; and when Goneril found that her husband knew her for the wicked woman she was, she killed herself, having a little time before given a deadly poison to her sister, Regan, out of a spirit of jealousy.

But they had arranged that Cordelia should be hanged in prison, and though the Duke of Albany sent messengers at once, it was too late. The old King came staggering into the tent of the Duke of Albany, carrying the body of his dear daughter Cordelia, in his arms.

And soon after, with words of love for her upon his lips, he fell with her still in his arms, and died.

(3) Find out how rice is cultivated. Describe the process with the help of pictures or diagrams.

(students should do this on their own)

5. Group Work

Form a group of 4 or 5. Make a ‘storyboard’ for the story ‘Three Sacks of Rice’ Arrange the story in the form of  sequence of pictures. Decide what you will show in each picture: what words/lines you will write with each picture to explain what happens in it.

You can also add ‘speech balloons’ for the people in the pictures.

Extra Question & Answers

1) What was the three brother’s occupation?

Ans: The elder one ran a shop, the middle one was a priest, and the youngest one had just finished his education.

2) Who were all three of them fond of and why?

Ans: All three brothers were fond of their mother as she had worked hard to bring up the three of them after the sudden death of their father.

3) What task did the friend give the three brothers?

Ans: The friend gave each of them a sack of rice and told them to look after it till he came back.

4) When did the friend return back?

Ans: The friend came back after nearly a year.

5) What did the elder brother do with the sack of rice?

Ans: The elder brother sold the sack of rice to his customers as he was worried it would get spoilt and gave the money to the friend.

6) Did the friend take money from the middle brother? If not, why?

Ans: The friend did not take money from the middle brother as the blessings that he got from the poor people were enough for him.

7) What was the youngest brother’s confession?

Ans: The younger brother borrowed an unused plot of land, exchanged the sack of rice for paddy and sowed the paddy in the plot.

8) How many sacks of rice did the crop yield? What did the youngest brother do with them?

Ans: The crop yielded twenty-five sacks of rice. The youngest brother kept back five of the sacks and sold twenty of them.

9) Why did the friend choose the youngest brother as his son-in-law?

Ans: The friend was most impressed with the way the youngest son dealt with the sack of rice and since he was also looking for someone to look after his business he chose the youngest brother.