Maharashtra Board Class 10 English Chapter 2.2 Three Questions Solution

Maharashtra Board Class 10 English Solution Chapter 2.2 – Three Questions

Balbharati Maharashtra Board Class 10 English Solution Chapter 2.2: Three Questions. Marathi or English Medium Students of Class 10 get here Three Questions full Exercise Solution.


Maharashtra Class 10

English Solution


Three Questions

Q.) Expressions in English classified under different heads. Pair up with your partner, guess and match the columns. (Use a dictionary).


COLOUMN A                 COLOUMN B

         1. Principal  

a rule to govern one’s behavior




words cited from a speech/text of a famous person


            3. Moral


a lesson derived from a story or experience



established expressions which do not convey exactly the same as individual words

            5. Slogans


striking messages for the public


           6. One-liners


a short witty remark stating the truth




a popular, well-known truth




a generally accepted, evident, truth



Q.) What is the right time according to you?

Ans.The answers to all the three questions were related to the present time in the story, so accordingly the right time is the present time.

Q.) What final suggestion did the last group of learned men offer, regarding the best time? 

Ans. The last group of learned men said that it was impossible for one man to decide correctly the right time for every action and that the king should, instead, have a council of wise people, who would help him to fix the proper time for everything.

Q.) Why did the king go to the hermit in disguise?  

Ans. The king was not convinced by any of the answers and gave the reward to none. He decided, instead to go to the hermit, in the forest, who was widely renowned for his wisdom and he spoke only to common folks, that’s why the king went in disguise of a common man.

Q.) How did the hermit respond to the king’s questions?       

Ans. Initially the hermit did not respond to the king’s questions and silently kept on digging the ground. He calmly tested the king’s perseverance and made him wait for the answers.

Q.) In what state was the bearded man, when he arrived?   

Ans.When the king turned round, he saw a bearded man come running out of the forest. The man held his hands pressed against his stomach, and blood was flowing from under them. When he reached the king, he fainted and fell to the ground, moaning feebly.

Q.) What qualities of the king stand out as he forgave his enemy?

Ans. The king was kind- hearted and made peace with the bearded man who actually was his enemy.

Q.) Why had the wounded man asked for the king’s pardon?

Ans. The bearded man was the king’s enemy and his brother was killed by the king and his property was also seized by him, but when he saw that how the king saved his life and care of him, he asked for the king’s pardon.

Q.) How did the hermit finally point out the answers to the king’s questions?

Ans.The hermit finally answered the king’s question by saying- “most important time was when you were digging the beds, and I was the most important man and to do me good was your most important business. Afterwards, the most important time was when you were attending to that man, for if you’d not bound his wounds, he would have died without having made peace with you. So he was the most important man and what you did for him was your most important business. Remember then, there is only one time that is important-now.” So according to the hermit the most important time is the ‘present time’.


Q.)Read the story and answer whether the following statements are true or false:

Ans. (a) The people convinced the King to make a proclamation.                  True

(b) The hermit spoke usually to everyone.                                             False

(c) The King received all answers from the hermit.                                False

(d) The person the King saved and helped was his enemy.                        True

(e) To do good to people is the purpose of our life.                                   True


Q.) The character traits of the king and hermit are mixed up. Sort them out in the right box:

Feeble           impatient         patient         helpful



                   eager to succeed       convincing         enlightened                                                 wise



Ans. KING-Impatient

Eager to succeed,







Q.) Write down in your notebook two points for each of the following. How do you know?

(a) The learned advisers who came to the court confused the king.

Ans.All the learned advisers present there were not able to give any satisfactory answer to the king’s question, which confused him more.

(b) The king was humble.

Ans. We know this as we see in the lesson the king doesn’t mind going and meeting the hermit in the disguise of a common man and how he helps the hermit in his work of digging.

(c) The king’s enemy was repentant.

Ans. When the enemy was wounded and saw how the king took care of him and saved his life, he was repenting on his act.

(d) The hermit was truly wise.

Ans. The hermit was very patient and calm; he already knew that the man in disguise is not actually a common man but the king himself. He listened to the questions of the king, but did not respond immediately; instead he made him wait and helped him to look for the answer on his own.

Q.) Choose the correct answer and fill in the blanks.

(a) “Varied” (Paragraph-3) means different.

(i) different (ii) unnecessary (iii) unequal (iv) unimportant.

(b) Many learned people came to the court and gave different answers

(i) The same answers (ii) correct answers (iii) different answers (iv) wrong answers.

(c) The synonym of ‘convinced’ is persuaded.

(i) persuaded (ii) happy (iii) unhappy (iv) angry.

(d) The King wanted to know theright time to begin everything.

(i) right (ii) exact (iii) proper (iv) good.

(e) ‘‘I pray you to answer my question.’’ Here ‘pray’ means request.

(i) plead to God (ii) request (iii) order (iv) suggest.

(f) Choose an adverb that collocates with “breathed heavily

(i) hurriedly (ii) heavily (iii) hardly (iv) calmly.

Q.) Consider this list of the different things that happened and rearrange them in the order oftime, that is, what happened first, what happened next and so on. Read the related paragraph again if you are uncertain.

(a) The bearded man resolved to kill the king.

(b) The king went alone to see the hermit.

(c) The king executed the bearded man’s brother.

 (d) The king spent the night at the hermit’s hut.

(e) The bearded man laid an ambush to kill the king.

(f) The king’s bodyguards recognized and wounded the bearded man.

(g) The bearded man came out of the ambush

Ans. (b) The king executed the bearded man’s brother.
(a) The bearded man resolved to kill the king.
(c) The bearded man laid an ambush to kill the king.
(e) The bearded man came out of the ambush.
(d) The king’s bodyguards recognised and wounded the bearded man.
(f) The king spent the night at the hermit’s hut.
(g) The king went alone to see the hermit.

Q.) Read the story in your own language; summarize the following aspects of the story in 4 to 5 lines each in your own language. Write it in your notebook.

(a) King’s problem (b) Attempts made to find a solution (c) Climax  (d) Solution (e) Message

Ans.There were few questions, that kept on disturbing the King and he somehow wanted the answers to three questions. In order to find a way out, he had. He announced in his kingdom that all the wise men should visit his kingdom and to answer his three questions. He also announced a great reward to anyone who would help him find out the answers to his questions. But none of the wise men were helpful so he went to the wise hermit in the forest, and finally got the answer to his query that what is the right time to do something important. Finally he realized that the right time to do something right and important is ‘now, the present time.’

Q.) The following compound words from the story are spelt in a jumbled order. Rearrange the letters to make them meaningful:

Ans. (1) a r e e t u k d n = undertake
(2) y o n n a e = anyone
(3) s t a p s i e m = pastimes
(4) h e e d a r f o n b = beforehand
(5) n e v h i g r e t y = everything
(6) h e i l n e w a m = meanwhile
(7) d a d e b e r = bearded

Q.) From the story, find the collocations of the following:

Ans. (1) most important
(2) gazing intently
(3) frail and weak
(4) widely renowned
(5) right time
(6) warm blood
(7) simple clothes
(8) closed eyes
(9) fell asleep.
(10) made peace
(11) took leave

Q.) Say whether the Verbs underlined in the sentences are finite (limited by the number or person of the subject) or non-finite (not governed by the subject, number or person):

(1) He decides to go to a hermit.

Ans. decides – finite; to go – non-finite.

(2) I have come to you, wise hermit

Ans. have come – finite

(3) He gave the reward to none.

Ans. gave – finite

(4) The hermit was digging the ground.

Ans. was – finite; digging – non-finite.     

(5) I pray you to answer my questions.

Ans. pray – finite: to answer – non-finite

(6) ‘‘Forgive me.’’           

Ans. forgive – finite

(7) The sun began to sink.

Ans. began – finite; to sink – non-finite.

Updated: September 20, 2021 — 10:23 pm

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