Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Chapter 4.2 The Storyteller Solution

Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Solution Chapter 4.2 – The Storyteller

Balbharati Maharashtra Board Class 9 English Solution Chapter 4.2: The Storyteller. Marathi or English Medium Students of Class 9 get here The Storyteller full Exercise Solution.


Maharashtra Class 9

English Solution


The Storyteller

1.) Short stories are of many types. Match the type of the story in coloumn A with its description in coloumn B:


   COLUMN A                                                              COLUMN B

a. Anecdote Short amusing account of an incident.
b. Fable Moral stories with animal characters.
c. Parable Having a religious base, a message or moral.
d. Myth Originated in ancient times, author unknown.
e. Legend Having historical base/characters, but may not be true.
f. Fairy Tale Having supernatural characters/ a moral for children.
g. Tragic Tale Serious, and ends in a tragedy.
h. Fiction Untrue, but realistic.
i. Farce Exaggerated comedy.
j. Satire Where vices and follies are ridiculed.

 2.) Complete the following story using the verbs in the brackets, in their proper form:

Ans. One night a man had (have) a dream. He dreamt (dream) that he was walking (walk) along the beach with God. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging (belong) to him, and the other one, to God. After the last scene had flashed (flash), he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He observed (observe) along the path of his life there were (be) only one set of footprints and that it happened (happen) at the saddest, most troubled (trouble) times of his life. He questioned (question) God about it.  “God, you said (say) once I decided (decide) to follow you, you would (will) walk with me all the way. So I don’t understand, why you left (leave) alone, when I needed (need) you the most.” God replied, “During your times of trials and sufferings, where you saw (see) only one set of footprints, they were (be) mine, for it was then I carried (carry) you in my arms.


Q.) How many occupants did the compartment have?

Ans. There were six occupants, a small girl, and another girl smaller than her, a small boy, their aunt, a stranger and the author himself.

Q.) Why did the aunt have to use the word ‘don’t’ so often?

Ans. The children being bored and restless, were doing mischievous things like smacking the cushion of the seats, hence, the aunt had to use the word ‘don’t’ quite often.

Q.) How did the smaller of the two girls irritated the bachelor?

Ans.The smaller girl kept on reciting, only the first line of the poem, ‘On the Road to Mandalay’. She kept on repeating the first line over and over again, and her voice was quite audible as well, which irritated the bachelor and he started giving angry looks to the little girl.

Q.) To which question from Cyril was aunt unable to give a reasonable answer?

Ans. As the aunt said “Perhaps the grass in the other field is better”, to this statement Cyril Immediately asked, “Why is it better?” and her was not able to provide with a reasonable answer.

Q.) How did the children show their disapproval of their aunt’s story?

Ans. The bigger of the smaller girl said, “it is the stupidest story I have ever heard” and Cyril said “I didn’t listen after the first bit, it was so stupid.”                                                         

                                                            PART II Solution


Q.) For which three values did Bertha win medals? What was exceptional about it?

Ans. There was a medal for obedience, another for punctuality, and the third one for good behavior. The medals were really big, made of metal, as she walked, they clicked against one another.

Q.) How did the Prince reward Bertha?

Ans. The Prince, as a reward allowed Bertha to walk and play in his park once a week. No other children were allowed to enter the Prince’s park.

Q.) Why did the children approve of the Prince’s decision?

Ans. The Prince decided to have animals in his park instead of having flowers, which was quite a unique decision, many people would have decided the other way and the children also approved the Prince’s decision.

Q.) Why did Bertha wish she had never come to the park?

Ans. There was a big wolf in the park, that came out in search of food, as soon as the wolf saw Bertha it started stealing towards her, which made Bertha feel that she would have never come to the park.

Q.) Why was the wolf unable to trace Bertha?

Ans. Frightened Bertha hid herself in a shrubbery of myrtle bushes and the wolf was not able to trace her because of the strong scent of myrtle bushes and the bushes were also very thick.

Q.) What gave Bertha away and how did she meet her end?

Ans. The three medals of Bertha clinked with each other, while she was hiding in the bushes and made a noise and the wolf found her and dragged her out and devoured her to the last morsel.

Q.) What impact did the story had on the children?

Ans.The children liked the story a lot, specially the ending. They were really satisfied with the ending of the story.

Q.) Why was their aunt annoyed at the bachelor?

Ans. As the bachelor told a story contradicting to what elders teach their children, it annoyed the aunt to the core.


From the story (PART 1 & 2), find four words that begin with the prefix ‘un-` and write their opposites:

a.) Un able- able

b.) Un happy- happy

c.) Un sympathetic- Sympathetic

d.) Un interesting- Interesting.

Find one example of the punctuation marks from the story and copy the sentence in which they are used:

a.) Colon– Bertha walked up and down and enjoyed herself immensely, and thought to herself:

b.) Semi– colon- There was a murmur of approval at the excellence of the Price’s decision;

Write your opinion, in your own words:

a.) Why do you think the children dislike their aunt’s story?

Ans. They didn’t like the story told by their aunt as they thought of it as very lame and not at all interesting.

b.) Why did they appreciate and praise the stranger’s story?

Ans. The children liked the story told by the stranger because it was not like those typical moral stories which they hear in their regular lives, instead it was different with a unique kind of ending.

c.) Do you think Bertha should have met such a gory end to her life?

Ans. No, according to me Bertha’s end was very pitiful, it shouldn’t have happened to her as she was a really good girl who never harmed anyone and always tried to be good to everyone. If she would have skillfully opened her medals and kept them aside, her life would have been saved, but she always carried the medals on her chest like her pride. Her false pride actually took away her life.

d.) What did the aunt fail to realize in Bertha’s story?

Ans. The aunt only saw Bertha as a very good girl with all the good qualities in her, but she failed to see the pride in her nature, she always used to carry the medals in her chest to show them off, which ultimately took her life.

e.) What is that one vice which nullifies all the virtues that a person has?

Ans. According to the story that one vice that nullifies all the virtues, is self- conceit.

f.) Write down two or three proverbs/ axioms that suits the message in Bertha’s story.

Ans. a. “Pride will always be the longest distance between two people.”

b.) “Self- conceit may lead to self- destruction.”

Character sketch of each member in the story:

1.) The AuntShe was a well- judged and disciplined woman, who wanted the kids to be disciplined as well. She wanted the kids to learn the importance of kindness, generosity and being good and was not much flexible in her approach towards the kids in imparting and instilling her moral teachings.

2.)The Bachelor– Though the bachelor was quite a realistic and practical man, but not quite friendly in his approach towards kids, not much patient with kids, this shows his less experience with kids and their mischievous behavior. He was quite blunt and straight forward man.

3.) Cyril– He was the young boy, who was travelling with his sisters and aunt. He was a curious child, who had lots of questions to ask and when his aunt was not able to give satisfactory answers to him, he was irked by that. He was a smart and intelligent kid and quite straight forward as well.

4.) Bertha– A very generous, good-hearted and kind girl, who was known in the whole town for being the best girl with good manners and everything possibly good. She was even rewarded with three big medals for her good behavior. She was also rewarded by the Prince of the town to visit his personal park. But unfortunately like everyone has a fault within, she too had one, which her nature of self-conceit. Her self-pride was the reason that her life.

Say whether you agree or disagree:

Ans. a) The children would have behaved well in the train if their would have scolded themharshly.  Disagree.

b)The youngest child was the most irritating.  Agree

c) Being a bachelor, the stranger had no patience with children. Agree

d) The children showed disinterest even in the bachelor’s story telling throughout.Disagree

e) Bertha was very good but very proud too. Agree

f)The prince had rare, uncommon likes and dislikes.  Disagree

g) The wolf did not trace Bertha as she was behind a myrtle bush. Agree

h) The bachelor had narrated an improper story to the children. Disagree

The story-teller has a story within a story. Search from the internet or your library books for other stories which have another story within. Enlist at least 3-5 of them:

Ans. a.) The Arabian Knights.

b.) The Solitaire Mystery.

c.) Jacob’s Ladder (A story in the Bible).

d.) The Lord of the Rings.

Updated: September 6, 2021 — 12:02 pm

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