Samacheer Kalvi Class 9th Poem Chapter 4 The Spider And The Fly Solutions

Tamilnadu Board Samacheer Kalvi 9th English Poem Solutions Chapter 4: Tamilnadu State Board Solution Class 9 English Chapter 4 Poem – The Spider And The Fly.


Samacheer Kalvi 9th English Poem Solutions Chapter 4: Overview


Board Samacheer Kalvi
Class 9
Subject English
Unit (4) Poem
Chapter Name The Spider And The Fly

Samacheer Kalvi Class 9th Poem The Spider And The Fly Question Answer Solution







a) Read the following lines from the poem and answer the questions in a sentence or two.

1) “The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I’ve many curious things to show when you are there”

a) How can the fly reach the spider’s parlour?

Answer: The fly can reach the spider’s parlour through a winding stair.

b) What will the fly get to see in the parlour?

Answer: The fly will get to see many curious things in the parlour.


2) “Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “kind Sir, that cannot be, I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!”

a) Is the fly willing to enter the spider’s pantry?

Answer:  No, the fly is not willing to enter the spider’s pantry.


b) Can you guess what was in the pantry?

Answer: Died flies might be in the pantry.


3) “Sweet creature!” said the Spider, “You’re witty and you’re wise, How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!”

a) List the words used by the spider to describe the fly.

Answer: Sweet, witty, wise, handsome, gauzy and brilliant.

b) Why does the spider say that the fly is witty?

Answer: The spider knows that the fly is avoiding to enter in his web so he calls it witty.


4) ” The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den, For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:”

a) Why is the poet using the word ‘den‘ to describe the spider’s web?

Answer: Den is the home of wild animals. So here spider is considered as the lion in his web, so den word is used to describe the spider’s web.


b) Why was the spider sure that the fly would come back again?

Answer:  The spider tricked him by appreciating its beauty so he is confident that the silly fly would come back again.


5) “With buzzy wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew, Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue —”

a) Who does ‘she’ refer to?

Answer: ’She’ here referred to the fly.

b) What was ‘she’ thinking of?

Answer:  ‘She’ is thinking of her beauty, her brilliant eyes and wings.


6) “And now dear little children, who may this story read, To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed:”

a) Who does ‘I’ refer to?

Answer:  ‘I’ here refers to the poet.


b) What is the advice given to the readers?

Answer: The poet advises the readers to not get attracted by flattering and sugar-coated words.


B) Complete the summary by filling in the spaces with suitable words.

The poem begins with the spider’s_calling of the fly. He talks to the fly to come into its home. The spider describes his parlour as the pretty one. The spider kindles the curiosity of the fly so that she may enter his home. Fortunately, the fly was witty and refused to get into his home. Now the spider pretends to be a host and asks her to come and rest in his home. He offers her food and a bed to rest. This time also the fly refuses the spider’s offer very politely. The next weapon that the spider uses is_flattery. The spider praises the wings and eyes of the fly and also praises her wittiness . He invites her to look at herself in the mirror which is in his parlour. The fly is_attractedby the words of the spider and she falls a prey to his flattery.


C) Answer the following questions in about 80-100 words.

1) Write a character sketch of the spider.

Answer: The spider is a cunning one in the poem. It attracts the fly to come into the its house, i.e its web so that it can make it prey. The spider is smart and uses many tricks to get the fly into its web. To begin with the spider invites the fly in its web and tell it how its house is pretty and has curious things. But the fly is not really attracted by it then the spider uses another trick oftelling about its pantry and bed to rest. Then he uses the most powerful weapon of hisi.e. flattery. The spider talks about how beautiful the fly is,how it has beautiful wings and eyes are. The spider calls the fly witty and smart and here the fly falls prey. The spider plays tricks and is cunning.


2) What happens if we fall a prey to flattery? Give instances from the poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’.

Answer: If we fall a prey to flattery we could end up ourselves in trouble. The spider in the poem attracts the fly by using sugar-coated words and the fly falls prey to its tricks. The poets warns us to be safe from such people and not to fall in their trap . Such people use their words as weapons. As they have hidden evil intentions in their hearts they flatter us and attracts us. In the poem, the spider flatters the fly’s beauty and the fly by falling in prey gets trapped itself .


3) In your own words give a detailed description of:

a) The Spider’s Parlour

Answer:  The spider’s parlour is pretty one. It has winding stairs. The parlour has man curious things. It has little bed to rest. It has pretty curtains and its sheets are thin and fine. The spider’s parlour has many comfortable and beautiful things.


b) The Fly’s Appearance

Answer: The fly has gauzy wings and brilliant eyes. The spider flatter its wings by saying that it is pretty with pearl and silver color. Its robes are green and pruple. Its eyes are as bright as diamond.


Figures of Speech- 

1) Pick out one more instance of consonance from the poem.(Consonansance)

Answer:  The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,


2) Pick out one more instance from the poem.(Assonace)

Answer:  “There are pretty curtains drawn around;


3) Identify the figures of speech.

”Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”

Answer: Similie


4) Pick out the words in alliteration.

Sweet creature!” said the Spider, “You’re witty and you’re wise,”




D) *Listen to the passage and fill in the blanks with appropriate answers.


1) Without trust there is no relationship at all.


2) Trust is a very rare thing to find in life.


3) When people betray you learn from the situation.


4) Don’t let small bumps on the road throw you back.


5) If we keep moving forward you will have a wonderfully fulfilling life.

Updated: November 17, 2021 — 4:42 pm

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