NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English (Honeydew) Poem 4 The Last Bargain Questions and Answers
WORKING WITH THE POEM (PAGE 71)
Question 1. Who is the speaker in the poem?
Answer: The speaker is a man who is searching for his employer.
Question 2. “The king, sword in hand” suggests
(iii) More power than wealth.
Mark the appropriate item in the context of stanza 1.
Answer: (ii) Power.
Question 3. The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did he turn down the offer?
Answer: The man had no need for money. He cherished his freedom above all else and refused to become enslaved by wealth.
Question 4. Find in the poem, lines that match the following. Read both one after another.
(i) I have nothing to give you except goodwill and cheer.
Answer: “I am hiring you without any conditions or requirements.”
(ii) Her happiness was no more than sorrow in disguise.
Answer: Her smile faded and transformed into tears.
(iii) The king’s might was not worth much.
Answer: Her smile diminished and transitioned into tears.
Question 5. How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
Answer: After encountering the child, the speaker experienced a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and liberation.
More Extra Questions with Answers
Question 1: Who does the person initially implore for employment?
Answer 1: The person initially implores the King for employment.
Question 2: What does the King offer in response to the person’s plea?
Answer 2: The King offers to hire them with his power.
Question 3: Why does the person decline the old man’s offer of employment?
Answer 3: The person declines the old man’s offer because they value being hired based on personal merit rather than someone else’s money.
Question 4: How does the fair maid’s offer of employment affect the person?
Answer 4: The fair maid’s offer leaves the person disheartened as her smile quickly fades into tears.
Question 5: Who finally hires the person, and what do they offer?
Answer 5: The child, with an innate understanding, hires the person with nothing at all.
Question 6: What makes the final bargain with the child significant?
Answers 6: The final bargain with the child is significant because it is simple, lacks material value, and represents a genuine connection based on authenticity and pure acceptance. It liberates the person from material expectations and reveals the true essence of freedom and happiness.