Chapter 3 The Last Bargain Poem
Question and Answers
Class 8 – English – Honeydew
|The Last Bargain
|Class 8 English NCERT Solutions
Working with the Poem
Question 1 Who is the speaker in the poem?
Answer A poor man who is looking for work as a daily wager is the speaker in the poem.
Question 2 “The king, sword in hand” suggests
(iii) more power than wealth.
Mark the appropriate item in the context of stanza 1.
Answer 2 (ii) power
Question 3 The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did he turn down the offer?
Answer The old man offered a bag of gold to the speaker. The speaker desired job satisfaction and happiness at work, which he felt wasn’t possible if he offered his services to the old man who was busy counting his gold coins and weighing them one by one. He also realised that when the money would be over and the old man’s work would be done, he would again be left with no work. He valued his freedom more than becoming a slave for gold.
Question 4 Find in the poem, lines that match the following. Read both one after another.
Answer (i) I have nothing to give you except goodwill and cheer.
(i) “I hire you with nothing.”
(ii) Her happiness was no more than sorrow in disguise.
(ii) “Her smile paled and melted into tears.”
(iii) The king’s might was not worth much.
(iii) “But his power counted for naught.”
Question 5 How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
Answer The speaker met the child who was playing with sea shells near the beach. He felt very happy after having a conversation with the child. After talking with the child, the speaker realised that he might not earn a penny, but this made him extremely happy and free and gave him great satisfaction.