The Ant and The Cricket Class 8 Solution

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The Ant and The Cricket is a fable. It is in verse form. this poem is of the class 8 ncert book. We explained the poem in simple language and solved some important questions for the final examinations. All the questions are updated according to the new syllabus and based on JAC Board Ranchi. NCERT Books followers can also use the notes for their examination. 

The Ant and The Cricket summary stanza by stanza

A silly young cricket, accustomed to sing
Through the warm, sunny months of gay summer and spring,
Began to complain when he found that, at home,
His cupboard was empty, and winter was come.

Explanation: A cricket is an insect. He does nothing but sing in good summer and spring. He becomes. Now he is in great trouble he has nothing to eat in winter. He did not store food for an emergency. 

Not a crumb to be found
On the snow-covered ground;
Not a flower could he see,
Not a leaf on a tree.
“Oh! what will become,” says the cricket, “of me?”

Explanation: He has not a crumb of food. The snow has covered the ground and the leaves. He has nothing to eat. He is worried about the future.

At last by starvation and famine made bold,
All dripping with wet, and all trembling with cold,
Away he set off to a miserly ant,
To see if, to keep him alive, he would grant

Explanation: The starvation made him bold to ask for help. He had to go to the miser ant for help in cold winter. He perhaps helps him to survive.

Him shelter from rain,
And a mouthful of grain.
He wished only to borrow;
He’d repay it tomorrow;
If not, he must die of starvation and sorrow.

Explanation: He perhaps gives him shelter and food. He borrows from him and will return when he has sufficient food. If the ant will not help him, he will die of hunger and sorrow.

Says the ant to the
cricket, “I’m your servant
and friend,
But we ants never
borrow; we ants never
lend.

Explanation: The ant tells the cricket that he is his servant and friend. But he does not lend anyone.

But tell me, dear cricket,
did you lay nothing by
When the weather was
warm?” Quoth the cricket,
“Not I!

Explanation: The asks that if he did not store food in the good weather. The cricket replied ‘no’.

My heart was so light
That I sang day and night,
For all nature looked gay.”
“You sang, Sir, you say?
Go then,” says the ant, “and dance the winter away.”

Explanation: The ant says he had no worries for the future so he just kept singing day and night. Then the ant suggests the cricket keep dancing till the winter pass.

Thus ending, he hastily lifted the wicket,
And out of the door turned the poor little cricket.
Folks call this a fable. I’ll warrant it true:
Some crickets have four legs, and some have two.

Explanation: Thus the story has ended. The cricket lifted his wicket and went out. In the end, the author tells the moral that there are two kinds of cricket one has four legs and the second has two legs. The author calls two legs cricket to the careless human. 

The Ant and The Cricket Important Questions and Answers

Ques: The cricket says, “Oh! what will become of me?” When does he say it, and why?
Ans: When the cricket realized that he forgot to store the food for the winter seasons. Now, he has nothing to eat. When he is aware of the problem he says, “Oh! what will become of me?”

Ques: (i) Find in the poem the lines that mean the same as “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” (Shakespeare).
Ans: In the 5th stanza of this poem is the same meaning “But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend” of “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”.
(ii) What is your opinion of the ant’s principles?
Ans: He is the most careful insect. He does not think only about his present but also his future. he is always ready for coming problems. 

Ques: The ant tells the cricket to “dance the winter away”. Do you think the word ‘dance’ is appropriate here? If so, why?
Ans: No, he does not appreciate him it was ridicule. He tried to recall his mistakes and send him to out.

Ques: What does cricket like to do? What is his problem?
Ans: Cricket always likes to sing. He did not save food for the winter. Now, the winter came and he had nothing to eat. He was dying of hunger he no one helped him. He was in great trouble.

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