A Game of Chance – NCERT Solutions

Q. Complete the following sentences from memory choosing a phrase from those given in brackets.

  1. __________________ was held at the time of the Eid festival. (A big show, A big fair, A big competition)
  2. Tradesmen came to the village with all kinds of goods __________________ . (to display, to buy, to sell)
  3. Uncle told me __________________ while he was away. (not to buy anything, not to go anywhere, not to talk to anyone)
  4. The owner of the Lucky Shop wanted everybody present __________________ . (to play the game, to win a prize, to try their luck)
  5. The first time I took a chance I got __________________ . (a bottle of ink, two pencils, a trifle)
  6. Uncle told me that the shopkeeper had made __ . (a fool of me, a good profit, friends with many people)


  1. A big fair
  2. to sell
  3. not to buy
  4. to try their luck
  5. two pencils
  6. a fool of me

Q. Why do you think Rasheed’s uncle asked him not to buy anything in his absence?

Ans. Uncle warned Rasheed not to buy anything in his absence because the shopkeepers could cheat him and take away his money.

Q. Why was the shop called ‘Lucky Shop’?

Ans. The shop was named Lucky Shop so as to tempt the people to try their luck and win prizes.

Q. An old man won a clock and sold it back to the shopkeeper. How much money did he make?

Ans. The old man made 15 rupees by selling the clock back to the shopkeeper.

Q. How many prizes did the boy win? What were they?

Ans. The boy won four prizes–a comb, a fountain pen, a wrist watch and a table lamp.

Q. Why was Rasheed upset?

Ans. Rasheed was upset because he thought he was unlucky at the game of chance.

Q. In what way did the shopkeeper make a fool of Rasheed?

Ans. The shopkeeper gave Rasheed things of small value. He encouraged the boy to try his luck again and again. Innocent Rasheed lost all his money.

Q. The words given against the sentences below can be used both as nouns and verbs. Use them appropriately to fill in the blanks.

  1. The two teams have _______________ three matches already. (play)
    The last day’s _______________ was excellent.
  2. She has a lovely _______________. (face)
    India _______________ a number of problems these days.
  3. He made his _______________ in essay-writing. (mark)
    Articles _______________ ‘sold’ are reserved.
  4. The police are _______________ the area to catch the burglars. (comb)
    An ordinary plastic _______________ costs five rupees.
  5. He gave a _______________ in answer to my question. (smile)
    We also _______________ to see him smile.
  6. He said he _______________ to be invited to the party. (hope)
    We gave up _______________ of his joining the party.
  7. The boys put up a good athletic _______________. (show)
    The soldiers _______________ great courage in saving people from floods.
  8. You deserve a _______________ on the back for your good performance. (pat)
    The teacher _______________ the child on the cheek to encourage her.


  1. played; play
  2. face; faced
  3. mark; marked
  4. combing; comb
  5. smile; smiled
  6. hoped; hope
  7. show; showed
  8. pat; patted

Q. Rewrite the following sentences using ‘there’ in the beginning.

  1. This park has beautiful roses.
  2. Your story has no fun in it.
  3. We have no secrets between us.
  4. My village has two primary schools.
  5. This problem can be solved in two ways.


  1. There are beautiful roses in this park.
  2. There is no fun in your story.
  3. There are no secrets between us.
  4. There are two primary schools in my village.
  5. There are two ways to solve this problem.

Q. Fill in the blanks in the paragraph below with words from the box.

huge, big, foolish, interesting, tiny, unlucky, last

There was a ___________ Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a ___________ toy to a ___________ camel. I went to the fair on its ___________ day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the Lucky Shop. It was very ___________. I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later, Uncle told me that I was more ___________ than ___________ .

Ans. There was a huge Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a tiny toy to a big camel. I went to the fair on its last day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the Lucky Shop. It was very interesting. I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later, uncle told me that I was more foolish than unlucky.

Q. Suppose you are Rasheed. Describe in your own words your visit to the fair. Do not refer to the Lucky Shop.

Ans. One day my uncle took me to the Eid fair. He left me in the company of my domestic help, called Bhaiya. He warned me not to go far from that place. Secondly, I must not buy anything in his absence. He went away to spend sometime with his friends. I along with Bhaiya went from one shop to another.

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