A Legend of the Northland – NCERT Solutions

Q. Which country or countries do you think ‘‘the Northland’’ refers to?

Ans. It is a country in the north where days are short and nights are long.

Q. What did Saint Peter ask the old lady for? What was the lady’s reaction?

Ans. Saint Peter asked the old lady for alms. The lady behaved miserly and kept changing the size of the cake but could not give him anything to eat.

Q. How did he punish her?

Ans. He cursed her and made her a woodpecker.

Q. How does the woodpecker get its food?

Ans. The woodpecker bores the hard and dry wood to get its food.

Q. Do you think that the old lady would have been so ungenerous if she had known who Saint Peter really was? What would she have done then?

Ans. No, she would not have done this. She might have given him the smallest piece of cake.

Q. Is this a true story? Which part of this poem do you feel is the most important?

Ans. No, it is an imaginative story. It is a legend. The third stanza of the poem is very important.

Q. What is a legend? Why is this poem called a legend?

Ans. A legend is a story from ancient times about people and events. The title of the poem tells that it is a legend. The poet himself says that ‘I don’t believe it is true’.

Q. Write the story of ‘A Legend of the Northland’ in about en sentences.

Ans. The poem is a story of an old woman. She is asked by Saint Peter for alms who has become weak with fasting and travelling. But her greed forces her not to give him anything. He becomes angry and makes her a woodpecker who bores hard and dry wood to get food. Her clothes are burnt to ashes and she is left with a cap on her head. She continues boring into hard wood for her little food.

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