Important Question and Answers
Q. What happened to the young ones?
Ans. A strong wind blew the young ones away and they were separated from each other.
Q. Where did the young ones land?
Ans. One of them landed near a cave, where the robbers lived and the other one landed near the Rishi’s Ashram a little distance away.
Q. What did the strange cry say?
Ans. The strange cry said that there was someone under the tree. His jewels and horse must be looted.
Q. What did the king do then?
Ans. The king quickly got on to his horse and ran as fast as possible.
Q. Who was speaking the welcome words?
Ans. A bird, on some tree, was speaking the welcome words.
Q. What did the king think about bird?
Ans. The king thought that the bird looked like the one he saw near the cave.
Q. What did the bird tell the King?
Ans. The bird told him that the bird he had seen was his brother, but he had made robbers his friends.
Q. What did the Rishi say to the King?
Ans. The Rishi welcomed the king and asked him to get inside and take rest.
Q. Why was the king amazed?
Ans. The king was amazed to see a big brown bird near a cave calling out to the robbers to come quickly and rob the king of his jewels and horse. He was amazed a second time again when he reached a Rishi’s ashram and saw another similar big, brown bird gently welcoming him and asking him to make himself comfortable.
Q. What did the second bird complain about his brother?
Ans. The second bird who lived near the Rishi’s ashram complained to the king that the bird in the forest near the robbers’ cave was his brother. He had befriended the robbers. He had learnt their foul language. He did not even talk to him any more.
Q. What misfortune did the bird family meet?
Ans. The mother bird and two baby birds met with a misfortune. There was a big storm, with thunder and lightening and rain. The wind blew down many trees. The tree in which the birds lived was also uprooted. The mother bird died and the baby birds were separated from each other.
Q. What surprised the king?
Ans. The talking birds, which looked similar but behaved differently when they met the king at two different places, surprised him.
Q. “One is known by the company one keeps”. Do you agree? Give reasons.
Ans. Yes! I agree that one is known by the company one keeps because here in this story the bird that lived in the company of the robbers, learnt to talk about robbing the people. The other bird who lived in the company of the Rishi repeated what he heard from him about welcoming people warmly.
Q. How did the Rishi explain the different ways in which the birds behaved?
Ans. The Rishi said, “One is known by the company one keeps. That bird has always heard the talk about robbing people. This one has repeated what he has always heard. He welcomes people to the Ashram.”
Q. How did the king encounter with those birds in the forest?
Ans. When the king came to the forest to hunt, he followed a deer and while chasing him he lost his way. He became tired and sat under a tree to have some rest. All of a sudden a brown bird called robbers to take his jewels away. He was shocked and became afraid and ran away from the place. The king reached the ashram and sat down under another tree to take rest. A bird welcomed him and asked him to take rest and to have some water and make himself comfortable. The king came to know that the bird looked like the same brown bird. The bird told the king that the brown bird was his brother and lived with robbers. Thus, the king encountered those birds in the forest.
Q. What is your opinion on the idea that a person is known by the company he keeps? Support your answer with arguments.
Ans. It is true that a person is known by the company he keeps. So is clear in the story also. In the story the two birds got separated due to a strong wind and one lived with robbers and the other stayed outside an ashram. They were brought up in their own places. Due to the bad company, the first bird imitated the robbers as it learnt bad things from them. It talked about robbing and harming people while, the second bird repeated what it learnt at the ashram and talked about helping people. It welcomed the king and offered him water and requested him to take rest as the king was extremely tired. Thus, both the birds behaved differently though they looked the same due to difference in their upbringing. Thus, it is true that we should have a good company.