Important Question and Answers
Q. What belief did the people of the valley have?
Ans. The people of the valley believed that the valley owed much of its fertility to the benign face that was continually beaming over it.
Q. What was the old prophecy?
Ans. The old prophecy was that they might see a man sometime with exactly such a face as that of the Great Stone Face.
Q. Who were the two persons whom people considered to bear resemblance to Great Stone Face?
Ans. The two men whom people considered to bear resemblance to the Stone Face were Gathergold, a businessman and General Blood-and-Thunder.
Q. What kind of a young man Ernest grew up to be?
Ans. Ernest grew up to be a young, industrious, kind and neighbourly kind man.
Q. By what name was the commander known on the battle field?
Ans. Commander was known by the name of Blood-and-Thunder.
Q. Describe the Great Stone Face.
Ans. The Great Stone Face was a work of nature, formed on the perpendicular side of a mountain by some immense rocks, which had been thrown together so that when viewed at a proper distance, they resembled the features of a human face.
Q. Who was Gathergold?
Ans. Gathergold was a man who belonged to this valley but had settled somewhere else and set up as a shopkeeper being sharp in business matters. He had become very rich and now he had thought of spending his end days in his native valley.
Q. How did the people of the valley welcome the General?
Ans. The people of the valley thought the General to be the likeness of the Great Stone Face so they left their work and proceeded to the spot where the great banquet had been prepared, soldiers stood on guard, flags waved and the crowd roared.
Q. Imagine you are Ernest. Give your views in favour of the statement, ‘It is better to have brains than beauty.’
Ans. The entire machinery of the mankind which we call society does not work with beauty but with the help of brains. Intelligent people make laws and regulations which everyone who lives in the society obeys. Man is a social animal. Even Robinson Crusoe ultimately came back to human fold. The most important organ of a man is his brain. A man without brain is like a dumb driven animal. Wise people of the world commented on beauty as it is nine days wonder. Some said that it is only skin deep, still others said, it turns into ugliness with the passage of time. A beautiful woman looks attractive and one likes to live with her. But her beauty is not giving any benefit to the people of the world. Hence beauty stands nowhere, when it is matched with brain.