Important Question and Answers
Q. Why were the messengers sent throughout the kingdom?
Ans. The messengers were sent throughout the kingdom to announce a reward for those who could answer the question satisfactorily.
Q. What answer was given for the third question?
Ans. Some people suggested science, some other said fighting and some even said religious worship.
Q. Did anyone win any reward? Why?
Ans. No, the reward was given to no one as the king was not satisfied with any of the answers.
Q. Many wise men came to the king why?
Ans. Many wise men came to the king to answer his questions and express their views. But all of them gave different answers.
Q. What advice was given to the king regarding the second question?
Ans. As an answer to the second question the king got varied answers, some people said the councillors would be the most important ones while some others suggested the priests or the doctors. Some even chose the soldiers.
Q. How did the king show his forgiveness to the bearded man?
Ans. The king showed his forgiveness by not only promising to return his property but by also sending his servants and his own doctors to take care of him.
Q. 3. Why did the king go to the woods to meet the hermit?
Ans. The king went to the woods to meet the hermit, who was renowned for his wisdom. The king thought, may be he could give correct answers to his three questions.
Q. Why did the king go alone to meet the hermit?
Ans. The king went alone to meet the hermit because he saw only simple people. So, the king went alone in simple clothes leaving his horse and bodyguards behind.
Q. Is it necessary for a king to have council of wise men in his kingdom?
Ans. Yes, according to me, a single man, however wise, cannot decide the right time for every action. He needs other people’s help. So, it is necessary for a king to have council of wise men who will assist him in decision making.
Q. Did the king get answers to his questions? If ‘yes’ then how and if ‘no’ then why?
Ans. Finally the king got an answer to all the three questions. His first question was that when is the right time to begin something. The hermit said that it was ‘Now’ as it is the only time if we have to do something. The second question was that who are the people he should listen to. In reply to this question the hermit said that it is the man with whom you are at that moment. The third question was that what is the most important thing to do. To this the hermit said that the most important thing to do was to do good to others as this was the reason why we are sent into this world.
Q. How did the bearded man turn into the king’s most faithful servant?
Ans. The king saw the bearded man. He was running towards him and the hermit. He was bleeding from his stomach. The king nursed his wounds and tied his handkerchief around his wound. The bleeding stopped and the king dressed his wound. The wounded man asked for water which was thereafter offered by the king. He was put to sleep on a bed in the hermit’s hut. The king was also tired and he too went to sleep. When the bearded man woke up, he asked for the king’s forgiveness. He told him that he was his enemy. The king had killed his brother and seized his brother’s property. He had come here to take revenge by killing the king. Meanwhile, the king’s bodyguard’s had wounded him. The king had saved him. The king promised to return his property also. So, the king’s generosity had turned his enemy into his most faithful servant.
Q. According to the story the king had done right things at the right time. Do you agree with this? Give examples to support your answer.
Ans. Yes, according to the story the king had always done right things at right time because:
- The king had known the hermit’s nature of meeting only ordinary men. So he gave up his king’s attire, he left behind his horse and bodyguards and went alone to meet him.
- He offered the hermit his help in digging the ground. He did this till evening. This helped him avoid the attack planned by the enemy (bearded man).
- He helped the bearded man by bandaging his wound and offered him water. He saved his life. This helped him in making friends with his enemy.
Q. The king had to give up his comforts and luxuries to get the answers to his three questions. What all he did and what lesson do we learn from this?
Ans. To get answers to his three questions, the king went to the hermit’s place in simple clothes leaving behind his comforts like his horse and bodyguards. The king found the old hermit tired of digging the beds so he offered his help to the hermit. He was accustomed to comfort and lavishness in his palace but at hermit’s home he slept on the floor and lived like a simple man in the hermit’s hut. We all live in luxury like the king even in our homes. But God forbid if we have to go through a similar situation, then we should also be mentally prepared to face all situations like the king. In life we might become very rich and affluent one day, still we should be simple at heart and we must not be ashamed of embracing it at any moment. To acquire something in life we have to lose many things also, this is the lesson that we have learnt from this story.