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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa Fish

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa Fish

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa Fish

The chapter “Gopal and the Hilsa-fish” is a story which exhibits the wit of a courtier named Gopal when he is challenged that even he cannot stop people from talking about the Hilsa-Fish. Gopal accepts the challenge and wins it with flying colours.

Unit 3, Gopal and the Hilsa-fish

Working with the Text

Answer the following questions.

  1. Why did the king want no more talk about the hilsa-fish?

Ans. The king didn’t want to hear any more talk about the hilsa-fish because everyone in the palace was only talking about this, which made the king lose his temper.

  1. What did the king ask Gopal to do to prove that he was clever?

Ans. The king asked Gopal to buy a huge hilsa-fish from the market and bring it to the palace, while ensuring that no one talked to him about that fish on his way from the market to the palace and in the court. It was a challenge to Gopal to prove that he was clever. 

  1. What three things did Gopal do before he went to buy his hilsa-fish?

Ans. Gopal shaved his half face, smeared his body with ash and wore rags before he went to buy his hilsa-fish.

  1. How did Gopal get inside the palace to see the king after he had bought the fish?

Ans. When Gopal reached the palace, he was not allowed to enter the palace because of his weird appearance. So, he started dancing and singing loudly. The king heard the noise and commanded the guard to bring the man inside.

  1. Explain why no one seemed to be interested in talking about the hilsa-fish which Gopal had bought.

Ans. No one seemed to be interested in talking about the hilsa-fish which Gopal had bought because his weird appearance diverted everyone’s attention from hilsa-fish to his look. People were more interested in his half-shaved face, ash smeared body and tattered clothes that he had worn.

  1. Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following sentences.

(i) The king lost his temper easily.   True

(ii) Gopal was a madman.   False

(iii) Gopal was a clever man.   True

(iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.   False

(v) The king got angry when he was shown to be wrong.   False

Working with Language

  1. Notice how in a comic book, there are no speech marks when characters talk. Instead what they say is put in a speech ‘bubble’. However, if we wish to repeat or ‘report’ what they say, we must put it into reported speech. Change the following sentences in the story to reported speech. The first one has been done for you.

(i) How much did you pay for that hilsa?

The woman asked the man how much he had paid for that hilsa.

(ii) Why is your face half-shaven?

Gopal’s wife asked him why his face was half-shaven.

(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.

Gopal told the king he accepted the challenge.

(iv) I want to see the king.

Gopal told the guards he wanted to see the king.

(v) Bring the man to me at once.

The king ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

Picture Reading

  1. Now ask your partner questions about each picture (refer book).

(i) Where is the stag?

Ans. The stag was by the side of a pond.

(ii) What is he doing?

Ans. He is watching his reflection in the pond.

(iii) Does he like his antlers (horns)?

Ans. Yes, he thinks his antlers are beautiful. 

(iv) Does he like his legs?

Ans. No, he thinks his legs are too thin and ugly.

(v) Why is the stag running?

Ans. Stay is running away from the hunters.

(vi) Is he able to hide in the bushes?

Ans. No, he is not able to hide in the bushes as his horns get stuck in the bushes.

(vii) Where are the hunters now?

Ans. The hunters are just behind the stag.

(viii) Are they closing in on the stag?

Ans. Yes, they are closing in on the stag.

(ix) Is the stag free?

Ans. Yes, the stag is free now.


(x) What does the stag say about his horns and his legs?

Ans. For his horns, the stag says that he was proud of his horns but it could have caused him death whereas for his legs, he says he was ashamed of his legs which actually helped him to save his life.

  1. Complete the following word ladder with the help of the clues given below (refer book).


  1. Mother will be very cross if you don’t go to school.
  1. As soon as he caught sight of the teacher, Mohan started writing.
  1. How do you like my tiny kitchen garden? Big enough for you, is it?
  1. My youngest sister is now a year old.
  1. Standing on the roof, he saw children playing on the road.
  1. Don’t make such a fuss. Nothing will happen.
  1. Don’t cross the street till the green light comes on.
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