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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Poem 4 : The Last Bargain – Poem

You can conveniently download a free PDF of Orchids' NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Poem 4, "The Last Bargain." These solutions are designed to help you effectively revise the entire syllabus and achieve higher scores in your examinations. Vedantu provides every NCERT solution to simplify and enhance the study process.

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Question 1 :

How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?


Answer :

The speaker met a child near the sea beach. The child was playing with sea shells. And the speaker felt very happy after having a conversation with the child. He felt happy because he did not lose anything by talking with him.


Question 2 :

The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did he turn down the offer?



Answer :

Although the old man offered a lot of money to the speaker, he turned it down because he understood that money cannot buy him what he actually wants. It was only then that he realised that what he actually was seeking is happiness. While the old man was counting the gold coins, the speaker came to realise that when the money would be over and the old man’s work would be done, he would again be left with no work. Also, he would be bound by this bargain. He did not feel satisfied and hence turned it down.

Question 3 :

Who is the speaker in the poem?


Answer :

A poor man who is looking for work as a daily wager is the speaker in the poem.


Question 4 :

 “The king, sword in hand” suggests

i) wealth                  

ii) power                      

iii) more power than wealth

Mark the appropriate item in the context of stanza 1.



Answer :

 (ii) power

Question 5 :

Find in the poem, lines that match the following. Read both one after another.

i. I have nothing to give you except goodwill and cheer.


ii. Her happiness was no more than sorrow in disguise.


iii. The king’s might was not worth much.



Answer :

i. “I hire you with nothing”


ii. “Her smile paled and melted into tears”.


iii. “But his power counted for naught”


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