The Duck and the Kangaroo (Deleted) -Worksheets

CBSE WorkSheet 01
The Duck and the Kangaroo

  1. What values can you draw from the poem The Duck and the Kangaroo?
  2. Where was the Duck’s home and what was her deep desire?
  3. Why did the Duck call the pond nasty?
  4. Where did the Kangaroo ask the Duck to sit? Answer in the context of The Duck and the Kangaroo.
  5. Read the stanza carefully and answer the questions that follow :
    Said the Duck, 'As I sat on the rocks,
    I have thought over that completely,
    And I bought four pairs of worsted socks
    Which fit my web-feet neatly.
    And to keep out the cold I've bought a cloak,
    And every day cigar I'll smoke,
    All to follow my own dear true
    Love of a Kangaroo!'
    1. What does mean by worsted socks?
    2. What is a cloak?
    3. Complete the sentence :
      I’ll smoke_______
  6. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions. (1x5 = 5)
    Good gracious! how you hop!
    Over the fields and the water too,
    As if you never would stop!
    My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
    And I long to go out in the world beyond!
    I wish I could hop like you!
    1. What did the speaker long to do?
    2. What does the phrase, ‘good gracious’ mean in these lines?
    3. Where did the speaker wish to go?
    4. Who is the speaker of these lines?
      1. The duck
      2. The Kangaroo
      3. The poet
      4. The Frog
    5. Who was very good at hopping?
      1. The duck
      2. The Kangaroo
      3. The poet
      4. The Frog
CBSE WorkSheet 01
The Duck and the Kangaroo

  1. The poem teaches us the values of generosity and humility in winning own friends and finding happiness. Those who are generous in acknowledging and appreciating the capabilities of others gain a lot in life. Admiration and politeness are positive values that make others comfortable. These qualities help to win good friends and make life very happy and enjoyable. The Duck and the Kangaroo, both are very polite and courteous with each other. The Duck acknowledges the Kangaroo’s hopping skills and offers generous admiration. This wins the Kangaroo’s heart, and he gives serious thought to the Duck’s request. He puts forth his objection in a very polite manner and accepts the Duck’s solution humbly. Mutual respect and politeness help them to not only enjoy each other’s company but also fulfill the Duck’s desire to leave her boring pond and venture out into the world.
  2. The Duck’s home was the ‘silly’ pond which she found boring and restrictive. Therefore she had a deep desire to see the wide world that lay beyond her ‘nasty’ and monotonous pond.
  3. The Duck called the pond ‘nasty’ because it was neither interesting nor vibrant. It made the Duck’s life monotonous boring and devoid of excitement. The Duck disliked the pond because it restricted her.
  4. The Kangaroo asked the Duck to sit at the end of his tail.
    1. Worsted socks mean woollen socks made from fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool.
    2. Cloak means an upper loose garment.
    3. I'll smoke a cigar every day.
    1. The speaker longed to go out into the world and see what was beyond the pool.
    2. The phrase, ‘good gracious’ conveys the speaker’s surprise when it saw the kangaroo's hop. 
    3. The speaker wished to go over the land and in the water too.
    4. The duck is the speaker.
    5. The Kangaroo was good at hopping.