The Great Stone Face II - Worksheets

CBSE WorkSheet 01
The Great Stone Face II

  1. What was Ernest's image in the valley? Answer in the context of The Great Stone Face II.
  2. What had the poet heard about Ernest before seeing him?
  3. How did the poet happen to meet Ernest? Answer in the context of The Great Stone Face II.
  4. What made Ernest well known?
  5. How do we know that Ernest had a good impression of the poet even before he met him?
  6. Describe the meeting of Ernest and the poet.
  7. What made the poet proclaim Ernest was the Stone Face?
  8. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:
    The prophecy was fulfilled. But Ernest, having finished what he had to say, took the poet's arm, and walked slowly homeward, still hoping that some wiser and better man than himself would by and by appear, bearing a resemblance to the Great Stone Face.
    1. The prophecy was fulfilled in
      (a) the poet
      (b) Ernest
      (c) Gathergold
      (d) General Blood-and-Thunder
    2. Ernest believed the prophecy
      (a) was yet to be fulfilled
      (b) was now fulfilled
      (c) will never be fulfilled
      (d) was fulfilled long ago
    3. The story is written by
      (a) Nathaniel Hawthorne
      (b) John Keats
      (c) Ruskin Bond
      (d) Zulfikar Ghose
CBSE WorkSheet 01
The Great Stone Face II

  1. Ernest commanded respect in the valley. He was heard patiently by his neighbours. He was regarded as wise and noble.
  2. The poet had heard that Ernest was a man of very high character. He had heard that Ernest was very wise, noble and simple.
  3. The poet had been a native of the valley. One summer day he arrived at Ernest's door and asked for a night's shelter.
  4. Ernest became well known because of his wise thoughts and his conversation with people.
  5. Ernest often read this poet’s poems. He found them great. So, he often thought that this poet’s face must resemble the Great Stone Face. This indicates that Ernest had a good impression of the poet even before he met him.
  6. One summer day, the poet arrived at Ernest's door. He found Ernest holding a book in his hand. In between his readings, he looked lovingly at the Great Stone Face. The two talked together. Ernest felt that the poet was very wise. He imagined that the Great Stone Face was bending forward to listen too. He asked the poet who he was. The poet told him that he was the author of the book in his hand.
    At this Ernest looked more closely at the poet's features. This made him sad. Then the poet said that he was not worthy of having the likeness of the Great Stone Face. After some time, the poet found that it was Ernest’s face that had the likeness of the Great Stone Face.
  7. Through Ernest’s speech, the poet judged his greatness. He felt that Ernest’s life and character were a nobler kind of poetry.
    Moreover, Ernest’s white hair looked like the Great Stone Face surrounded by white clouds. Ernest’s face also assumed a grand expression. It moved the poet’s heart. It also made him proclaim Ernest as the Stone Face.
  8. i. (b), ii. (a), iii. (a)