A tale of two birds - Solutions

 CBSE Class 6 Subject English

NCERT Solutions
A Pact With The Sun Chapter-01
A Tale of Two Birds

1. How did the two baby birds get separated?

Ans: One day, there was a big storm, and the wind blew down many trees including the tall tree in which the birds lived. A big, heavy branch hit the nest and killed the bird. But the strong wind blew the baby birds away to the other side of the forest. Both landed at different places. This is how the two birds got separated.

2. Where did each of them find a home?

Ans: After getting blown by a strong wind both the baby birds got a home each.One baby bird found a home near a cave where a gang of robbers lived.  The other bird  landed outside a rishi’s ashram a little distance away.

3. What did the first bird say to the stranger?

Ans: The first bird had stayed with the company of the robbers. It had picked up their language. So it  cried out to the stranger to hurry up and come quick as there was someone under the tree. It said come and take away his jewels and his horse in a hurry, or else he would slip away.

4. What did the second bird say to him?

Ans: The second bird welcomed the stranger in a gentle voice to the ashram, and requested him to go inside and rest. He then said that the rishi would be back soon, and asked him to drink some cold water and make himself comfortable.He had learned the mannerism of the Asharm.

5. How did the rishi explain the different ways in which the birds behaved?

Ans: The king was absolutely surprised to see two similar birds with different thoughts.The rishi smiled and explained the different ways in which the birds behaved by saying after all one is known by the company one keeps. The first bird has always heard the talk of robbers, imitates them and talks about robbing people. The other bird repeats what he always hears and so welcomes people to the ashram.

6. Which one of the following sums up the story best?

(i) A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

(ii) One is known by the company one keeps.

(iii) A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Ans: The line that sums up the story best is “One is known by the company one keeps”.