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Stanza 1

In the city of which I sing
There was a just and placid King.
The King proclaimed an arch should be
Constructed, that triumphally
Would span the major thoroughfare
To edify spectators there.
The workmen went and built the thing.
They did so since he was the King.
The King rode down the thoroughfare
To edify spectators there.

a) Name the poem.
1) Mother’s Day

2) The Ghat of the Only World

3) Birth

4) The Tale of the Melon City

b) Who is the poet of The Tale of the Melon City?
1) Amitav Ghosh
2) Vikram Seth
3) J.B. Priestley
4) A.J. Cronin

c) What is the rhyme scheme of The Tale of the Melon City?
1) ABAB
2) AABB
3) ABAA
4) ABBA

d) What did the king order to do?
1) To build a castle
2) To build a fort
3) To build a cannon
4) To build an arch

a. The Tale of the Melon City b. Vikram Seth c. AABB d. To build an arch

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Stanza 2

Under the arch he lost his crown.
The arch was built too low. A frown
Appeared upon his placid face.
The King said, ‘This is a disgrace.
The chief of builders will be hanged.’
The rope and gallows were arranged.
The chief of builders was led out.
He passed the King. He gave a shout,
‘O King, it was the workmen’s fault’
‘Oh!’ said the King, and called a halt

a) What happened when the king was going to edify the spectators?
1) He had a tussle with his ministers
2) His car’s wheel got punctured
3) His head collided with his chariot
4) His head collided with an arch

b) Whom did the king order to punish initially?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) Chief of Builders
4) Himself

c) What does the word ‘Gallows’ mean?
1) Wooden frame
2) Steel frame
3) Iron frame
4) Golden frame

d) To whom did the chief of builders pass the blame?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) Chief of Builders
4) Himself

a. His head collided with an arch b. Chief of Builders c. Wooden frame d. Workmen



Stanza 3

To the proceedings. Being just
(And placider now) he said, ‘I must
Have all the workmen hanged instead.’
The workmen looked surprised, and said,
‘O King, you do not realise
The bricks were made of the wrong size.’
‘Summon the masons!’ said the King.
The masons stood there quivering.
‘It was the architect…’, they said,
The architect was summoned.

a) What was the problem with the bricks?
1) Made small
2) Made Large
3) Made Tiny
4) None of these

b) What does the word ‘Quivering’ mean?
1) The act of vibrating due to fear
2) The act of vibrating due to cold
3) The act of vibrating due to lack of confidence
4) The act of vibrating due to sudden love

c) What does the word ‘Summon’ mean?
1) Call someone officially
2) Call someone unofficially
3) Call someone privately
4) Call someone in person

d) To whom did the masons pass the blame?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) Chief of Builders
4) Himself

a. Made small b. The act of vibrating due to fear c. Call someone officially d. Architect



Stanza 4

‘Well, architect,’ said His Majesty.
‘I do ordain that you shall be
Hanged.’ Said the architect, ‘O King,
You have forgotten one small thing.
You made certain amendments to
The plans when I showed them to you.’
The King heard this. The King saw red.
In fact he nearly lost his head;
But being a just and placid King
He said, ‘This is a tricky thing.

a) What does the phrase ‘The King saw red’?
1) That he was looking at red objects
2) That he wanted a red-coloured gallow
3) That he got nervous and scared
4) That he wanted to cover his town with a red-coloured cloth.

b) What does the word ‘Amendments’ mean?
1) Changes
2) Corrections
3) Alterations
4) All of these

c) What does the word ‘Just’ mean?
1) Corrupt
2) Fearsome
3) Honest
4) Dishonest

d) To whom did the architect pass the blame?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) Chief of Builders
4) The King

a. That he got nervous and scared b. All of these c. Honest d. The King



Stanza 5

He could not walk and could not see,
So old (and therefore wise) was he —
But in a quavering voice he said,
‘The culprit must be punished.
Truly, the arch it was that banged
The crown off, and it must be hanged’.
To the scaffold the arch was led
When suddenly a Councillor said —
‘How can we hang so shamefully
What touched your head, Your Majesty?’

a) Who is ‘He’ in the first line?
1) The King
2) Architect
3) The wisest man of the town
4) Mason

b) What did the oldest man advise to do?
1) To hang the king
2) To hang the mason
3) To hang the arch
4) To hang the subjects

c) Who has been referred to ‘Your Majesty’?
1) The King
2) Architect
3) The wisest man of the town
4) Mason

d) What was ironical about the decision made by the wisest man?
1) Though wisest yet he gave the worst advice
2) Though wisest yet he gave the best advice
3) Though wisest yet he gave better advice
4) None of these

a. The wisest man of the town b. To hang the arch c. The King d. Though wisest yet he gave the worst advice



Stanza 6

‘True,’ mused the King. By now the crowd,
Restless, was muttering aloud.
The King perceived their mood and trembled
And said to all who were assembled
‘Let us postpone consideration
Of finer points like guilt. The nation
Wants a hanging. Hanged must be
Someone, and that immediately.’
The noose was set up somewhat high.
Each man was measured by and by

a) What did the crowd want?
1) To hang the king
2) To hang the Architect
3) To hang the ministers
4) To hang someone

b) Who was to be hanged according to the royal decree?
1) One who built the arch
2) One who fits in the noose
3) One who provoked the crowd
4) One who made the crowd wait

c) What does the word ‘Noose’ mean?
1) A loop formed in a rope
2) A Huge pit
3) An open manhole
4) A ditch

d) Which part of speech does the word ‘Aloud’ belong?
1) Verb
2) Adjective
3) Pronoun
4) Adverb

a. To hang someone b. One who fits in the noose c. A loop formed in a rope d. Adverb



Stanza 7

‘Thank Goodness we found someone,’ said
The Ministers, ‘for if instead
We had not, the unruly town
Might well have turned against the Crown.’
‘Long live the King!’ the Ministers said.
‘Long live the King! The King is dead.’
They pondered the dilemma; then,
Being practical-minded men,
Sent out the heralds to proclaim
(In His [former] Majesty’s name):

a) Who was hanged ultimately?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) Chief of Builders
4) The King

b) Which literary device has been used in ‘Long live the king’?
1) Simile
2) Alliteration
3) Personification
4) Epithet

c) What were the ministers looking for?
1) A new Architect
2) A new King
3) A new Idiot
4) A new Chief of Builders

d) What does the word ‘Pondered’ mean?
1) To think deeply
2) To speak clearly
3) To dance freely
4) To eat a lot

a. The King b. Alliteration c. A new King d. To think deeply

Stanza 8

The next to pass the City Gate
Will choose the ruler of our state,
As is our custom. This will be
Enforced with due ceremony.’
A man passed by the City Gate.
An idiot. The guards cried, ‘Wait!
Who is to be the King? Decide!’
‘A melon,’ the idiot replied.
This was his standard answer to
All questions. (He liked melons.) ‘You

a) Who chose the new king?
1) Workmen
2) Architect
3) An Idiot
4) The King

b) Who became the new king?
1) The wisest man
2) The idiot
3) Melon
4) The most stupid man

c) Why did he choose Melon as a king?
1) For he liked to sell melons
2) For that was his standard answer to all questions
3) For he loved to eat melons
4) None of these

d) Name the poem.
1) Mother’s Day

2) The Ghat of the Only World

3) Birth

4) The Tale of the Melon City

a. An Idiot b. Melon c. For that was his standard answer to all questions d. To think deeply



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