AP State Syllabus AP Board 7th Class English Textbook Solutions Chapter 3C The Magic of Silk Textbook Questions and Answers.
AP State Syllabus 7th Class English Solutions Chapter 3C The Magic of Silk
7th Class English Chapter 3C The Magic of Silk Textbook Questions and Answers
I. Answer the following questions.
Who do you think the old man is? Justify your reasons.
The old man, I think, is God or a messenger from God because a man could not do such miracle.
Do you believe in miracles?
Do you think that magic and miracles are the same? If not, give your reasons.
Yes, I believe in miracles as I believe in the Almighty.
Magic and Miracles are not the same.
A Miracle is an act or event that does not follow the laws of nature and is believed to be caused by God. But ’magic’ is the secret power of appearing to make impossible things happen by saying special words or doing special things. A man can do magic but not miracles. So, they are not the same.
If you were Siew Mei, how would you feel?
If I were Siew Mei, I would highly get astonished to see the change of long white beard into the finest silk thread. I would feel it a miracle and get immense happiness and the feeling that luck favoured me.
What is an anagram?
An anagram is the rearrangement of the letters of a word, name, phrase, sentence, title, or the like into another word or phrase. But ALL the letters of the name or phrase must be used ONCE and only ONCE. This is the basic rule of anagramming. The best anagrams are meaningful and relate in some way to the original subject. Example: if we take the word ‘the classroom’ and rearrange the letters in it, we get ‘school master’. So, ‘school master’ is an anagram of‘the classroom’ and vice versa. Here are some other anagrams: mother-in-law _ woman Hitler; debit card _ bad credit; dormitory _ dirty room; eleven plus two _ twelve plus one.
Write some anagrams and display them on the wall magazine.
|Original expression||Changed expression|
|the classroom||school master|
|debit card||bad debit|
The Magic of Silk Summary in English
Long ago, there lived an old woman with her daughter, Siew Mei in a hut in the forest. Her husband had been killed by a tiger, some years ago.
Siew Mei helped her mother. She did cooking and cleaning herself. They had a garden in front of their hut. Siew Mei looked after the silkworms, growing in the garden. Siew Mei made beautiful silk from the fine silk thread given by the silkworms. She sold the silk to the travellers in the village market and got money. With that money, she bought items of food and other things.
One day as Siew Mei was returning home, it started to rain heavily and it wats getting dark. So, Siew Mei ran into the first hut she saw. She found nobody in the hut. Then Siew Mei swept the dirty floor and washed the unwashed bowls and pots. She kept the hut clean and tidy. When the rain stopped, Siew Mei came out of the hut. There she saw a long-bearded old man, aged about a hundred years. The man saw the girl and looked at the clean and tidy hut. He understood what the girl had done. He was so pleased that he cut off a little of his white beard and put it in a piece of cloth. He tied it up and gave her the bundle.
The old man told Siew Mei not to give the bundle to anyone. He also told her to open the bundle at her home.
Siew Mei reached her hut with the bundle. She told her mother what had happened. Then she opened the bundle to show the old man’s beard. When the handle was opened, they were surprised to see the finest silk thread in the whole of China, in that bundle. With that finest silk thread, they made the finest silk that they had ever seen. They also noticed that the bundle of silk thread still remained exactly the same size as before.
With the luck they got, the old woman and her daughter, Siew Mei became famous and lived happily together.
By this jesson, one should know that unselfish service fetches a person fame as well as happiness. One can understand by reading this story, how the miracle happened and who the person who did the miracle might be.
The Magic of Silk Glossary
enough (adj): sufficient
had better (aux.v.): should
strange (adj): unknown
a present (n): a gift
beard (n): hair on the cheeks, on and under the chin.
glad (adj): happy
surprise (n): wonder (or) astonishment
noticed (v): observed
far (adv): distant