English Workshop Androcles and the Lion standard 8th

English Workshop Androcles and the Lion standard 8th

1. (A) Match the phrases in Column A with their meanings in Column B.

 Column A                           Column B
(1) looking out for            (a) anger reduced
(2) face to face                   (b) returned slowly
(3) summon up courage   (c) trying to search for
(4) rage melted                   (d) filled with soft                                                       feelings
(5) be moved by                  (e) try to be brave
                                                (f) in front of                                                          each other

Answers - (1) c  (2) f  (3) e  (4) a  (5) d

(B) Read the following sentences from the story.
(1) They were bound by law to obey their master.
(2) The kind man bound up the lions injured paw.
 (3) The lion bounded towards Androcles again.
 The word ‘bound’ carries 3 different meanings in each of the sentences.
 (a) rushed forward (b) forced to follow (c) tied up
 Put the correct letter a / b / c in the boxes according to the proper
(C) Now translate each of the three sentences (a,b,c) into your medium of

2. (A) Find from the story the Antonyms (opposite words) of the following.

(1) kind × cruel (5) punishment × reward

(2) poor × rich (6) unbound × bound

(3) slave × master (7) tender × tough

(4) high × low (8) happy × unhappy

(B) Find from the story 5 words that describe the sounds

made by the lion

Ans: moaned, roared, whimpered, growled, purr

3. Write the reactions that followed each of the actions given


(a) Androcles did not like his cruel master, so he escaped from

the clutches of his cruel master at the first chance he got.

(b) The lion looked at Androcles piteously, so Androcles paused

and moved very cautiously towards the lion.

(c) Androcles bandaged the lion’s injured paw, so the lion licked

his arm, as if to show gratitude.

(d) A hungry ferocious lion was released into the arena, so

Androcles was filled with fear, but he put a brave front.

(e) The lion reached Androcles and it began to purr and rub its

nose against him.

(f) The emperor asked Androcles what other reward he would

like, so Androcles replied that he did not want anything for

himself, but he wanted the lion to be set free too.

4. Write in your own words 3 to 4 sentences about each of the


(1) The condition of slaves in ancient Rome.

The slaves were forced to work for their masters. They had to do what their masters told them. They had no freedom, no rights. Even when they were unhappy with their

master, they could not leave him. They were bound by law

to obey their master, however wicked he might be.

(2) Qualities of Androcles.

Androcles was a kind, gentle and courteous man. He was a slave, he was very kind hearted. He helped the lion when it was injured; he cleaned and dressed the lion’s wound.

(3) Even wild animals can be our friends.

Wild animals can be our friends. The story of Androcles and the lion is the best example of this. Androcles helped the lion when the lion was in danger. He cleaned and dressed its wound and even shared his food with lion. Lion became good friends of him. At last when they met with each other in the arena the lion recognized him and showed gratitude and friendship between man and animal.


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