‘A Bottle of Dew’ Lesson Explanation, Question & Answers Grade 6 English New Book ‘Poorvi’

NCERT Class 3 English Book ‘Poorvi’: ‘A Bottle of Dew’ story teaches kids the value of hard work and that success comes from effort, not shortcuts or magic solutions. Here you would get summary and answers to questions and exercise given in the book. Click here for other lessons of “Poorvi” .

Intext-questions & Answers

Let us do these activities before we read.

1. Circle the picture that matches with each word. Check your answers by sharing them with your classmates and teacher.

2. Answer these questions and discuss them with your classmates and teacher.
(a) Think of a time when you worked hard. What did you do then?
(b) How did it help you?
(c) How did it make you feel?

(a) I can remember I worked hard while Studying for a test (or practicing a sport or learning a new skill).

(b) It helps me achieve my goals, build confidence, and develop new skills!

(c) It makes me feel proud, happy, and strong! I feel like I can accomplish anything!

Part 1: Summary of ‘A Bottle of Dew’

Rama Natha, a rich landlord’s son, wanted to find a magic potion to turn things into gold. He spent all his time and money searching for it, even though people cheated him. A wise sage named Mahipati told him how to make the potion, but it would take a lot of hard work and patience. Rama Natha had to plant banana plants, collect dew from the leaves, and bring it to the sage to make the magic potion.

Vocabulary: Word Meanings

  • Landlord: A person who owns a lot of land and rents it to others.
  • Tract: Area or region
  • Potion: A special liquid that can do magic things.
  • Give up: stop doing it or having it. छोड़ देना, त्याग देना
  • Sage: A very wise and knowledgeable person.
  • Chant: To repeat special words in a musical tone.
  • Dew: Small drops of water that form on leaves and grass in the morning.
  • Litres: A unit to measure the amount of liquid.

Let us discuss: Questions

  1. What did Rama Natha believe?
  2. How did the sage help Rama Natha?
  3. Do you think Rama Natha will be able to collect the dew? Give a reason.
  1. Rama Natha believed that there was a magic potion that could turn any object into gold.
  2. The sage helped Rama Natha by telling him the secret to making the magic potion. He explained that Rama Natha had to plant banana plants, collect dew from the leaves, and bring it to him to make the potion.
  3. Rama Natha might be able to collect the dew if he works hard and is patient. He will have to take care of many banana plants and collect dew every morning, which will require dedication and persistence. If he is truly committed to his goal, he might be able to collect the five liters of dew needed to make the potion.

Short Answers:

  1. Rama Natha believed in a magic potion that turns objects into gold.
  2. The sage told Rama Natha how to make the potion.
  3. Rama Natha might collect the dew if he works hard and is patient.

Part 2: Summary of ‘A Bottle of Dew’

Rama Natha planted banana plants and collected dew to make a magic potion to turn things into gold. But the sage tricked him! The sage showed him that his hard work on the plantation, with his wife’s help, had actually earned them a lot of money. Rama Natha learned that hard work, not magic, is the real secret to success.

Vocabulary:

  • Tended: Took care of something, like a plant.
  • Precious: Very valuable or important.
  • Stacks: A large amount of something, like coins.
  • Plantation: A large area of land used for growing crops.
  • Trick: To deceive someone in a playful way.
  • Wisdom: The quality of having a lot of knowledge and experience.

Let us discuss: Questions

  1. Why was Rama Natha angry?
  2. How did Rama Natha and Madhumati create wealth?
  1. Rama Natha was angry because he felt cheated by the sage. He thought the sage had tricked him into wasting six years of his life collecting dew for a magic potion that didn’t work.
  2. Rama Natha and Madhumati created wealth by working hard on their banana plantation. Rama Natha took care of the plants, and Madhumati sold the banana crop in the market, earning a good price. Over time, their hard work and dedication led to a successful plantation, earning them a significant amount of money.

Short Answers:

  1. Rama Natha was angry because he felt cheated by the sage’s trick. He thought he wasted six years on a magic potion that didn’t work. He felt deceived and frustrated.
  2. Rama Natha and Madhumati created wealth by working hard on their banana plantation. They grew and sold bananas, earning a good income. Their hard work and dedication led to success.

Textbook Question & Answers: A Bottle of Dew

Let us think and reflect

(i) Complete the sentence with a suitable reason.
Rama Natha did not ‘give up’ because _________.

Ans. Rama Natha did not ‘give up’ because he strongly believed in the magic potion.

(ii) Read the column which shows ‘what happened’ and write the correct outcome in the next column.

Answer: Writing the correct outcome

(ii) What happenedOutcome
a. People promised to tell Rama Natha about the magic potion.He was cheated by people
b. Rama Natha was spending a lot of money.
He wasted a lot of money

Answer:

a. Madhumati was troubled about what her husband did. True
b. Rama Natha was not happy digging his fields. False
c. The sage wanted to show the right path to Rama Natha. True,

(i) Choose the option that lists the events given below in the correct order.

  • a. The sage smiled.
  • b. Rama Natha gave the bottle to the sage.
  • c. Rama Natha dropped a few drops of water on a copper vessel.
  • d. He said something in a low voice over the water.
  • e. Rama Natha waited to see if the magic worked.

Ans. The correct answer is: 2. b, a, d, c, e

The events in the correct order are:

  • Rama Natha gave the bottle to the sage (b)
  • The sage smiled (a)
  • The sage muttered something over the water (d)
  • Rama Natha sprinkled a few drops on a copper vessel (c)
  • Rama Natha waited to see if the magic worked (e)

(ii) Fill in the blank with the correct word from the lines given above.
Seeing that the plant had dried up, the gardener __ some water on it.

Ans. Seeing that the plant had dried up, the gardener sprinkled some water on it

(iii) How might Rama Natha have felt when nothing happened to the copper vessel?

Ans. Rama Natha might have felt disappointed, angry, and cheated when nothing happened to the copper vessel.

Long Answer:

Rama Natha might have felt:

  1. Disappointed: He was expecting the magic potion to work and was disappointed when it didn’t.
  2. Surprised: He was surprised that the potion didn’t work as promised.
  3. Angry: He might have felt angry that he was tricked into believing in the magic potion.
  4. Frustrated: He might have felt frustrated that his efforts and beliefs were not rewarded.
  5. Cheated: He might have felt cheated by the sage and the false promise of the magic potion.

(a) What did the sage ask Rama Natha to do to make the magic potion?
(b) Why did the sage ask Rama Natha to do everything himself?
(c) How could Rama Natha have a big banana plantation after six years?
(d) How did the sage make Rama Natha believe that there is no magic potion?

(e) Fill in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ table about Rama Natha.

(a) The sage asked Rama Natha to collect dew from banana leaves to make the magic potion.

(b) The sage asked Rama Natha to do everything himself to teach him the value of hard work. He wanted to make him understand that there is no shortcut to success.

(c) Rama Natha could have a big banana plantation after six years because he worked hard to tend to the plants, collect dew, and sell the bananas in the market. Eventually it led to a successful plantation.

(d) The sage made Rama Natha believe that there is no magic potion by tricking him into thinking the dew was a magic potion. When the copper vessel did not turn into gold then he revealed that it was just water. He showed him that his hard work was the real reason for his success.

(e)

BeforeAfter
Spent money on magic potionsWorked hard on his banana plantation
Believed in shortcuts to successUnderstood the value of hard work

Short Answers:

(a) The sage asked Ramnath to collect dew from banana leaves.

(b) The sage wanted to teach him the value of hard work.

(c) Rama Natha had a big banana plantation after six years because of his hard work.

(d) The potion did not turn the copper vessel into gold. Then the sage revealed that the “potion” was just water.

Let us learn

Use the words correctly to complete the paragraph given below. There are two extra words in the box that you do not need.

There was a farmer who had a ____ coconut plantation. He worked hard and did not depend on ____. Every day was _____ but he did not give up. One day, a man bought a bag of coconuts from him, and _____ to pay him the money the next day. Days passed and the man did not pay him anything. The farmer felt ______. About two months later, he met the same man and asked him about his money. The man said, “Oh! I had forgotten. Now, I _____ buying coconuts from you.” And he paid the money.

There was a farmer who had a huge coconut plantation. He worked hard and did not depend on luck. Every day was difficult but he did not give up. One day, a man bought a bag of coconuts from him, and promised to pay him the money the next day. Days passed and the man did not pay him anything. The farmer felt cheated. About two months later, he met the same man and asked him about his money. The man said, “Oh! I had forgotten. Now, I remember buying coconuts from you.” And he paid the money.

Answer: Completing the meanings of the words given in Column B:

Column AColumn BMeaning of words in Column B
Ieyethe organ used for seeing
youryou’reshort form of ‘you are’
dewduehappening at some time in the future
sonsunthe star around which the earth orbits
onewonpast tense of win
ateeightnumber after 7
seeseaa large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth’s surface

Answer: Here are four pairs of homophones from the table above used in sentences:

  1. I – eye: I saw a bird with my eye.
  2. Your – you’re: Your shoes are over there, and you’re wearing mine!
  3. Son – sun: My cousin loves to play outside when the sun is shining.
  4. See – sea: When you see the sea, you’ll be amazed by its beauty.

Some more sentences:

  1. sea – see: I can see the sea from my window.
  2. dew – due: Your project is due tomorrow, so make sure you’re ready.
  3. son – sun: The sun is shining brightly, and my son is playing outside.
  4. one – won: She won the first prize even though she was the last one to start.

Answer: Matching the phrases in Column A with the phrases in Column B using the connecting words to make meaningful sentences.

  1. The children submitted their work before the deadline.
  2. He did not want to try rock climbing because of his fear of heights.
  3. The children ran towards the gate as soon as the bell rang.
  4. Nitin was late to school today because there was a traffic jam.

So, the sentences are:

  1. The children submitted their work before the deadline.
  2. He did not want to try rock climbing because of his fear of heights.
  3. The children ran towards the gate as soon as the bell rang.
  4. Nitin was late to school today because there was a traffic jam.

Read them slowly the first time. As you read them a few more times, read them faster each time.

Answer: Here are some new tongue twisters:

  1. Tiny Timmy took ten toy trains to town.
  2. Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
  3. Fred’s friend fried fresh fish for Friday’s feast.
  4. Clever Carl quickly caught colorful cats.
  5. Bright blue birds boldly bounced by the beach.

Have fun trying to say these quickly!


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