Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish

NCERT Solutions Class 7 English
Book: National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Board: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Class: 7th
Subject: English Honeycomb
Chapter: 3
Chapters Name: Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish
Medium: English

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish | Class 7 English | NCERT Books Solutions

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Working with the text (Page-42)
Answer the following questions:

class 7 english Honeycomb , Question 1.

Why did the King want no more talk about the Hilsa-fish ?

Cbse solutions for class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3, Answer :


During the season of Hilsa-fish, everybody talked about the fish. The King was fed up.So he did not want to talk more about the fish.

english class 7, Question 2.

What did the King ask Gopal to do to prove that he was clever ?

Ncert solutions for class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3, Answer :

Gopal could stop everyone from talking about Hilsa-fish for five minutes.

english ncert book class 7 Chapter 3, Question 3.

What three things did Gopal do before he went to buy his Hilsa-fish?

Cbse solutions class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3, Answer :

Gopal covered his half face. He smeared his face with ash. And then he wore disgraceful rags on.

NCERT Class 7 English, Question 4.

How did Gopal get inside the palace to see the King after he had bought the fish?

Ncert solutions class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3, Answer :

On reaching the palace he behaved like a mad man. He began to sing and dance loudly. The people took him crazy and forced him to present before the King in the palace.

ncert class 7 english book, Question 5.

Explain why no one seemed to be interested in talking about the Hilsa-fish which Gopal had bought.

Cbse class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :


Gopal was ill-dressed and behaved in a crazy way. Everyone took him mad. So, no one seemed to talk about the Hilsa-fish he had bought. Moreover they thought that Gopal
had lost his mind.

ncert class 7 english book pdf, Question 6.

Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following sentences.
(i) The king lost his temper easily.
(ii) Gopal was a mad man.
(iii) Gopal was a clever man.
(iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.
(v) The King got angry when he was shown to be wrong.

Ncert class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :

(i) True
(ii) False
(iii) True
(iv) False
(v) False.

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Working with language (Page-42)

NCERT Class 7 English Chapter 3, Question 1.

Notice how in a comic book, there are no speech marks when characters talk. Instead
what they say is put in speech ‘bubble’. However, if we wish to repeat or “report what they say, we must put it into Reported Speech.

Change the following sentences in the story to reported speech. The first one has been done for you.
(i) How much did you pay for that hilsa ?
The woman asked the man how much he had paid for that hilsa.

(ii) Why is your face half-shaven?
Gopal’s wife asked him ……….

(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.
Gopal told the king …..

(iv) I want to see the king.
Gopal told the guards

(v) Bring the man to me at once.
The king ordered the guard….

Cbse solutions for class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :

(ii) Gopal’s wife asked him why his face was half-shaven.
(iii) Gopal told the king that he accepted the challenge.
(iv) Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the King.
(v) The King ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

NCERT Class 7 English Honeycomb , Question 2.

Find out the meaning of the following words by looking them up in the dictionary. Then use them in sentences of your own.

challenge , mystic , comical , courtier , smearing
Ncert solutions for class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :

(i) challenge : an invitation to compete
I accept your challenge now

(ii) mystic : relating to mystery
Gulliver was a mystic character.

(iii) comical : funny
Johny Walker was a comical character in Bollywood.


(iv) courtier : subjects in the court
Birbal was a courtier in the court of Akbar.

(v) smearing : rubbing
He was smearing his body with colours.

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Picture Reading (Page-44)

NCERT Class 7 English , Question 1.

Look at the pictures and read the text aloud.

ncert english class 7 Chapter 3, Question 2.

Now ask your partner questions about each picture.
(i) Where is the stag ?

Cbse solutions class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :

The stag is near a pond.

(ii) What is he doing ?

Ncert solutions class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 3 Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish, Answer :

He is drinking water.

(iii) Does he like his antlers (horns)?

cbse class 7 English Chapter 3 answers, Answer :

Yes, he does like his antlers.

(iv) Does he like his legs?

cbse class 7 english solutions, Answer :

No, he does not like his legs.

(v) Why is the stag running ?

cbse english class 7 solutions, Answer :

The hunters are chasing him.

(vi) Is he able to hide in the bushes ?

cbse ncert solutions for class 7 english, Answer :

No, he is unable to hide in the bushes.

(vii) Where are the hunters now ?

cbse ncert solutions for class 7 english Chapter 3, Answer :

The hunters are very near to the stag.

(viii) Are they closing in on the stag ?

cbse ncert solutions for class 7 english Honeycomb , Answer :

Yes, they are closing in on the stag.

(ix) Is the stag free?

cbse solutions for class 7 english, Answer :

Yes, he is free and out of danger.

(x) What does the stay say about his horns and his legs ?

ncert solutions for class 7 english cbse guide, Answer :


He was proud of his horns. They could have caused him death. But his legs saved his life. Previously, he was ashamed of his legs.

ncert english class 7 Honeycomb , Question 3.

Now write the story in your own words. Give it a title.

NCERT Solutions for Class English Honeycomb Chapter 3, Answer :

Once there was a stag. He was drinking water from a pond. He saw his own reflection in the water. He saw his thorns and a smile passed on his lips. He praised them. When he saw his thin legs, he felt ashamed of them. Just then he heard a noise. There were hunters near him. He ran as fast as he could. He had shelter in the bushes. His anters got stick in them. He ran away and in a short while he was out of sight. He thought of his antlers. They could have caused him death but the thin legs which he was ashamed of saved his precious life. He thanked god.
Title : A Vain Stag
Every thing has it own importance.

ncert english class 7 solutions, Question 4.

Complete the following word ladder with the help of the clues given below.


1. Mother will be very ………….. if you don’t go to school.
2. As soon as he caught ………… of the teacher, Mohan started writing.
3. How do you like my …………….. kitchen garden? Big enough for you, is it ?
4. My youngest sister is now a ………….. old.
5. Standing on the . ………………, he saw children playing on the road.
6. Don’t make such a …………….. Nothing will happen.
7. Don’t cross the ……………….. till the green light comes on.

cbse english textbook for class 7 honeydew solutions, Answer :

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Introduction

Gopal and the Hilsa-fish is a comic strip. It narrates the intelligence of a courtier Gopal to the king. It is the season of Hilsa-fish. Everybody is talking about it. The king was fed up. How Gopal made the king small before the courtiers and won his admiration is the gist of the story.

Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Word notes


Gopal and the Hilsa-Fish Complete hindi translation

Have you …….. (Page 36)

क्या कभी आपने एक चित्रकथा पढ़ी है? एक चित्रकथा में चित्रों के माध्यम से कहानियाँ बताई जाती हैं।

1. It was ………………..(Page 36)

  • हिल्सा मछली का मौसम था। मछुआरे हिल्सा-मछली को छोड़कर कुछ नहीं सोच सकते थे।
  • मछली विक्रेता केवल हिल्सा-मछली बेचते थे।
    “आओ, खरीदो। आज हिल्सा-मछली के दाम गिरे हुए हैं।”
  • सभी घरों में लोग केवल हिल्सा-मछली के बारे में बात करते थे।
    “इस हिल्सा के लिए आपने कितना दाम दिया ?”
    “यदि मैं तुम्हें बताऊँ तो तुम विश्वास नहीं करोगी।”
  • और महल में भी सभासद केवल हिल्सा-मछली के बारे में बात करते थे।
    “महाराज! आपको देखना चाहिए था, मैंने कितनी बड़ी हिल्सा-मछली पकड़ी। वह थी…..”

2. Stop it…….(Page 37)

  • “रोको, इसे!”
    … “आप सभासद हैं या मछुआरे?”
    सभासद ने शर्म से नजरें झुका लीं। राजा ने गलती महसूस की।
    “मुझे खेद है कि मैं अपना नियंत्रण खो बैठा। यह हिल्सा-मछली का
    मौसम है और कोई भी…..
    “न गोपाल भी किसी को हिल्सा-मछली के बारे में बात करने से रोक सकता है। पाँच मिनट के लिए भी नहीं।”
    “ओह! मैं सोचता हूँ कि मैं यह कर सकता हूँ, महाराज।”
    “तो फिर तुम एक बड़ी हिल्सा खरीदकर दरबार में लाओ परन्तु
    किसी को भी उसके बारे में पूछने का मौका दिए बिना।”
    “महाराज, मैं यह चुनौती स्वीकार करता हूँ।”

3. A fews days later……. (Page 38)

  • कुछ दिनों के पश्चात्—…………..
    “आपने आधी दाढ़ी क्यों बनाई है?”
    “मैं मछली खरीदने के लिए मेकअप कर रहा हूँ।”
    “आप के साथ क्या हुआ है? आप चेहरे पर राख क्यों पोत रहे हैं?”
    “मैंने तुम्हें बताया-मैं मछली खरीदने के लिए मेकअप कर रहा हूँ।”
    “सुनो ज़रा। आप इतने भद्दे चीथड़ों में बाहर नहीं जा सकते। आप को क्या हुआ?”
    “कितनी बार तुम्हें बताऊँ, औरत? मैं एक हिल्सा-मछली खरीदने जा रहा हूँ।”
    “इन्हें कुछ हो गया है। पागल हो गए हैं।”

4.’ Gopal bought… (Page 39)

  • गोपाल ने हिल्सा-मछली खरीदी और महल की ओर पैदल ही चल दिया।
    “माँ, देखो इस आदमी को! क्या वह विदूषक नहीं?”
    “वह कोई पागल व्यक्ति ही होगा।”
    “हुश, मैं सोचता हूँ कि वह कोई रहस्यमयी है।”
  • जब गोपाल दरबार में पहुँचा
    “क्या चाहते हो तुम?”
    “मैं राजा से मिलना चाहता हूँ।”
    “तुम राजा से नहीं मिल करते। चले जाओ।”
  • गोपाल ने ऊंचे स्वर में माना तथा नाचना शुरू कर दिया।

5. Inside the palace……….. (Page 40)

  • महल के अन्दर
    “आदमी पागल हो गया है।”
    “बाहर फैंक दो ऐसे तत्काल।”
    “मुझे राजा से मिलना है। मुझे अन्दर जाने दो-।”
    “उस व्यक्ति को तत्काल मेरे पास लाया जाए।”
    “ठीक है, महाराज।”
  • गोपाल को राजा के सामने लाया गया।
    “यह तो गोपाल है।” “आदमी अपने होश खो बैठा है।”
    “मेरा विचार है कि यह उसका कोई मज़ाक हो।”

6. All Right….. (Page 41)

  • “अच्छा, गोपाल! इसके साथ आ गये। तुमने इतना भद्दा फैशन क्यों किया हुआ है?”
    “महाराज, मुझे लगता है कि आप कुछ भूल चुके हैं।”
    “कुछ भूल चुके हैं?”
    “विचित्र बात है, आज कोई भी हिल्सा-मछली की ओर ध्यान नहीं दे रहा। बाजार से महल तक और
    दरबार में भी, किसी भी व्यक्ति ने हिल्सा-मछली के बारे में एक शब्द भी नहीं कहा!”
  • तभी राजा को वह चुनौती याद आई जो उन्होंने गोपाल को दी थी।
    “हा! हा! हा!! बहुत अच्छे, गोपाल बधाई। तुमने एक बार फिर असंभव को प्राप्त कर लिया है।”

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