Finish Line & Beyond
The Great Stone Face-I
Answer the following questions.1. (i) What was the Great Stone Face?Answer:
There was a hill near the village. Seen from a distance it resembled ahuman face. People believed that the Great Stone Face used to bless the village withfertile land and overall happiness.
(ii) What did young Ernest wish when he gazed at it?Answer:
Young Ernest wished the old story to come true. As per the gospel a personwas supposed to be born with likeness of the Great Stone Face. He was supposed todo good for the village.
2. What was the story attributed to the Stone Face?Answer:
There was an old prophecy which said that a child would be bornsomewhere nearby and would become the noblest person. Its face would resemblethat of the Great Stone Face.
3. What gave the people of the valley the idea that the prophecy was aboutto come true for the first time?Answer:
A person named Gathergold left the village at younger age. With greatbusiness acumen he became filthily rich. He was returning to the village to spend histwilight years. People believed that he must be the incarnation of the Great StoneFace. People may have been expecting Gathergold to part with his riches forvillager’s benefit that is why villagers eagerly waited for his arrival.
4. (i) Did Ernest see in Gathergold the likeness of the Stone Face?Answer:
Ernest could see a shrewd old man in Gathergold. There was noresemblance with the Great Stone Face.
(ii) Who did he confide in and how was he proved right?Answer:
Ernest confided in the Great Stone Face as usual. When Gathergold’s goldwithered away, people lost interest in him. People started doubting his resemblanceto the Great Stone Face. Thus Ernest was proved right.
5. (i) What made people believe General Blood-and-Thunder was their man?Answer:
General Blood-and-Thunder was a heroic soldier. He fought and won manybattles. Stories of his bravery made people think him to be the incarnation of theGreat Stone Face.