Question: Complete the following sentences from memory choosing a phrase from those given in brackets.
- _________________ was held at the time of the Eid festival. (A big show, A big fair, A big competition)
- Tradesmen came to the village with all kinds of goods _________________ . (to display, to buy, to sell)
- Uncle told me _________________ while he was away. (not to buy anything, not to go anywhere, not to talk to anyone)
- The owner of the Lucky Shop wanted everybody present _________________ . (to play the game, to win a prize, to try their luck)
- The first time I took a chance I got _________________ . (a bottle of ink, two pencils, a trifle)
- Uncle told me that the shopkeeper had made _________________ . (a fool of me, a good profit, friends with many people)
A Game of Chance – Answer:
- A big fair was held at the time of the Eid festival.
- Tradesmen came to the village with all kinds of goods to sell.
- Uncle told me not to buy anything while he was away.
- The owner of the Lucky Shop wanted everyone present to try their luck.
- The first time I took a chance I got two pencils.
- Uncle told me that the shopkeeper had made a fool of me.
Question: Answer the following questions.
- Why do you think Rashid’s uncle asked him not to buy anything in his absence?
- Why was the shop called ‘Lucky Shop’?
- An old man won a clock and sold it back to the shopkeeper. How much money did he make?
- How many prizes did the boy win? What were they?
- Why was Rashid upset?
- In what way did the shopkeeper make a fool of Rashid?
- Rashid’s uncle told him not to buy anything in his absence because he knew that the shopkeepers would make a fool of Rashid and cheat him.
- The shop was called Lucky Shop because the shopkeeper wanted everybody to try their luck. There were discs on the table with numbers from one to ten facing down. All one had to do was to pay 50 paise, pick up any six discs, add up the numbers on the discs and find the total. The article marked with that number went to the person.
- The old man made 15 rupees by selling the clock back to the shopkeeper.
- The boy won four prizes. They were a comb, a fountain pen, a wristwatch and a table lamp.
- Rashid was upset because he had hopes of winning a big prize and he continued trying his luck again and again. But every time he got a trifle. People were looking at him and laughing, but no one showed any sympathy.
- The shopkeeper made a fool of Rashid by making him believe that it was luck that got the old man and the boy their prizes. They were in fact friends of the shopkeeper who were playing tricks to tempt Rashid. As a result, Rashid tried his luck again and again in the hope of getting a big prize. However, he did not manage to win anything big.
Question: The words given against the sentences below can be used both as nouns and verbs. Use them appropriately to fill in the blanks.
- (i) The two teams have ____________ three matches already. (play)
(ii) The last day’s ____________ was excellent.
- (i) She has a lovely ____________ . (face)
(ii) India ____________ a number of problems these days.
- (i) He made his ____________ in essay-writing. (mark)
(ii) Articles ____________ ‘sold’ are reserved.
- (i) The police are ____________the area to catch the burglars. (comb)
(ii) An ordinary plastic ____________ costs five rupees.
- (i) He gave a ____________ in answer to my question. (smile)
(ii) We also ____________ to see him smile.
- (i) He said he ____________ to be invited to the party. (hope)
(ii) We gave up ____________ of his joining the party.
- (i) The boys put up a good ____________ . (show)
(ii) The soldiers ____________ great courage in saving people from floods.
- (i) You deserve a ____________ on the back for your good performance. (pat)
(ii) The teacher ____________ the child on the cheek to encourage her.
A Game of Chance – Answer:
- (i) The two teams have played three matches already.
(ii) The last day’s play was excellent.
- (i) She has a lovely face.
(ii) India faces/is facing a number of problems these days
- (i) He made his mark in essay writing.
(ii) Articles marked ‘sold’ are reserved.
- (i) The police are combing the area to catch the burglars.
(ii) An ordinary plastic comb costs five rupees.
- (i) He gave a smile in answer to my question.
(ii) We also smiled to see him smile.
- (i) He said he hoped to be invited to the party.
(ii) We gave up hope of his joining the party.
- (i) The boys put up a good athletic show.
(ii) The soldiers showed great courage in saving the people from the floods.
- (i) You deserve a pat on the back for your good performance.
(ii) The teacher patted the child on the cheek to encourage her.
Question: Notice the use of ‘there’ in the following sentences.
- There was a big crowd at the fair.
- There were many things I’d have liked to buy.
Now rewrite the following sentences using ‘there’ in the beginning. Look at the following examples.
- I can do nothing to help you.
- There is nothing I can do to help you.
- A man at the door is asking to see you.
- There is a man at the door asking to see you.
- This park has beautiful roses.
- Your story has no fun in it.
- We have no secrets between us.
- My village has two primary schools.
- This problem can be solved in two ways.
- There are beautiful roses in the park.
- There is no fun in your story.
- There are no secrets between us.
- There are two primary schools in my village.
- There are two ways to solve this problem.
Question: Fill in the blanks in the paragraph below with words from the box.
There was a ___________ Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a ___________ toy to a ___________ camel. I went to the fair on its ___________ day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the Lucky Shop. It was very ___________ . I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later, Uncle told me that I was more ___________ than ___________ .
There was a big Eid fair in our village. We could buy anything from a tiny toy to a huge camel. I went to the fair on its last day with Uncle and Bhaiya. We went to the lucky shop. It was very interesting. I tried my luck but did not win any prize. Later uncle told me that I was more foolish than unlucky.
A Game of Chance – Question: What was Rasheed’s fault at the fair?
Answer: He did not heed the advice of his uncle either to buy anything nor to go too far out in his absence.
Question: How did Rasheed lose all his money at the Lucky shop?
Answer: Rasheed was tempted to try his luck and win some big prize. He took several chances but won no expensive item. Thus he lost gill his money.
Question: How would you describe Rasheed’s ‘bad luck’’?
Answer: Rasheed was neither unlucky nor foolish. He was an innocent boy while the shopkeeper was a cheat.
Question: How did uncle explain the ‘game of chance’?
Answer: Uncle told Rasheed that the lucky shop man had made fool of him. The old man and the boy who won costly things were, in fact, the shopkeeper’s friends. It was all a trick to tempt the customers,
Question: What is meant by a ‘game of chance’? What lesson did the narrator learn from his experience at the fair?
Answer: ‘A Game of Chance’ refers to gambling. A person stakes his money in the hope of doubling it. But he can never be sure of winning the lottery. The narrator Rasheed goes to the fair on the occasion of Eid. He is tempted to try his luck at a shop. He is too innocent to see through the shopkeeper’s trick. He loses all his little money in that game of chance. He learnt the lesson that he can be easily be fooled and robbed of his money by witty shopkeepers.
Question: What trick did the shopkeeper play to tempt his customers to play the losing game?
A Game of Chance – Answer: The Eid fair was held every year. It attracted tradesmen from far and wide. Rasheed too went to the fair with his servant and his uncle. There he watched a shopkeeper rewarding the persons who staked their money with costly prizes. The game was played with six numbered discs. The winner claimed the article with the winning number. The tricky shopkeeper gave handsome prizes to his own friends. Rasheed too was tempted to try his luck. But he lost the last penny in that game of chance.