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The Talkative Barber: NCERT 5th Class CBSE English

The Talkative Barber: NCERT 5th Class CBSE English

Subject: English
Chapter: The Talkative Barber
Class: 5th

Question: How many brothers did the Barber have?

Answer: The barber had six brothers.

Question: Why was the Sultan in a hurry?

Answer: Sultan was in a hurry because he had to go out at noon to give feast to some of his friends.

Question: Why did the Barber take so long to shave the Sultan?

Answer: The barber was very talkative because of which he took so long to shave the Sultan.

Question: Write True or False.

  1. The Barber was shaving the Sultan’s beard. ________
  2. The Sultan gave him three gold coins. _________
  3. The Barber refused to leave the Sultan’s palace. _______
  4. There were seven brothers altogether in the Sultan’s family. _________

Answer: (1) False (2) True (3) True (4) False

Question: Why did the Barber want a lot of food?

Answer: Barber wanted a lot of food because he had invited four or five friends to come to his house for feast. He had invited those friends without making any preparations.


A Lion

A lion emerged from his lair
For a short summer cut to his hair,
But the barber he wept,
While his customers slept
As they waited their turn in the chair.


Answer: A lion emerged from his lair For a short summer cut to his hair, But the barber he wept, While his customers slept As they waited their turn in the chair.

Question: Did the Sultan enjoy the Barber’s talk? Why do you say so?

Answer: No, Sultan did not enjoy the Barber’s talk. It is because he tried to get rid of the barber by giving him three gold coins.

Question: Which part of the story did you find the funniest?

Answer: The funniest part in the story is when the barber stops shaving the Sultan in between to examine each dish separately.

Question: What are the things the Sultan gave to the Barber?

Answer: Sultan gave three pieces of gold, lots of food and dessert to the barber.

Question: Do you think the Sultan was really very generous? Why do you say so?

Answer: Yes, I think Sultan was really very generous. It is so because he gave three pieces of gold, and food to the barber so as he can stop talking and finish shaving him.

Question: Study the words in the first column and see the changes in them in the second column. The words in Column II are the opposites of the words in Column I.



Now write the opposites of the following using un-, im-, dis.

  1. believe   ___________________
  2. shaved   ___________________
  3. perfect   ___________________
  4. satisfy   ___________________
  5. polite   ___________________
  6. respect   ___________________
  7. pure   ___________________
  8. expected   ___________________
  9. obedient   ___________________


  1. believe  disbelieve
  2. shaved  unshaved
  3. perfect  imperfect
  4. satisfy  unsatisfied
  5. polite  impolite
  6. respect  disrespect
  7. pure  impure
  8. expected  unexpected
  9. obedient  disobedient

Question: Fill in the blanks by adding un-, im- or dis- to the words given in the box.

tidy              patient             kind              like
able              appear             possible
  1. The teacher got upset with Rani because her work was ___________.
  2. The dog was ___________ to climb the tree to chase the cat.
  3. I ___________ hot milk, I like it cold.
  4. It is ___________ to cross the road during peak traffic hours.
  5. The magician waved his magic wand and made the rabbit ___________.
  6. The passengers became ___________ when the train was late again.
  7. It is very ___________ to make fun of another person’s weaknesses.


  1. untidy
  2. unable
  3. dislike
  4. impossible
  5. disappear
  6. impatient
  7. unkind

Question: Notice the highlighted words in the sentence given below.

You ordered me to come, so I will not quit your house till I have shaved you.

While he was shaving me, he could not stop talking.

Now use the joining words given in the box to fill in the blanks.

if        or          till          where        unless        so         while

  1. Please wait with me _______ the bus arrives.
  2. Do you like football _______ cricket?
  3. My father packed my lunch _______ my mother combed my hair.
  4. We will reach on time __________ we go by the car.
  5. Your speech cannot be heard by the audience ___________ you use a powerful mike.
  6. It was a beautiful day ___________ they decided to go for a picnic.
  7. We went to the zoo __________ we saw many animals.


  1. till
  2. or
  3. while
  4. if
  5. unless
  6. so
  7. where


sit drink play

Look at the words in the bubbles. Write what you do when you are at a

  1. feast?                            ___________________
  2. race?                             ___________________
  3. cricket match?            ___________________
  4. cinema?                       ___________________
  5. fair?                              ___________________
  6. party?                           ___________________


  1.  feast?  serve
  2. race?  compete
  3. cricket match?  play
  4. cinema?  enjoy
  5. fair?  shout
  6. party?  dance

Question: How does your father / uncle shave his face every day? He lathers his face with shaving cream, then he uses his razor. He runs it over his face, in even strokes. After this, he washes his face and wipes it to get rid of the lather.

Now describe two of the following processes.

  1. How to send a letter / e-mail.
  2. How to make a salad.
  3. How to prepare a garden bed to grow flowers.
  4. How to paint a mural or a wall picture.


Disclaimer: These are sample answers. Students are advised to write the answers based on their own experiences and observations.

  1. How to make a salad
    Wash all vegetables, tomatoes and herbs and chop them. Mix them all together. You can add nuts to it if you like. Squeeze lemon and add a pinch of salt to taste. Fresh salad is ready to serve.
  2. How to send an e-mail
    Click on the tab “Compose” and then type the e-mail address of the person to whom you want to send the mail. Type the subject of your e-mail which tells the reader what the mail is about before starting to read it. Type your message in the big box below the subject. After that, click on the send button when you have competed your e-mail.

The Talkative Barber: External Resources

The Talkative Barber | CBSE Class 5 English Lesson

The Talkative Barber | Class 5 NCERT English Marigold

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