Comprehension Exercises | The Magic Fish Bone | Charles Dickens | Class 6 | Textual Question and Answer | Grammar | প্রশ্ন ও উত্তর

The Magic Fish Bone | Charles Dickens | Textual Question and Answer | Grammar | প্রশ্ন ও উত্তর

Comprehension Exercises |  The Magic Fish Bone | Charles Dickens | Class 6 | Textual Question and Answer | Grammar |  প্রশ্ন ও উত্তর

The Magic Fish Bone

Charles Dickens

Textual Exercise

Activity 1


Tick (√) the correct alternative:

(a) Alicia looked after (i) the fishmonger (ii) her brothers and sisters  (iii) the old lady

(b) The queen’s father had been an (i) medical man  (ii) postman (iii) tailor

(c) The king wanted to buy salmon weighing (i) a pound (ii) a pound and a half  (iii) two pounds

(d) The old lady had been visible to (i) the queen’s father (ii) the king (iii) the fish monger’s boy 

Activity 2

Rearrange the following sentences in the correct order and put the numbers in the given boxes:

(1) The old lady had been visible to the king. [6]

(2) He bought salmon. [2]

(3) The errand boy came running after him. [4]

(4) The king stopped at the fishmonger’s shop. [1]

(5) The errand boy asked if the king had seen the old lady. [5]

(6) He left the shop. [3]

Activity 3

“The king was, in his private profession, under the government.” ------- Is this king similar to the stories of other kings that you have read so far?

Ans.> No, the king is not similar to the stories of other kings that we have read so far. A king himself rules a kingdom but here the king works under a government.

Activity 4

Complete the following sentences with information from the text:

(a) The old lady was dressed in shot-silk of the richest quality.

(b) King Watkins was the father of the beautiful princess, Alicia.

(c) The fish bone was a magical present from the good fairy, Grandmarina to the beautiful princess, Alicia.

(d) Princess Alicia took care to dry the fish bone, and to rub it, and to polish it till it shone like mother-of-pearl.

Activity 5

Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

(a) Why did the king think that the old lady was a fairy?
Ans.> Because the old lady could read easily the king’s mind and she knew everything about the king.

(b) What was the message given by Grandmarina?
Ans.> In the message Grandmarina told Alicia to dry the fishbone, to rub it, and polish it till it shone like the mother-of-pearl. She also asked Alicia to take care of it.

(c) When did Grandmarina vanish?
Ans.> After delivering a message to the king, Grandmarina vanished.

(d) What did the king do in his office?
Ans.> In his office, the king wrote a lot until it was time to go home again.

Activity 6

Write 'T' for true statements and 'F' for false statements in the given boxes. Give supporting statements for each of your answers:

(a) One morning Alicia found the king to be very happy. [F]
SS: “One morning, the King came into Alicia’s room. He was sighing heavily, and seemed low-spirited.”

(b) Alicia had kept the magic fish bone in the drawer of her room. [F]
SS: “Alicia began to put her hand into the pocket where she kept the magic fish-bone.”

(c) The king’s problem was solved by the magic fish bone. [T]
SS: “And immediately the King’s salary came rattling down the chimney, and bounced into the middle of the floor.”

(d) In the end Alicia handed over the fish bone to the old fairy. [T]
SS: “So she took it from the hand of the princess Alicia, ……”

Activity 7

Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

(a) Why was the king feeling miserable?
Ans.> The king was feeling miserable because the king was extremely poor and he had no money at all.

(b) What was to Alicia the right moment for asking help from others?
Ans.> When Alicia took out the magic fishbone from her pocket, she gave it a little kiss and wished it was a salary day.

(c) How did the king get his salary?
Ans.> When Alicia wished, the king’s salary came rattling down the chimney and bounced into the middle of the floor. 

(d) Why did Grandmarina wish to make an end of the fishbone?
Ans.> Grandmarina knew the magical fishbone that could be used for once at the right time. 

Activity 8(a)

Use the words to make sentences in the form of a statement: 

(i) east, the, in, rises, sun, the

Ans.> The sun rises in the east.

(ii) meat, the, dog, eats

Ans.> The dog eats meat.

Activity 8(b)

Use the words to make sentences in the form of a question: 

(i) are, where, going, you

Ans.> Where are you going?

(ii) this, not, book, is, your

Ans.> Is this not your book?

Activity 8(c)

Identify which of the following sentences are Assertive and which are Interrogative: 

(i) He spent many years of his life in a village. (Assertive Sentence)

(ii) Where do you live? (Interrogative Sentence)

(iii) Nobody was absent today. (Assertive Sentence)

(iv) Did you not hear the bell? (Interrogative Sentence)

Activity 9(a)

Replace the underlined words with their antonyms:

(i) I helped a poor girl yesterday.

Ans.> I helped a rich girl yesterday.

(ii) He came sooner than expected.

Ans.> He came later than expected.

(iii) I saw a little plant by the roadside.

Ans.> I saw a big plant by the roadside.

(iv) She read the conclusion of the novel.

Ans.> She read the introduction of the novel.

Activity 9(b)

Make meaningful sentences of your own with the following words:

flashed: Lightning flashed across the sky.

present:  I have got a present for you.

message: He sent the message.

directed: 'Pather Pachali' was directed by Satyajit Ray.  

Activity 10(a)

Read the following passage and fill in the chart with information from the passage:

Salmon is a fish that lives along the coast. Salmon is born in fresh water and migrates to the ocean. A salmon returns to fresh water to lay eggs. After coming out from the egg, a baby salmon stays for six months to three years in fresh water. A salmon can make long journeys, sometimes moving hundreds of miles upstream against strong current.


Name of the fish



Place where it is found

Along the coast of the ocean


It migrates to

The ocean


Where it lays eggs

In fresh water


Time spent in fresh water

Six months to three years


Distance travelled by a salmon

Hundreds of miles

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Activity 10(b)

Imagine you met a fairy in your dreams. Write in about sixty words what gift you would have asked from her and why.          

A Strange Dream

Last night I saw a beautiful fairy in my dream. I requested her to have her beautiful wand. The fairy wanted to know the reason. I told her that I want to wipe out all sorrow and pain in our world with the help of her wand. The fairy became happy hearing this and gave me her wand. But unfortunately, I felt a sudden jerk from my mother as soon as I got ready to move the wand.

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