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The Story of Proserpine Activity 1
Fill in the blanks with suitable words the passage above:
(a) Goddess ___________ lived in the beautiful island of _______________.
Answer: Goddess Ceres lived in the beautiful island of Sicily.
(b) _____________ was the king of the land of the _____________ .
Answer: Pluto was the king of the land of the dead.
(c) Everyone said that ____________ was the ________________.
Answer: Everyone said that Proserpine was the Spring herself.
(d) Pluto was __________________ when he saw ______________.
Answer: Pluto was charmed when he saw Proserpine.
(e) Pluto struck ground with his ______________ and it ______________ instantly.
Answer: Pluto struck the ground with his sceptre and it opened instantly.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 2
Identify which of the following statements are True and Which are False. Give supporting statements for each of your answers.
(a) Ceres had little role to play in the lives of the people on earth. [False]
Supporting Statement: She was the goddess of crops, plants and trees; so on her depended the health and happiness of all the people of this wide world.
(b) Ceres was extremely fond of her fair daughter. [True]
Supporting Statement: Ceres had a fair daughter, Proserpine, whom she loved more than her life.
(c) When Pluto first saw Proserpine, she was helping her mother in the field. [False]
Supporting Statement: There he saw Proserpine laughing and playing with her companions who formed a circle round her.
(d) Pluto thought Proserpine’s beauty would brighten his dark kingdom. [True]
Supporting Statement: He looked at Proserpine and thought, “I must make her my queen. Her bright face will make even my dark kingdom look bright and beautiful.”
(e) Proserpine threw away her girdle because she did not require it in Pluto’s kingdom. [False]
Supporting Statement: She thought that the girdle might reach Ceres, and her mother would be able to trace her lost daughter.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 3
Fill up the following chart with information from the text:
|1. Pluto had often asked some goddess to come and live with him but no goddess was willing to live with Pluto in the land of the dead.
|Pluto led a lonely life.
|2. Pluto heard voices and laughter behind some bushes.
|He stopped his chariot and walked to the bushes.
|3. Pluto stepped into the circle and carried Proserpine to his chariot.
|The companions of Proserpine got frightened and ran away.
|4. Pluto was afraid that Proserpine’s mother Ceres would soon appear there in search of her daughter.
|Pluto drove his chariot very fast.
|5. The river was full to the brim.
|With his scepter he struck the ground and
The Story of Proserpine Activity 4
Some words or phrases are given below. Find words from the text having meanings similar to these:
(a) a young unmarried girl:
(b) a horse driven to know:
(c) eager to know:
(d) flowers :
(e) grasped or caught tightly:
(f) a waistband :
The Story of Proserpine Activity 5
Fill in the blanks with suitable words from the list below. Change the form of the words where necessary. There are some extra words. (one is done for you) :
Plunged, departed, trace, lovely, bank, drove, curls
(a) The rose is said to be the ______________ of all flowers.
Answer: The rose is said to be the loveliest of all flowers.
(b) Kolkata is situated on the ______________ of river Hooghly.
Answer: Kolkata is situated on the bank of river Hooghly.
(c) I could not ______________ the advertisement in yesterday’s newspaper.
Answer: I could not trace the advertisement in yesterday’s newspaper.
(d) When it rains, ____________ a car is not easy.
Answer: When it rains, driving a car is not easy.
(e) Please note the time of his ___________ from office last Saturday.
Answer: Please note the time of his departure from office last Saturday.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 6
Complete the following sentences with information from the text:
(a) From the first of a volcano ________________________________.
Answer: From the fires of a volcano Ceres lighted a torch.
(b) People thought of praying to Jupiter because ________________________________.
Answer: People thought of praying to Jupiter because he was the king of all Gods.
(c) the nymph of the fountain lived ________________________________.
Answer: The nymph of the fountain lived in the dark depths of the earth.
(d) Jupiter said that Proserpine might return to earth if ________________________________.
Answer: Jupiter said that Proserpine might return to earth if she had not tasted any food in Pluto’s kingdom.
(e) Ceres would to grieve for six months when ________________________________.
Answer: Ceres would begin to grieve for six months when the time came for Proserpine to rejoin Pluto in his dark underground kingdom.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 7
Fill up the following chart with information from the text:
|searched for Proserpine in all the rooms
|in the evening when she did not find her daughter after coming back home.
|they came to Ceres and implored her to bring back plenty, and save their lives
|they were starving
|found the girdle of her daughter
|in Sicily when she was passing by river.
|had eaten six pomegranate seeds
|she was in the land of the dead
|flowers bloomed, birds sand and the earth smiled to welcome the young queen.
|Proserpine would come back to her mother for six months.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 8
Answer the following questions:
(a) Why did Ceres feel very sad in the morning ?
Answer: Ceres felt sad in the morning because throughout the night she had searched for her lost daughter but could not find her.
(b) Why was there a severe famine all over the world?
Answer: When Ceres’ daughter was lost, she started to neglect all her work on the earth and went on searching for her daughter. The crops failed everywhere and the ground became dry and barren. So famine broke out all over the earth.
(c) Briefly narrate what the nymph of the fountain told Ceres.
Answer: The nymph of the fountain addressed Ceres as the mother of earth and informed her that she had seen Proserpine on a throne in the kingdom of Pluto. Her cheeks were pale and her eyes were heavy with weeping. She also advised her to go to Jupiter and pray to send her back to her.
(d) Why was Proserpine bound to live for six months in the underground kingdom?
Answer: Before the arrival of Ceres in the land of the dead, Proserpine had eaten six pomegranate seeds she was destined each year to live for six months in the realm of the dead, in Pluto’s underground kingdom.
The Story of Proserpine Activity 9
Rearrange the following sentences and make a paragraph on how Proserpine returned from the underworld to her mother on earth:
(a) Suddenly one day Ceres picked up Proserpine’s girdle by the riverside. 4
(b) Ceres visited Jupiter and sought his help to get back her daughter. 6
(c) Pluto took away the beautiful maiden Proserpine to his underground kingdom. 1
(d) Ceres went underground to find that Proserpine had already eaten six pomegranate seeds there. 8
(e) Ceres, her mother, was much surprised not to find her at home in the evening. 2
(f) The nymph of the fountain told Ceres about her daughter’s whereabouts. 5
(g) Jupiter said that Proserpine might return to earth if she had not eaten any food in the land of the dead. 7
(h) The mother searched for her daughter everywhere in vain. 3
(i) Proserpine was destined to spend six months every year in Pluto’s underworld and the remaining six months on earth with her mother. 9
The Story of Proserpine Activity 10
Match the words in Column A with their meanings in Column B:
The Story of Proserpine Activity 13(a)
Fill in the blanks with appropriate modals from the list given below. One modal may be used more than once
(a) I must finish my homework before going to school.
(b) He can give you a solution.
(c) Rajesh planned that he would make a kitchen garden.
(d) He could help me if he wished.
(e) We should save trees for a better future.
(f) The teachers expect that all the students will pass the examination.
(g) Students should treat their teachers with respect.
(h) It may rain today.