KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

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Karnataka State Syllabus Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

Sympathy Questions and Answers, Summary, Notes

Preparatory Activity:

I. Read the story given below and suggest a suitable title to it.

A sweet little girl sees a thin little bird in a park. She is filled -with sympathy for the little bird. She thinks that the bird must be feeling very cold since it has no clothes. The bird too feels deep sympathy for the little girl. The bird thinks that the little girl does not have a single feather on her body, so she must be feeling very cold. Thus both the little girl and the little bird shiver thinking of each other’s pain.
Kindness wins / Understand each other’s pain would be the suitable titles.

Let’s understand:

C1. Discuss the following questions in small groups and present your answers to the class:

Question 1.
How did the proud man react to the poet’s sorrow?
The proud man looked at the poet ‘coldly’ i.e, without any emotions. He did not even offer words of sympathy but he gave the poet ‘gold’ (money).

Question 2.
What do you mean by his looks were cold?
His looks were cold tells us that the proud man did not sympathize with the poet.

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

Question 3.
In spite of having gold, the poor man was not happy? Why?
In spite of having gold, the poor man was not happy because nobody spoke to.him with kind words.

Question 4.
The poet paid back the proud man. What does this tell you about the poet’s character?
The poet was grateful for the proud man’s help. He was very sincere in paying back his money.

Question 5.
State any two ways by which the poor man expressed his sympathy.

  1. The Poorman bound the poets’ head. He gave him bread.
  2. The Poorman cared for the poet day and night and nursed him back to health.

Question 6.
What according to the poet, is greater than gold?
Heavenly sympathy is greater than gold.

Question 7.
Explain the last two lines of the poem.
For any mangold is very precious and great. But sympathy is more precious and greater than gold because that quality cannot be acquired. This was an inborn quality in the poet, so it is called as heavenly sympathy.

Question 8.
In not more than 50 words, tell of a time ‘hen someone was kind to you.
It was a rainy day, Due to clumsy whether the school was let off. I started homework, came to the bus stand in an autorickshaw, and had to walk home. The road that leads me home was a muddy road. The clay on the road was very slippery because of the rain. My walking stopped when I was at the entrance of the road.

There was no one who was there on the road. I was waiting in the drizzle for more than an hour for somebody to come and help me cross that clay road. There appeared a man in a two-wheeler, who was kind enough to enquire me and dropped me at home within 5 minutes.

C2. Given below is the summary of the poem. Complete it by writing the missing word/ words.

Once I was very (1) ………… A proud man (2) ………….. my grief. He gave me some money but did not say even a single word of (3) ………………. When my sorrow was over, I went to him, (4) …………… back his money and (5) ……………. him. After some time, I was again in trouble. A poor man (6) …………… by me. He bandaged my head. He gave me bread and (7) ……………. after me day and night, I won’t be able to repay him because (8) …………….. is more precious than gold.

  1. sad
  2. heard
  3. kindness
  4. gave
  5. thanked
  6. passed
  7. looked
  8. sympathy

Let’s Practice Words:

V1. Find the odd word out in each set:

  1. Sorrow, grief, distress, worry, pride
  2. Hot, cold, warm, boiling.
  3. Rich, poor, wealthy, well-to-do, well off.

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

V2. Look at the words given below.

The same word has different meanings in different situations. Find the difference in meaning with the help of the example given below. Pair up with your friends to work on more words. (Use a dictionary)
e.g. passed:

  • Ravi passed in the examination.
  • Ankitha passed close by me but did not recognize me.
  • Oviya passed the ball to Sharon.
  • The old man passed away yesterday.

Similarly, differentiate the meanings of the words below with suitable examples:

  1. lie
  2. mouse
  3. bank
  4. sweet
  5. note
  6. lift
  7. light.


  1. Lie:
    • Don’t lie in the sun for too long.
    • The future lies in multimedia
    • The town lies in a small wooded valley.
  2. Mouse:
    • There is a mouse in our kitchen.
    • I have no mouse to operate my computer.
  3. Bank
    • I have to go to the bank after lunch.
    • Ravi pushed the boat away from the bank.
    • Did you bank that cheque?
  4. Sweet
    • Eating sweets is bad for your teeth.
    • Don’t cry my sweet.
    • This tea is too sweet.
  5. Note:
    • I made a note of her address and phone number.
    • there was a note on my table. (Gone to movies)
    • She has a good voice but has trouble hitting the high notes.
  6. Lift
    • I lifted down my suitcase and opened it.
    • He lifted both hands on a gesture of despair.
    • Do you want a lift into town?
  7. Light
    • The light is not enough to take a photograph.
    • The candle fell over and set light to the hay-stack.
    • In light of the tragic news, the celebration is canceled.

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

V3. Sit with your friend and find out words related to:

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy 1

  1. Mercy
  2. Pity
  3. Compassion
  4. Fellow feeling
  5. Commiseration
  6. empathy
  7. Kindness
  8. Warmth
  9. Rapport
  10. fondness

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy 2

  1. Action
  2. Advance
  3. Move
  4. Moving
  5. Progress
  6. Roam
  7. Wandering
  8. Flow
  9. Flux
  10. Journey

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

Let’s write:

The following words are spelled wrongly. Can you write the correct spelling? Use a dictionary.

  1. grat – great
  2. greif – grief
  3. blesed – blessed
  4. proad – proud
  5. singe! – single
  6. heared – heard
  7. sympthy – sympathy
  8. sorow – sorrow
  9. cnerity – charity
  10. togather – together
  11. shiwer – shiver
  12. wached – watched
  13. allthough – although
  14. distres – distress
  15. heavnly – heavenly

Sympathy by Charles Mackay About the Poet:

Charles Mackay (27 March 1814 – 24 December 1889) was born in Perth, Scotland. He was a Scottish poet, journalist, author, anthologist, and novelist.

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy

Sympathy Summary in English

Charles Mackay was a Scottish poet and songwriter. He was born in Perth, Scotland. His mother died shortly after his birth. His father was a naval officer and a foot soldier. He was educated in London but spent much of his early life in France. He was engaged in journalism and worked for a long time. He became an Editor in 1852. He died in the year 1889.

The main thought of the poem is sympathy. It is more valuable than gold. The poet during the period of distress was helped by two men in two different ways. The rich man gave him gold (money/and the poor man showed him sympathy by giving bread and serving day and night. When the poet recovered from the state of unhappiness, he repaid the rich man his gold but could not repay the poor man’s sympathy because it is not a material thing. It is heavenly. Divine things cannot be paid back.

Sympathy Summary in Kannada

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Sympathy Summary in Kannada 2

KSEEB Solutions for Class 6 English Poem Chapter 2 Sympathy