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Karnataka State Syllabus Class 8 English Poem Chapter 15 The Bees
The Bees Questions and Answers, Summary, Notes
Textbook Questions And Answers
I. Let’S Read And Respond:
The following are jumbled statements drawn from the poem. Rearrange them in the right order:
a. The poor bees are like porters crowding in with the heavy burdens at their narrow gate.
b. The bees knead up the honey.
c. They build their hives with roofs of gold.
d. By nature, they are very sincere and they serve their master and thus set an example to human beings.
e. They share their work and they are very professional in their work like soldiers and merchants.
f. All the bees deliver their goods and services the lazy drone.
g. The honey is brought to the royal tent of the emperor.
h. The soldier bees armed with their stings suck honey from the velvet buds.
l – d; 2 – e; 3 – h; 4 – g; 5 – c; 6 – b; 7 – a; 8 – f.
A. Answer the following questions in one or two sentences each:
What is the unique quality of bees?
The unique quality of bees is that they make honey for which they have a division of lanour which is perfectly organized.
How do the bees serve as example to people?
The bees are hard working. They discharge their work efficiently, they are sincere to their work and master. They are always active.
How is the work distributed among the bees?
Bees have a hierarchy of responsibilities in the process of making honey. The poet orders and names them according to the nature of their work. He names them as a king, a magistrate, merchants, soldiers, masons, civil citizens and executors.
B. Answer the following in four or five sentences each:
How does the poet describe the duty – consciousness of the bees?
The bees are hard-working and sincere in discharging their duty. The poet brings out a comparison between their work with the designation of human work. According to the poet, the king and magistrate monitor the work. The merchants, soldiers, masons, civil citizens and executors except the lazy drone all perform their duty sincerely in the process of collecting honey.
Mention the different types of bees according to the nature of their work.
The king bee is at the top of the ladder and is busy surveying hive. Followed by a magistrate who monitors the bees who discharge their work in the hive. Soldiers armed with stings guard the hive. The merchants venture out to collect hector from the flowers and store it in the hive. The masons build the roof of the hive. The civil citizens make the honey-smooth. The porters queue at the gate to deposit the honey in the hive. All discharge their duty efficiently except for the drone that is lazy and does nothing.
How does the poet describe the drone?
The poet describes the drone as ‘a lazy yawning drone’. It is found doing nothing.
C. Fill in the blanks in the following sentences:
1. The poet describes the bees as kings and officers because ________
they take up the responsibility of surveying and guiding the other bees.
2. The poet is sympathetic towards some of the bees because ________
they work more efficiently toiling the whole day in collecting honey.
III. Find out the meanings of the following words from a dictionary: magistrates, venture, masons mechanic, porters, burdens surly, executors
- Magistrate: an officer who acts as a judge in the lowest court.
- Venture: to take up an unknown risky task.
- Mason: person who work with stones.
- Mechanic: a person skilled in repairing machines.
- Porter: a person employed to carry luggage.
- Burdens: a heavy load.
- Surly: bad-tempered
- Executors: a person appointed to carry out the instructions.
V. C. Write a short paragraph of fifty words on each of the following:
1. Nutritious value of honey
2. Medicinal value of honey
3. Beehive and wax.
Nutrition value of honey:
Nector itself is composed mainly of sucrose and water. Bees and enzymes that create additional chemical compounds inverting sucrose to fractose and glucose, then evaporate the water so that the resulting product will resist spoiling. 80% natural sugar- mostly fructose and glucose. Due. to high level of frauctose, honey is sweeter than table sugar.
The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin pantothenic acid, amino acids. The minerals includes calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium & zinc.
Medical value of honey:
Honey is said to facilitate better performance and resistance to fatigue particularly for repeated effort, promotes higher neutral efficiency. Therefore used by both the healthy and sick for any kind of weakness, particularly in case of digestive and assimilative problems.
Honey is said to normalize kidney function, reduce fever, help insomnia. Use of honey mixed with milk or milk products is very common home remedy against cold and infections of throat.
Beehive and wax
A beehive is an enclosed structure in which some honey bee of subgenus raises their young ones.
The beehive’s internal structure is a densely packed matrix of hexagonal cells made of beeswax, called honeycomb. Beeswax is natural wax produced in beehive. The wax is formed by worker bees (female) who secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on inner sides of sternites. The size of wax glands depends on age of worker. The new wax scales are initially glass-clear becomes opaque after mastication by work .bee. Honey bees use beeswax to build honeycomb cells. To produce their wax, bees must consume about eight times as much honey.
The Bees Summary in English
William Shakespeare in this poem describes from bees about the organization of society. Bees are wonderful creatures, the honey bee colony believed to be the most widely studies creature after man. It organizes itself into a super-efficient society.
This poem on to outline the different roles the bees play within the honey bee colony, as an example of the well-ordered society, the poem describes the hierarchy of distribution of work in the process of making honey. There are different bees that carry on the work. They have a king and other officer bees to monitor their work. Some bees take up the task of venturing honey. Some guard the hive as like that of masons. But there is one bee that does not take up any work and that is the drone. It is a lazy bee.
- velvet: thick and soft
- merry: full of joy
- drone: a male bee
- pillage: the action of stealing honey
- kneading: making honey-smooth
- surly: bad-tempered