Class 6: English for Today

Aesop’s Fable

Supported by Matador Stationary
Lesson: 24

Many hundreds of years ago, Aesop, a Greek slave, became famous for the fables he told. After so many years, people all over the world still enjoy reading them today as much as the Greeks enjoyed listening to them long, long ago.

Long ago and far away, there was an old farmer who had seven sons. One day, the old farmer was lying on his bed and he thought that he would not live much longer. He called his sons before him. He told a servant to bring in a bundle of seven sticks tied together. He handed the bundle to his oldest son and said to him, “Son, now break the bundle.”
The son tried with all his might, but he could not break the bundle. One by one, the all brothers tried. Not one of them was strong enough.
The father smiled, “Now, my sons, untie the bundle. Each of you, take a stick and try break it.” This time they had no difficulty breaking the sticks. In a few moments all sticks were broken.
The old man looked at his sons affectionately and said, “Remember, in unity there is strength.’


Word Meaning (শব্দার্থ):
Seven – সাত
Stick – লাঠি
Far away – অনেক দূরে
Old – বৃদ্ধ
Farmer – কৃষক
Lying – শুয়েছিল
Thought – ভেবেছিল
Servant – চাকর
Bring – আনা
Tied – বেধেছিল
Together – একসাথে
Handed – হাতে দিল
Break – ভাঙা
Bundle – আঁটি
Son – পুত্র
Tried – চেষ্টা করল
Might – শক্তি
Strong – শক্ত
Enough – যথেষ্ট
Smiled – হাসল
Untie – খোলা
Each – প্রত্যেক
Take – নেওয়া
Difficulty – অসুবিধা
Affectionately – স্নেহার্তভাবে
Remember – মনে করা
Strength – বল


Choose the best answer from the following alternatives


Re arrange the sentence in correct order

a) Bagdad was very far from his house.
b) He had tpo go to Bagdad to recieve education.
c) The boy replied fearlessly. “I have got twenty gold coins”
d) He was going to Bagdad accompanied by a few merchants.
e) The chief of the robbers asked Abdul Quader, “What have you got with you?”
f) He didn’t tell lie in danger.
g) At the time of departure his mother said to him, “Never tell a lie.”
h) Then travelling was not easy.
i) It related to an incident of Hazrat Abdul Quader Jilani’s childhood.
j) A gang of robbers fell upon them on the way.