Ahilyabai, A Great Queen | Class 8 | English | C13


MP Board Class 8 English Chapter 13 Ahilyabai : A Great Queen

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Ahilyabai , A Great Queen

Textual Exercis


Answer the following questions:

1. Who taught Ahilyabai?

Ans. Ahilyabai’s father taught her.

2. Where did Malhar Rao first see Ahilyabai?

Ans. Malhar Rao first saw Ahilyabai at Chondi at the temple service in the village.

3. When did Ahilyabai’s husband die?

Ans. Ahilyabai’s husband died in 1754.

4. What did Gangadhar suggest to Ahilyabai after the death of her son?

Ans. Gangadhar suggested Ahilyabai to adopt a son when her own son died.

5. What was Ahilyabai’s reply to her Chief Minister?

Ans. Ahilyabai replied to her Chief Minister that she didn’t require his advice, as she could look after the state very well.

6. What message did Ahilyabai send to Raghoba Dada?

Ans. She sent a message to Raghoba Dada that as soon as he dared to cross the river Kshipra, he would have to fight her army.

7. Why did Raghoba Dada give up the idea of fighting and went back?

Ans. Raghoba Dada was afraid that if he lost a battle against a woman, he would lose his name and fame as a warrior on the other hand, nobody would praise him even if he won the battle. Hence, he gave up the idea of fighting and went back

8. What did Ahilyabai build and renovate? Write atleast five names.

Ans. Ahilyabai built and renovated a number of temples, ghats, wells, tanks and rest houses.

  1. The Vishwanath temple of Varanasi
  2. The Vishnupad temple of Gaya
  3. Ghats
  4. Wells
  5. Tanks

9. Ahilyabai was not only a great ruler but a great human being also.’ How do you know?

Ans. Ahilyabai Cared for the poor in her state. She heard every complaint in person. Craftsmen, sculptors, and artists-all received due respect in her state.

10. Fill in the blanks with the correct answer to complete the sentence.

(i) Ahilyabai’s palace was situated at…

(a) Chondi

(b) Indore

(c) Maheshwar

(d) Beed


(c) Maheshwar

(ii) Ahilyabai’s husband’s name was…

(a) Malhar Rao

(b) Mankaji

(c) Gangadhar

(d) Khande Rao


(d) Khande Rao.

Let’s Learn

Question 1.

Read the following sentences carefully:

  1. Great deeds are remembered even after hundreds of years.
  2. Ahilyabai’s husband was killed in a battle in 1754.
  3. Ahilyabai is remembered with love and respect in all parts of the country.
We often prefer passive when the subject of a sentence is not important.

Also observe changes in the main verb.

For example the active voice form of sentence No. 1 given above will be:

People remember great deeds even after hundreds of years.

When changed to passive form; ‘remember’ becomes ‘remembered’ and ‘are’ is added before it; in sentence No. 3 ‘is’ is added. That is because of the number of the subject.

Now write the following sentences without the agent. (Passive Voice)

  1. Somebody built this house in 1986.
  2. We clean this room everyday.
  3. Somebody cleaned this room yesterday.
  4. People don’t use this road very often.
  5. They cancelled all flights because of fog.
  6. Last night someone broke into our house.
  7. They don’t pay Mohan very much.


  1. This house was built in 1986.
  2. This room is cleaned everyday.
  3. This room was cleaned yesterday.
  4. This road is not used very often.
  5. All flights were cancelled because of fog,
  6. Our house was broken out last night.
  7. Mohan is not paid very much.

2. We often use ‘can’ expressing possibilty or ability to do something.

Example: I can speak four languanges.

  • The negative is ‘can’t. (cannot)
  • Could is the past form of can.
  • We use could’ fo,,,r general ability in the past. But if we talk about what happened in a particular situation, we use ‘was/were able to…or managed to ……….


  1. A house caught fire yesterday but everybody was able to escape.
  2. Raju was an excellent football player. He could beat anybody.

But negative ‘couldn’t’ is possible in all situations.

Now complete the sentences using can/ could/can’t/couldn’t

  1. Mohan belongs to a well educated family. He ……………… Speak English very well.
  2. My uncle was a very intelligent man. He ……………… speak five languages.
  3. I looked for the book everywhere but I ……………… find it.
  4. Monica ……………… drive but she hasn’t got a car.
  5. I can’t meet you on Saturday but I ……………… meet you Sunday evening.
  6. My grandmother loved music. She ……………… play the piano very well.
  7. Mala wasn’t at home when I phoned but I ……………… contact her at her office.
  8. I’m afraid. I ……………… come to your party.


  1. can
  2. could
  3. couldn’t
  4. can
  5. can’t
  6. could
  7. could
  8. can’t

Let’s Read

Students! you must have seen the picture of an old lady, hardly five feet tall, with high check-bones, thin lips and a wrinkled face, clad in a white saree with a blue border covering the head. This is Mother Teresa often called the Gentle Mother’ or the ‘Angel of Mercy.’

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Macedonia on August 27, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. Her original name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. At the age of eighteen, she renounced the world and joined the Loreto nuns in Ireland. She used to work from 4 a.m. to late at night. The dying in Kolkata, the wounded in Vietnam, the straving in Ethopia-all turned to this frail looking woman for support. She always embraced the needy and the suffering all over the world. The mission established by her is still busy in doing the same even after her death. She received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971 and the Nobel peace prize in 1979.

Answer the following questions:

Question 1.

Why was Mother Teresa called the Angel of Mercy?


Mother Teresa was called ‘the Angerl of Mercy’ because she embraced the needy and the suffering all over the world.

Question 2.

What do you understand by the word ‘renounced’? Explain.


Renounced-It means to give up something.

Question 3.

Explain the phrase ‘frail looking woman.’


‘Frail looking woman-Mother Teresa was very lean and thin.

Question 4.

Fill in the blank, choosing the correct word.

Mother Teresa’ was born in ……………………

(a) Ireland

(b) Kolkata

(c) Albania

(d) Macedonia


Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia.

Question 5.

Which award did she get in 1971?


She got the Pope John XXIII peace prize in 1971.

Question 6.

Write five adjectives occurring in the passage.


Five adjectivies-high, thin, wrinkled, white and blue.

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