The King Cobra and the Ants

 The King Cobra and The Ants

There lived a big king cobra in a dense forest. He fed on birds, eggs, lizards, frogs and other small creatures. The whole night he hunted the small creatures and when the day broke, he went into his hole to sleep. Gradually, he became fat and his fat grew to such a measure that it became difficult for him to enter and come out of his hole without being scratched. 

Ultimately, he decided to abandon his hole and selected a huge tree for his new home. But there was an ant hill at the root of the tree. It was impossible for king cobra to put up with the ants. So, he went to the ant hill and said, "I'm King Cobra, the king of this forest. I order all of you to go from this place and live somewhere else."

There were other animals, too, around. They began trembling with fear to see such a huge snake before them. They ran for their lives. But the ants paid no heed to his threats. Thousands of ants streamed out of the ant hill. Soon they were swarming all over the body of the king cobra, stinging and biting him. Thousands of thorny pricks all over his body caused unbearable pain to him. The king cobra tried to keep the ants away, but in vain. He wriggled in pain and at last, died a painful death.

Gist: Even the strong and mighty cannot face the small ones, when in a large number, at a time

‘Union is strength’

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Refer the above story to answer the following questions:

  1. What does King Cobra eat among the given options?

(A) Lion                (B) Zebra              (C) Leopard         (D) Frog


  1. When the King Cobra used to hunt?

(A) Whole night  (B) Whole day     (C) Afternoon      (D) Evening


  1. Why it became difficult for the King Cobra to enter and come out of his hole?

(A) because he grew old

(B) because there was an ant in his hole

(C) because he became fat

(D) because there were many frogs in his hole


  1. Which place did the King Cobra choose for his new home?

(A) A huge grassland                       (B) A huge tree

(C) A huge house                             (D) A huge river


  1. Where was the ant hill?

(A) In the trunk of the tree             (B) On the branches of the tree

(C) At the root of the tree               (D) On the leaves of the tree


  1. “I order all of you to go from this place and live somewhere else.” Who said this line and to whom?

(A) A Lion said to the cobra            (B) The Cobra said to a frog

(C) A Frog said to the ants              (D) The Cobra said to the ants


  1. Why were the other animals trembling with fear?

(A) To see so many ants biting the King Cobra

(B) To hear the King Cobra’s statement

(C) To see so many ants together

(D) To see such a huge snake


  1. But the ants paid no heed to his_________.

(A) threats           (B) regards           (C) love                (D) affection


  1. What kind of death King Cobra got?

(A) Calm              (B) Peaceful         (C) Painful           (D) Regretful


  1. What is the house of the ants known as?

(A) Hole               (B) Burrow           (C) Kennel            (D) Hill


Answer key
(1) (D); (2) (A); (3) (C); (4) (B); (5) (C); (6) (D); (7) (D); (8) (A); (9) (C); (10) (D)