A Game of Chance
To encourage students to be friends with English language.
To encourage students learn some more hard words and phrases and use them while interacting in class and with others.
To encourage them to know and understand the world around them.
To enable students differentiate the merits and demerits of meeting with people having tricky behavior.
To enable them tolerate all kinds of frauds, cheating and humiliation done by others.
To teach them bear the loss and deal with the world with cleverness.
To teach them obey their elders and have self control over their desires.
Occasion some particular time
Tradesmen people who have goods to sell
Tempt - persuade somebody to do something
His lust for money tempted him to take bribe.
Trifle - small, unimportant
They were fighting over some trifle matter.
Costly - expensive
My father bought a costly bicycle for me.
Obliged - thankful
I am obliged to you for your help.
There was an Eid fair in Rasheed’s village. The tradesmen sold all kinds of goods in the fair.
Rasheed went to see the fair with his uncle and a servant. A few friends of uncle met there and took him with them.
Rasheed’s uncle asked him to look around the fair with the servant till he came back. Uncle warned him not to buy anything in his absence. Rasheed promised to follow his instructions.
Rasheed and the servant roamed in the fair and saw the Lucky Shop.
The shopkeeper of the Lucky Shop wanted everybody to try their luck. The customer had to pay 50 paise and pick up 6 discs. He had to add the numbers on the discs and find the total to get marked article as a prize.
Rasheed saw an old man won a beautiful clock but he did not want it. The shopkeeper bought the clock for 15 rupees.
In the same way a small boy got a comb but sold it back in 25 paise. In other trials he won a fountain pen, a wrist watch and a table lamp and returned with a smile.
Rasheed also got encouraged and started playing the game. Paying 50 paise he got two pencils. The shopkeeper bought them back in 25 paise. He tried second time and got bottle of ink and sold it back in 25 paise. In this way, he kept on trying his luck and got a trifle every time. At last, he lost his every penny. The people around him were laughing at his bad luck.
They returned from there and waited for uncle. The uncle understood that Rasheed was upset. Rasheed told him about his bad luck in the game.
The uncle explained to Rasheed that it is nothing as good luck or bad luck. The winners were friends of the shopkeeper. They were playing tricks to tempt him to try his luck. Such shopkeepers play tricks on innocent people to take their money.
Uncle advised Rasheed to forget about all that and not to tell anybody of his bad luck and his foolishness.
short answer type questions
Give a brief account of the Eid fair.
A fair was held in Rasheed’s village on the occasion of Eid. It lasted many days. Tradesmen came there from far and near. They sold all kinds of goods there.
With whom did Rasheed go to the Eid Fair?
Rasheed’s uncle took him to the Eid Fair. Their domestic servant, Bhaiya also went with them.
Where did Rasheed’s uncle go?
There was a big crowd at the Eid Fair. Rasheed’s uncle was leading them through the crowd. Just then, he met a few of his friends. They wanted to spend some time with his uncle. His uncle asked him and bhaiya to look around the fair. The uncle went with his friends for some time.
Who managed the Lucky Shop?
A shopkeeper managed the ‘Lucky Shop’. He was neither young nor old. He was a middle aged man. He was neither too smart nor too lazy.
What was the game to be played at the ‘Lucky Shop’?
There were discs on the table. They had numbers from one to ten. They were placed facing down. The player had to pay fifty paise and pick up six discs. He had to find the total by adding up the numbers on the discs. He got the article marked with that number.
What did Rasheed do at the Lucky Shop?
Rasheed paid 50 paise and took six discs. He got two pencils which he sold back to the shopkeeper for 25 paise. He tried again and got a bottle of ink. The shopkeeper also bought it for 25 paise. He took a third chance. Even then, he was a looser so he continued trying his luck. Ultimately he lost all his money without getting anything.
How did the people react to Rasheed’s bad luck?
Many people were looking at Rasheed when he was losing money. Some people were laughing at his bad luck. Nobody showed any sympathy with him.