1. Which country or countries do you think
Northland" refers to?
2. What did Saint Peter ask the old lady for? What was the
3. How did he punish her?
4. How does the woodpecker get her food?
5. Do you think that the old lady would have been so ungenerous
if she had known who Saint Peter really was? What would she have
6. Is this a true story? Which part of this poem do you feel is
the most important?
7. What is a legend? Why is this poem called a legend?
8. Write the story of
'A Legend of the
about ten sentences.
Northland" could refer to
any extremely cold country in the Earth's north polar region,
such as Greenland, the northern regions of Russia, Canada, Norway
2. Saint Peter asked the old lady for one of her
baked cakes to satisfy his hunger. The lady tried to bake a small
cake for the saint.
3. He punished the lady by changing her into a
woodpecker that built
do" and gathered scanty
food by boring in the
wood" all day long.
4. The woodpecker gets her food by boring holes
5. No, the old lady would not have been so
ungenerous if she had known who Saint Peter really was. Instead,
she would have tried to please him with her cakes for the
fulfilment of her greedy desires.
6. No, this not a true story; it is a legend.
I feel that the point in the story where the old lady is changed
into a woodpecker is the most important. This is because the
punishment meted out to the lady teaches us the value of
generosity and charity.
7. A legend is an old traditional and popular
story that is considered to be historical but its authenticity is
This poem is a
and conventional story narrated to the children of the Northland.
Besides that, the story's authenticity cannot be verified owing
to the supernatural element present at the end of tale. Thus, the
poem can be called a legend.
8. Once Saint Peter stopped by an old lady's
cottage because he was feeling hungry and weak after the day's
fasting. The lady was baking cakes on the hearth. When Saint
Peter asked her for one of her cakes, she tried to make a tiny
cake for him. But as it was baking, she found it too large to be
given away. She tried baking two more times but even the smallest
of cakes seemed too large to her. Such greedy behaviour of the
lady annoyed the hungry saint. He cursed her saying that she was
far too selfish to be a human, to have food, shelter and fire to
keep her warm. Thus, she was transformed into a woodpecker.
All her clothes except her scarlet cap were gone as she went up
the chimney and flew out of the top. Every country schoolboy is
said to have seen her in the forest, boring into the wood for
food till date.
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