Man Who Fought Windmills (Adapted from ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel De Cervantes)
A. Answer these questions
with reference to the context.
don’t see any giants!” Sancho said firmly, hoping to change the mind of his
Who was the ‘fanciful friend’?
Ans. Don Quixote was the ‘fanciful friend’.
Why couldn’t Sancho see any giants?
Ans. Sancho couldn’t see any giants because there were only
windmills. But Don Quixote believed that the windmills were giants.
Why did Sancho hope to change his friend’s mind?
Ans. This is so, because his head
was so full of magic and adventures that he thought the windmills were giants.
B. Mark the statements as
true (T) of false (F).
1. Don Quixote was a very adventurous
2. He had a suit of armour made for
3. Knights in armour were common in Don
Quixote’s time. F
4. Quixote was confident that he could make
Sancho Panza a ruler. T
5. Sancho Panza knew that Don Quixote often
imagined things. T
C. Answer these questions.
What did Don Quixote think the windmills were? Why did he think so?
Ans. Don Quixote thought the windmills were giants. He thought
so because his head was full of magic and adventures.
Describe Don Quixote’s adventure with the windmill.
Ans. When Don Quixote charged forward on his horse, lowering his
lance and came near the first windmill, the wind began to blow, and the great
arms of the mill creaked slowly around. His lance stuck into one of the
windmill’s blades, and he was swept up, off his horse and high into the air. He
fell with a loud clang to the ground, and his helmet turned the other way on
How did he explain to Sancho why he was fighting a windmill?
Ans. Don Quixote explains to Sancho that the windmills were
really giants; he says that they were changed into windmills by magic.
Why did he ask Sancho for the magic bowl?
Ans. Don Quixote asked Sancho for
the magic bowl to turn them back into giants as he believed that they were
changed into windmills by magic.
What happened when Don Quixote put the bowl on his head? What did he think had
happened to him?
Ans. The bowl was full of curd. When he put the bowl on his
head, the curd began to drip all over his face. He thought that his brain had
started melting all because of the spell cast upon him by those wicked giants.
When did Don Quixote say he would be ready for his next adventure?
Ans. Don Quixote thought that he would be ready for his next
adventure as soon as his brain gets fixed.
Think and answer
you think Sancho believed Don Quixote would make him a ruler one day? Give a
reason for your answer.
Ans. Sancho was squire of Don Quixote and he knew that Don
Quixote lives in a dream world. Sancho was also laughing when Don Quixote asked
him ‘Do you want me to make you the ruler of some distant land? This shows that
Sancho did not believe that Don Quixote would make him a ruler one day.