Direction : Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions that follow.
The King of Kanchi set off to conquer Karnat. He was victorious in battle.The elephants were laden with sandalwood, ivory, gold and preoious stones taken from the conquered kingdomof Karnat. Theywould be a part of the victory parade for his subjects. On his way back home, he stopped at a temple; finished his prayers to the goddess and turned to leave. Around his neck was a garland of scarlet hibiscus and as was the custom for all, his forehead was anointed with red sandal paste. His Minister and the court jester were his only companions. At one spot, in a mango grove by the wayside, they spied some children play. The King said, Let me go and see what they are playing. The children had lined up two rows of clay dolls and were playing warriors and battles. The King asked, Who is fighting whom ? They said, Karnat is at battle with Kanchi.
The King asked, Who is winning and who is the loser ? The children puffed their chests up and said, Karnatwill win andKanchiwill lose. TheMinister froze in disbelief, the King was furious and the jester burst into laughter.
The King was soon joined by his troops and the children were still immersed in their game. The King commanded, Cane them hard. The childrens parents came running from the nearby village and said, They are naive, it was just a game, please grant thempardon. TheKing called his commander and ordered, Teach these children and the village a lesson so that they never forget the King of Kanchi. He went back to his camp.
That evening the Commander stood before the King. He bowed low in shame and said, Your Majesty, with the exception of hyenas and vultures, all lie silent in the village. The Minister said, His Majestys honour has been saved. The priest said, The goddess has blessed our King. The jester said, Your Highness, please grant me leave to go now. The King asked, But why ? The jester said, I cannot kill, I cannotmaim, I can only laugh at Gods gift of life. Trembling in the face of the kings anger he bravely continued, If I stay in your Majestys court, I shall become like you and I shall forget how to laugh.
Question : Why was the king angry with the children?
(a) Because the game they were playing was dangerous
(b) They had lied to him
(c) They did not recognize him as king
(d) They had unknowingly insulted him