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Chapter-2: An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

1 . What is the name of the poet?

  • Kipling
  • Wordsworth
  • Kamlanath
  • Stephen Spender
Answer
Stephen Spender

2. The last stanza is unlike the rest of the poem.

  • long
  • short
  • optimistic
  • pessimistic
Answer
optimistic

3. What was the boy with rat’s eyes trying to escape from?

  • bright light outside
  • openness of trees
  • dim light of the class
  • children in the room
Answer
dim light of the class

4. What is the stunted boy reciting?

  • the lesson from his desk
  • Shakespeare’s poetry
  • leaves of nature
  • his composition
Answer
the lesson from his desk

5. What kind of life do the children living in slums have?

  • full of love
  • full of care and warmth
  • Hopeless and full of struggle
  • all of these
Answer
Hopeless and full of struggle

6. Identify the literary device in ‘slums as big as doom’.

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • alliteration
  • personification
Answer
simile

7. What does ‘gusty waves’ imply?

  • slum children
  • energetic children
  • deceased children
  • unhappy children
Answer
energetic children

8. Who was sitting at the back of the dim class?

  • a girl
  • an old man
  • a teacher
  • an unnoticed young boy
Answer
an unnoticed young boy

9. What attracts the slum children?

  • The animals
  • The movies
  • icecream
  • All beautiful things like ship, Sun
Answer
All beautiful things like ship, Sun

10. The map is a bad example as it makes one aware of –

  • the beautiful world
  • cleaner lanes
  • the political structure
  • the civil design
Answer
the beautiful world

11.In what sense are the slum chidren different?

  •  their IQ
  •  their wisdom
  •  their dresses
  • because of no access to hope and openness of the world
Answer
because of no access to hope and openness of the world

12. Why is the head of the tall girl ‘weighed down’?

  •  by the burden of studies
  • by the burden of work
  •  by the burden of the world
  • All these
Answer
 by the burden of the world

13. How can powerful people help the poor children?

  • by fighting with the government
  •  by fighting with the powerful
  •  by bridging gaps of inequalities and injustice
  •  by fighting with the rich
Answer
 by bridging gaps of inequalities and injustice

14. What do the faces of children in the slum areas reflect?

  •  happiness
  •  their aspirations
  •  their happiness
  • sadness and lack of enthusiasm
Answer
sadness and lack of enthusiasm

15. What does the poet portray in the poem?

  • young minds
  • playfulness of the children
  •  questions of young mind
  •  the plight of young children in the slums
Answer
the plight of young children in the slums

16. What do the ‘governor’, inspector, visitor in the poem depict?

  • higher officials
  • Government officials
  • Political people
  •  Powerful and influential people
Answer
 Powerful and influential people

17. ‘Break O break’. What should they break?

  • the donations
  •  all bathers
  •  the slums
  •  the schools
Answer
 all bathers