MCQ Question for Class 12 English Flamingo Chapter 2 An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (Stephen Spender)

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EXTRACT BASED QUESTIONS FROM THE POEM : MCQ Class 12 English Flamingo An Elementary School

This question has been designed to test the students’ understanding of the text and their ability to interpret,evaluate and respond to the questions based on the given extract.In other words, it attempts to test their reading comprehension only.

Read the extracts given below and answer any one of the two extracts given below (1×4=4)

Far far from gusty waves these children’s faces.
Like rootless weeds, the hair torn round their pallor:
The tall girl with her weighed- down head. The paper-
seeming boy, with rat’s eyes……

1. Which children are referred to in the above lines ?
(i)Street children
(ii) Children of an orphanage
(iii) Slum children
(iv) Children of an asylum


(iii) slum children

2. How are the children ?
(ii)Sad and disappointed
(iii) smart and active
(iv) miserable and depressed


(iv) miserable and depressed

3. Who are they like ?
(i) rootless weeds
(ii) flying birds
(iii) floating boats
(iv) budding flowers


(i) rootless weeds

4. What are they away from ?
(i) nature/gusty waves
(ii) towns and cities
(iii) oceans
(iv)hills and mountains


(i) nature/gusty waves


1. Who is speaking the above lines ?
(i) The poet
(ii) the administrator
(iii) the governor
(iv) the masters


(i) The poet

2.Who is the poet ?
(i) Pablo Neruda
(ii) Stephen Spender
(iii) Kamala Das
(iv)Adrienne Rich


(ii) Stephen Spender

3.How is the girl ?
(i) Her head is down
(ii) Her eyes are watchful
(iii) Her dress is beautiful


(i) Her head is down

4. How is the boy described above ?
(i) as thin as a paper.
(ii) rat’s eyes.
(iii) stunted
(iv) All the above


(iv) All the above

The stunted, unlucky heir
Of twisted bones, reciting a father’s gnarled disease,
His lesson, from his desk. At back of the dim class
One unnoted, sweet and young. His eyes live in a dream,
Of squirrel’s game, in tree room, other than this.

1.Who is the ‘unlucky heir’ above ?
(i) A young boy
(ii) A young girl
(iii) A rabbit
(iv) An old master


(i) A young boy

2.Who is sitting ‘ unnoted’ ?
(i) A young boy
(ii) A soldier
(iii) A master
(iv) A shepherd


(i) A young boy

3.Which game is referred to in the last line ?
(i) The squirrel’s game
(ii) The rabbit’s game
(iii) Hide and seek
(iv) Snakes and ladders


4.What is a tree room here ?
(i)The squirrel’s hole
(ii) the branch of a tree
(iii) nest of a pigeon
(iv) tree leaves


(i) The squirrel’s hole

On sour cream walls,donations,Shakespeare’s head,
Cloudless at dawn,civilized dome riding all cities.
Belled,flowery,Tyrolese valley.Open handed map
Awarding the world its world.

1. Name the poem and the poet.
(i) An Elementary School Classroom in A Slum by Stephen Spender
(ii) My Mother At Sixty six by Kamala Das
(iii)Keeping quiet by Pablo Neruda
(iv)A thing of Beauty by John Keats


(i)An Elementary School Classroom In A Slum by Stephen Spender

2.What are ‘donations’ above ?
(i) Pictures on the walls of the classroom
(ii) colour of the walls
(iii)Roof of the school
(iv) Black board in the classroom


(i)Pictures on the walls of the classroom

3.What is meant by ‘sour cream walls’ ?
(i) The walls are damp and discoloured.
(ii) The walls smell of cream
(iii) The walls are Muggy
(iv) All the above


4.What is not described above ?
(i) Shakespeare’s head
(ii) cloudless dawn
(iii) Hawaiian islands
(iv) Tyrolese valley


(iii) Hawaiian islands

And yet, for these
Children,these windows, not this map, their world,
Where all their future’s painted with a fog,
A narrow street sealed in with a lead sky
Far far from rivers,capes, and stars of words.

1.The lives of the children are confined in
(i) elementary school
(ii)Shakespeare’s world
(iii) Narrow streets of the slum
(iv) Tyrolese valley


(iii) Narrow streets of the slum

2.What is the future of the children ?
(i)happy and secure
(ii) poor and satisfied
(iii)uncertain and bleak
(iv)unhappy but secure


(iii) uncertain and bleak

3.Which of the following words imply a bleak future ?
(i)sour cream walls
(ii) awarding the world its world
(iii)future’s painted with fog
(iv)Shakespeare’s head


(iii) future’s painted with fog

4.What do the words ‘future’s painted with fog’ imply ?
(i)No love and care
(ii) no warmth
(iii) no hardwork
(iv) no scope for improvement


(iv) no scope for improvement

Surely, Shakespeare is wicked,the map a bad example,
With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal-
For lives that slyly turn in their cramped holes
From fog to endless night ?

1.Who is wicked above ?What is the figure of speech used in
(ii) the poet
(iii) the administrators
(iv) The teachers


(i) Shakespeare

2.What kind of future does the slum children have ?
(i)very hopeful
(iii) clear like water
(iv) hopeless and uncertain


iv) hopeless and uncertain

3.Which map is a bad example ?
(i)The map of the world hung on the wall of the classroom.
(ii) the map in the Geography book
(iii) the map of world war
(iv) the map of transportation and communication


(i)The map of the world hung on the wall of the classroom

  1. 4.What are the images of ships and sun signify in the above lines ?
    (i) nature
    (ii) travel
    (iii) adventure
    (iv) development

(i) nature

  1. OR

1.What does ‘cramped holes’ mean ?
(i) They mean small uncomfortable dwellings of slum children
(ii) dark shelters
(iii) congested dwellings
(iv)All the above


(iv)All the above

2.What tempts the children in the classroom to steal ?
(i) The dream of achieving a better life for themselves
(ii) desire to travel
(iii) dream to work
(iv) dream to visit places


(i)The dream of achieving a better life for themselves.

3.What does the poem describe ?
(i)an elementary school classroom in a slum
(II) a social set up
(iii) a cinema hall
(iv)beautiful scenery


(i)An elementary school classroom in a slum

4.What is the figure of speech used in ‘Far far from rivers….’
(ii) Alliteration
(iii) Simile
(iv) Metaphor



Attempt any 8 questions from the 10 given below

1. Why is the boy called ‘the stunted unlucky heir’ ?
(i)He has not inherited the property
(ii)He has not received education
(iii)He has received disability from his father
(iv)None of the above


(iii)He has received disability from his father

2.His eyes live in a dream, A squirrel’s game, in the tree room, other than this means the boy is
(i) full of hope
(ii)mentally ill
(iii)distracted from the lesson
(iv) None


(iii) distracted from the lesson

3.The paper seeming boy with rat’s eyes means :
(ii)thin, hungry, weak
(iii)Unpleasant looking


(ii) thin, hungry, weak

4.Who spell hope for the slum children ?
(iii)governor, inspector


(iv) None

5.The night is endless as there is no ……………………….. for them.
(i) support
(iii) education



6.What are the classrooms like ?
(i) temples of learning
(ii) dim and pathetic
(iii)means of escape
(iv)a happy place


(ii) dim and pathetic

7. One of the following phrases imply unhealthy children. It is
(i)one unnoted
(ii) eyes live on a dream
(iii)a paper seeming boy
(iv) far from gusty waves


8.What are children like in the slums ?
(i)underfed and sickly
(ii) poor but happy
(iii)underfed but energetic
(iv)happy and playful


(i)underfed and sickly


1. ‘At the back of the dim class …’ Why is the classroom dim ?
It is dim as it is poorly lit and in a miserable condition.

2.What is the theme of the poem ?
The poem focuses on the theme of social injustice and inequalities. The poet presents it by talking of the two different worlds – the rich and the civilized and the world of the poor and the deprived.

3.What does the poet tries to depict in the poem?
The poet tries to depict the pathetic and miserable picture of the elementary classroom in a slum. It is poorly lit and needs repair. The children attending it are in a pitiable and miserable condition.

4.Do these children have dreams ?
Yes, some of them do have dreams. A sweet young boy is sitting at the back of the dim classroom dreaming of a squirrel’s game.

5.What has been said about their future ?
Their future is painted with fog. Their future is not clear.There is no one to guide them.

6.Why is the map a bad example ?
The children have never gone out of the slum. Their life is in the slum. Therefore, the map on the wall of the classroom is a bad example since they cannot understand it.


One Long Answer type question from Prose/Poetry (Flamingo) to be answered in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text Questions to provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done.

Q1.What is the message that Stephen Spender wants to give through the poem. An Elementary School Classroom In a Slum’?
In ‘An Elementary School Classroom In a Slum’ the poet Stephen Spender deals with the themes of social injustice and class inequalities. There are two different worlds. The world of so called ‘civilized’ men has nothing to do with the children living in slums. Nor have the art, culture and literature any relevance to them. They live in dark, narrow cramped, holes and lanes. Unless the wide gap between the two worlds is abridged there can’t be any real progress or development. The barriers that bind them will have to be made mentally and physically free to lead happy lives.

Q2. Write in brief the summary of the poem.
The poet describes some children sitting in an elementary school in a slum. The children sitting here present a very miserable view. Their hair are like weeds and scattered on their pale face. A tall girl is sitting with her head bent. There is a small and thin looking boy. His eyes are like that of a rat’s eyes. Then there is an another boy who has disease of swollen and twisted bones and joints. He has got his disease from his father.
The poet notices a young and sweet boy sitting at the back of the class. He is perhaps dreaming about the squirrel’s game in a tree-room for him¬self also. The poet says that the walls of the classroom are cream. They smell like sour cream. There is a bust of Shakespeare in the classroom. There are pictures of big church and the Tyrolese valley having bell-shaped flowers. There is an open-handed map, which shows all the places of the world. But ironically for the children living in the slum their world is not that map but only the scene that can be seen outside the window of their classroom.

He says that Shakespeare is wicked for the children. The big map with all its places, ships and so on tempts the children to steal. These children have to spend their lives in small homes. Their lives are nothing but an endless night. The children have grown so weak that their bones could be seen from their skin. Many of these wear spectacles, and these spectacles have mended glass.
The poet appeals to the governor, inspector and the visitors to do something for the poor children.The children should be shown green fields; they should be allowed to live a free and carefree life. Without any worry they can concentrate well on their studies. The poet says only those people create history who are carefree.

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