MCQ of Childhood | Poem 4 | Hornbill | Class XI | English |

MCQ of Childhood | Multiple Choice Questions of Childhood

Stanza 1

When did my childhood go?
Was it the day I ceased to be eleven,
Was it the time I realised that Hell and Heaven,
Could not be found in Geography,
And therefore could not be,
Was that the day!

Questions

  1. What does the poet mean by ‘I ceased to be eleven‘?
  2. Name the poem.
  3. Who is the poet of ‘Childhood‘?
  4. Which poetic device has been used in ‘Hell and Heaven‘?
  5. What does the poet want to know?
  6. What doubts did he have about his lost childhood?

Answers 

  1. He asks if it was the day when he completed eleven years of his life.
  2. Childhood
  3. Markus Natten
  4. Antithesis
  5. He wants to know the time when he lost his childhood.
  6. He is doubtful of losing his childhood at the age of eleven or at the time when he realised the difference between wrong and right.

Stanza 2

When did my childhood go?
Was it the time I realised that adults were not
all they seemed to be,
They talked of love and preached of love,
But did not act so lovingly,
Was that the day!

Questions

  1. How are adults different from what they seem according to the poet’?
  2. What does the word ‘Preach‘ mean?
  3. What does the poet desperately want?
  4. Which poetic device has been used in ‘Talked of love and preached of love‘?
  5. What is the refrain used in this stanza?

Answers 

  1. According to him, they speak of love, preach of love but they don’t behave lovingly
  2. To deliver a sermon
  3. He wants his childhood back.
  4. Repetition
  5. ‘Was that the day’.

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Stanza 3

When did my childhood go?
Was it when I found my mind was really mine,
To use whichever way I choose,
Producing thoughts that were not those of other people
But my own, and mine alone
Was that the day!

Questions

  1. What does the poet mean by ‘I found my mind was really mine‘?
  2. When did the poet lose his childhood according to this stanza?
  3. How does the poet think now?
  4. Name the poem and the poet.

Answers 

  1. According to him, his mind thought whatever he wanted.
  2. When his mind started producing thoughts he liked.
  3. He thinks according to his choices
  4. Childhood by Markus Natten

Stanza 4

Where did my childhood go?
It went to some forgotten place,
That’s hidden in an infant’s face,
That’s all I know.

Questions

  1. What does the poet want to know about his childhood?
  2. What does the word ‘Infant’ mean?
  3. What does the poet want?
  4. How does the poet conclude the poem?
  5. Can he get his childhood back at any cost?

Answers 

  1. He wants to know the place where his childhood has gone.
  2. A child up to 1 year
  3. He wants to get his childhood back at any cost
  4. He concludes saying that Childhood is the best phase of life that can only be found in children.
  5. No, not at all. Age once gone can never be regained.

 

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