MCQ of Father to Son | Poem 5 | Hornbill | Class XI | English |

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MCQ of Father to Son | Multiple Choice Questions of Father to Son |

Short Answer Type Questions of Father to Son

Stanza 1

I do not understand this child
Though we have lived together now
In the same house for years. I know
Nothing of him, so try to build
Up a relationship from how
He was when small. Yet have I killed


  1. What does the father fail to understand?
  2. Name the poem.
  3. Who is the poet of ‘Father to Son‘?
  4. What does the poet try to do?
  5. What kind of relationship does the father want to establish with his son?


  1. He fails to understand the nature of her child.
  2. Father to Son
  3. Elizabeth Jennings
  4. He tries to maintain a good and healthy relationship with his son despite the mistakes made by him.
  5. The same relationship which he had with his son in latter’s childhood.

Stanza 2

The seed I spent or sown it where
The land is his and none of mine?
We speak like strangers, there’s no sign
Of understanding in the air.
This child is built to my design
Yet what he loves I cannot share.


  1. Who is ‘I’ in the first line?
  2. What is ironical about the father and son’s relationship?
  3. Which poetic device has been used in ‘We speak like strangers‘?
  4. How was the child been brought up and prepared?
  5. What does his son love according to the poet?


  1. A helpless father who wants to live with his son.
  2. They live in the same house for years but do not talk to each other.
  3. Simile
  4. The child was brought up well as per the choices made by the father.
  5. The father himself fails to know what his child loves. He loves to live alone definitely.

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Stanza 3

Silence surrounds us. I would have
Him prodigal, returning to
His father’s house, the home he knew,
Rather than see him make and move
His world. I would forgive him too,
Shaping from sorrow a new love.


  1. What does the word ‘Prodigal‘ mean?
  2. Where does the father want his son to return?
  3. What does the father not want to see?
  4. What efforts is the father ready to make in order to sweeten the relationship with his son?
  5. Which poetic device has been used in ‘Shaping from sorrow a new love’?


  1. Extravagant/Wasteful
  2. To his father’s home
  3. Father doesn’t want to see his son making his own home.
  4. Father is ready to forgive his son. Besides, he is ready to start loving his son from scratch.
  5. Alliteration

Stanza 4

Father and son, we both must live
On the same globe and the same land,
He speaks: I cannot understand
Myself, why anger grows from grief.
We each put out an empty hand,
Longing for something to forgive.


  1. Who is the speaker of the first line?
  2. What makes the father angry?
  3. What does phrasal verb ‘Put out’ mean?
  4. What is the longing of both father and son?


  1. Elizabeth Jennings, the poet.
  2. Pain of living away and his son’s not understanding him make him angry.
  3. Extend
  4. They want to forgive each other but can’t.

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