UP Board solution of English Chapter 2 UP Board Class 12th Flamingo Chapter II An Elementary School Classroom in a slum (Poetry) Book in English & Hindi Medium-gyansindhuclasses

UP Board solution of English Chapter 2 UP Board Class 12th Flamingo Chapter II An Elementary School Classroom in a slum (Poetry) Book in English & Hindi Medium – gyansindhuclasses

UP Board solution of English Chapter 2 UP Board Class 12th Flamingo Chapter II An Elementary School Classroom in a slum (Poetry) Book in English & Hindi Medium-gyansindhuclasses. Writen By : Stephen Spender.

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Chapter II An Elementary School Classroom in a slum

Chapter II An Elementary School Classroom in a slum


Central idea

   An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’ is a poem based on realistic condition of slum children in a slum school. They are very far from basic facilities, they are totally uncared and ignored. Their bodily growth is unbalanced due to lack of necessary elements in the body. They are the followers of their parental diseases. They dream of future, their lives and childhood games, so they remain untouched from the classroom.

      For only showing, many pictures are hung on the classroom wall but found useless. Natural things are presented there but they are distracted from nature. Their future is blocked in those congested streets. Those unapproachable things attract them to achieve but remain failed. Their skin is dull and thin which shows their living standard. They have no facility. Poet gets angry and demands to the authorities for making free those slum children and provide them educational and developing requirements so that they might grow properly and progress in their lives.


(1) 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. 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. What was the condition of the children in the slum?
  2. In the slum, the children were very weak. Their faces and hair well said the story of their poverty.


  1. How were the children in the slum?
  2. In the slum, there was a tall girl with her weighed down head, the paper-seeming boy and stunted, unlucky heir of twisted bones.


  1. Who was at the back of the dim class?
  2. One unnoted, sweet and young boy was at the back of the dim class seeing a dream of squirrel’s game.


  1. the poem and poet of these lines.
  2. The name of the poem is ‘An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’. The name of poet is Stephen Spender.


(2) 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. 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. What was there on sour cream walls?

Ans- On sour cream walls, there were pictures/portraits givers in donations, sceneries with landscapes and dome.

2.What was the world for these children?

Ans–For these children, these windows was their world not this open-handed map.

3.What remains far from their approach?

Ans- Rivers, capes, and stars of words remain far from their approach.


(3) 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? On their slag heap,these children

Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel

With mended glass, like bottle bits on stones.

All of their time and space are foggy slum. So blot their maps with slums as big as doom.

  1. What is a bad example and why?

Ans– The map with ships and sun is a bad example because that love (attraction) tempts (children) to steal. them

2.How is it understood that the children are

physically weak?

Ans- The children in the slum wear skins peeped through by bones which shows that the children are physically weak.

3- What does the poet want?

Ans- The poet wants to blot their maps with slums as big as doom.


(4) Unless governor, inspector, visitor,

This map becomes their window and these

Windows That shut upon their lives like catacombs,

Break O break open till they break the town

And show the children to green fields, and make their world

Run azure on gold sands, and let their tongues Run naked into books the white and green leaves open History theirs whose language is the sun.

  1. How can this map become their window?
  2. This map can become their window only by the active role of governor, inspector visitor etc.
  3. What must be broken according to the poet?
  4. According to the poet, those slum windows must be broken which shut upon their lives like catacombs.
  5. Wht does the poet want for those children?
  6. The poet wants to show those children the green fields and make them free to run azure on gold sands and to provide them education.

Objective Questions (MCQ)

Q1.Identify the literary device in ‘slums as big as doom’.

(a) simile       (✓)

(b) metaphor

(c) alliteration

(d) personification

Q 2.Identify the literary device in ‘whose language is the sun’.

(a) simile

(b) metaphor(✓)

(c) alliteration

(d) personification

Q3.Identify the literary device in ‘spectacles of steel’.

(a) simile

(b) metaphor(✓)

(c) alliteration

(d) personification

Q4.The last stanza is unlike the rest of the poem.

(a) long

(b) short

(c) optimistic(✓)

(d) pessimistic

Q 5.Where do their lives ‘slyly turn’?

(a) in their cramped holes

(b) towards the sun

(c) towards the school

(d) towards the windows

Q 6.The map is a bad example as it makes one aware of

(a) the beautiful world (✓)

(b) cleaner lanes

(c) the political structure

(d) the civil design

Q 7.What does the map represent?

(a) world of the rich and powerful(✓)

(b) world of the poor

(c) world of the slum school children

(d) world the poet wants for the slum children

Q 8.What is the stunted boy reciting?

(a) the lesson from his desk(✓)

(b) Shakespeare’s poetry

(c) leaves of nature

(d) his composition

Q 9.Who sits at the back of the class?

(a) a sweet and young pupil (✓)

(b) a paper seeming boy

(c) a tall girl

(d) a girl with hair like rootless weeds

Q 10. The colour of sour cream is :

(a) white

(b) yellow

(c) off-white

(d) pale

Q11.Identify the literary device in ‘father’s gnarled disease”.

(a) simile

(b) metaphor

(c) alliteration(✓)

(d) personification

Q 12. What attracts the slum children?

(a)The animals

(b) The movies

(c) Icecream

(d) All beautiful things like ship, Sun(✓)

Q13.Who was sitting at the back of the dim class?

(a) a girl

(b) an old man

(c) a teacher

(d) an unnoticed young boy(✓)

Q 14. How can powerful people help the poor children?

(a) by fighting with the government

(b) by fighting with the powerful

(c) by bridging gaps of inequalities and injustice(✓)

(d) by fighting with the rich

Q15. What do the faces of children in the slum areas reflect?

(a) happiness

(b) their aspirations

(c) their happiness

(d) sadness and lack of enthusiasm (✓)

Q 16. What are the poetic devices used in the poem?

(a) alliteration and simile

(b) metaphor and imagery

(c) synecdoche, and irony

(d) All these(✓)

Q17.What kind of life the children living in slums have?

(a) full of love

(b) full of care and warmth

(c) Hopeless and full of struggle(✓)

(d) all these

Q 18.What does the poet want?

(a) to send the children out of the slums(✓)

(b) to send the children to America

(c) to send the children to open fields

(d) to send the children to a beach

Q19. What other freedom the poet wants the slum children to enjoy?

(a) Freedom of roaming

(b) freedom to spend money

(c) freedom to eat

(d) freedom of knowledge, wisdom and expression (✓)

Q 20.What blots the maps of the slum children?

(a) garbage

(b) blockage

(c) stones in the streets

(d) Dirty slums(✓)


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