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Elementary School Classroom in a Slum MCQ


Elementary School Classroom in a Slum MCQ: The MCQs for Class 12 English Poem 2, “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum” by Stephen Spender, is now available for students to practice. These MCQs have been compiled specifically for students of Class 12 who are studying from the NCERT Flamingo book. Each question in the MCQ has four options, and the correct answer is provided as well. Additionally, students can take a free test of the MCQs to further hone their skills. These MCQ questions have been carefully selected to align with the latest exam pattern as announced by CBSE.

Elementary School Classroom in a Slum MCQ

Q1- Who has written the poem Elementary School Classroom in a Slum?

A) Kipling
B) Wordsworth
C) Kamlanath
D) Stephen Spender


Q2- What theme did the poet concentrate on in the poem?

A) themes of social injustice and class inequalities.
B) theme of children and their happiness
C) theme of insecurities
D) none


Q3- What does the poet portray in the poem?

A) young minds
B) playfulness of the children
C) questions of children
D) the plight of young children in the slums


Q4- What does the poet compare in the poem?

A) the young and old
B) generation gaps
C) old age and childhood
D) rich (haves) and poor children (have nots)


Q5- What kind of life do the children living in slums have?

A) full of love
B) full of care and warmth
C) Hopeless and full of struggle
D) all of these


Q6- What does the poet compare the colour of walls with?

A) rotten fruits
B) stale chapatis
C) rotten vegetables
D) sour cream


Q7- What are the poetic devices used in the poem?

A) alliteration and simile
B) metaphor and imagery
C) synecdoche, and irony
D) All of these


Q8- What do the words “Their future is painted with fog” convey?

A) no love and care
B) no warmth
C) no hard work
D) no hope of improvement


Q9- What do the faces of children in the slum areas reflect?

A) happiness
B) their aspirations
C) their energy
D) sadness and lack of enthusiasm


Q10- What is ironical about the wall hangings and donations in the classroom?

A) set up in very clean environment
B) completely opposite to the needs of the children in the classroom
C) set up in happy environment
D) set up in gloomy set up


Q11- What does the paper-seeming boy mean?

A) had a paper in his hand
B) was as thin as a sheet of paper
C) was white in colour like a sheet of paper
D) All of these


Q12- What is the Tree Room in the poem?

A) A tree – shaped room
B) A room on a tree where squirrels play
C) A room on a tree where rats play
D) A room on a tree where pigeons play


Q13- What do Catacombs signify?

A) relevance of the map hanging on the wall of the classroom
B) confinement to the slums, the maps being irrelevant
C) importance of the school
D) death


Q14- Why are the pictures and maps meaningless?

A) they are fake and show a false thing
B) they are old and have faded away
C) they show vastness which is opposite to the world and needs of the children in the classroom
D) All of these

Q15- How can powerful people help 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


Q16- What does the poem describe?

A) A classroom in a slum area
B) social setup of India
C) different mindsets
D) beauty of the surroundings


Q17- What does the poet wish for the children of the slums?

A) He wishes them to be happy and healthy
B) He wishes a good change for them
C) he wants them to enjoy the bounties of nature
D) All of these

Q18- “Far far from gusty waves these children’s faces.
Like rootless weeds, the hair torn round their pallor”: what do these words express?

A) poor state of the classroom
B) poor plight of children’s homes
C) poor plight of teachers
D) poor plight of the slum children


Q19- Why is the head of the tall girl ‘weighed down’?

A)by the burden of studies
B) by the burden of work
C) by the burden of her world
D) All of these


Q20- What is the meaning of ‘The paper seeming boy, with rat eyes’?

A) rich people
B) rich children
C) powerful people and their influence
D) weak and malnutritioned boy



Q21- What kind of look do the faces and hair of the children give?

A) rich and beautiful faces
B) bright, neat faces
C) healthy appearances
D) pale faces, scattered and undone hair


Q22- His eyes live in a dream- what is the dream?

A) watching a movie
B) going abroad
C) eating ice cream
D) dream of better times with games and open spaces


Q23- Who was sitting at the back of the dim class?

A) a girl
B) an old man
C) a teacher
D) a young boy


Q24- Who is the unlucky heir and what has he inherited?

A) a fat boy, has inherited obesity from his mother
B) a short, thin boy, has inherited stunted growth from his family
C) an intelligent boy, has inherited intelligence
D) thin boy with rat’s eyes, has inherited a deformed body from his father


Q25- What is the stunted boy reciting?

A) a happy song from his seat
B) a religious song in a group
C) a sad song from the front of the class
D) a lesson from his desk


Q26- What does the color of the classroom walls point out?

A) happy and poor state
B) happy and rich state
C) poor condition of the slum
D) none of these


Q27- What does the expression ‘Open handed map ” show?

A) power of the poor
B) the poor can not access the world
C) the poor are powerless
D) maps are open to all, they reveal everything


Q28- ‘Awarding the world its world’ what do these words express?

A) the world is ours
B) the world is yours
C) the world belong to the poor
D) the world belongs to the rich


Q29- In what sense are the slum children different?

A) their IQ
B) their wisdom
C) their dresses
D) because of no access to hope and openness of the world


Q30- What kind of future do the slum children have?

A) very hopeful
B) bright
C) clear like water
D) hopeless and uncertain


Q31- What attracts the slum children?

A)The animals
B) The movies
C) icecream
D) All beautiful things like ship, Sun


Q32- What do the words ‘From fog to endless night ‘ mean?

A) bright light outside
B) bright future
C) hopelessness
D) Dark and uncertain future of slum children from birth to death


Q33- Mention any two images used to explain the plight of the slum children.

A) open handed map
B) from his desk
C) belled,flowery
D) foggy slums and bottle bits on stones


Q34- What blots the maps of the slum children?
A) garbage
B) blockage
C) stones in the streets
D) Dirty slums


Q35- What does the poet show through expressions ‘so blot their maps with slums as big as doom’?

A) his clot the street
B) enjoy the maps
C) big maps
D) the slums spell doom for the poor


Q36- What do the ‘governor’, inspector, visitor’ in the poem depict?

A) higher officials
B) Government officials
C) Political people
D) Powerful and influential people


Q37- What have the windows done to the children’s lives in the poem?

A) shut the doors
B) blocked the passage
C) clocked the Sunlight
D) have shut the children inside and blocked their growth


Q38- 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


Q39- What does the expression ‘Break O break open’ suggest?

A) barriers on the road
B) barriers of garbage heap
C) barriers of dirty environment must be broken
D) None


Q40- 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

Elementary School Classroom in a Slum MCQ Answer Key

1 D 11 B 21 D 31 D
2 A 12 B 22 D 32 D
3 D 13 B 23 D 33 D
4 D 14 C 24 D 34 D
5 C 15 C 25 D 35 D
6 D 16 A 26 C 36 D
7 D 17 D 27 D 37 D
8 D 18 D 28 D 38 D
9 D 19 C 29 D 39 C
10 B 20 D 30 D 40 A


In conclusion, practicing MCQs for “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum” by Stephen Spender can be an effective way for students of Class 12 to gain a better understanding of the poem. These MCQs have been designed based on the latest exam pattern announced by CBSE and are an excellent resource for students preparing for their exams. By taking advantage of the free tests and carefully curated questions, students can improve their performance and achieve success in their English exams. For more MCQs on Elementary School Classroom in a Slum Mcq please bookmark this page.

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