English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Hornbill Chapter 5 The Browning Version Free Solution of Textbook Questions and Answers


(Textbook Questions)


Understanding the text

Q1. Comment on the attitude shown by Taplow towards Crocker-Harris.

Answer: Taplow did not like that Crocker-Harris had called him for extra work. He finds him rule abiding person. Taplow  thinks he does express his feelings and emotions nor he is considerate towards his students. Taplow does not consider him a sadist.

In spite of these feelings, Taplow respects Mr. Crocker-Harris.



Q 2. Does Frank seem to encourage Taplow’s comments on Crocker- Harris?

Answer: No. Frank does not encourage the comments of Taplow about Mr. Crocker-Harris. Frank clarifies to Taplow that Mr Harris is conducting himself as per rules.


Q 3. What do you gather about Crocker-Harris from the play?

Answer: Crocker-Harris is rule abiding teacher. He does not like to break rules. He is devoted to teaching his students even if it means calling them during extra hours.

If students do not study well, he goes to their houses to remind them about studying. Sometimes he misses the appointment given to his students.

He appears to be ignorant of feelings of students. But students still respect him. Students do not consider him a sadist.



Working with words

A sadist is a person who gets pleasure out of giving pain to others.

Given below are some dictionary definitions of certain kinds of persons.

Find out the words that fit these descriptions.

1. A person who considers it very important that things should be correct or genuine e.g. in the use of language or in the arts: Perfectionist

2. A person who believes that war and violence are wrong and will not fight in a war: Pacifist

3. A person who believes that nothing really exists: Nihilist

4. A person who is always hopeful and expects the best in all things: Optimistic

5. A person who follows generally accepted norms of behaviour: Conventional

6. A person who believes that material possessions are all that matter in life: Materialistic




(Textbook Questions)


Think it out

Q 1. Identify the stanza that talks of each of the following.

individuality – Stanza 3

rationalism – Stanza 1

hypocrisy – Stanza 2


Q 2. What according to the poem is involved in the process of growing up?

Answer: One starts differentiating between good and bad, heaven and hell. One starts understanding human behaviour and its hypocrisy. One starts building one’s own thought process and own perspective. One stops giving weightage to other’s thoughts and starts taking pride in own understanding and analysis. However in this process one losses childhood.


Q 3. What is the poet’s feeling towards childhood?

Answer: Poet seems to like the days of childhood a lot. During the process of attaining adulthood and maturity poet develops his own thought and perspective. But he continues to get nostalgic about innocence of childhood. He yearns to conserve his childhood days and memories.


Q 4. Which do you think are the most poetic lines? Why?

Answer: According to me following are the most poetic lines of the poem –

Where did my childhood go?

It went to some forgotten place,

That’s hidden in an infant’s face,

That’s all I know.

These lines truly express the attachment to childhood. Even after becoming a matured person, one is in search of his childhood days. But one cannot get back the innocent days of childhood. These appear to have been lost in the hustle and bustle of routine of every day. The pain of losing childhood is great but one cannot go back to those days. This is the dilemma of life.



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