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


(Textbook Questions)


Understanding the text

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.




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.



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










(Textbook Questions)


Think it out


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.


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.


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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