English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Hornbill Chapter 6 The Browning Version Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions


(Extra Questions)


Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. Why did Mr. Crocker-Harris not announce the result for the class?

Answer: According to rules of the school, the headmaster announces results on the last day of the school. Mr. Harris was a rule abiding teacher. Hence he did not announce the result.


SA 2. What subject was taught by Frank in the school? Why was he unhappy about his students?

Answer: Frank taught science is the school. Students getting lower mark used to opt of science subject while those scoring higher marks opted for other subjects. Thus he was unhappy because he used to get slackers in his class.


SA 3. Why did Taplow called his book The Agamemnon written by Aeschylus a muck?

Answer: This book was not being taught nicely to the class. The book had so many Greek words strung together. If any student got a word wrong, they had to write fifty lines of the book.

Thus Taplow called this book muck.


SA 4. Why was Taplow called to the school? Did he consider it a punishment?

Answer: Taplow had missed a class during the previous week. To teach him the lesson of that day, his teacher Mr. Crocker-Harris had called Taplow for extra hours.

Taplow did not consider this a punishment.


SA 5. Did Mr. Corcker-Harris disclose the marks obtained by Taplow? What was his reply?

Answer: Mr. Crocker- Harris did not disclose the marks obtained by Taplow. He had told, “I have given you exactly what you deserve. No less; and certainly no more.”


SA 6. Although Mr Crocker-Harris did  not come on time, Taplow did not leave the school. Why?

Answer: Taplow did not have the courage to cut his teacher. He was not sure what would happen if he left the school. Mr. Harris could follow him to his home or do something else.


SA 7. Why was Frank envious of Mr. Crocker-Harris?

Answer: Frank was envious of Mr. Crocker-Harris because of the effect he had on students. He thought that students were scared to death of Mr. Crocker. He had a doubt that Mr. Crocker used to beat his students.


SA 8. How did Mr Crocker- Harris appreciate Taplow when Taplow laughed at his joke?

Answer: Mr Harris said that he was happy to note that Taplow had improved understanding of Greek language. Since Taplow readily understood the joke Harris asked him to explain it to other students of the class.


SA 9. Who is Millie? What did she ask Taplow to do?

Answer: Millie is wife of Mr. Crocker-Harris.

She gave a prescription to Taplow. She asked Taplow to go to the shop of a chemist to buy some medicines for Mr. Crocher.


SA 10. Why was Taplow afraid of going to the shop of Chemist? What assurance he got from Millie?

Answer: Taplow was worried that while he was away Mr. Crocker-Harris may come to the school.

Millie said that Mr. Harris was not likely to come soon. Even if he comes, she will take all the blame.


SA 11. If Taplow had not come to school for extra work, what he would have done?

Answer: Weather on that day was quite fine and suitable for outdoor activities. If Taplow had not come to the school he would have gone out to play golf.


SA 12. Why does Taplow say that Mr. Crocker-Harris is hardly human?

Answer: Taplow had asked Cocker-Harris if he has been promoted to next class. He replied, “I have given you exactly what you deserve. No less; and certainly no more.”

So Taplow said that Harris was hardly human.


SA 12. Why was Taplow afraid to see Millie?

Answer: When Millie entered the school Taplow was talking to Frank about Crocker-Harris. He thought that Millie had overheard him and she might inform Harris about it. Taplow feared that Harris may downgrade him.

So he was afraid to see Millie.


Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

LA 1. Draw a character sketch of Mr. Crocker-Harris.

Answer: Crocker Harris was a rule abiding teacher. He did not declare results to his students. This was to be declared on the last day by the headmaster of the school.

He took lot of efforts in teaching his students. If a student missed a class, he would teach him during extra hours. If a student did not study properly he would even go to his house, probably to have a discussion with parents.

Students thought that Mr. Crocker did not have feelings. He was regarded as a dry and shrivelled up person.

Students did not dare to disobey him. They did not regard him as a sadist. They respected him.

He was committed to his duties. Even on the last day of the session, he wanted to teach Taplow. Though he getting delayed puts him in bad perspective.

Thus Crocker-Harris was a rule abiding and devoted teacher.

LA 2. Write a pen portrait of Taplow.


Taplow is a young student of age about 16 years. He likes playing golf and loves outdoor life.

His communication is very clear and open. He does not mince a word but maintains dignity. He told Frank about Mr. Crocker not informing grades. He did not hesitate to say that some teachers in the school were sadists.

He readily accepted his mistakes and was open for correction. When Frank objected about his remarks, Taplow quickly accepted that he had gone a bit too far.

He respected his teachers. He talks respectfully with Frank. He defends Crocker-Harris about giving extra works. He hesitates to go to the chemist for buying medicine.

He has clears goals set for himself. He wanted to study science.

He was a gullible person. He readily believed Millie and ran to buy medicine.

Thus Taplow was a young, frank and gullible person having clear goals.



(Extra Questions)

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. When did my childhood go?

Was it the day I ceased to be eleven,

Was it the time I realised that Hell and Heaven,

Could not be found in Geography,

And therefore could not be,

Was that the day!

(i) How did poet try to find location of Hell and Heaven?

Answer: He looked into the book of Geography to find their location.

(ii) What age poet thinks he could have lost his childhood?

Answer: Eleven years

(iii) Which poetic device is used in third line of the extract?

Answer: Alliteration. The word ‘H’ has been repeated.

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘stopped’?

Answer: Ceased

EB 2. When did my childhood go?

Was it the time I realised that adults were not

all they seemed to be,

They talked of love and preached of love,

But did not act so lovingly,

Was that the day!

(i) Why does poet not hold adults in good stead?

Answer: Because they do not follow what they preach.

(ii) Which quality of human beings is reflected in this extract?

Answer: Hypocrisy

(iii) Which poetic device is used in the fourth line of the extract?

Answer: Repetition. The word ‘love’ has been repeated.

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘spoke’?

Answer: Talked

(v) Which word in the extract mean ‘taught’?

Answer: Preached

EB 3. When did my childhood go?

Was it when I found my mind was really mine,

To use whichever way I choose,

Producing thoughts that were not those of other people

But my own, and mine alone

Was that the day!

(i) What is the meaning of ‘my mind was really mine’?

Answer: Poet had started acting on his own. He stopped taking guidance from others.

(ii) What do you understand by ‘Producing thoughts that were not those of other people’?

Answer: Poet started thinking independently

(iii) What is the poetic device used in fifth line of the extract?

Answer: Alliteration. The letter ‘m’ has been repeated

(iv) Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘select’?

Answer: Choose

Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

SA 1. What did the poet understand about location of Hell and Heaven?

Answer: The poet looked into the books of Geography to know location of Hell and Heaven. But he could not find location through the books. So he understood that these are imaginary locations.

SA 2. How did poet understand about adults?

Answer: Poet realised that adults did not follow what they preached. Thus he understood their hypocrisy.


SA 3. How did being owner of his mind transform the poet.?

Answer: Now the poet could visualise the world through his own mental powers. He started generating his won thoughts and perspectives. This probably made him self-confident.


SA 4. Briefly describe feelings of poet about childhood.

Answer: Poet regards childhood as mark of innocence. During this period child does not understand Hell and Heaven. The child is truthful and does not indulge in hypocrisy. He has open mind and tries to learn from everybody.

Poet really adores childhood.



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