Dera students, welcome to the official website Barnomala.in.In this post we have discussed the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ Question & Answer (MCQ,SAQ,DAQ/LAQ/BROAD).Do practice & Score good result in your HS Examination.(WBCHSE) WEST BENGAL.
MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
1……The bleeding bark will -a)Hail b)Hell c)Hill d)Heal……….. Answer…..d) Heal
2…..The root of the tree is the- a)Most important b)Most secured c)Most charming d) Most sensitive……….. Answer…..d)Most sensitive
3…..The root of the tree is to be pulled out-a) Partially b) Forcefully c) Entirely d)Easily………… Answer…..c) Entirety
4…..The root of the tree is- a) green and dry b) green and wet c) white and dry d) white and wet………. Answer…..d) White and Wet
5…..The sun and air process- a) hacking and chopping b) watering and pruning c) pulling out d) scorching and choking ………. Answer…..d) scorching and choking
6…..The poem is written in- a) blank verse b) Iambic Pentameter c) free verse d) rhyming couplet………. Answer…..c) blank verse
7…..The poem expose- a) our love for nature b) our cruelty to nature c) our indifference to nature d) our endeavour to protect nature………. Answer….. b) our cruelty to nature
8…..Which suggest that the tree is personified – a) hack, chop, scorching b) anchoring earth c) leprous hide, bleeding bark, heal and sensitive d) green twigs………. Answer……c) leprous hide, bleeding bark,heal and sensitive
9…..The word ‘Job’ means- a) Job b) Jar c) Jerk d) Stab……….. Answer……d) Stab
10…..The source is white because- a) it absorbs sunlight b) it is has been painted white c) it is hidden inside the earth d) It is full of phosphorus………. Answer…..c) it is hidden inside the earth
11……’Anchoring earth’ means- a) the tree has grown in water b) the tree is strong enough c) it is firmly fixed in the earth d) the tree has human feelings………… Answer……b) the tree is strong enough
12……’Crust’ means – a)inner layer b) outer layer c) sandy layer d) muddy layer………… Answer……b) outer layer
SAQ (Short Answer Type Question)
1…..How does tree go?
Answer:- Slowly by consuming the nutrients from the earth and absorbing sunlight,air and water for years.
2…..Who composed the poem?
Answer:- Give Patel
3…..What does the tree symbolisze?
Answer:- A powerful symbol of life and its struggles.
4….. In what verse from is the poem written?
Answer:- Blank Verse
5….. What role do the sun and air to play in the poem?
Answer:- life givers and life takers.
6…..When does the strength of a tree get exposed?
Answer:- When a tree is pulled out.
7…..What human activity is really ironical in the poem?
Answer:- Man ruins nature that helps us every day.
8…..What lies hidden in earth’s cave?
Answer:- Roots of a tree
9…..What are the steps involved in uprooting a tree?
Answer:- Roping, tying and pulling out completely.
LAQ/DAQ/BROAD Questions -Answer
1….. How does the tree Heal it-self? Or How does a tree offer resistance to its destruction?
Answer:- In the second stanza of the poem On Killing a a Tree, the poet Gieve Patel describes the complete destruction and then a healing tree .The poet says that the simple, single strike of knife cannot kill a tree. It should be cut in a rough and violet way.But even only the chopping alone would not kill the tree. It would not give much pain to it.The bark will heal in the natural process of cell division .The curled green twig will sprout again from near the ground from where the tree has been cut .And if these small twigs are left unchecked ,they will grow again into the former shape and size. Thus the tree tries the resist the human attack.
2….. How can the tree be killed in “On Killing a Tree”? Or How is the process of killing a tree completed? Or “And then it is done” -Explain?
Answer:- In the poem “On Killing a Tree” the poet describes the complete destruction of grow up tree ironically. According to him, the simple, single strike of knife cannot kill a tree because trees are hold securely and tightly with the help of the roots in the earth.So if we want to kill the tree, it needs to root out the tree altogether from earthly bed. Hence the tree is tied with rope -and then, it is pulled out of the earth will all its root. Then the roof should be left in open to scorch and choke. It should be left there till it Brown’s, hardens, twists and withers away .Only after letting it go through, all this, the act of killing a tree can be safely concluded. Here the poem invokes the concept of a funeral.
3…..”And out leproushide
What is ‘hide’? Which is compared to leprous ‘hide’ and why? Explain the inner meaning?
Answer:- In the poem, On Killing a Tree ‘hide’ is the bark of the tree.
The rough bark of the tree is compared to leprous hide.
The word ‘leprous’ means one suffering leprosy. The poet here compares the bark with a man who is suffering leprosy. This disease make man’s rough and having marks .Like this the bark of the tree is brown, dry and rough.
The poet expresses that the development of the tree from within by absorbing sunlight, air and water .Originally Leprous means the destruction. But here it is symbol of growth. Here lies the actual irony.
4…..So hack and chop
But this alone would not do it
What does the expression “hack” and “chop” refer to? What does “it” mean? Why this alone would not do it? And how?
Answer:- The expression “hack” and “chop” means striking hard and cutting into pieces.
‘It’ means the killing of a tree here.
Hacking and chopping would not destroy a tree completely. It may cause pain.
The bleeding bark will heal in the natural process of cell division.Then the curled green twig will sprout again from near the ground from where the tree has been cut .And if these small twigs are left unchecked, they will grow again into the size of formar boughs .In this way the poet, Gieve Patel wants to mean that it is difficult tusk to kill a grow up tree.
5…..What is personification? How does the poet personify the tree in the poem ”On Killing a Tree”
Answer:- Personification is a figure of speech that endows human qualities attributes to a non human object. In the poem “On Killing a Tree”. In the poem “On Killing a Tree”
In this poem “On Killing a Tree” Gieve Patel describes the killing of a tree in such a way that it arouses sympathy within us for the tree. It apparently seems that trees are devoid of any feeling. But like a human being, it grows slowly. It consumes nutrients from the earth and feeds upon its crast. It absorbs sunlight ,air and water for years and grows gradually. Like a human being it passes through different phases of life and finally attenains maturity .The poet describes it’s bark as ‘leprous hide’. The tree bleeds and feels pain like a human being, when it is hacked and chopped.Its bleeding bark heals naturally like other living beings.The life supporting root of the tree is the most sensitive part of the tree because it remains hidden inside the earth.All these images personalify the tree.
6….. Justify the aptness of the title of the poem “On Killing a Tree”
Answer:- In the poem “On Killing a Tree” the poet Gieve Patel describes the process of killing a tree. “killing the tree” is the central idea of the poem. Moroever ,the poet uses the word ‘killing’ the title. Usually the word ‘kill’ is used for animal .But the poet uses the same do describe the action of killing a tree.Our sympathy is usually restricted to animal kingdom. It is not extended up to the plant Kingdom .The objective of the poet is to arouses sympathy in us for plants .At the same time the poet highlights the cruelty of man who feels no remorse on killing trees. Our best friends. The very spirit is beautifully brought out through the little is to a T.