A Boy and His Dad Questions & Answers

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This poem is written by Edgar Albert Guest. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers The Chimney Sweeper and The Poem of Adventure so, you can check these posts as well.

A Boy and His Dad Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Fellowship – companionship
  • Fancy – imagine
  • Drifting – moving
  • Martial – related to fighting
  • Ken – range of knowledge
  • Clicking – sharp sound
  • Glorious – wonderful
  • Gay – happily, excited
  • Steeped – soaked
  • Envy – desire

Question 1: Where are the father and son? What is the father teaching his son?

Answer: The father and his son are on an open boat for a fishing trip. The father is teaching his son how to be a finest man in the world.

Question 2: In the first stanza, the poet creates a happy and leisurely atmosphere? Describe it.

Answer: In the first stanza the poet creates a happy and leisurely atmosphere by saying that white clouds are lazily drifting by and the gushing water of the stream is creating sound like laughter as it runs along.

Question 3: Why does the poet write that even kings cannot compare with the father?

Answer: The poet writes that even kings cannot compare with the father because he is guiding his mind to be a good individual and how to deal with the situations.

Question 4: Based on your reading of the poem, who do you think is happier – the man or the boy? Why?

Answer: In my opinion both the man and the boy are happier because the father is happy seeing his son growing up and the son is happy because he has learnt the ways of being the finest gentleman in the world.

Question 5: Why does the poet envy the ‘builders of life’s companionship’?

Answer: The poet envied the ‘builders of life’s companionship’ because he is remembering his old days when he used to come in fishing trips along with his father.

A Boy and His Dad Questions & Answers

Question 6: In stanza 2, what does the poet imagine the father and the son are talking about?

Answer: Both the boy and his father are peacefully chattering. Father teaches his son the ways of men and the son is learning.

Question 7: From whom, according to the poet, can a boy best learn about the ‘ways of men’?

Answer: A boy can best learn about the ‘ways of men’ from his father.

Question 8: What is the father learning about his son?

Answer: The father is learning about the glorious depths of his son.

Question 9: Read and answer the questions:
I fancy I hear them talking there
In an open and speech is fair.

(a) Whom does ‘them’ refer to?

Answer: ‘Them’ refer to Father and son.

(b) Describe the setting of where they are in few words?

Answer: They are in open boat on a fishing trip.

(c) What does the poet think they’re talking about?

Answer: The poet thinks that the father is telling the ways and the son is learning the ways to be a finest man.

Question 10: Read and answer the questions:
And the laughing stream as it runs along
With the clicking reel like a martial song,

(a) What does the poet mean by ‘the laughing stream’?

Answer: By ‘the laughing stream’ the poet means the sound that is coming from the flow of water is like a laughter.

(b) How can the reel be clicking?

Answer: A reel can be clicking because of the sound that comes when a cylindrical device used for winding and unwinding the lines is moved in a circular direction.

(c) Find a simile in the above lines and explain it?

Answer: The simile in the above lines is laughing stream because streams is compared to the laughter of a human.

A Boy and His Dad Questions & Answers

Question 11: Read and answer the questions:
He is learning the glorious depths of him,
And he thoughts he thinks and his every whim;

(a) Whom doe ‘he’ and ‘him’ refer to respectively?

Answer: He is the boy and him is the father.

(b) What is ‘he’ finding about ‘him’?

Answer: He is finding about his thoughts he thinks and his change of thoughts which are unexplained.

(c) What will ‘he’ discover when night comes on?

Answer: When the night comes on, he will discover how close he has grown to his little son.

Question 12: Read and answer the questions:
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air…..

(a) Whom does the poet envy?

Answer: The poet is envious of the father and his son.

(b) Why is the poet envious?

Answer: The poet is envious because it reminds him about his father and his teachings in his old days.

(c) What comes to the poet’s mind as he sees ‘them’?

Answer: Jealousy comes to the poet’s mind as he sees them.

So, these were A Boy and His Dad Questions & Answers.