Playtime Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Playtime Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Claire Horsburgh. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Robin, Dorothy Meets the Scarecrow and The Wooden Bowl so, you can check these posts as well.

Playtime Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Base – the starting place or goal in games
  • Beady – small, round and gleaming
  • Captured – got hold of something or someone by force
  • Defeat – having been beaten in a battle or contest
  • Ferocious – savagely fierce; violent; wild
  • Lair – a place where a wild animal lives
  • Mission – an important task that someone is sent somewhere to do
  • Munched – ate something loudly
  • Snoozing – resting; napping

Question 1: What game is the children playing?

Answer: The children are imagining that they are spies on a mission.

Question 2: What is ‘the mission’?

Answer: ‘The mission’ is getting some gold/apples.

Question 3: Who is the ‘giant beast’?

Answer: The ‘giant beast’ is their father.

Question 4: What does the child compare the bushes and the wall to?

Answer: The bushes are compared to twisted wire; the wall is compared to a warm fire.

Question 5: What is the safe place or base?

Answer: The area next to the garden shed is the safe place or base.

Question 6: What is ‘the dark lair’?

Answer: ‘The dark lair’ is the old garden chair.

Question 7: What do the children do to celebrate their ‘win’?

Answer: They eat the apples they have got to celebrate their ‘win’.

Question 8: Who do you think says, ‘Ah, the monster, the beast has got you now!’?

Answer: Either of the girls or their father could have said this.

Question 9: Write two short accounts describing:

  • What happens in the children’s imaginative game.
  • What really happens.

Answer: Two accounts:

  • One spy guards the base while the other tries to sneak past the beast to get to the gold. Just after the spy has got the gold, she is caught by the beast but the two spies fight off the beast and escape back to their base. The beast goes back to its lair.
  • Two sisters are playing a game while their father is relaxing in the garden. One sister tries to sneak past her father to pick apples. Their father joins in the game by pretending to be asleep, catching one of them and play-fighting with them. The girls eat apples from the tree and their father goes back to relaxing in the garden chair

Question 10: Read the lines and answer the questions:

I did not notice the beast’s beady eye
Opening slowly (my dad could be sly).

(a) Who does not notice the beast?

Answer: The girl by the apple tree does not notice the beast.

(b) Who is the beast?

Answer: Her father is the beast.

(c) How does the poet show us what is really happening?

Answer: The poet tells us what is really happening by writing the real situation in brackets.

(d) What happens next?

Answer: The father joins in the game and ‘captures’ the girl.

So, these were Playtime Questions & Answers.

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