The Flower School Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Flower School Questions & Answers.

The poet finds the concept of conventional schooling a difficult way to learn so, he has conveyed his feelings through the poem. Below are given its questions and answers. I have also shared the questions and answers of The Windmill and Palanquin Bearers so, you can check these posts as well.

The Flower School Questions & Answers

Question 1: Read the lines given below and answer the questions that follow.

“When storm-clouds rumble…………………….. dance upon the grass in wild glee.”(Please refer to the poem for complete stanza).

(a) Find the synonym of the word ‘humid’.

Answer: moist

(b) From where the flower children come out?

Answer: The child in the poem believes that the flower children go to school underground and they come out of this school to play in the open when the monsoon arrives.

(c) Who is the child in the poem speaking to?

Answer: The child in the poem is speaking to his mother.

(d) Which is the season referred to by the poet in these lines?

Answer: The poet refers to the monsoon or rainy season in these lines.

Question 2: What happens when the monsoon arrives?

Answer: When the monsoon arrives the flower children have their holidays, so they step out of their underground schools that are closed doors to play in the rains. The branches clash together in the forest, and the leaves rustle in the wild wind and the thunder-clouds clap their giant hands to celebrate the joy with the flower children.

Question 3: Read the lines given below and answer the questions that follow.

“They do their lessons with doors…………….. them stand in a corner.”

(Please refer to the poem for complete stanza).

(a) Who is referred to as ‘They’ in the lines above?

Answer: The flower children are referred to as ‘they’ in the lines above.

(b) Who do you think is the master of the flower children?

Answer: Nature is the master of the flower children.

(c) How is the school of the flower children according to the child in the poem?

Answer: The school of the flower children is underground and is conducted in closed doors. It is very strict and disciplined too since according to the child in the poem the flower children are punished if they do not obey their masters.

(d) Find the synonym of the word ‘close’.

Answer: shut

(e) Why does the child in the poem say so? What does he convey in the above lines?

Answer: The child in the poem says that the flowers are taught in closed rooms and not allowed to play before time. They do not come out of the room till their homework is over and if they come out they are scolded by their teachers. The child says this because he is visualizing the flowers as human beings. Just as the children in schools are not allowed to go out and play before the prescribed time and are scolded by the teacher if they do so.

The Flower School Questions & Answers

Question 4: Read the lines given below and answer the questions that follow.

“When the rains come……………………. pink and yellow and white.”

(a) According to the child, when do the flowers have their holiday? And how is it described?

Answer: The flowers have holidays in the monsoon during which the clouds rumble, thunder claps, the wild wind blows, and the showers come down.

(b) What does the child in the poem say about the flowers that make it evident that he is personifying them?

Answer: The child says that there is a school of flowers underground. The flowers come out in colourful dresses and dance happily during holidays like children.

Question 5: What does the poet mean by the line – ‘Then crowds of flowers………………………from nobody knows where’.

Answer: Sometimes several flowers bloom together in sunlight or in climatic conditions favourable to flowers. The poet visualizes this situation as crowds of flowers coming out, suddenly.

Question 6: How does the poet reflect the imagination of a child?

Answer: The poet reflects the imagination of a child who talks to his mother about the flowers that go to school and their activities during the holidays.

Question 7: What does ‘mother’ in the poem represent? What her importance is as portrayed in the poem?

Answer: ‘Mother’ represents Mother Nature or the universal mother. The mother portrayed in the poem is the one with whom the poet can share his deepest thoughts and feelings. She embodies love, safety and eternity. He knows the need for a mother is natural and spontaneous, as experienced by all of Nature’s creations.

The Flower School Questions & Answers

Question 8: How has the child in the poem compared the flowers to the human children?

Answer: The child in the poem ‘The Flower School’ has very beautifully compared the flowers to the children going to school. He says that the flower children go to school just as the human children do and their school is also strict and disciplined like the schools of the human children. They go to the underground school and study behind a closed door, just as human children study in their classrooms. They are like human children eager to come out and play in the open when the monsoon arrives. The flower children also have a house in the sky where their mother waits for them to come back from school during their holidays. Just like the human children are eager to go to their mothers the flower children raise their arms in a hurry to meet their waiting mother up in the sky.

Question 9: How the poet has conveyed his feelings that he finds the concept of conventional schooling a difficult way to learn?

Answer: Here the poet has presented an analogy, between offshoots of flower plants preparing underground before they come out and the way children get typically schooled – behind the doors shut – apparently preparing their lessons but longing from within for freedom to reach their mother or to play in a field – disciplined by a master who asks them to stand in a corner if they come out to play early.

Question 10: Which elements of nature celebrate holidays with the flower children and how?

Answer: The branches, the leaves and the thunder clouds celebrate the holidays by clashing together in the forest, by rustling and by clapping their giant hands respectively.

So, these were The Flower School Questions & Answers.