2nd PUC On Children 1 mark Important Questions and Answers

2nd PUC On Children 1 mark Important Questions and Answers


It is a poem that speaks of the role of parents in raising children. This poem serves as an iconoclast, deconstructing the established beliefs and customs that dictate the attitudes of parents towards children.

SUMMARY of On Children 2nd PUC


This poem is extracted from the poet Khalil Gibran work ‘The Prophet’ which is his best known work. Here some women requested the Prophet to tell them about children. The prophet tells them that every parent should not regard his children as his own because they are born because of our desires and passions which we try to see in our children.

Children really are not born to us but borne by us, even if they live with us they are not ours because they have their own desires, passions, likings, love, hobbies, etc. Even if you love your  child with your whole heart, you will never be able to express your real thoughts about them-what you expect from them, what you want them to become, how should they treat you and respect you or love you because, just like their parents even children have their own thought, love, desires, passions, like and dislikes. They dream about their future life.

The prophet tells them that they can own and nurture children only physically but they can’t own their children’s thoughts and dreams. The prophet advises the parents to be like their children and not train their children to lead a life like their own, because children are the future citizens of this world and their intelligence will help to build better world. Just as arrows can be shot from a bow, parents are like bows and children are like arrows and they can be launched for a better future.

The prophet compares Almighty to an Archer who sees very distant goals and prompts them to shoot arrows at that goal in a swift and correct direction. The prophet advises the parents to bow before this great archer i.e., the Almighty, with gratefulness and humility because the Almighty blesses and loves the children and their parents equally.

2nd PUC On Children  1-Mark  Important Questions and Answers

Q.1. According to the prophet, what may be driven to the children?

Ans. love and affection

Q.2. In On Children’, you may give them your love but not your

(a) dreams

(b) thoughts

(c) Gladnes

Ans thoughts

Q.3.Where, according to the speaker of ‘On Children’, do the souls of children dwell?

Ans. In the house of tomorrow

Q.4. What according to the speaker, can parents not visit in ‘On Children’?

Ans. Mother Earth

Q.5.In ‘On Children’, God loves the arrow that lies as well as the bow that…

Ans.is stable

Q.6.According to the Prophet, what may be given to the children?

Ans .Love


Q.7. What does ‘living arrows’ refer to in ‘On Children’?

Ans. Children


Q.8.And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.’ And he said: Here he refers

(a) her child

(b) the Prophet

(c) the poet

Ans. (b) the ‘prophet


Q.9. ‘Your children are not your children’ means

(a) they do not belong to their parents only

(b) the children should have their own space

(C) parents should not be possessive of their children

Ans.(c) parents should not be possessive of their children


Q.10. “They come through you, but are not from you means:

(a) though parents give birth to their children, they do not own them

(b) children have independent personalities

(c) parents should be indifferent to their children

Ans. (b) children have independent personalities


Q.11. their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow means:

(a) children belong to the future

(b) parents cannot shape their children’s future

(c) children have a different vision of life

Ans.(a) children belong to the future


Q.12. The bows and living arrows’ refer to  

Ans. Parents and children.


Q.13. For even as he loves the arrow that flies, she loves also the bow that is stable’ Discuss the contrast between the underlined words

Ans. The poet (the prophet) implies that ‘flies’ means to move a future. He tells the parents that God loves the children just like their parents and the children move away from thier parents seeking a better future, to persue their dreams But parents having achieved what they wanted, are ‘stable, ie, satisfied with whatever they have gained or earned


Q.14. Who are referred to as ‘bows’ and arrows’ in the poem ‘On Children’?

Ans. “bows are the parents and arrows are the children


Q.15. Who is stable like the bow in ‘On Children’?

Ans. Parents.

Q.16. What shouldn’t the parents give their children, according to Khalil Gibran?

Ans. Their thoughts

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