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WB Board HS Class 12 Solutions for English/On Killing A Tree

WB Board Class XII English Notes 

On Killing A  Tree


On Killing A  Tree

MCQ-Type questions with Answers :

1. ‘On killing a tree ‘ is written by – 
(a) Bank verse, (b) free verse, (c) nonsense verse, (d) heroic verse.
2. Where does irony lie in the poem /
(a) That the killing is almost ceremonial,(b) that trees don’t die, (c) that nature is resilient, (d) that man is a killer. 
3. ‘On killing a tree’ is written by- 
(a) A British poet, (b) an American Poet, (c) an Indian , (d) an Irish poet.
4. To kill a tree takes – (a) little time,(b) an hour, (c) much time, (d) a day
5. Gieve Patel writes very much in the style of – 
(a) Octavio Paz, (b) H.W. Longfellow, (c) Philip Larkin, (d) Arthur Rimbaud.
6. ‘On killing a Tree’ conveys the sense of the – 
(a) Uncommon, (b) ordinary, (c) unreal, (d) surreal.
7. The task of killing a tree is – 
(a) Ceremonial, (b) methodical, (c) logical, (d) controversial.
8. “It takes much time to kill a tree.” The statement points out-
(a) Nature’s resilience, (b) ceaseless effort of man, (c) a simple exercise of man, (d) the rapid growth of the tree.
9. “On killing a Tree ‘reflects the poet’s concern for-
(a) Greed and violence, (b) wanton destruction of environment, (c) natural tendency of man, (d) the sacred duty of a citizen.
10. A simple  blow of the knife – (a) can kill a tree ,(b) can encourage a tree to grow, (c) cannot kill a tree, (d) can be fatal to a tree.
11. The poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ is based on the theme that –
(a) Adversity is a blessing in disguise, (b) inspite of all odds, life tries to recreate itself, (c) struggle is life, (d) it is useless to cry over spilt milk.
12. The tree is too hardy to be destroyed with-
(a) A sudden pull of the rope, (b) a simple blow of the knife, (c) the destruction of leaves and branches,(d) the severance of the bark.
13. The tree has grown by feeding itself on the nutrition provided by-
(a) The sun, (b) air, (c) water, (d) the universe.
14. The tree  has become strong by absorbing life-supporting elements from – 
(a) The sun, (b) air, (c) water, (d) the universe.
15. By consuming the nutrients of the earth , the tree has grown –
(a) At rapid rate, (b) very slowly, (c) fast, (d) slowly.
16. The  expression ‘leprous hide’ refers to –
(a) The tree bark, (b) the leper’s skin, (c) smooth skin, (d) none.
17. The word, ‘crust’ here refers to – 
(a) The outer part of bread, (b) the earth’s solid exterior, (c) the bark of the tree, (d) the scaly covering on a skin lesi.
18. The expression, “Leprous hide’ is a fine example of – 
(a) Irony, (b) metaphor, (c) simile, (d) assonance.
19. The tree is mature enough to –
(a) prevent new twigs from sprouting, (b) fall at the hands of man, (c) bring forth young leaves.(d)  grow in just one hour.

20. The tree has grown out of the earth-
(a) Peacefully, (b) steadily, (c) quickly, (d) slowly.
21. The word, ‘leprous’ connotes the poet’s- 
(a) Negative attitude, (b) diagnostic mind, (c) optimistic view, (d) destructive opinion.
22. ‘Leprous hide’ bears-
(a) Fruit, (b) flower, (c) leaves, (d) birds.
23. What will rise from close to the ground-
(a) New yellow shoots, (b) curled green twigs, (c) new roots, (d) small branches.
24. The expression, ‘feeding upon its crust’ brings in the assoiciation of – (a) bread, (b) a leper, (c) a ceremony, (d) a simple job
25. The poet uses the expression, ‘sprouting leaves’ to suggest the idea of –
(a) approaching death, (b) a vibrant life, (c) producing a new replica, (d) continuous life-cycle.
26. The purpose of killing the tree is not fulfilled inspite of – 
(a) Hacking, (b) chopping, (c) inflicting pain, (d) all of the above.
27. The epithet, ‘hack and chop’ clearly  reveals- 
(a) Resilience of the tree, (b) a philosophy of violence, (c) greater violence against nature, (d) sympathy for the tree. 
28. Hacking and chopping can cause a tree –
(a) much pain, (b) little pain, (c) not so much pain, (d0 pleasure.
29. The figure of speech used in the expression, ‘Not so much pain will do it’ is –
(a) Hyperbole, (b) hyperbaton, (c) personification, (d) imagery.
30. The phrase, ‘bleeding bark’ brings before our eyes the condition of a – 
(a) Dying branch, (b) growing new shoots, (c) severed bark, (d) withering tree-stump.
31. The literary device used in the phrase, ‘bleeding bark’ is- 
(a) Alliteration, (b) allusion, (c) personification, (d) metaphor.
32. A twig is a –
(a) Sapling, (b) big branch, (c) tender shoot of a tree, (d) stem of the young tree.
33. New shoots will appear from-
(a) The bark, (b) close to the ground, (c) the leaves, (d) the stump of the tree.
34. Green twings rising out of the severed stem are-
(a) Shining , (b) healthy, (c) curved, (d) wavering.
35. The growth of ‘miniature boughs’ is suggestive of the –
(a) Undying strength, (b) futile act of killing, (c) birth right of a tree, (d) lively attitude of the poet.
36. Green  twigs are curled because they are-
(a) Fresh, (b) young, (c) new, (d) weak.
37. If the small branches are not checked, the tree will-
(a) Wither, (b) spread out, (c) break down, (d) die.
38. ‘To former size’. Here ‘size’ refers to the –
(a) Shape of the tree after death, (b) structure of the sapling, (c) form of a full-fledged tree, (d) small replica of the brances.
39. The word ‘No’  forming a single line conveys the sense of –
(a) Sadness, (b) joy, (c) doubt, (d) determination.
40. The tree’s inner source of strength is its-
(a) Taproot, (b) root, (c) bark, (d) stem.
41. What does the poet  refer to as the ‘strength of the tree’-
(a) Green twigs, (b) miniature boughs, (c) sprouting leaves, (d) life-supporting root.
42. The figure of speech used in the phrase, ‘anchoring earth’ is – 
(a) Metaphor, (b) allusion, (c) personification, (d) simile.
43. In the expression, ‘anchoring earth’,  the earth is compared to –
(a) Ropes, (b) iron weight with flukes, (c) a sharp implement, (d) a curved  instrument.
44. The first step of uprooting tree is to-
(a) Pull out, (b) snap out, (c) tie a rope, (d) dig the earth.
45. The word ‘crust’ means-
(a) Inner layer, (b) outer layer, (c) sandy layer, (d0 muddy layer.
46. When  the roots are pulled out, the earth looks as hollow as a –
(a) Pit, (b) big hole, (c) cave, (d) fissure.
47. The most sensitive part of the tree is the –
(a) Root, (b) bark, (c) twigs, (d) leaves.
48. The source of the tree is –
(a) Pale, (b) green, (c) white, (d) red.
49. The expression , ‘earth cave’ suggests-
(a) Poor condition of the earth, (b) helpless state of the tree, (c) man’s exploitation of nature, (d) destruction of life.
50. The portion of the root inside the earth is wet because-
(a) The sap is oozing out of it, (b) the soil is removed , (c) the stump of the tree is broken, (d) the tree will produce no more shoots.
51. In the last stanza of the poem, the word , ‘matter’ refers to-
(a) Nourishment, (b) systematic destruction, (c) accomplishment, (d) the process of growth.
52. The roots have lain hidden in the soil for-
(a) Centuries, (b) months, (c) days, (d) years.
53. The term, ‘browning’ refers to the effect of –
(a) Heat of the Sun of the trunk, (b) burning of leaves, (c) the sun in the soil, (d) moisture on the stem.
54. A tree will not be completely dead until it-
(a) Turns brown, (b) hardens, (c) withers, (d) gets twisted.
55. “And then it is done.” Here ‘it’ refers to the process of –
(a) Killing , (b) scorching, (c) choking, (d) twisting.
56. The observation about the growth of the tree is –
(a) The tree grows slowly, (b)the tree does not grow at all, (c) the tree grows steadily, (d) the tree grows rapidly.
57. In the poem the killing of a tree is described as –
(a) A healthy exercise, (b) a deliberate act, (c) a woodcutter’s job, (d) an innocent act
58. The poet seems to suggest that in order to kill a tree-
(a) plucking out all the leaves will do the job, (b) some pain will do the job, (C) cutting the branches will do the job, (d) total destruction of the roots will do the job.
59. “And then it is done.” – Here ‘it’ refers to –
(a) Killing a tree , (b) planting of a tree, (c) healing touch, (d) green twigs.
60. On what tone does the poem end?
(a) Of achievement, (b) of tragedy, (c) of joy, (d) of irony.

WBCHSE class 12 English Notes


SA  Type :
1. Who composed the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree”? 
Ans. Gieve patel composed the poem ‘On Killing a Tree”.
2. What does Gieve Patel want to express in the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’?
Ans. Gieve Patel shows how systematically man is destroying the environement.
3. How much time does it take to kill a tree ?
Ans. It takes  much time to kill a tree.
4. How has the tree grown up ?
Ans. The tree has grown up slowly getting nourishment from the earth.
5. What do you mean by ‘consuming the earth’?
Ans. The expression, ‘consuming the earth’ means taking in nutrients from the earth.
6. What does the expression ‘leprous hide’, in Gieve Patel’s poem ‘On Killing a Tree’, refer to ?
Ans. It refers to the discoloured and rough bark of a tree.
7. What sprouts out of the ‘leprous hide’?
Ans. Green leaves sprout out of the ‘leprous hide’.
8. From where will the curled green twigs arise ?
Ans. Curled green twigs will arise from the close to the ground of the trees.
9. “But this alone won’t do it”.- What is ‘it’ ?
Ans. Here ‘this’ refers to hacking and chopping of a tree.
10. “But this alone won’t do it”.-What is ‘it’ ?
Ans. Here ‘it’ refers to the difficult task of killing a tree .
11. What does the expression , ‘bleeding bark’, suggest ?
Ans. The expression ,’bleeding bark’, suggests that the tree also bleeds like a human being when it is chopped.
12. What will rise from close to the ground if a tree is hacked and chopped ?
Ans. If a tree is hacked and chopped, green twigs will rise from close to the ground.
13. “No, The root is to be pulled out”. – What does the word ‘No’ suggest here ?
      Ans. Here the word ‘No’ suggests that all the violent steps of jabbing, hacking and chopping, cannot kill a tree. 
14. What is to be done to kill a tree ?
Ans. The tree is to be uprooted completely in order to kill it.
15. What does the expression, ‘anchoring earth’ suggest ?
Ans. The expression , ‘anchoring earth’, suggests that the roots of the tree have sunk in firmly into the earth, holding the tree securely.
16. What lies hidden in earth’s cave ?
Ans. The root of a tree lie hidden in earth’s cave.
17. What are the steps involved in uprooting a tree ?
Ans. The steps involved in uprooting a tree are roping , tying and pulling out entirely.
18. What is considered by the poet to be the ‘most sensitive’ part of a tree ?
Ans. The poet considers the root to be the ‘most sensitive’ part of a tree.
19. Where does the strength of a tree lie ?
Ans. The strength of a tree lies in its roots, which keep it firmly fixed on the ground.
20. What is the meaning of ‘earth cave’ ?
Ans. It  indicates the gaping hole in the earth when the roots are pulled out.
21. “Rising out of it , feeding upon its crust.”-What is meant by ‘crust’.
Ans. ‘Crust’ means ‘the top layer of the earth’.

West Bengal HS English Notes


Essay Type Qestions :
1. Describe in detail the growth of the tree in the first stanza.
Ans. In the first  stanza of the poem, ‘One Killing a Tree’, Gieve Patel describes the growth of a tree. According to the poet, a tree  grows slowly by consuming the nutrients from the earth. The tree takes essential nutrients from the earth’s upper crust and prepares its food.It breaks open the surface  of the earth and rises out of it.  It takes in many years of sunlight, air and water to grow into a giant shape.  . Thus, taking in nutrients from the earth and the atmosphere, the tree grows gradually. Newly formed green leaves being to sprout from the tree. The poet describes the growth of a tree to suggest its vivacity.
2. How does the tree heal itself ?
Ans. The healing up of a bleeding  tree is beautifully described  in Gieve Patel’s poem ‘On Killing a Tree’.Even after being hacked and chopped a tree does not die. It has strength enough to revive after intense pain is inflicted on it.Curled green soft  twigs grow out of the part of the tree that lies close to the ground. These green twigs slowly grow into miniature boughs. If the growth of these boughs is not checked, they will expand. Slowly they will get back to the former size of the tree. 
3. “And then it is done”- How is a tree completely killed ?
Ans. The poem, “on Killing a tree’ expresses man’s cruelty to Nature. killing of a tree is not an easy task. It takes a long time to kill a tree finally. Neither a simple jab of the knife nor hacking and chopping can kill a tree. The bleeding bark automatically heals up. After hacking and chopping , new twigs sprout and grow to former size. If the growth of these  twigs is not stunted, the tree gets back its former size. So, in order to kill a tree it has to be uprooted. It has to be roped , tied and snapped out. It has to be pulled out entirely from the earth-cave. Then the log is browned, hardened, twisted and withered and choked in the air and the scorching sun rays. This is the complete process of killing a tree.

West Bengal HS English Questions and Answers


Voice change :

1. Not a simple job of the knife will do it.
2. Hack and chop.
3. It is to be roped, tied and pulled out.
4. The root is to be pulled out.
5. The strength of the tree exposed.
6. It takes much time to kill a tree.
Do as directed :
1. It takes much time to kill a tree. (Change into negative )
2. Not a simple jab of the knife will do it. (Change into affirmative)
3. This alone won’t do it. (Change into affirmative)
4. It grows slowly. (Change into negative )
5. From close to the ground will rise curled green twigs. (Make it complex and compound)
6. It has grown slowly consuming the earth, rising out of it, feeding upon its crust, absorbing years of sunlight, air, water. (Spliting)
7. The root is the most sensitive of all parts of a tree. ( change into comparative)
8. The root is to be pulled out-out of the anchoring earth; it is to be roped, tied and pulled out.
Correct  the errors of the following sentences:
1. It take much time to kill a tree.
2. Not  simple job of the knife will do it.
3. But these alone won’t do it.
4. The root will pull out.



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