Very Short Questions
Question 1 : Where did the child meet a hawker?
Answer : The child met a hawker on the road when he was going to his school in the morning.
Question 2 : When did the child see a gardener?
Answer : The poet saw the gardener outside his house in the afternoon after returning from his school.
Question 3 : Why did the child want to be a gardener?
Answer : The child wanted to become a gardener so that he could dig the ground and nobody could stop him.
Question 4 : How did the child see a watchman?
Answer : The child was told to sleep when he saw the watchman through an open window.
Question 1 : What did the child mention about the hawker?
Answer : The poet said that the hawker was not in a hurry. There was no specific road which he must take. There was no fixed time for him to return his home.
Question 2 : Describe the activity of the watchman.
Answer : The watchman was walking on the dark and lonely lane with his lantern. He was following his shadow at one side. He never went to bed in his life, according to the child.
Question 3 : What kind of life is led by the hawker, watchman and gardener?
Answer : The hawker, watchman and gardener are performing vocational tasks. They are leading their life the way they want to. There is no restrictions on them.
Value Based Questions
Question 1 : Why did the child find others’ life interesting?
Answer : The child found others’ life more interesting because he was under strict control of his family. He was not allowed to move anywhere and return home anytime. He was fed up with his life due to restrictions imposed on him.
He thought that the hawker, gardener and watchman were very happy as they could do things at their own wish. They can go anywhere at any time.
Nobody restricts them and they are free to enjoy their life. So, the child wants to exchange his life with that of a hawker, a gardener and a watchman.