NCERT Class 6 English Solutions: A Game of Chance Chapter – 8 – Part 4

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Working with the Poem

Answer 1:

Your partner and you may now be able to answer these questions.

(i) Who is the speaker in the poem? Who are the people the speaker meets? What are they doing?

(ii) What wishes does the child in the poem make? Why does the child want to be a hawker, a gardener, or a watchman?

Pick out the lines in each stanza, which tell us this.

(iii) From the way the child envies the hawker, the gardener, and the watchman, we can guess that there are many things the child has to do, or must not do.

Make a list of the do’s and don’ts that the child doesn’t like.

The first line is done for you.

The child must the child must not

Come home at a fixed time.

Get his clothes dirty in the dust.

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Answer:

(i) The speaker in this poem is a school-going child. Every day he happens to meet the hawker selling bangles, the gardener digging away at the garden, and the watchman walking the street all night.

(ii) The little child is innocent. He watches the people keenly around him. He is sick of checks on his movement. He wants to enjoy the same freedom as do the hawker, the gardener, and the watchman. They do what they like.

The child says:

1. I wish I were a hawker, spending my day on the road.

2. I wish I were a gardener, digging away at the garden.

3. I wish I were a watchman walking the street all night.

(iii) Do Yourself

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