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Very Short Questions

a. Where did the children use to play?

➜: The children use to play in a beautiful garden of the giant during afternoon time after school.

b. What did the Snow and the Frost do to the garden?

➜: After the giant’s rude behavior towards the children, two agents appeared in his garden: Snow and Frost. Snow covered the grass with a white cloak while Frost painted the trees silver. They even invited the North Wind to join them.

c. What did the giant hear when he was lying awake in bed?

➜ The giant heard some lovely music of a little singing bird linnet when he was lying awake in bed. He heard the music after a long time.

d. Why do you think spring season never came to the giant’s garden?

➜ I think the spring season even became sad along with the children. She became so angry and never came to the giant’s garden to find the giant’s rudeness and selfishness against the innocent children.

e. How did the giant realize his mistake?

The giant saw snow, frost, north wind, and fog in his garden, which made him feel bad for being mean to the children. When the children returned, the garden became beautiful again with flowers and birds singing. The giant realized he made a mistake.

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Reference to the context

A. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow.

a. “How happy we were there!” they said to each other.

i. Where does ‘there’ refer to?

➜ ‘There’ refers to the giant’s garden where children used to play after school.

ii. What does ‘they’ refer to?

➜ ‘They’ refers to the children who used to come and play in Giant’s garden after school.

iii. Why are they saying so?

➜ They are saying so because they aren’t allowed to play in the giant’s garden anymore. The giant has chased them out of his garden being furious.

b. “I have many beautiful flowers,” he said; “but the children are the most beautiful flowers of all.”

i. Who is the speaker?

➜ The speaker is an old and feeble giant who keeps on watching the children at their play sitting on his armchair.

ii. Who is he speaking to?

➜ He is speaking to himself admiring his garden.

iii. Who are ‘the children’ that the speaker is referring to?

➜ ‘The Children’ that the speaker is referring to are the small and innocent school children who enjoy a lot in the giant’s garden.

iv. Why is the speaker saying that ‘the children are the most beautiful flowers of all?

➜The speaker values children highly because he has witnessed their presence in his garden. He admires their purity and simplicity and how they enhance the beauty of the garden. By comparing them to flowers, he expresses his appreciation for children as a precious gift from nature.

c. When the little child smiled at the Giant, and said to him, “You let me play once in your garden, today you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise,” shortly afterwards, the happy giant dies. What is the coincidence of this event? Describe it in relation to this fairy tale.

➜ The little child returns to the garden again, and this time, the giant is old and weak. The child comes to repay the kindness that the giant had shown him earlier. The giant eagerly awaits the child’s arrival and longs to see him once again. When the child finally appears and speaks to him, the giant is filled with joy and contentment. He passes away in the afternoon, at peace and happy to have seen the little child once again. Rewrite this in a simpler form.

Some Short Questions of chapter

A. This story can be read as a fairytale, where the children, the seasons, the tree, the corner of the garden, the snow, the wind and the frost are all used as symbolism. Interpret those symbols.

➜ n this story, spring represents joy and winter represents pain. The tree is a symbol of the child as Christ, while the corner of the garden represents a holy place where one can be saved. The snow, wind, and frost represent powerful forces that work against bad actions.

B. Which figure of speech is used for ‘winter, frost, snow, north wind, hail and little child’? Who is the little child compared to?

➜ In this story, the writer uses personification to give human qualities to non-human things. Winter, frost, snow, north wind, hail and little child are all personified in this story. Winter, frost and snow are portrayed as feminine characters who act against the giant’s behavior. The north wind, hail and little child are portrayed as masculine characters with unique powers. The little child is compared to Lord Jesus, who has divine powers and the ability to change everything. His presence in the garden causes it to bloom with flowers and leaves. The two nails on the palms and feet of the little child remind us of the crucifixion of Lord Jesus.

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Reference beyond the text

a. What is the main theme of this story?

➜ This story has many important messages such as the dangers of being arrogant and selfish, the importance of love and compassion, and the idea of redemption. It teaches us that good actions are always rewarded, while bad actions are punished. We can see this in the story through the giant’s selfishness and mistreatment of the children, which ultimately leads to negative consequences for him. However, through his good deeds and repentance, he is able to find salvation and a way to make things right.

b. Does God punish those who are cruel to children and very selfish?

➜ Yes, God punishes those who are cruel and selfish to children because children are innocent and considered as God’s babies. Children are known for their simplicity and their presence is considered as a sign of good omen. In the story, the giant was punished by experiencing the harsh winter with snow, frost, and fog in his garden. This made him feel guilty for his bad deeds towards the children.

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