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6th class English book Honeysuckle

The Quarrel Poem: 6th Class Honeysuckle English Ch 13

The Quarrel Poem: NCERT 6th CBSE Honeysuckle English Chapter 13

One day the sister quarreled with her brother. The reason was very petty. But they shouted at each other. The quarrel was mild at first. But it became strong in the end. Both claimed that they were right.

They began to hate each other. They did not talk to each other till evening. Then suddenly the brother realized his mistake. He decided to make up with the narrator. He walked up to her, and patted on her back. He suggested that they should patch up. He admitted that he was at fault. The narrator also forgot and forgave him.


I quarreled with my brother
I don’t know what about,
One thing led to another
And somehow we fell out.
The start of it was slight,
The end of it was strong,
He said he was right
I knew he was wrong.

Questions: Now read the following questions and choose the most appropriate option from the ones given below:

1. The poet had a quarrel with her…

  1. friend
  2. brother
  3. sister
  4. classmate

2. What made them fall Out?

  1. Some petty issue
  2. Some grave issue
  3. Some unknown reason
  4. Their quarrelsome nature.

3. Why did the quarrel take a serious turn?

  1. There was no one in the house except these two
  2. Both were quarrelsome by nature
  3. Neither offered a compromise
  4. No one came to settle their dispute.

4. What was the result of the quarrel?

  1. Both left the house
  2. Both became tense
  3. Both stopped reading together
  4. Both became cool.

5. Which phrase means the same as to ‘quarrel’?

  1. Led to
  2. Start of
  3. End of
  4. Fall out.


  1. (2)
  2. (1)
  3. (3)
  4. (2)
  5. (4)


We hated one another
The afternoon turned black.
Then suddenly my brother
Thumped me on the back,
And said, “Oh, come along
We can’t go on all night
I was in the wrong.”
So he was in the right.

Questions: Now read the following questions and choose the most appropriate option from the ones given below:

1. What does ‘We’ here refer to?

  1. The neighborhood children
  2. The School children
  3. Brother and sister
  4. People in general

2. Explain The afternoon turned black.

  1. After the quarrel, both realized their mistake
  2. After the quarrel, both became tense and remorseful
  3. They were quarreling in the afternoon
  4. In the afternoon they decided not to quarrel again.

3. The quarrel finally ended when

  1. the brother went up to his sister, apologized and offered to compromise
  2. their parents came from the market
  3. the sister offered to compromise
  4. their grandparents taught them a lesson

4. What lesson did they possibly learn?

  1. They should work hard instead of quarreling
  2. It was interesting to quarrel over little issue
  3. It was futile to quarrel over something too small
  4. Their quarrel would bring bad name too them

5. What does the phrase in the extract ‘turned black’ mean here?

  1. Became pleasant
  2. Became unpleasant
  3. Became enemy
  4. Became rude


  1. (3)
  2. (2)
  3. (1)
  4. (3)
  5. (2)

Question: With your partner try to guess the meaning of the underlined phrases:

  1. And somehow we fell out.
  2. The afternoon turned black.


  1. Fell out — quarreled.
  2. Turned black – was spoiled due to our tense mood.

Question: Read these lines from the poem:

One thing led to another
The start of it was slight
The end of it was strong
The afternoon turned black
Thumped me on the back.
Discuss with your partner what these lines mean.


  1. We went on arguing. One thing led to another.
  2. The beginning or the cause of the quarrel was minor/petty.
  3. The quarrel ended on a very bitter note. We started hating each other.
  4. The quarrel spoiled our mood. The afternoon became unbearably bad.
  5. Patted on the back in a friendly manner.

The Quarrel Poem – Question: Describe a recent quarrel that you have had with your brother, sister or friend. How did it start? What did you quarrel about? How did it end?

Аnswer: Somesh is my best friend. But one day our relationship turned sour suddenly. He did not come to my birthday party. I lost temper, so did he. He remained tense and unhappy for a couple of days. Both of us were eager to patch up. And we did it in a dramatic manner. We came face to face in the school tuck shop. We shook hands, felt sorry and promised to renew our friendship as earlier.

Question: What was the quarrel about between the brother and his sister? How did they become friendly again?

Аnswer: It is common for brothers and sisters to quarrel. Many a time they don’t know the point of dispute. But their quarrel does not last long. One day, the narrator quarreled with her brother for no valid reason. Both stuck firmly to their claim of being right. They began to hate each other. But that very afternoon the brother took the initiative and admitted his mistake. Thus they patched up and forgot their bitterness.

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