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THEMES: considered brave ?

Bravery / Courage = The father is not afraid of darkness of the night


Heroism
Admiration Stanza 2
Father and child 3. How would a person who does not enjoy late-night horror movies react to horror
Leadership by example scenes ?
MORAL VALUES:
Bravery / Courage = Not afraid of watching horror movies
Admiration 4. Describe the father's reaction to show that he enjoys horror scenes shown over the
Confidence
television
Love
Respect = The skeletons do not scare him
Helpfulness Stanza 3
MORAL LESSONS:
5. Name the object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of.
We should appreciate the qualities of our fathers
We have to be brave/courageous in any situation = Dead of night, watch horror movies, ghosts
We should show good examples to others 6. What does the persona say his father will do ?
Parents are brave/courageous in their own ways
= His father is even smile and greet 'em
Family unity is important
We should show our gratitude to our parents by helping them 7. What does the persona say his father will do if he sees something which other
fathers are scared of ?
Moral Values = The persona father will smile and acknowledge it
1. Recognise and acknowledge other people's strengths Stanza 4
2. Not be afraid to acknowledge our weakness. 8. If the persona's father is not afraid of ghoulish figures , what will he do if one of
3. Value family relationships. these appears at his door ?
4. Must set good examples. = Will not let it upset him
5. Try to live up to young children's expectations. Stanza 5
6. Able to seperate the reality from make-believe. 9. Why do you think the persona's father is always ready to prove to his son that he
7. Willing to help those in trouble is brave ?
QUESTION ON MY HERO = He is the role - model for his son
Stanza 1 10. How does the persona feel about his father and his fear of spiders ?
1. How do you think the persona problaly looks when he talks of his father ? Choose = The persona is very proud of his father and the persona cannot understand about
two words from the list given - sullen, bored , mischievous , serious , proud. his father fear of spiders
= Serious and proud
2. Why does the persona use the phrase 'dead of night' to refer to the father being
Exercise 2. Innocence and purehearted
3. Serious
1. Which of the following is NOT the lesson learnt of this poem? 4. Pride
5. Rhyme and Rhythm
A. We should be humble C. Father is afraid of the spider Stanza 1 - a, b, c, b
Stanza 2 - a, b, c, b
Parents should not lie to Everyone has strengths and Stanza 3 - a, b, a, b
B. their children D. weaknesses Stanza 4 - a, b, c, b
Stanza 5 - a, b, c, b
2. How is the fathers reaction when he sees a ghost?
Literary Devices
A. happy C. panic
1. Symbol
B. calm D. angry 'Dead of night' - symbolize darkness and anything and everything not feared by the
persona's father
3. What is the dead in stanza 1 line 3 meant? 'anything under the sun' - anything that can be seen during the day
2. Imagery
A. the dead person C. Monsters and zombies
'a late-night film, Full of horrors' - signifies a terrifying horror movie
'vampires, or a wolf-man' - gives a clear image of horror figures
B. Silence and darkness D. Robbers 'I rate him Number One' - shows the persona's pride and hero worship towards his
4. Who is the persona? father
3. Repetition
A. child C. mother 'My dad's as brave as a dad can be,' - to emphasize the persona's belief that his
father is a brave man.
B. father D. Vampires 'He's not afraid of..' - repeated in four stanzas to emphasise the persona's father is
brave.
5. What is the tone in the last stanza? 4. Assonance
'monster knocked on our door'
A. curious C. worried 'He'd even smile and greet them'
5. Methaphor
B. serious D. irony The persona compares his father to a superhero who will take on ghostly or horror
figures. He is a human who has supernatural courage.
Language and Style 6. Alliteration
1. The language used by the poet is light, simpl and easy to understand. And things that scare most dads the most
2. It is attributive as the poet the persona talks about his parents. 7. Rhetorical Questions
3. Use of few negative sentences 'And is he afraid of skeletons?'
4. He's not afraid of the dead of night, 'Does Mum have to come and remove it?'
He's not afraid of meeting ghosts, 8. Irony
He wouldn't let that upset him. The irony is that the father does not seem to be afraid of horror movies and ghoulish
5. There are four lines per stanza. figures like 'vampires' and even Frankenstein's monster but he is afraid of a little
spider.
Tone, Mood and Atmosphere
1. Direct and matter-of-fact
Practices with Suggested Answer (SA) 10.How does the persona feels about his father and his fear to spider?
1.How do you think the persona probably looks when he talks of his father?Choose SA: He is confused.
two word from the list given-sullen,bored,,serious,proud. 11. In Stanza 1,which expression shows the persona's pride in his father?
SA: Proud and serious. SA: I'll rate him Number 1.
2.Why does the persona use the phrase 'dead of night' to refer to the father being 12. What does the persona's father enjoy doing at night?
considered brave? SA: The persona's father enjoy watching horror movies at night on the television.
SA: Because the father not afraid of the darkness. 13.What literary device is used for the line 'And is he afraid of skeletons'?
3.How would a person who does not enjoy late-night horror movies react to horror SA: Rhetorical question.
scenes? 14. The persona compares his father with other fathers. What is the comparison?
SA: Not afraid to watch horror movies. How does the persona feel about it?
4.Describe the father's reaction to show that he enjoys horror scenes shown over the SA: Comparison: The persona's father is not scared of the things that scare most
television. dads. The persona is proud of his father.
SA: The persona's father is not afraid to watch horror movies.The scenes of 15. How does the persona show confidence in his father in the event his father sees a
skeletons do not scare him or put him off watching them. ghost?
5.Name the object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of. SA: The persona's father is not scared and would smile and greet to the ghost.
SA: The object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of is ghost. 16. Explain the character trait portrayed by the persona's father.
6.What does the persona say his father will do? SA: Not scared of ghost.
SA: The persona says his father is not afraid of ghosts and would even smile and 17. List the ghoulish figures as mentioned by the persona.
acknowledge him. SA: Vampire, Wolf-man and Frankenstein monster.
7.What does the persona says his father will do if he sees something which other 18. What moral value have you learned from the poem? Would you recommend the
fathers are scare of? poem to a friend? Give a reason for this.
SA: The persona's father would even smile and acknowledge if he sees seomething SA: Yes. Because we could get some good examples for our lives.
are scare of. 19. What does the expression 'dead of night' normally imply? Why do you think the
8.If the persona's father is not afraid of gholish figures,what will he do if one of persona uses this expression.
those appears at his door? SA: The dead of night shows the spirit of the father towards the darkness and his
SA: The persona's father will not be intimidated if one of the appears at his door. braveness.
9.Why do you think the persona's father is always ready to prove to his son that he is 20. What does the word 'skeletons' bring to mind? Why does the persona mention
brave? this?
SA: Brave as father can be and always keen to show it. SA: The skeletons is a scary figures who only has bones and no flesh. Because the
skeletons has a scared-looking. up to that standard.
21. According to the persona, what would his father do if he meets someone or 24.What are the 'things' that the persona feels 'Scare most dads the most' but not his
something that challenges his pride or abilities. dad?
SA: The persona's father is doing his best to challenged it to uphold his reputation SA: The 'thing' is ghost.
and pride. 25: What does 'hero worship' means? How is this portrayed in the poem?
22. Parents should set good examples for their children. Do you agree with this? Do SA; The person you admire for the braveness of the father.
you think the persona's father sets good examples of behaviour for the persona? If 26: The persona's father or hero has a weakness. What is the weakness? How and
so, how does he do this? Give one examples. why do you think the persona feels? Why should he feel this way?
SA: Parents are the leader in the family. He make everything for the happiness. SA: i) Weakness: Scared of spiders.
23. In Stanza 5,what does the line 'And he's always ready to prove it' imply about the ii) Feeling: Weird because his father is not afraid of ghosts figures but scared of
parent-child relationship? spiders.
SA: Father knows now highly the child think of him so he will do anything to leave