NIOS Class 10 English Chapter 16 My Only Cry

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My Only Cry

Chapter: 16



16.2.1 PART – 1

Who are you deceiving …………….. spoken by adults.

Can you hear the cry of helplessness of the child, who speaks for all the children of the world, to grown-ups who have created destructive weapons? The child says that the children will have no future if the adults continue to produce deadly weapons. Arms and ammunition put humanity in serious danger. The poem talks of the fears and worries to which the adults pay no attention or which they simply dismiss with their lies. Can you guess the lies? The lies are usually – “No, we will not use aims against anyone. The world is safe. There is no need to worry. “The child desperately repeats that the grown-ups must stop destroying the world but he finds that they don’t listen to him. The problem is that only the adults can build a better world, but it is the adults who are destroying it. It does not make much difference when the children speak of peace, friendship and fellowship. It is the adults who should understand the importance of peace and friendship in the world.


Q.1. Why does the child want to speak to grown ups about the arms factories? 

Ans. The child wants to speak to grow ups because the grown ups are building arms which threaten the world. The grown ups can only bring about a change in the world.

Q.2. Who are the adults deceiving?

Ans. The adults are deceiving themselves. They think that they are cheating children.

Q.3. Why does the child feel helpless? 

Ans. The child feels helpless because he cannot do anything. He cannot stop the children from making arms.

Q.4. Who does the child call ‘My friends’? Choose the correct options from the ones given below.

– children

– adults

– both

Ans. The child calls other children ‘My friends’.

Q.5. Why does the child want the adults to talk of peace of friendship?

Ans. The child wants adults to discuss peace and friendship only by this adults will understand importance of these ideas.

Q.6. Why does the child call it a deaf world?

Ans. The child calls it a deaf world because the adults don’t listen in a sensible manner.

16.2.2 PART – 2

Enough promise …………….. a vail of dust live over it.

The child is tired of waiting for the adults to keep their promises. He wants adults to stop making promises which they do not want to keep. He calls upon everyone-the children and the adults, to join in the protest against arms factories and arms makers. He asks the arms makers to stop producing weapons and to work to stop wars.

In this unit the poet uses the pronouns them, we, you, your and us to refer to arms makers, all the children including himself, and the adults. In the fourth stanza while talking to the adults, he uses ‘them’ instead of ‘you’ to separate the arms makers from other grown-ups who feel like him. In the last stanza, the child talks directly to the arms makers and addresses them as ‘you’.

In the first unit we see the child pleading but in the second unit we find him talking to the arms makers directly. Is the poet suggesting that when pleading does not help we should take upon ourselves the responsibility of asserting what is right?

The poet says that the children are not interested in any politics or any party because politics divides people, creates hatred and leads to wars and destruction.

You have seen that the poet is using the same pronoun for different people in different lines.

There is a continuous shift in reference points of pronouns. 

For example:

In the fourth line You is for adults.

In the fifth line You is used for children.

Why does he do so?

It is to make you feel the presence of other characters in the poem, although it is only the child who speaks throughout when the child uses the pronoun. You, for other children, adults and arm makers, we feel as if he is turning and talking to each of them.


Q.1. Pick out the lines that show that the child is desperate for a change. 

Ans. Lines are

We ask them 

Close your arms factories

and think about taming the winds. 

Q.2. State the three things that the child wants everyone to stop doing?

Ans. The child wants everyone to

– stop making arms

– stop making wars break out

– stop telling lies.

Q.3. Who are ‘We’ and ‘You’ in we are sick, you are sick?

Ans. ‘We’ means children and ‘You’ means adults.

Q.4. What is the essential need of the child?

Ans. They need the world in which there is peace, love and friendship.

Q.5. Who does the child hold responsible for depriving him of this essential need?

Ans. The child holds adults responsible for depriving of essential needs.


1. Fill in the blanks with the adverbial antonyms of the words given in brackets. 

(a) _________he lost his baggage on the flight. (fortunately)

Ans. Unfortunately.

(b) Tourists ________ visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. (seldom) 

Ans. often.

(c) One should ________ be true to one’s word, (sometimes)

Ans. always.

(d) The soldiers fought ________ for their country, (fearfully)

Ans. fearless.

(e) the boy who was running _______ won the race. (slowly)

Ans. fast.

2. Replace the underlined adverbs with their antonyms in the sentences given below without changing the meaning and the tense of the sentences. One sentence is done as an example. 

  • If you do not work willingly, you cannot succeed.

If you work unwillingly, you cannot succeed,

(a) Seem a did not accept the job happily

Ans. Seema accepted the job unhappily.

(b) The child did not break the window intentionally.

Ans. The child broke the window unintentionally.

(c) We should not speak impolitely.

Ans. We should speak politely.

(d) My friend is not well

Ans. My friend is unwell

(e) You should never use bad construction material to build your house.

Ans. You should always use good construction material to build your house.


(A) Write a formal letter of appeal to the prime Minister asking him to ensure that nuclear energy is used for constructive and peaceful purposes in the country.

Hint: When you write an appeal you should keep the following points in mind:

  • clearly state the issue
  • mention the reasons for your appeal 
  • make a polite but firm request

XYZ city

23 November 20XX

The Prime Minister 

Race Course Road


New Delhi 

Respected Sir,

I as respectable citizen wish to put in appeal before you regarding the need of peaceful usage of nuclear energy.

Sir, We the citizens feel that nuclear energy is being used excessively for destructive purposes. This is causing us a lot of harm and polluting the environment.

I hope considering the situation you would ensure that usage of nuclear energy for destructive purposes shall be completely banned. This step would also solve the problem of energy crisis.

Your loving citizen 


(B) All energies, atomic or nuclear are meant to promote better livings why do we use them for destructive purposes? Discuss with your friends and state the reasons in 30-40 words.

Ans. It is known to all that these energies must be saved When we use these for destructive purposes, we move towards doom. In every country as well as society we find destructive brains such people feel happy in destructive activities. So we should try our level best to utilise these energies in desired acts.


Answer the following questions:

Q.1. How is the world of children different from the world of adults? State in about 50 words.

Ans. The world of children is a world of love. Children do not tell lies. They have no political rivalries as. They need peace as during this time each person is safe on the other hand. Adults tell lies and make wars. Children want peace and friendship to hide the illegal actions.

Q.2. What do you think the poet means by the given phrases? Choose the correct answers:

(a) think about taming the winds’ means_____.

– check the storms which cause damage war.

– subdue and control natural calamities. 

– use wind for energy.

Ans. Subdue and control natural calamities.

(b) through your fault’ means _______

– the fault of all adults.

– the fault of arm makers.

– the fault of right and left wing people.

Ans. The fault of all adults.

(c) ‘a veil of dust lies over it’ means_____

– our life is under the dust left by gun powder and other explosives.

– our lives are under the threat of weapons. 

– our lives are buried under dust and dirt. 

Ans. Our lives are under threat of weapons.

Q.3. Who can build a better world?

Ans. Adults can build a better world.

Q.4. State in about 50-60 words the theme of the poem. How is the relevant in the mode world today?

Ans. The poem puts focus on the consequences of developing destructive weapons. Weapon can bring life to an end weapons lead to wars. Adults should make the world happy, safe and peaceful. The poem lays emphasis on bringing arms race to an end.

Q.5. Read the poem once again and answer questions about the following points:

– is there rhyme scheme in the poem? 

– do all the stanzas have the same number of lines?

– are all lines equal in length?

– do all the stanzas have a similar pattern of long and short lines?

Based on your answers to the above questions, state in a few lines your observations about blank verse.

Ans. – The poem is in blank verse.

– The lines do not rhyme at the end.

– All the lines are not equal in length. 

– There is no uniform pattern of long and short lines.

In blank verse the poet is free to vary the number end length of lines. The rhythm makes thought easy and effortless.

Q.6. Why has the poet choosen child a to voice his concerns?

Ans. The poet feels that child is innocent and speaks the truth. 

The child will speak direct from the heart.


Read the stanzas given below and answer the questions:


Who are you deceiving _______ adults of the world.


1. Who are ‘you’?

Ans. You’ is adults.

2. Why does ‘I’ want to address ‘you’?

Ans. ‘I’ wants to address ‘you’ so that ‘I’ can tell its worries.

3. How does ‘T’ show itself to be superior?

Ans. ‘I’ wants to tell that it does not lie.

4. Find word from the passage which means ‘cheating.’

Ans. Cheating-deceiving.


Could not rebuild _______ without you, the adults.


1. What could not be rebuild?

Ans. A better world could not be rebuild.

2. How can better world be build? 

Ans. Better world can be build by efforts of adults.

3. Which quality of adults is causing a problem?

Ans. Adults have the habit of telling lies.

4. Give the positive and superlative degree of adjective better. 

Ans. Good – better – best.


You know that our cries ________ spoken by adults.


1. What does ‘you’ stand for?

Ans. You’ stands for children of the world.

2. Why is the world called deaf?

Ans. The world is called deaf because they do not listen to the cries of the children.

3. Which two words children want to be spoken by adults?

Ans. Children want adults to speak peace and friendship.

4. Find word which is antonym of ‘noisy’.

Ans. Noisy – Peace.


Enough promises ________ telling lies.


1. Who is ‘them’?

Ans. “Them’ is adults and arm makers.

2. What promises had been made? 

Ans. They had promises to stop making arms. 

3. What had children wanted for?

Ans. Children had waited for peaceful atmosphere.

4. Give the antonym of ‘truth’.

Ans. Truth’ – lies.


So in your name ________ taming the wind.


1. What does the word ‘we’ indicate?

Ans. ‘We’ indicates children on the earth.

2. What are they eager to achieve?

Ans. They are eager to close the arms factories and have peace.

3. What does winds stand for? 

Ans. Winds stands for destruction.

4. Give past tense of ‘think’.

Ans. Think – thought.


Right wing politics ________ over it.


1. What are children not affected by? 

Ans. Children are not affected by political parties policies.

2. Whom do children blame for their condition?

Ans. Children blame adults.

3. What does word ‘it’ indicate?

Ans. It’ indicates affection.

4. Give the antonym of ‘more’.

Ans. More – little.

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