NCERT Solutions for Poem The Quarrel Class 6 English Honeysuckle

An argument between a brother and sister without any reason is the subject of the poem. During one such fight with her brother, the poetess reminds such an event. Their quarrel had no specific cause. There was a very small reason for the fight, but then one thing led to another and it extended more serious as time went on. We hated one another but it was just for a short time.

NCERT Solutions for Class 6th English Poem The Quarrel

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Question 1: With your partner try to guess the meaning of the underlined phrases.

(i) And somehow, we fell out.

(ii) The afternoon turned black.


(i) Fell out means to quarrel or disagree with somebody on an issue.

(ii) Here turned black means due to the quarrel with his sibling the kid had a bad mood during the afternoon.

Question 2: Read these lines from the poem:

(i) One thing led to another

(ii) The start of it was slight

(iii) The end of it was strong

(iv) The afternoon turned black

(v) Thumped me on the back

Discuss with your partner what these lines mean.


(i) In the poem The Quarrel, the kids started to quarrel with one another on a trivial matter. Then they lost focus and moved completely off the topic.

(ii) Like in any case, two siblings started quarrelling about petty things. It started as a paltry dispute between the two and was some mild issue.

(iii) What started out as a mere tiff was blown out of proportions by the childish behaviour of the siblings. So the 'end of it was strong'.

(iv) Due to the quarrel between the two siblings, the mood was glum; and a bad mood made the afternoon seem bleak.

(v) The kid's brother gave him a goodhearted slight punch on the back. This suggests the camaraderie the two brothers share.

Question 3: 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?


It was a bright Sunday morning in early October. I was very happy that I did not have much homework from school and was feeling like drawing, which is my favourite pass time. After breakfast as I was gathering the drawing book, crayons and other necessary things, my sister suddenly came up to me and demanded my color pencils saying she wanted to draw too. I know it for a fact that she hates crayons because she once told me elders never use them. She has also been using watercolor for at least four years now. But when I told her all these, she countered me saying she just felt like using color pencils as the day reminded her of her senior school years. Then again, I was the first one to think about drawing that morning; so I must have a go with the colors. This time she took it a step further and said she thought about drawing the previous night too. Now that was not fair, how can someone know if the morning will be bright? I became angry and called her bluff and she started shouting that I was a bad kid. This trouble went on for another hour when our father came back from Sunday market with fresh vegetables and supplies. He asked us to wash and peel each of the vegetables we could. My sister knew how to do it but she cut her finger earlier and I never knew how to do it. However, both of us wanted to help. So, she started instructing me and I did as much as I could. During all these, we eventually forgot about our earlier disagreement and finally did the drawings sharing those crayons and were laughing at our earlier stupidity. 

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