2.4 Have you earned your tomorrow  – Activity 2

Read the extract & complete the activities given below. [10]

Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?
Or a churlish sort of “Howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

A1] Global Understanding[2]


  1. We earn our tomorrow by …………..
  2. The poet asks us whether our words or actions brought …. 
  3. Our one kind deed of the day might make someone…… 
  4. We must instil courage in someone who …………

A2] Interpretation [2]

Explain the poet’s idea of a ‘well spent day’

A3] Personal Response[2]

Write your two deeds of today which might have earned you tomorrow. 

A4] Poetic Devices [2]

‘Is anybody happy because you passed his way?’

Name the figure of speech in the above line. Write one example of the same from the extract.

A5] Creativity[ 2]

Compose four rhyming lines on the topic – ‘Good Deeds’ 



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