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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Questions based on Poems


(1)Then he said, "My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion."
"Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does
not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press."
"Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful."
Questions:
1. Whom does the poet address?
2. How is the country according to poet?
3. Which line shows the matter of self reliance?
4. What does the poet say about bully and conqueror?
5. Find out synonyms of: fellow travelers, praise, consider, generous
6. Here the poet says about self dependence. True or False.

(2)"Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream yet submits in its awakening."
"Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block."
"Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking."
Questions:
1. How do people behave in their dreams and awakening?
2. When do people rebel?
3. With whom statesman and philosopher are compared?
4. Which type of art is condemned here?
5. _____ type of art is not good- patching/imitating/original
6. Find out synonyms of: hate, except, destroy, oppose,

(3)"Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again."
"Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle."
"Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation."
Questions:
1. Why do people welcome new ruler?
2. How do people farewell ruler? Why?
3. What is said about sages and strong men?
4. How is a nation divided?
5. Nation means______ (leaders/people/artists)
6. The subject of the poem is______(criticism/patriotism/rebel)

(4)"Who stuffed that white owl?" No one spoke in the shop,
The barber was busy, and he couldn't stop;
The customers, waiting their turns, were all reading.
The 'Daily', the 'Herald', the 'Post', little heeding
The young man who blurted out such a blunt question;
Not one raised a head, or even made a suggestion;
And the barber kept on shaving.
Questions:
1.           Who is critic? What did he ask?
2.           What were reactions of the barber and customers?
3.           List name of periodicals/magazines.
4.           How did people react to the critic’s question?
5.           Pair any two rhyming words.
6.           Find out synonyms of: speak thoughtlessly, direct,
           paid attention
 (5)"Don't you see, Mr. Brown,"
Cried the youth, with a frown,
"How wrong the whole thing is
How preposterous each wing is,
How flattened the head is, how jammed down the neck is -
In short, the whole owl, what an ignorant wreck 'tis !
I make no apology;
I’ve learned owl-eology.
              Questions:
1. What did the critic say angrily?
2. What was the name of the barber?
3. Which faults did the critic find out of the bird?
4. Was the critic ready to apologize? Why?
5. List the parts of body mentioned in the stanza?
6. Find out synonyms of: angrily, ridiculous.

(6)I've passed days and nights in a hundred collections,
And cannot be blinded to any deflections
Arising from unskillful fingers that fail
To stuff a bird right, from his beak to his tail.
Mister Brown ! Mister Brown !
Do take that bird down,
Or you'll soon be the laughing-stock all over town."
And the barber kept on shaving.
Questions
1. How did the critic boast of his study?
2. What did the critic say about a man who made
the owl?
3. What did critic suggest the barber? Why?
4. The barber replied the critic- True/False
5. Pair any two rhyming words.
6. Find out synonyms of: continue, ridiculous

               (7)"I've studied owls,
And other night-fowls,
And I tell you
What I know to be true;
An owl cannot roost
With his limbs so unloosed,
No owl in this world
Ever had his claws curled,
Ever had his legs slanted,
Ever had his bill canted,
  Ever had his neck screwed
  Into that attitude.
  He can’t do it because
 ‘T is against all bird laws.
Questions:
1. What did the critic study?
2. What is true according to the critic?
3. How did the owl sit?
4. Which faults did the critic find out?
5. ‘He’ stands for_______
    (Critic/Barber/Owl maker)
6. What is against the bird laws?
(8)Anatomy teaches,
Ornithology preaches,
An owl has a toe
That can't turn out so !
I've made the white owl my study for years,
And to see such a job almost moves me to tears !
Mr. Brown, I'm amazed
You should be so gone crazed
As to put up a bird
In that posture absurd !
To look at that owl really brings on a dizziness
The Man who stuffed him don't half know his business !"
And the barber kept on shaving.
Questions:
1. Which disciplines did the critic study? What did they teach him?
2. What did the critic study?
3. What moved the critic to tears?
4. Why did the critic say the barber ‘gone crazed’?
5. What brings the critic dizziness?
6. What did the critic say about the owl maker?

(9)Just then, with a wink and sly normal lurch,
The owl, very gravely, got down from his perch,
Walked around, and regarded his fault-finding critic
 (Who thought he was stuffed) with a glance analytic,                                                                        And then fairly hooted, as if he should say;
"Your learning's at fault this time, anyway;
Don't waste it again on a live bird, I pray.
I'm an owl; you're another. Sir Critic, good day!"
And the barber kept on shaving.
Questions:
1. How did the owl get down from the perch?
2. What did the owl do after getting down?
3. What did the owl advise the critic?
4. Explain- “I’m an owl, you’re another’
5. The owl was stuffed – True/False
6. What is the message of the stanza?


1.                                     (10)I like noise,
The whoop of a boy, the thud of a hoof,
The rattle of rain on a galvanized roof,
The hubbub of traffic, the roar of a train,
The throb of machinery numbing the brain,
The switching of wires in an overhead tram.
Questions:
1. Which noises does the poet like?
2. Make a list of noises made by machines.
3. Where does the rain rattle?
4. Which word rhymes with the word 'train'?
5. What is the effect of throb of machinery?
6. Which kind of train is mentioned here?

(11)The Rush of the wind, a door on the slam,
The boom of the thunder, the crash of the waves,
The din of a river that races and raves,
The crack of a rifle, the clank of a pail,
The strident tattoo of a swift slapping sail.
From any old sound that the silence destroys
Arises a gamut of soul-stirring joys.
I like noise.
Questions:
1. What kind of sound does the poet crave for?
2. Pick out natural sounds mentioned in the stanza?
3. When does the river produce a din?
4. What arises soul stirring joys?
5. Pair any two rhyming words.
                                     





                                                                                                                          



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