Appreciation Questions from Poetry ( Part B-Literature )
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Walt Whitman wrote the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” as a dirge for the death of
John F. Kennedy
In the poem “Migrant Bird” the poet contrasts the life of a migrant bird with that of the
Will no one tell me what she sings? Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow …… “She” refers to
the poet’s mother
the poet’s sister
the poet’s daughter
the solitary reaper
Answer the appreciation question. The best little scrub by the side of the rill. What is meant by scrub?
Bushes and small trees
“The globe’s my world. The cloud’s my kin” – Whom does ‘my’ refer to?
“Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn” Whom does ‘he’ refer to here?
An enemy soldier
“You make me sit on a cushion between your knees”. The person who is talked about here is the………………..
the little child
‘Softy in the dusk a woman is singing to me’ What is the time mentioned in this line?
Where the mind is led forward by thee”? Whom does the word ‘thee’ refer to?
“O no! it is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken” What does the poet compare ‘true love’ to, ?
A Light house
A mirror of his changing moods Now sure, now steeped in thought. Who does the word “his” refer to?
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong To the old Sunday evenings at home, Who does the word ‘me’ refer to?
The Poet D.H. Lawrence
The Poet H.W. Longfellow
We pierce your bosom with swords and spears And you dress our wounds with oil and balsom. What does the word ‘you’ refer to?
With the teacups circling round me like the planets round the sun. Why are the teacups circling?
Because of heavy gravitational force
Because of lack of gravitational force
Because the speaker is dancing in circles
Because the teacups fell off the hand
In the world’s broad field ,of battle, In the bivouac of life. What is the meaning of the phrase “Bivouac of life”?
A simple temporary stay in this world
A permanent peaceful life in this world
A pitiable life in this world
A pitiable life in this world
‘O Ye wheels’ ‘Stop! be silent for today’. Identify the speaker of these lines
The children working in mines
The children working in their houses
The children playing in the street
What were the source of inspiration to the Wright Brothers?
“On the day of Sicilian July, with Etna Smoking The voice of Education said to me ….. ” In these lines, The word “Etna” refers to——.
In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivovac of Life, What is the meaning of the phrase “Bivovac of life”?
A grand palace in the world
A pitiable life in the world
A simple temporary life in the world
A permanent life in the world
Is Life, But a Dream? Choose the correct answer from the options to fill in the blank : This poem is a/an —— of the poet.
What sort of the instruments does sculptor use?
Knife and axe
Sword and spare
Hammer and chisel
Bow and arrow
What does the phrase “Jarring voices” mean?
What is the meaning for ‘Muskie’?
a type of Rose that smells like musk
a type of Lilly that smells like musk
a type of Jasmine that smells like musk
a type of Sunflower that smells like musk
“For oh, “Say the children, we are weary And we cannot run or leap”. Who are weary?
The old lady
What kind of world is described in the poem ‘Migrant Bird’?
Complete the following poetic lines by choosing the correct option given below. A child sitting under the Piano in the boom of the tingling —–
“And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide” Here the ‘parlour’ is :
a beauty clinic
“I won’t look down. No I will not” ‘I’ refers to :
a migrant bird
“And in the valleys I have observed your tranquility” ‘I’ refers to
D. H. Lawrence
Choose the correct meaning of the word Underlined. “As humble plants by country hedgerows growing that treasure up the rain” What are “humble plants“?
The poem “A Psalm of life” underlines the need of:
“Are we discouraged, W? Of course we are not O”! ‘O’ – here stands for
…………. is a room in a private house for sitting or entertaining visitors.
“Someone was before me at my water-trough, And I like a second comer, waiting”. Who was the second comer? Pick out the correct answer from the options given below :
Read the poetic line and select answer for the question from the options given below: ‘And not like a Craven, I Pray’ The word ‘Craven’ means——-.
From “going for water” “Like pearls and now a silver blade” The river seems to be silver because—— Choose the correct answer from the given options :
reflection of silver
reflection of stars
reflection of moon light
reflection of sunlight
Read the poetic lines and select and answer the question from options given below : Let me say : There they ride on whom laurel’s bestowed. Since they played the game better than I. On whom are the laurels bestowed?
to luck people
If you can’t be a Muskie, then just be a bass – But the liveliest bass in the lake!” What does the word bass mean? Find out from the following options :
What does H.W. Longfellow want to tell us in his poem ‘A Psalm of Life’-‘ Pick out the correct answer from the following options :
Our present life is real
Life is to mourn
Life is unreal
Life is a dream
“If we cared for any meadows, it were merely To drop down in them and sleep” Find the speaker of these words :
‘I thought how paltry, how vulgar. What a mean act’? What is referred to as a ‘mean act’?
throwing a log at the snake
killing the albatross
allowing the snake to leave
‘To live unknown beyond the cherished circle’ The phrase ‘Cherished Circle’ refers to—–
a big circle
family members and friends
“I try my best to be A mother like the mom you were to me”. Find out the option that best explains the meaning of these lines.
The speaker does not want to be a mother like her own mother
The speaker compares her mother to her concept of an ideal mother
The speaker wants to be a mother for her child like any other mother
The speaker always tries hard to emulate her mother and considers her as her role model
In the poem “O Captain! My Captain!”, What does Whitman mean by the line, “the prize we sought is won”?
The North and South America got integrated
The prosperity of USA had been secured
The military sovereignty had been assured
The safety and security of USA had been ensured
What does the poet wish for his country in the following lines? “Where the world has not been broken up into fragments/By narrow domestic walls”
fearlessness and dignity
freedom from domestic violence
equality and harmony
If you can’t be a muskie. then just be a bass. What does the underlined word from the poem “Be the Best” refer to?
A type of rose
A type of lilly
A type of lotus
A type of animal
‘Though hit for six, In came their slogger’ Which game is referred to here? Choose the right option from the following?
“O listen! for the vale profound Is over flowing with the sound”. Here the poet stops to listen to the song because
the song is deep
the song is arresting
the song is domineering
the song is ordinary
In the poem “Our Local Team”, Who played a significant and convincing role?
The ‘snoring’ captain
The ‘demon’ bowler
The ‘slogger’ batsman
The ‘biased’ umpire
What does Tagore suggest to lead us to perfection in the poem “Where the mind is without fear”?
Equality and harmony
Which among the responses best explains the following line : “Day light will be on the switch and winter under rock”.
Daylight will restrict the damaging impact of winter
Winter’s chillness will be under the lock of the daylight’s heat
Daylight will be turned on when winter is kept under lock
There will be a continuous switching over from day to night, and there will not be any changing seasons
What did the “Last man in” in the story “Our Local Team” do and what was the umpire’s reaction?
The Last man hit a sixer and the umpired raised his indicating finger
The Last man hit a boundary and the umpire levelled his hands on both sides
The Last man hit a boundary and the umpire levelled his hands on both sides
The Last man hit a boundary with his pad but the umpire maintained telling ‘Not Out’
“I care not where the skies begin”. Find out the option closest in meaning to the above line.
The migrant birds have many limitations
The birds have got a jurisdiction in the sky
The birds have got boundaries within which they can fly
The birds can have limitless jurisdiction and abundant freedom
In the poem, “The Solitary Reaper”, Wordsworth addresses this song to one ‘Solitary Highland Lass’. What does, the poet mean by the word, ‘Highland’?
If you can’meet with triumph and disaster; And treat those two impostors just the same:- Find out the word nearest opposite in meaning to ‘Impostor’ from the options.
‘Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul’. Which of the following options best explains the above lines?
We are born from the dust and we return to dust
Human life is not immortal
The question of mortality does not apply to soul
The soul-is dead when the body is dead
Steady throb Then staccato rhythm Harmonic cacophony to oblivious ears. What is the meaning of the underlined word?
Melodious but noisy music
Irregular and jarring notes
“Imagine if your precious nose is sandwiched in between your toes” What does the word “sandwiched” mean here?
Become like a food item
Pressed between two things
Who do you think is these lines addressed to: You cannot rob us of the rights we cherish, Nor turn our thoughts away From the bright picture of a ‘women’s mission’ Our hearts portray
An individual reader
Tho poet’s companion
Society at large
A particular misogynist group
In the poem “Going for Water”, why did the children have to go to the brook?
To relish the sylvan atmosphere in the dense woods
Because the well was dry beside the door
To enjoy the natural beauty of the brook
To find whether there is water in the brook
“Laugh till the game is played” – What is the game referred to here?
Only bloodshot eyes betray Deep pride, then reverence, Lo! God in man’s image. Who is referred to as “God in man’s image” in the above lines?
Behold her, single in the field, Yon solitary Highland Lass! The underlined word in the above lines of “The Solitary Reaper” refers to
Find out the meaning of the underlined word in the following lines from Sonnet No. 116 : “Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit Impediments …….
“Good luck is around the corner” : What does this line suggest in the poem “Keep your spirits High”?
Do anticipate luck
Do think that luck would favour you
Be positive and optimistic in all your attitudes
Do have the frame of mind that you are fortune’s minion
“The present seems all dreary The future very grim“. The Underlined words mean …….. and …….. respectively.
confusing and dark
confusing and dark
boring and sad
damp and weak
A Boat beneath a sunny sky Lingering onward dreamily What is lingering onward?
a sunny sky
‘In solit’ry confinement as complete as any goal’. Solit’ry refers to
‘And the grave is not its goal’ The word ‘grave’ refers to
For I’m off to outer space tomorrow morning’. Where is the poet going?
‘Or, all day, we drive the wheels of iron’ What do the children do all day?
drive the car
play with the wheels
drive the wheels
beat the iron
But he’s locked in a concrete cell, His strength behind bars”· Which animal is kept in cage pathetically which would have been marching with the grandeur and ferocity in its natural habitat?
Read the lines and choose the answer to fill the blank from the options given below : “O! ye wheels Stop be silent to-day”, The children want the wheels to stop because ——
they want to repair the wheels.
they want to break the wheels.
they are very weary and tired.
they have to oil the wheels.
“Man’s little Day in haste we spend ….. ” Man’s little Day in this line refers to——
Entire life time
Eighty eight years
“Was out of work-had sold his traps” The word ‘traps’ in this line means
Two-wheeled bullock carts
Two-wheeled horse carriage
Tell me not, in mournful numbers ‘Numbers’ here refer to
“Like ‘gnomes’ that hid us from the moon”. What does ‘gnome’ mean?
What is meant by ‘Shilpi’?
Citizens of those border states – Brothers of her brother’s sons What is mentioned through the line “Brothers of her brother’s sons”?
The knocking softens, fades to a mild judicious tap. What is the knocking sound?
Knocking at the door
Carving of the statue
Hitting the ball
Boxing at the nose
Now drops that floated on the pool Like pearls, and now a silver blade. What is the “Silver blade”?
Drops of water
A child sitting under the Piano, in the boom of the tingling strings. The child mentioned in the poem is——
The Poet’s Child
A Child on the Road
The Poet himself
The Singer’s Child
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come; These lines refers to the —–
Destructive power of love
Destructive power of time
Permanency of external beauty
Constructive power of beauty
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls What world does the poet dream of?
Broken world with fragmented walls
Unbroken world with fragmented walls
The world without fragmented domestic walls
Broken world with narrow minded people
I shot him dead because- Because he was my foe. Give the meaning of the word ‘foe’
‘It’ in the following lines stand for—— “O, no! it is an ever fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken”.
O Captain! My captain! our fearful trip is done. The fearful trip refers to——
a journey of war
the end of civil war
an adventurous voyage
the death of the captain
The reddest flower would look as pale as snow. The poet compares the flowers to
“And I thought of the albatross” What is an albatross?
a humming bird
Question 89 Explanation:
Explanation albatross –> a sea-bird common in the Pacific and Southern Oceans.
But once within the wood, we paused Like gnomes that hid us from the moon. In the above quoted lines gnomes mean——
A large African antelope
‘On the day of Sicilian July, with Etna smoking’. What is the ‘Etna’?
a tsunami affected city
a volcanic mountain
‘I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated’. ‘It’ here stands for
a raised land
Read the given poetic lines and answer the question that follows : “A Geode can split to reveal A dazzling sight to view!” When does a Geode split? It splits when——.
it is broken with a stone
flung against a wall
water seeps inside it
dried in the hot sun
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass But the liveliest bass in the lake. In the above lines what does the word ‘muskie’ mean?
a Sweet smelling substance obtained from a cat
a type of rose
a large north American rodent
Identify the right option : The poem, ‘Beautiful inside’ conveys the idea that——
anything that is buried deep into the earth is beautiful
a golden heart lies concealed within the rough appearance
a sweet smile on the face hides the villainous heart
apparel decides the man
The poem ‘Shilpi’ is about
“Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls” Name the poet who dreamt of a world with equality and harmony.
‘To seek the brook if still it ran’. The children mentioned in the poem search for
“If you can’t be a muskier, then just be a bass”. “What’is meant by “bass”?’
In Sonnet-116 Shakespeare celebrates the constancy of
The barren boughs without the leaves. The season mentioned here is
Because the autumn, eve was fair’ The time mentioned in the line is ——
Ready to run to hiding new With laughter when she found us soon”. Who does ‘She’ refer to?
I care not where the skies begin I spread my wings through all the din” Who is the speaker?
A passer by
A migrant bird
“Virgin rock takes from Rugged lines melt,” What is meant by “Virgin rock”?
Read the poetic line and answer the question given below : . The globe’s my world. The cloud’s my kin. Who claims the globe?
Tiger in the zoo
“Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down” What is the meaning of the phrase “quaint and curious war” is
war is strange and old – fashioned
war is praise worthy
war is condemnable
war is essential
If you can force your heart and nerve and Sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone. Find out the meaning for a underlined word from the options given below :
Walt Whitman’s, ‘O Captain ! My Captain !’ is a —— written for the death of Abraham Lincoln
Which will take place of fears when some one keeps trying in the poem “keep on keeping on”?
” …I’m not going to be an airport pilot, a dancer, a lawyer, or an MC”. MC means ………….
Master of Ceremonies
Master of Chemistry
Match the following words· from Shakespeare’s English in Column A with their modern English equivalents in Column B :
|Column A||Column B|
|(a) doth||1. you|
|(b) thy||2. do|
|(c) thou||3. your|
|(d) dost||4. does|
4 3 1 2
2 1 3 4
2 1 4 3
4 3 2 1
“The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done, From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;” What does Walt Whitman refer by ‘object won’?
the end of voyage
the end Of the trip
the end of a battle
the end of the civil war
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