Higher Secondary 2018 English Poetry Suggestions

 

HS (2018) West Bengal English Poetry

Probable List of questions

POEM 1

ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY

POET  –  ARTHUR RIMBAUD


PROBABLE  BROAD QUESTIONS

(MARKS – 6   IN ABOUT 100 WORDS)

 

1.”In his side there are two  red holes”-Who  is  the person  referred to here?What do the “two red  holes”         signify?What attitude of the poet is reflected in the poem.

2.How does the poet  Arthur Rimbaud look upon war ?

3.Give the Substance of the poem “Asleep in the valley”.

4.Narrate in your own words how the soldier lies in the valley.

5.Discuss the Central idea of the poem “Asleep in the Valley”

6.Discuss how “Asleep in the valley” is an Anti-War Poem.

7.Justify the Title of the poem “Asleep in the Valley”.

8.In his side there are two red holes”.- What do the holes signify? What does the poet  seek to suggest     in this line?


ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY

POET  –  ARTHUR RIMBAUD

PROBABLE SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS:

MARKS – 1 TO BE ANSWERED IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE

1.Where does the stream leave long strands of silver?

2.What is describes as ‘gentle, without guile’?

3.’…they fill the hollow full of light.’- What does ‘they’ refer to here?

4.In what state is the soldier found in the valley?

5.The humming insects don’t disturb his rest.’- Why?

6.What is the smile of the dead soldier compared to?

7.’…In his side there are two red holes’.- What do the ‘two red holes’ in the poem “Asleep in the Valley” signify?

8.What effect does the last line of the poem “Asleep in the Valley” produce?  

 

ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY

POET  –  ARTHUR RIMBAUD

 

MCQ TYPE PROBABLE QUESTIONS:

MARK – 1 COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, CHOOSING THE CORRECT ALTERNATIVES FROM THE OPTIONS PROVIDED

 

1.The poem is about –

A.a silent valley

B.a deep valley

C.a sleeper in a valley

D.a sleepy valley

 

2.The word ‘undergrowth’ means-

A.something growing under a man

B.small flowers

C.twigs

D.shrubbery

3.The young soldier looks-

A. bright

B.pink

C.pale

D.wear

 

4.The hollow is full of –

A.water

B.light

C.sound

D.melody

 

5.The smile of the soldier in the poem  ‘Asleep in the valley’ is –

A.gentle

B.foolish

C.Witty

D.cunning

 

6.The word ‘guile’ suggests –

A.a person’s slyness

B.a man’s character

C.a person’s innocence

D.one’s simplicity

 

7.The red holes in the side of the soldier suggests that he was –

A.winner of the war

B.casualty of war

C.sleepy person

D.chocolate-cream-soldier

 

8. ‘asleep in the valley ‘ is a –

A.Shakespearean sonnet

B.Spensarian sonnet

C.petrarchan sonnet

D.Miltonic sonnet


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POEM 2

SHALL I COMPARE THEE

POET – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

PROBABLE  BROAD QUESTIONS:

(MARKS – 6   IN ABOUT 100 WORDS)

 

1.” But thy eternal summer shall not fade”-Who is the poet?

What is meant by eternal summer ?

How does the poet suggest that ‘thy eternal summer’ shall not fade?

2. “…and this gives life to thee”-What does ‘this’refer to? Who is referred to by ‘thee’? How does ‘this’give life?

3.How does Shakespeare immortalise his friend’s beauty?

4.How does Shakespeare  compare the beauty of his  friend to that of a summer’s day in Sonnet 18?

5.How does Shakespeare present the triumph of poetry over mortality in Sonnet No.18?

6.”And every fair from fair sometimes declines.” What  does the poet want to say in the lines?

7.”So long lives this and this gives life to thee”-What is meant by “this”?

Whom does “this” give life to thee? How long is “this” give life to thee?

how long is ‘this’ expected to live?

In what way does it givr lifr to a person?

8.”And every fair from fair sometimes declines”-How does ‘every fair  from fair…”

How does ‘Every fair from fair’ decline?

What does the poet want to say by the line?

SHALL I COMPARE THEE

POET – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

PROBABLE SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS:

MARKS – 1 TO BE ANSWERED IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE

1.What does “eye of heaven’ refer to?

2.’And summer’s lease hath all too short a date’-

What is meant by ‘summer’s lease’?

3.’Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ – does the speaker think that the comparison is proper or improper?

How is the ‘gold complexion’ of the sub dimmed?

What shall death not brag of?

6.How is death personified in Sonnet No.18?

What will ‘give life’ to the poets friend?

8.How will the beauty of the poet’s friend remain unfaded?

 

SHALL I COMPARE THEE

POET – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

MCQ TYPE PROBABLE QUESTIONS:

MARK – 1 COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, CHOOSING THE CORRECT ALTERNATIVES FROM THE OPTIONS PROVIDED

 

1.The darling buds of May are shaken by rough winds in –

A.March

B.May

C.April

D.June

2.”But thy eternal summer shall not fade’ – The word opposite in meaning to ‘eternal’ is –

A.universal

B.temporal

C.momentary

D.decayed

3.’So long lives this’ Here ‘this’ refers to –

A.poet’s love

B.poet’s verse

C.poet’s beauty

D.the friend’s beauty

4.The poet claims to have immortalized his friend through –

A.love

B.praise

C.poetry

D.magical medicine

 

5.The gold complexion of the sun is dimmed by –

A.rough winds

B.clouds

C.buds of may

D.fog

6. According to the  poet, the ‘summer’s lease’ is –

A.long lasting

B.brief

C.eternal

D.perenial

7.The poet os ‘Sonnet No. 18’ suggests that death has no control over –

A.nature

B.beauty

C.poetry

D.love

8.Shakespeare claims that the sonnet he has written is –

A.eternal

B.subject to decay

C.temporary

D.perishable

POEM 3

THE POETRY OF EARTH

POET – JOHN KEATS

 

PROBABLE  BROAD QUESTIONS:

(MARKS – 6   IN ABOUT 100 WORDS)

 

1.What does Keats mean by “Poetry of Earth”?

Why does he say that this popetry never ceases?

2.What picture of summer is presented in “The poetry of earth”?

3.How does Keats present winter in his sonnet?

4.Justify the Title of the poem “The Poetry of earth”.

5.Why does Keats feel that the poetry of eartth is never dead?

6.Identify the voices of poetry of the earth in the poem.

How does Keats  establish its continuity through these voices?

7.”…he has never done

With his delights”- Who is referred to as “he”?

Why is he never done with his delights?

8.”And seems to one in drowsiness half lost’

the Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.”-

Whom does ‘one’refer to?

What seems to him tobe the grasshopper’s song?

Why does it seem so to him?

SHALL I COMPARE THEE

POET – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

PROBABLE SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS:

MARKS – 1 TO BE ANSWERED IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE

 

1.What might one hear on a lone, cold, silent, winter evening?

2.What does Keats celebrate in the ‘The Poetry of Earth’?

3.What does Keats mean by suggesting that the poetry of earth never dies?

4.Why do birds faint in summer in Keats’s sonnet ‘The  poetry of Earth’?

5.Who takes the lead in summer luxury in Keats’s sonnet, ‘The poetry of Earth’?

6.What weaves in Keats’s sonnet ‘The Poetry of Earth’ potray?

7.Who carries forward the music of nature in winter?

8.Why does the drowsy person take the cricket’s song for that of a grasshopper?

SHALL I COMPARE THEE

POET – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

MCQ TYPE PROBABLE QUESTIONS:

MARK – 1 COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, CHOOSING THE CORRECT ALTERNATIVES FROM THE OPTIONS PROVIDED

1.In  ‘The Poetry of Earth’ the ‘Poetry’ stands for –

A.the poems written by generations of poets

B.the natural beauty

C.the music of nature

D.the songs about the earth

 

2.The poetry of the earth is never dead because –

A.nature’s music can be heard through all seasons

B.the grasshopper sings through summer

C.the grasshopper sings through winter

D.Keat’s feels so

 

3.The grasshopper takes the lead in –

carrying forward the music of nature

having fun in summer

flying from hedge to hedge

running

4.The word ‘lone’ means –

A.companionless

B.together with friends

C.lunatic

D.full of natural sound

 

5.The poetry of the earth is ceasing –

A.never

B.often

C.ever

D.seldom

 

6.The grasshopper rests beneath –

A.a shade

B.cooling trees

C.some charming weed

 

D.hot sun

7.The word ‘mead’ means –

A.valley

B.meadow

C.maid

D.glade

 

8.The silence in ‘The Poetry of the Earth’ has been wrought by –

A.summer

B.frost

C.winter

D.rain

POEM 4

ON KILLING A TREE

POET – GIEVE PATEL

PROBABLE  BROAD QUESTIONS:

(MARKS – 6   IN ABOUT 100 WORDS)

 

1.How does a tree offer resistance to its destruction?

2.Justify the Title of the poem “On Killing a Tree”.

3.How can the tree be killed in “On Killing a Tree”?

4.How is the life force of a tree described in the poem “On Killing a Tree”?

5.The poem “On Killing a Tree” describes man’s cruelty and violence to nature.

Discuss.

6.Why does it take ‘much time to kill a tree’? How is the tree finally killed?

7.”No

The root is to be pulled pulledf out”-

What is negated by the single-word line ‘No’?

How does the pulling out of the root ensure success?

8.Do you think that man’s inferriority in life-forces in comparison to the tree has been hinted

at in “On killing a Tree”?

Give reasons for your answer.

 

PROBABLE SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS:

MARKS – 1 TO BE ANSWERED IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE

1.What does the phrase ‘earth cave’ refer to?

2.What screeches and chokes the tree after it is pulled out?

3.’Not so much pain will do it…’ – What task does the word  ‘it’ refer to?

4.Where will green twigs rise from?

5.’And then it is done’ – What act is referred to here?

6.What type of poem is ‘ On Killing a Tree’?

7.What causes the bark of a tree to bleed?

8.Why is the bark of a tree described as ‘leprous hide’?

MCQ TYPE PROBABLE QUESTIONS:

MARK – 1 COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, CHOOSING THE CORRECT ALTERNATIVES FROM THE OPTIONS PROVIDED

 

1.The bark of the tree is described as ‘leporous hide’ beacuse it is –

A.soft and smooth

B.wounded by the knife

C.rough and has marks

D.glossy and shining

2.Miniature boughs/ which if unchecked  will expand again -The word ‘Miniature” means –

A.small

B.not so big

C.very small

D.very big

3.A tree grows –

A.rooted deep in the earth

B.shedding leaves

C.slowly consuming the earth

D.eroding soil

4.According to the poet, the ‘source’ of a tree is –

A.like a leper’s skin

B.brown and hard

C.leafy and green

D.white and wet

5.The tree is killed finally –

A.with the jab of a knife

B.with the destruction of the root

C.by hacking and chopping

D.by cutting it down

6.The ‘miniature bough’ will regain its former size if it is left –

A.unhurt

B.unperturbed

C.unnoticed

D.unchecked

7.What lies hidden for years is the tree’s –

A.leporous hide

B.miniature boughs

C.white and wet source

D.curled green twigs

 

8.The expression ‘bleeding bark’ suggests that the bark is –

A.oozing life-blood

B.secreting sap

C.bloodstained

D.looking bloody

 

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