4 April 2014

Reading Comprehension (Unseen Poem)

Q1: Directions: Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.

The sun descending in the west,

The evening star does shine;

The birds are silent in their nest.

And I must seek for mine.

         The moon, like a flower

        In heaven's high bower,

        With silent delight

        Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy grove,

Where flocks have took delight:

Where lambs have nibbled, silent move

The feet of angels bright;

         Unseen they pour blessing

        And joy without ceasing

        On each bud and blossom,

        And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest

Where birds are covered warm;

They visit caves of every beast,

To keep them all from harm:

        If they see any weeping

        That should have been sleeping,

        They pour sleep on their head,

        And sit down by their bed.

                                         (Extract from the poem 'Night' by William Blake)

1: The evening star rises when

(a) the birds leave their nests

(b) it is midnight

(c) it is dawn

(d) the sun descends in the west

2: Here, 'bower' represents

(a) a potted plant

(b) a framework that supports climbing plants

(c) a bouquet of flowers

(d) a flower vase

3: The poet compares moon to

(a) a flower

(b) a bird in the nest

(c) an evening star

(d) an angel

4: The angels come down on earth to

(a) spread moonlight

(b) give blessing and joy

(c) make people ,dance and have fun

(d) take blessing and joy

5: Birds' nest is described as 'thoughtless' because

(a) the angels are blessing the birds to be happy

(b) the birds are covered in the warmth of their nest

(c) it is made without any thought

(d) the occupants are asleep without any care

6: The figure of speech used, in. the line 'In heaven's high bower' is

(a) Metaphor

(b) Personification

(c) Alliteration

(d) Simlie

Q2(CBSE 2010): Read the following poem carefully, answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate options:


I lay in sorrow, in deep distress;
My grief a proud man heard;
His looks were cold, he gave me gold,
But not a kindly word

My sorrow passed – I paid him back
The gold he gave to me;
Then stood erect and spoke my thanks
And blessed his charity.

I lay in want, and grief and pain;
A poor man passed my way,
He bound my head, he gave me bread,
He watched me night and day.

How shall I pay him back again
For all he did to me?
Oh, gold is great, but greater far
Is heavenly sympathy.

1. How did the proud man help the poet when he was 'in deep distress'?

(a) He gave him jewels

(b) He took him home

(c) He gave some money

(d) He pitied the poet

2. What was it he did not give the poet ?

(a) money

(b) gold

(c) food

(d) sympathy

3. How did the poor man take care of the poet ?

(a) The poor man gave him some money and food

(b) The poor man gave gold and kind words

(c) The poor man gave food to the poet and took care of him day and night

(d) He took the poet home and bound his head which was hurt

4. Which of the following statements is not true?

(a) The poet repaid his debt to the proud man by thanking him

(b) The poor man blessed the charity of the poet

(c) When the poet was in sorrow he was given money

(d) The poet says he cannot repay the poor man for his sympathy

5. Which word in the poem means  "giving money to a person who is in need" ?

(a) charity

(b) sympathy

(c) kindness

(d) distress

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