Reading Comprehension-Poetry (CTET Paper-I English): Questions 75 - 81 of 124

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Passage

The nightingale, that all day long

Had cheered the village with his song

Not yet at eve his note suspended,

Nor yet when eventide was ended,

Began to feel, as well he might,

The keen demands of appetite;

When, looking eagerly around,

He spied far off, upon the ground

A something shining in the dark,

And knew the glow worm by his spark;

So, stooping down from hawthorn top,

He thought to put him in his crop

The worm, aware of his intent,

Harangued him thus, right eloquent

‘Did you admire my lamp, ’ quoth he,

‘As much as I your minstrelsy,

You would abhor to do me wrong,

As much as I to spoil your song;

For’twas the self same power divine,

Taught you to sing, and me to shine;

That you with music, I with light,

Might beautify and cheer the night;

The songster heart his short oration

And warbling out his approbation,

Released him as my story tells,

And found a supper somewhere else.

– William Couper

Question number: 75 (5 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

What did the nightingale finally decide?

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

To keep singing for the whole night

b.

To make the glowworm his supper

c.

To sit and wait for something else

d.

To find his supper somewhere else

Question number: 76 (6 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Whom did he thought to make his crop?

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

Something else

b.

Glow worm

c.

Hawthorn top

d.

Mils insects

Passage

Nostalgically recollecting fond memories, the poet looks at a very old photograph of her mother who has been dead for nearly twelve years. The poet is consumed with grief but is left with no words to express the loss.

The poem begins with the poet looking at a very old photograph of her mother at twelve years of age. The photograph, on a cardboard frame, shows the poet’s mother, with her two girl cousins each holding one of her hand. She was eldest of the three and had a ‘sweet face’. In the snapshot, all the three girls stand still, smiling with their hair falling on their faces, to get clicked by the camera of their uncle, on an occasion when they went paddling. The sea, which has apparently undergone no change, washed their ‘transient’ feet. This image of transcience provides a sharp contrast to the eternal sea.

Some twenty or thirty years later, the poet’s mother laughed at the picture pointing how she was looking. Betty and Dolly (the two cousins) were made to dress for the beach holiday.

That sea holiday was a thing of past for her mother at that time, while her mother’s laughter is the poet’s past now. Both signify their respective losses and the pain involved in recollecting the past.

Her mother is dead for nearly twelve years now. And for the present ‘circumstance’ the poet has nothing left to say. She is absorbed in the memories of her dead mother. The painful ‘silence’ of the situation leaves the poet silent, with no words to express her grief. Thus, the ‘silence silences’ her.

–Shirley Toulson

Question number: 77 (1 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The poetess says that after a gap of almost …. , she sees her mother snapshot.

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

20 years

b.

20 - 30 years

c.

12 years

d.

15 - 20 years

Question number: 78 (2 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What has not changed over the years? According to the poem.

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Choice (4) Response

a.

The beach

b.

The external sea

c.

The photograph of poetess mother

d.

Nature of poetess

Question number: 79 (3 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What does, ‘circumstance’ refer to -

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Choice (4) Response

a.

cheerful days of childhood

b.

speechless situation

c.

prominent features

d.

death of poetess mother

Question number: 80 (4 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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This poem has been taken from -

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

The Beach Holiday

b.

A photograph

c.

My Sweet Mother

d.

The Painful Silence

Question number: 81 (5 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What does the word ‘cardboard’ denotes in the poem?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Photographs is probably stuck on a cardboard

b.

The cardboard is just a non-breathing piece

c.

It is a board made of wooden

d.

The lively presence of poetess’ mother

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