Reading Comprehension-Poetry (CTET Paper-I English): Questions 22 - 28 of 124

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Passage

And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower,

Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:

I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,

Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea,

Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d,

altogether changed, and yet the same,

I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe,

And all that in them without me were seeds only,

latent, unborn;

And forever, by day and night, I give back life to

my own origin, and make pure and beautiful it;

(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfilment, wandering, Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns. )

The poet Walt Whitman writes of a conversation he once had with the rain as it dropped gently from the heavens. ‘Who are you? ’ the poet asked. Strangely, the raindrops replied and the poet translates its answer for the readers.

The poem is written from the point of view of someone who asked the rain who it was and was answered, it saying “I am the poem of the earth”, then proceeding to tell how it comes from the Earth, only to return once againt to wash it and nourish it… that if it were not for the rain, seeds would remain seeds and not flower into their full potential… giving back life to its origin. Then, the poem’s “turn” uses this story as a segway to show how “song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfillment, wandering, Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns. “

Meaning that songs come from the sould and after they’ve been heard, and thought good or bad, return with love. Just as rain rises and falls back again, so do poems, songs and other forms of beauty from the soul.

– Walt Whitman

Question number: 22 (4 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

The poem is a classic example of-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Hyperbole

b.

Limerick

c.

Personification

d.

Simile

Question number: 23 (5 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The similarity between rain and music is indicated by the words-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

regional music and softly

b.

‘soft falling’ and song

c.

gently and serious

d.

water falling and strangely

Question number: 24 (6 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The phrase ‘strange to tell’ mean-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

never imagine a voice

b.

surprise on listening to the voice of rain

c.

rain emerges from Earth and the song

d.

the strange atmospheric pressure

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She lives in a garret

Up a haunted stair,

And even when she’s frightened

There’s nobody to care.

She cooks so small a dinner

She dines on the smell,

And even if she’s hungry

There’s nobody to tell.

She sweeps her musty lodging

As the dawn steals near,

And even when she’s crying

There’s nobody to hear.

I haven’t seen my neighbour

Since a long time ago,

And even if she’s dead

There’s nobody to know.

– Frances Park

Question number: 25 (1 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Who is ‘she’ in the poem?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

A woman who lives in an old age home

b.

A miserable woman

c.

A woman who lives next door

d.

A hungry woman

Question number: 26 (2 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The line ‘She dines on the smell’ means -

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Choice (4) Response

a.

she dislikes the food

b.

she eats very little

c.

here food is stale

d.

she dislikes the smell of her food

Question number: 27 (3 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The woman described in the poem is-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Sad and lonely

b.

helpless

c.

brave

d.

disappointed

Question number: 28 (4 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The purpose of the poem is to tell us that-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the speaker’s neighbout is hungry

b.

no one cares for lonely people

c.

the woman was treated badly

d.

the speaker’s neighbour is dead

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