GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) English: Questions 337 - 339 of 1960

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Passage

Questions are based on a poem. Read the poem carefully and pick out the most appropriate answers.

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

My swirling wants, your frozen lips.

The grammar turned and attacked me.

Themes, written under duress.

Emptiness of the notations.

They gave me a drug that slowed the healing of wounds.

I want you to see this before I leave:

the experience of repetition as death

the failure of criticism to locate the pain

the poster in the bus that said:

my bleeding is under control

A red plant in a cemetary of plastic wreaths.

A last attempt: the language is a dialect called metaphor.

These images go unglossed: hair, glacier, flash light.

When I think of a landscape I am thinking of a time.

When I talk of taking a trip I mean forever.

I could say: those mountains have a meaning but further than that I could not say.

To do something very common, in my own way.

Adrienne Rich

Question 337 (3 of 5 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2014 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

Why does the speaker/lover in Rich՚s poem plan to leave?

I. Because her love has not been returned.

II. Because of the pain she has suffered in the relationship.

III. Because the lover has criticized her so much.

IV. Because though the pain has been located, the bleeding continues.

The right combination according to the code is (June Paper 3)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

I and III are correct

b.

I and II are correct

c.

I and IV are correct

d.

I, II and III are correct

Question 338 (4 of 5 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2014 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

What does Rich imply when she says “The grammar turned and attacked me” ? (June Paper 3)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

The person she is leaving is not the source of pain but something else.

b.

Her lover has beaten her.

c.

The pain she has herself inflicted through language.

d.

Language that has been used to hurt her.

Question 339 (5 of 5 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2014 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

How does the poet suggest that the lover has not left? (June Paper 3)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

The speaker talks of a trip ‘forever’ which means she will never return.

b.

The words “a last attempt” indicate that she is trying her best to leave.

c.

A drug she takes slows the healing of her wounds perhaps indicating that she may be able to leave sometime in future.

d.

The words “before I leave” suggest that the speaker has not left yet.

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