unseen poetry stanzas
QUESTION FOR PRACTICE
Read the poem given below and choose the correct answers from the given option: [1 X 5=5]
The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud – and hark, again ! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,
Have left me to that solitude, which suits
Abstruser musings: save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully.
‘It’s calm indeed ! so calm, that it disturbs
And vexes meditation with its strange
And extreme silence..............
A. The ‘secret ministry’ of the frost is that
(a) it is falling on the ground
(b) it ministers the earth
(c) it deals with the air
(d) it has a secret deal with the nature
B. There is silence all round. This is seen in the phrase
(a) and hark, again
(b) all at rest
(c) that solitude
(d) abstruser musings
C. Who is sleeping in the cradle?
(a) the poet’s nephew
(b) the poet’s niece
(c) the poet’s son
(d) a strange child
D. What disturbs the calm?
(d) the surroundings
E. The word ‘meditation’ means
(b) deep thought
(c) deep ideas
Read the extract given below and fill the blanks that follow: [1 X 5=5]
If there is a future there is time for mending.
Time to see your troubles come to an ending
Life is never hopeless however great your sorrow-
If you’re looking forward to a new tomorrow.
If there is time for wishing them there is time for hoping
When through doubt and darkness you are blindly groping.
Though the heart be heavy and hurt you may be feeling.
If there is time for praying there is a new day breaking.
Thank god for the promise though mind and soul be aching
If with harvest over there is grain enough for gleaning-
There is a new tomorrow and life still has meaning
A. Life is never hopeless when _____________________
B. We should offer our thanks to God when ________________________
C. If there is a good harvest, there is a hope for __________________
D. If you are able to pray God in the days of deep sorrow, there is a chance for _________
E. If anybody has courage to face problems, his troubles ____________________