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The Solitary Reaper

On the basis of your understanding of the poem 'The Solitary Reaper', answer the following questions...

Multiple choice question

On the basis of your understanding of the poem 'The Solitary Reaper', answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice. (CBSE Textbook)

(a) The central idea of the poem The Solitary Reaper is that ,

(i) well sung songs give us happiness.
(ii) melodious sounds appeal to all.
(iii) beautiful experiences give us life-long pleasure.
(iv) reapers can sing like birds.

(b) in the poem The Solitary Reaper to whom does the poet say Stop here
or gently pass ?

(i) to the people cutting corn
(ii) to himself
(iii) to the people who make noise
(iv) to all the passers-by

(c) The Solitary Reaper is a narrative poem set to music. This form of verse is called a .
(i) ballad
(ii) soliloquy
(iii) monologue
(iv) sonnet

(d) The poet's lament in the poem The solitary Reaper is that .

(i) he cannot understand the song
(ii) he did not know the lass
(iii) she stopped singing at once
(iv) he had to move away

(e) The setting of the poem is .

(i) Arabia
(ii) Hebrides
(iii) Scotland
(iv) England

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Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

No nightingale did ever chant More welcome notes to weary bands Of travellers in some shady haunt. Among Arabian Sands

(a) Mark the most appropriate statement.

(i) The nightingale sings for the weary group of travellers in the deserts of Arabia.
(ii) She wants to welcome them.
(iii) (i) is True but (ii) is False.
(iv) (i) and (ii) both are True.

(b) What is the effect of nightingale's song on its listeners ?

(i) They feel welcomed.
(ii) They feel refreshed.
(iii) They feel relaxed.
(iv) all of the above

(c) What does shady haunt refer to ?

(i) a desert
(ii) a tree
(iii) an oasis in the desert
(iv) a mountain

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Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

A voice so thrilling ne 'er was heard in spring-time from the cuckoo-bird.

(a) in which season does the cuckoobird sing ?

(i) in the spring season
(ii) in the winter season
(iii) in the summer season
(iv) in the monsoon

(b) What is the effect of the cuckoo-bird's singing on its listeners ?

(i) it has not affected them at all.
(ii) it has a thrilling effect.
(iii) it scares them.
(iv) it impresses them.

(c) WTiose voice is being compared with that of the cuckoo-bird ?

(i) the voice of the nightingale
(ii) the voice of the poet
(iii) the voice of the solitary reaper
(iv) the voice of the passers-by

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Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

Whate'er the theme, the maiden sang As if her song could have no ending;

(a) Whose song is being referred to here ?

(i) the song of the solitary reaper
(ii) the song of the nightingale
(iii) the song of the cuckoo
(iv) the song of the poet

(b) Why can't the listener poet understand the theme of the song being sung ?

(i) Because he is not aware of this langauge.
(ii) Because he does not like this language.
(iii) Because he is fond of those songs sung in his language.
(iv) Because he has never learnt this language.

(c) Explain line 2 in the extract given above,

(i) This song had a lasting effect on the poet.
(ii) Her song was so long not to be ended easily.
(iii) Her song had no ending.
(iv) Her song was really sweet.

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Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

O listen ! for the vale profound is flawing with thi soiiftd.

(a) Who is singing here ?

(i) the solitary reaper
(ii) the poet
(iii) the cuckoo
(iv) the passers-by

(b) These lines are addressed to

(i) any passer-by along .that way.
(ii) the stranger.
(iii) the nightingale.
(iv) the poet himself.

(c) Explain what vale profound means.

(i) the deep valley
(ii) Scottish Highland
(iii) the beautiful nature
(iv) (i) or (iii)

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Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

i listen'd, motionless and still And, as i mounted up the hill, The Music in my heart i bore, Long after it was heard no more.

(a) What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza ?

(i) aa bb
(ii) ab ab
(iii) abca
(iv) aaba

(b) i listen'd, motionless and still shows

(i) the captivating effect of the song on the poet.
(ii) the melancholic mood of the poet.
(iii) the sad mood of the reaper.
(iv) the effect of the song on the passersby.

(c) The sound of the music lingers on because

(i) it had a deep impact on the heart of the poet.
(ii) the music lived on as a touching memory within the heart.
(iii) none of these
(iv) both of above

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