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CBSE Notes 2011-2012 » VIII-English

The Duck and the Kangaroo (Edward Lear)

So away they went with a hop and a bound, And they hopped the whole world three times round ; And wh...

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So away they went with a hop and a bound,
And they hopped the whole world three times round ;
And who so happy, - O who,
As the Duck and the Kangaroo ?
1. Who are'they'?
(a) hop and bound (b) world and round
(c) the Duck and the Kangaroo (d) hopped and happy.
2. How long did they travel ?
(a) as long as they could hop (b) as long as they could bound
(c) as long as they were not tired (d) three rounds of the world
3. The Duck and the Kangaroo were happy because
(a) they were such good friends (b) they enjoyed travelling
(c) they liked to hop (d) they liked to bound.
4. A short jump on one foot may be called
(a) a hop (b) a bound
(c) a kangaroo (d) a duck.

Said the Kangaroo, 'I'm ready ! All in the moonlight pale, But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit st...

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Said the Kangaroo, 'I'm ready !
All in the moonlight pale,
But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady !
And quite at the end of my tail !'
1. Kangaroo was ready
(a) to marry the Duck (b) to take the Duck for a ride
(c) to give the Duck a cloak (d) to give the Duck a cigar.
2. It was a pale moonlight when
(a) the Kangaroo agreed (b) the Kangaroo refused
(c) the Kangaroo prepared himself and the duck for a ride(d) the Kangaroo and the Duck quarrelled with each other.
3. The Duck was- asked to sit
(a) comfortably (b) quietly
(c) noisily (d) still
4. 'Quite' in the passage means
(a) exactly (b) freely
(c) quietly (d) comfortably.

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo, 'Good gracious ! how you hop ! Over the fields and the water too, As ...

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Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
'Good gracious ! how you hop !
Over the fields and the water too,
As if you never would stop !
1. Who was it that couldn't hop ?
(a) the Duck (b) the Kangaroo
(c) the frog (d) some other animal.
2. The phrase 'Good gracious' here, shows
(a) shock (b) fear
(c) anger (d) surprise.
3. The one which moves easily 'over the fields and water too' is
(a) the Duck (b) the Kangaroo
(c) the deer (d) the lion.
4. The word 'gracious' means
(a) decent (b) good-looking
(c) kind (d) happy.

My life is a bore in this nasty pond, And I long to go out in the world beyond ! I wish I could hop ...

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My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond !
I wish I could hop like you !'
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
1.The word 'My' refers to
(a) the Duck (b) the Kangaroo
(c) the poet (d) none of the above.
2. T lives in
(a) the field (b) the water
(c) the air (d) a nest.
3. The duck wanted
(a) to live in the pond (b) to go beyond the pond
(c) to befriend the Kangaroo (d) to dance
4. The word 'nasty' means
(a) clean (b) fine
(c) prison-like (d) filthy

Please give me a ride on your back !' Said the Duck to the Kangaroo. 'I would sit quite still, and s...

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Please give me a ride on your back !'
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
'I would sit quite still, and say nothing but "Quack,"
The whole of the long day through !
1. The Duck desired to
(a) say 'Quack' (b) stay still
(c) ride on Kangaroo's back (d) say nothing.
2. 'Quack' is a sound made by
(a) the Duck (b) the Kangaroo
(c) a rider (d) every animal.
3. It promised to sit still and be quiet because
(a) it pleased him (b) it was his habit
(c) it was trying to persuade Kangaroo (d) it had to go a long way.
4. The word 'quite' means the same as
(a) quiet (b) silent
(c) noisy (d) utterly.

And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee, Over the land, and over the sea ; - Please take me on ...

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And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land, and over the sea ; -
Please take me on a ride ! O do !'
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
1. The 'we' in the passage are
(a) Dee and sea (b) Jelly and Bo Lee
(c) The Duck and the Kangaroo (d) land and sea.
2. The Duck wanted
(a) to please the Kangaroo(b) to ride on Kangaroo
(c) to go into the water (d) to go to Boo Lee.
3. The passage speaks of
(a) what the poet wants (b) what the Kangaroo wants
(c) what the Duck wants (d) the different places of earth.
4. The phrase 'O do !' here means
(a) do you listen (b) do you go
(c) do you want (d) take me on a ride.

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