Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)

A.1. Complete the following.[2]

(i) While watching T.V. the children avoid __________________ and ______________.
(ii) While watching television, children allow the mothers _____________.

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink- -
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?

A.2. In every house, what have been children doing in front of the T.V.? [2]

A.3. Pick out an example of Hyperbole from the above extract. [1]


Answers:

A.1. (i) climbing over the window, fighting with each other.
(ii) to cook and wash the dishes in the sink.

A.2. The children have been gaping at the screen. They are lazy and they sit as if they are hypnotised by the junk that is shown on the T.V.

A.3. And stare until their eyes pop out.  A dozen eyeballs on the floor.
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