SSC ENGLISH POEM FOR BOARD EXAMS.

(I) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
B.1. Choose the correct alternative.
(i) ________________ pleases the children.
(a) Cottage cheese (b) Tomato (c) A rare dish
(ii) They will ask for more of ______________
(a) Ice-cream (b) cottage cheese (c) chocolate cake
Tomatoes, onions, peppers, fish,
Garlic nor cottage cheese;
Oh, it's a dish uncommon rare
That truly seems to please.
No red sauce may the ice cream have,
"It's bleeding," they will say;
And gravely hand it to their mum
To take it clean away.
But let us speak of chocolate cake,
It must be frosted o'er;
Then they'll devour three full slabs,
And calmly ask for more.
Oh, I do so always love to eat
With picky little pests,
Whose parents joy to make them
The most undesirable guests!
B.2. Why are the children called undesirable guests ?
B.3. Write the words from the passage which rhyme with the following.
(i) cheese (ii) say
(iii) o'er (iv) pests

(II) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
A.1. Choose the correct alternative.
(i) We should treat chance and opportunities ___________.
(a) with fear (b) with money (c) boldly and happily
(ii) We must make money but _____________.
(a) hold friends (b) gain it to the (c) not use it
It's doing your job the best you can,
And being just to your fellow man;
It's making money - but holding friends, And being true to your
aims and ends.
It's figuring how and learning why,
And looking forward and thinking high;
And dreaming a little and doing much,
It's keeping always in closest touch.
With what is finest in word and deed,
It's being through, yet making speed;
It's daring blithely the field of chance,
While making labour a brave romance.

A.2. Look at the line, 'With what is finest in word and deed?' What message of life do you get in this line?
A.3. Match the following.
A    B
(i) holding    (a) much
(ii) doing    (b) high
(iii) making   (c) friends
(iv) thinking   (d) speed

(III) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
A.1. Fill in the blanks.
(i) The most important thing that we have learned is ____________.
(ii) The poet Roald Dahl calls the television ______________.
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.?
A.3. Pick out an example of Hyperbole from the above extract.



(IV) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
B.1. State whether the following statements are true or false.

(i) As a nation, we need to shower our love and respect on the elderly.
(ii) We should let the young generation guide our course.
"Oh the value of the elderly! How could anyone not know?
They hold so many keys, so many things they can show.
We all will reach the other side this I firmly believe
And the elderly are closest oh what clues we could retrieve.
For their characters are closest to how we’ll be on high.
They are the ones most developed, you can see it if you try.
They’ve let go of the frivolous and kept things that are dear.
The memories of so sweet, of loved ones that were near.
As a nation we are missing our greatest true resource,
To get to know our elders and let them guide our course."
B.2. What memories do the elders let go of and what do they retain ?
B.3. “Oh the value of the elderly!
How could any one not know ?”
Which figure of speech do we come across in this line ?

(V) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
B.1 Complete the following. [2]
(i) We replenish ourselves for ___________ .
(ii) We choose not to care for _____________ .

Tell me is it right
That we sleep well at night
Replenishing ourselves
For tomorrow's greedy fight
There lie abundant rivers with pollution
There fly multiple clouds with contamination
And when good food goes to waste
The valleys of the earth bury their paste

Our world is an institution
Of environmental pollution
We choose not to care
For our future generations
And I for one am guilty
For buying the hundreds of electronic gadgets
That attracts the industries to produce like maggots
Environmental pollution is at the heart of our planet.

B.2. What is the message conveyed through the poem? [2]
B.3. Give the rhyme scheme of the extract. [1]

(VI) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
A.1. Fill in the blanks.
(i) There was a roaring in the _________.
(ii) The birds are singing in the distant ________.
There was a roaring in the wind all night;
The rain came heavily and fell in floods;
But now the sun is rising calm and bright,
The birds are singing in the distant woods;
Over his own sweet voice the Stock-dove broods;
The Jay makes answer as the Magpie chatters;
And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters.
All things that love the sun are out of doors;
The sky rejoices in the morning's birth;
The grass is bright with raindrops - on the moors
The hare is running races in her mirth;
And with her feet she from the plashy earth
Raises a mist; that, glittering in the sun,
Runs with her all the way, wherever she doth run.
A.2. Match the following.
A                      B
(i) Stock-dove   (a) running races
(ii) Jay                          (b) chatters
(iii) Hare            (c) broods
(iv) Magpie        (d) answers the Magpie
            (e) roaring
A.3. The figure of speech of the following line is _____________.
“The sky rejoices in the morning’s birth”
(a) Alliteration
(b) Inversion
(c) Personification
(d) Onomatopoeia


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(VII) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
B.1. Match the column.
A            B
(i) forests         (a) sighing
(ii) wild life     (b) drying
(iii) earth         (c) dying
(iv) rivers         (d) crying
            (e) flooding
The forests are dying
Wild life is crying
Millions of fish are dying
Mother earth is sighing
Tell me is it right
That we sleep well at night
Replenishing ourselves
For tomorrows greedy fight
Overcrowded trains
Overloaded brains
Where is the light? What is our plight?
While river break their banks
And greedy industries play their polluted pranks.
B.2. What is the message conveyed through the poem ?
B.3. The figure of speech in the following line is ____________.
“While rivers break their banks.”
(a) Personification (b) Repetition  (c) Alliteration (d) Interrogation

(VIII) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
B.1 Fill in the blanks. [2]
(i) Mask of death has been given the human quality of ___________.
(ii) The unblushed flag is covered with stains of _________.
(iii) __________ are raised over the grave of martyred youth.
(iv) ___________ ships are about to flounder in the dark.

Let us salute Republic Day - let us salute its rising sun,
And let us greet our Motherland and bow before her feet and say
Mother! your millions meet and swear on this, our proud Republic Day,
That we shall sink all differences and see all bickering is done -
We shall arise to dream like one, to toil like one, to build like one.
O Mother! teach our hands to bear

The lamp of peace your hands have borne
Through centuries of stress and strife.
May your chaste image make us dare
To bare the mark which Time has worn,
Black mask of death to frighten life!
The grinning mask of death and doom worn by crass enemies of truth.
Who have raised gardens for themselves over the grave of martyred
youth,
Over the graveyards of the world have planted, with loud boast and
brag.
With insolent, relentless hands, their base,  unblushing bloodstained
flag.
Republic Day of India! Your dawning shall begin to mark
New harbour lights for troubled ships about to flounder in the dark,
The dark which tyranny has wrought across all earth and sea and sky,
Who claps his callous hands in glee and laughs to see the millions die…

B.2. According to the poet what can be achieved through unity ? [2]
B.3. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem ? [1]

(IX) Read the following poem and answer the questions given below : (5 Marks)
A.1. Choose the correct alternative. [2]
(i) It rained heavily ________________.
(a) that morning     (b) the night before    (c) at dawn     (d) that day
(ii) The hare runs races on the ______________.
(a) moors         (b) grass        (c) waters         (d) meadows
(iii) The 'she' referred to in the poem is the ____________.
(a) stock-dove     (b) magpie        (c) hare         (d) jay
(iv) The grass is bright with ___________.
(a) glitter         (b) mist        (c) dew         (d) raindrops

There was a roaring in the wind all night;
The rain came heavily and fell in floods;
But now the sun is rising calm and bright,
The birds are singing in the distant woods;
Over his own sweet voice the Stock-dove broods;
The Jay makes answer as the Magpie chatters;
And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters.
All things that love the sun are out of doors;
The sky rejoices in the morning's birth;
The grass is bright with raindrops - on the moors
The hare is running races in her mirth;
And with her feet she from the plashy earth
Raises a mist; that, glittering in the sun,
Runs with her all the way, wherever she doth run.

A.2. Describe the morning after the rainy night. [2]

A.3. Write two pairs of rhyming words. [2]

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