I Tick (..........) the option that will complete each of the following statements.
In some cases more than one option may be possible.
- In the first five stanzas the poet is talking about
a) the honest and innocent world of children.
b) the insincere world of adults.
c) the difference between the past and the present.
d) the old and the young.
- The last four lines of the poem suggest
c) a sense of loss.
d) eagerness to learn.
- The expression 'Ice-cold-block' eyes means
a) The eyes are wet with tears.
b) expressionless eyes.
c) a state of lack of feelings.
d) a dead man's eyes.
- 'They' in line 4 of stanza 1 refers to
a) people in the past.
b) present day people.
c) all adults .
d) young children.
- 'Their …….. eyes search behind my shadow' means
a) they avoid meeting his eyes.
b) they try to look at the darker side of the person.
c) they convey no emotions.
d) they try to see what is not there.
- The poet has learnt
a) to shake hands.
b) the ways of the world.
c) to laugh.
d) to put on masks.
- The poet wants to learn from his son because his son
a) is not corrupted by the ways of the world.
b) is more informed.
c) knows about good manners more than his father.
d) is more caring.
II Answer the following questions in a sentence or two each.
- When did people shake hands with their hearts?
- What is the poet crying over? What help does he want from his son?
- "Most of all, I want to relearn how to laugh, for my laugh in the mirror shows only my teeth like a snake's bare fangs !" What does the poet mean by these lines?
- What is the tone of the poem?
- "Now they shake hands without hearts: while their left hands search my empty pockets."
Why do the left hands search empty pockets now? What does this indicate?
- The poet uses certain words to express frustration and sorrow. Identify these words.