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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Practice Test: Poem The Heart of the Tree

Practice Test: Poem The Heart of the Tree
Time: One hour              (All questions carry equal marks)          Maximum Marks: 25

Question 1
Read the extract given and answer the questions that follow:
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard—
The treble of heaven’s harmony—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

(a) Explain: mother-croon of bird
(b) What is heaven’s harmony?
(c) What are the things planted by he plants who plants a tree?
(d) What is the structure of each stanza? How does enhance the effect of the poem?
(e) How does the poem bring out the importance of trees to human life?

Question 2
Read the extract given and answer the questions that follow:
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good—

(a) Explain: , in sap and leaf and wood
(b) Give the meaning of
a. far-cast thought
b. civic good
(c) Explain any two examples of figures of speech used in the poem.
(d) What are the motivations that make man to plant a tree?
(e) Comment on the relevance of the theme of the poem in contemporary world.

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