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Sunday, 28 February 2010

ICSE English Literature in English Poetry and Short Stories Revision Test 2010

Literature in English
Poetry and Short Stories

Time: One Hour Max Marks: 50 Marks
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I, loving freedom, and untried;
No sport of random gust,
Yet being myself a guide,
Too blindly have reposed my trust…..
a. What do you learn about the poet here?

b. The poet addresses Duty differently on various occasions. Give at least two such addresses and explain them.
c. What is the creed that the poet talks about? What is the benefit of following this creed?
d. Why did the poet decide to subject himself to the dictates of Duty?
e. The poets appeals Duty to do a humbler function. What is the function? Why is it humble?
f. What appeals to you in the poem? Why?
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Me only cruel immortality
Consumes; I wither slowly in thy arms,
Here at the quiet limit of the world,
A white haired shadow roaming like a dram
The ever silent spaces of the East,
Far-folded musts, gleaming halls of the morn.
a. Narrate the myth on which the poem is based. Why is immortality called cruel?
b. Tithonus asks Eos or Aurora to make amends. How can she make amends? What is her reactions to his request? What is his reaction to her reaction?
c. Who are happier dead according to Tithonus? Elucidate.
d. Compare and contrast the experience of young Tithonus and the present Tithonus in relation to his life with Eos.
e. What is the theme of the poem? Elaborate.
f. The entire poem is a speech rendered by Tithonus to Eos. In this context comment on the structure of the poem.
Question 3
A child feels loved and safe with the parents. Bring out the truth of the above statement with close reference to the story The Lost Child.