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CBSE Notes 2011-2012 » VIII-English

On the Grasshopper and Cricket (John Keats)

That is the grasshopper's - he takes the lead In summer luxury - he has never done With his delights...

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That is the grasshopper's - he takes the lead
In summer luxury - he has never done
With his delights, for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
1. the word 'that' refers to
(a) the voice (b) the insect
(c) the bird (d) the hedge.
2. The grasshopper is happy in
(a) winter (b) spring
(c) summer (d) autumn.
3. The grasshopper 'has never done' means
(a) he is never crying (b) he is never content
(c) he is always singing (d) he is always on the move.
4. The word 'beneath' means
(a) below (b) neat
(c) above (d) under.

The poetry of earth is ceasing never: On a lone winter evening when the frost Has wrought a silence,...

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The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stone there shrills
The cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
1. The poetry of earth is
(a) pleasant (b) unpleasant
(c) constant (d) loud.
2. The winter evening is 'lone' because
(a) the poet has no company (b) there is silence all around
(c) there is frost (d) it is cold.
3. The cricket's song
(a) pleases everybody (b) breaks winter's depression
(c) makes people angry (d) is disliked by the people.
4. the word 'warmth' in the passage means
(a) loudness (b) shrillness
(c) heat (d) cheer.

And seems to one in drowsiness half lost; The grasshopper's among some grassy hills. 1. One is lost ...

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And seems to one in drowsiness half lost;
The grasshopper's among some grassy hills.
1. One is lost in drowsiness because of
(a) the bad weather (b) the dark night
(c) tiredness (d) loss of sleep.
2. The lines refer to the song sung by
(a) a grasshopper (b) a cricket
(c) a bird (d) a girl.
3. The passage is describing a scene of
(a) summer (b) winter
(c) rains (d) autumn.
4. 'Drowsiness' means
(a) tiredness (b) depression
(c) half asleep (d) working.

The poetry of earth is never dead : When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooli...

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The poetry of earth is never dead :
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead,
1. By 'the poetry of the earth', the poet means
(a) a song about the earth (b) the music of birds etc
(c) the poetry of poets (d) the pleasures of life.
2. The birds hide in trees because of
(a) rain (b) tiredness
(c) cold (d) heat.
3. The 'voice' mentioned here is the voice of
(a) a grasshopper {b) a cricket
(c) a bird (d) the poet.
4. The word 'cooling' here means
(a) pleasing (b) amusing
(c) comforting (d) brightening.

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