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Read the poem given and answer the questions that follow, by selecting the most appropriate answer.
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
Q1. This poem is about
(a) having no time
(b) beautiful dancing lady
(c) enjoying nature
(d) standing and staring
Q2. What is implied by the word ‘leisure’ as used in the poem?
(a) give more time to rest
(b) time spent enjoying the beauty of nature
(c) relax from work
(d) do not fret about nature
Q3. According to this poem, life is poor if
(a) we like to enjoy nature
(b) we have no time to value nature
(c) we are full of care
(d) we gaze at stars at night
Q4. How many stanzas are there?
Q5. What or who is the poet referring to when he used the word ‘Beauty’?
Q6. One of these is not the theme of this poem
(a) the wonders of nature
(b) having a busy life
(c) appreciating nature
(d) staring at sheep or cows
Q7. Which phrase is repeated all over the poem?
(a) to see
(b) to stand
(c) to stare
(d) no time
Q8. ‘Woods’ hare stands for
Direction (9-10): Select the synonym
S9. Ans (d);
Sol. Abeyance: a state of temporary disuse or suspension.
S10. Ans (a);
Sol. Dauntless: showing fearlessness and determination.
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