English: Unseen Comprehension

Q1: Directions: Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option:

The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest.
And I must seek for mine.

The moon, like a flower
In heaven’s high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy grove,
Where flocks have took delight:
Where lambs have nibbled, silent move
The feet of angels bright;

Unseen they pour blessing
And joy without ceasing
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest
Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm:

If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed.

NOTE: Extract from the poem ‘Night’ by William Blake

1: The evening star rises when 
(a) the birds leave their nests
(b) it is midnight
(c) it is dawn
(d) the sun descends in the west

2: Here, ‘bower’ represents
(a) a potted plant
(b) a framework that supports climbing plants
(c) a bouquet of flowers
(d) a flower vase

3: The poet compares moon to
(a) a flower
(b) a bird in the nest
(c) an evening star
(d) an angel

4: The angels come down on earth to
(a) spread moonlight
(b) give blessing and joy
(c) make people ,dance and have fun
(d) take blessing and joy

5: Birds’ nest is described as ‘thoughtless’ because
(a) the angels are blessing the birds to be happy
(b) the birds are covered in the warmth of their nest
(c) it is made without any thought
(d) the occupants are asleep without any care

6: The figure of speech used, in. the line ‘In heaven’s high bower’ is 
(a) Metaphor
(b) Personification
(c) Alliteration
(d) Simile

Answers:
1: (d) the sun descends in the west
2: (c) a bouquet of flowers
3: (a) a flower
4: (b) give blessing and joy
5: (d) the occupants are asleep without any care
6: (a) Metaphor

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