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Directions(1-5): Read the poem carefully and answer the following questions.
Those winter Sundays
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on. in the blue black cold
then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the
weekday weather made banked fires blaze.
No one even thanked him
I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,
Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold,
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, What did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?
Q1. The word ‘too’ in the first line of the poem suggests
(a) continuity of action
(b) change of circumstances
(c) brevity of existence
(d) freezing of good fortune
Q2. What can be the theme of the poem?
(a) One gets disillusioned as one gets older
(b) As a child one always believed in unconditional love
(c) One appreciates paternal love only in hindsight
(d) It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that one has grown up
Q3. The word ‘chronic’ suggest that is
(a) long lasting
(b) well considered
Q4. The indifference of the son can be equated with ………… .
(a) the harshness of the cold
(b) his father’s warm and loving actions
(c) his recollection of the times gone by
(d) the overcoming of cold by the blazing fire
Q5. What is the tone of the poem in the last 2 lines?
Directions (6-10): Each questions in this section has a sentence with three parts labelled (A), (B) and (C). Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in any part and indicate your answer in the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter i.e. (A) or (B) or (C). If you find no error, your answer should be indicated as (D).
Q6. After we were driving for miles (A) / on the winding road (B) / I was suddenly sick. (C) / No error (D)
Q7. The forecast was for fair (A) / and warm weather (B) / and the day dawned dark and chill. (C) / No error (D)
Q8. Beside (A) / his mother he has two aunts (B) / who stay with him. (C) / No error (D)
Q9.Either the operator (A) / or the foreman are (B) / to blame for the accident. (C) / No error (D)
Q10. She dislikes (A) / you being most organized (B) / than she is. (C) / No error (D)
Sol. Replace “I was suddenly sick” with “I suddenly felt sick”.
Sol. Replace ‘and the day dawned dark and chill’ with ‘and the day turned dark and chill’. As ‘Dawn’ refers to the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. Hence ‘Dawn’ and ‘Dark and chill’ will be contrary to each other.
Sol. Replace ‘beside’ with ‘besides’.
Sol. Replace ‘are’ with ‘is’. As subject ‘foreman’ after ‘or’ is singular. Hence singular verb will be used.
Sol. Replace ‘most’ with ‘more’. As the comparison is between only ‘two persons’.
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