Multiple Choice Questions of The Brook Poetry Class 9th

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Read the following extracts and choose the correct option : [CBSE 2010 (Term I)]

1. I chatter, chatter, as I flow To join the brimming river For men may come and men may go But I go on forever.

(a) The brook chatters by_.

(i) making sounds like a monkey

(ii) jumping like a monkey

(iii) keeping up with the monkey’s pace

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(iv) making a loud noise as it rushes over different surfaces

(b) The final destination of the brook is _____ .

(i) Philip’s farm (ii) the brimming river

(ii) a sea (iv) Brambly wilderness

(c) The last two lines of this stanza are repeated several times in the poem. The reason for this repetition is to show the_.

(i) perennial nature of the brook in contrast to the mortal existence of man

(ii) mortal nature of the brook

(iii) perennial nature of the brook

(iv) immortal existence of man

Ans. (a) (iv) (b) (ii) (c) (i)

2. With many a curve my banks I fret By many a field and fallow,

And many a fairy foreland set with willow-weed and mallow.

(a) Trace the movement of the brook :

(i) from the banks

(ii) from bank to the fields

(iii) through marshes and willows

(iv) both (ii) and (iii)

(b) How does the brook react to the curve of the bank?
(i) fallow (ii) fret

(iii) mallow (iv) babble

(c) What is the condition of the fields?

(i) full of weeds (ii) fertile

(iii) marshy (iv) plain

Ans : (a) (iv) (b) (ii) (c) (i)

3. I wind about, and in and out, with here a blossom sailing,

And here and there a lusty trout,

And here and there a grayling.

(a) What things does the brook encounter in its path?

(i) birds (ii) grayling

(iii) trout (iv) both (ii) and (iii)

(b) Identify two names of fish from the above stanza.

(i) grayling (ii) trout

(iii) blossom (iv) both (i) and (ii)

(c) What makes the brook so colourful and lively?

(i) blossom and trout

(ii) blossom sailing

(iii) blossom and grayling

(iv) both (i) and (iii)

Ans : (a) (iv) (b) (iv) (c) (iv)

4. And draw them all along, and flow To join the brimming river

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on forever. (CBSE 2010 (Term I)]

(a) The ‘I’ in the last lines refers to :

(i) Life (ii) River

(iii) Brook (iv) Stream

(b) The ‘I’ in the line carries along :

(i) Fishes, flowers, foam

(ii) Trout, grayling, gravel

(iii) Lusty tout, foamy gravel, golden grayling

(iv) Weeds, hazel leaves, forget-me-nots

(c) The significance of the last two lines is :

(i) Humans have a temporary existence in contrast to Nature’s eternal presence

(ii) Brook has an eternal existence in contrast to Nature’s temporary existence.

(iii) Life is temporary in contrast to Brook’s momentary existence

(iv) Humans have an eternal existence in contrast to Nature’s momentary existence

Ans. (a) (iii) (b) (ii) (c) (i)

5. I chatter over stony ways,

In little sharps and trebles,

I bubble into eddying bays.

I babble on the pebbles.

(a) The brook flows over stony ways :

(i) with a noise (ii) slowly

(iii) speedily (iv) angrily

(b) When the brook joins the eddying bays :

(i) it babbles (ii) it loses its shape

(iii) it overflows (iv) it joins the sea

(c) ‘Babble’ means :

(i) quarrel (ii) causing bubbles
(iii) causing froth (iv) causing joyful sounds

Ans. (a) (i) (b) (i) (c) (iv)

5. I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,

Among my skimming swallows;

I make the netted sunbeam dance Against my sandy shallows.

[CBSE 2010 (Term I)]

(a) Identify the figure of speech in the first two lines :

(i) Metaphor (ii) Imagery

(iii) Alliteration (iv) Simile

(b) ‘the netted sunbeam dance’ refer to :

(i) sunrays filtering through the intertwined leaves seem to move with the undulating movement of water

(ii) rays of sun dance to the music of water creating a netted effect

(iii) shadow of leaves falling on water create a dance-like effect

(iv) the moving water creates the effect of dancing rays caught in the net

(c) The sandy shallows indicate that the brook is :

(i) On the last leg of her journey

(ii) Drying up due to heat

(iii) Filled with sediments

(iv) Flowing on sandy bed

Ans. (a) (iii) (b) (ii) (c) (i)

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