Non-Multiple Choice Questions of The Seven Ages Class 9th

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Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow :

1.    All the world’s a stage

and all the men and women merely players:

They have exits and entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

[CBSE 2010 (Term II)]

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(a)    What does the poet mean by the terms ‘exits and entrances?

Ans. In this line ‘exits and entrances’ symbolise death and life respectively.

(b)    What parallelism has the poet drawn between the stage and the world?

Ans. Stage is a platform in a theatre where actors perform their act. Similarly, life is a also a theatre where men and women play their part and die.

(c)    Which figure of speech has been used in the second line?

Ans. Figure of speech used in second line is ‘Simile’.

2.    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon’s mouth :

[CBSE 2010 (Term II)]
(a)    Who is the person being described in the above lines?

Ans. The person described in the above lines is a soldier.

(b)    What traits characterise this stage?

Ans. A man in this stage is fierce and can be easily provoked. He is prone to jealousy and a desire to safeguard his reputation.

(c)    Explain : ‘the bubble reputation’.

Ans. Eagerness to seek reputation.

3.    At first the infant Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail.

(a)    How is the life of a person like an infant ?

Ans. As an infant a man is totally dependent. Crying and vomiting milk in the nurse’s arms.

(b)    How does a schoolboy appear ?

Ans. A schoolboy appears to be sulking and unwillingly carrying his school bag to the school.

(c)    The schoolboy is depicted as ‘shining’ and ‘whining’? Why ?

Ans. Since he is a small boy, his face is shining and whining depicts his unwillingness to go to the school.

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