Saturday, 10 June 2017

QUESTION BANK ON 'Mirror' BY SYLVIA PLATH CBSE CLASS X ENGLISH


A.      Read the following extracts and answer the questions.

(1)     “I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.”
          (a)     Who is the speaker?
          (b)     Which poetic device is used in the whole poem?
          (c)      How is the speaker silver and exact?
          (d)     What do you understand by ‘preconceptions’?

(2)     “Whatever……….only truthful.”
          (a)     Explain – “Swallow Immediately.”
          (b)     Give an example of Antithesis from the following lines.
          (c)      What do you understand by ‘unmisted’?
          (d)     Explain – “I am not cruel, only truthful.”

(3)     “The eye………….opposite wall.”
          (a)     Why is the mirror referred as the ‘eye’?
          (b)     Why is the mirror referred as ‘Little God’?
          (c)      Why is the mirror four cornered?
          (d)     What do you understand by ‘meditate’ here?

(4)     “It is………………over and over.”
          (a)     What is meant here by ‘speckles’?
          (b)     How is the wall a part of the heart of the mirror?
          (c)      What is meant by flickers?
          (d)     Explain: -    “faces and darkness separate us over and over.”
         
5.       “Now I am……………really is.”
          (a)     Which poetic device is use in the first line?
          (b)     Why does the women bend?
          (c)      What is meant by ‘reaches’?
          (d)     Explain – “…what she really is.”

6.       “Then…………….faithfully.”
          (a)     What did she do before?
          (b)     Why are the ‘candles’ and ‘the moon’ referred as liars?
          (c)      Give an example of Alliteration from the second line.
(d)     What is meant by – “I see her back”?

7.       “She rewards…………to her.”
          (a)     What is meant by ‘rewards’?
          (b)     What is meant by ‘agitation’?
          (c)      Give an example of Alliteration from the above lines.
          (d)     Why is the speaker important to her?

8.       “She…………darkness.”
          (a)     Who is ‘she’ here?
          (b)     Give an example of Antithesis from the following lines.
          (c)      Why does her face replace the darkness?
          (d)     Which darkness is meant here?

9.       “In me, she………..a young girl.”
          (a)     What is meant here as ‘me’?
          (b)     Who is ‘she’ here?
          (c)      What is meant here as ‘drowned’?
          (d)     Who is the young girl here?

10.     “……and in me……terrible fish?”
          (a)     Who is the ‘old woman’?
          (b)     Name the poet of the poem?
          (c)      Which poetic device is used in the last line?
          (d)     Explain – “Terrible fish”.

(B)     Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words each.

          (a)     What qualities of the mirror are reflected in the poem?
          (b)     Why is the mirror called as the eye of little god?
(c)      How are the qualities of the mirror impossible to achieve for   human?
(d)     Bring out the relation between the mirror and the opposite wall.
(e)      What does the woman search and what does she get?
(f)      Why did the woman turn to the liars?
(g)     Why is the woman compared with a terrible fish?
(h)     How does the poem reflect time and timelessness?
(i)      Mirror reflects ‘feminism’ – Explain.
(j)      Consider the poem ‘Mirror’ a didactic poem.

C. Answer the following questions in about 100-120 words each.

a) “The poem ‘Mirror’ reflects feminism”- Discuss.
b) “Every living being is subject to decay decline and death”- Discuss.
c) “Mirror is the eye of the little god” –Justify the statement with reference to the poem ‘Mirror’.

d) “Humans succumb to time.” –How far is this line  reflected in the poem ‘Mirror’?
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