“The Tale of Custard the Dragon” by Ogden Nash

The Tale of Custard the Dragon                    by Ogden Nash

 

 

Probable Questions and Answers

 

  1. Very Short Type Questions: Marks : 1

 

  1. Choose the correct alternative:

(a) The poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon” is written by

(i) Ogden Nash

(ii) Robin Klein

(iii) John Berryman.

Ans:    (i) Ogden Nash.

(b) Belinda lived in a

(i) cottage       (ii) palace       (iii) little white house

Ans:    (iii) little white house.

(c) The name of the little black kitten is

(i) Blink                      (ii) Ink            (iii) Mustard

Ans:    (ii) Ink.

(d) Belinda called the dragon as

(i) Custard      (ii) Mustard    (iii) Blink

Ans:    (i) Custard.

(e) The dragon’s mouth was like a

(i) chimney     (ii) mantelpiece                     (iii) fireplace

Ans:    (iii) fireplace.

(f) They all heard a …… sound.

(i) sweet         (ii) nasty         (iii) buzzing

Ans:    (ii) nasty.

(g) The pirate was equipped with

(i) pistol in his left hand                    (ii) pistol in his right hand    (iii) pistols in both hands.

Ans:    (iii) pistols in both hands.

 

  1. Say true or false:

(a) Belinda had a little black kitten named Blink.              Ans:    False.

(b) Belinda had a pet dragon named Custard.                   Ans:    True.

(c) Belinda had a pet tiger named Mustard.                      Ans:    False.

(d) The dragon had big sharp teeth.                                    Ans:    True.

(e) The dragon’s mouth was like a fireplace.

(f) Percival was the other name given to the dragon.                    Ans:    True.

(g) A thief had entered Belinda’s little white house.                      Ans:    False.

(h) Custard finished off the pirate by gobbling.                  Ans:    True.

(i) Custard had been compared to a robin.             Ans:    True.

(j) Custard agreed that he alone was brave.                       Ans:    False.

 

  1. Name the poet of the poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon”.

Ans:    The poet of the poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon” is Ogden Nash.

  1. Where did Belinda live?

Ans:    Belinda lived in a little white house.

  1. What was the name of the little black kitten?

Ans:    The name of the little black kitten was Ink.

  1. What was the name of the little grey mouse?

Ans:    The name of the little grey mouse was Blink.

  1. What was the name of the little yellow dog?

Ans:    The name of the little yellow dog was Mustard.

  1. What did Belinda call the little pet dragon?

Ans:    Belinda called the little pet dragon Custard.

  1. Name the pets of Belinda.

Ans:    The pets of Belinda are Ink, Blink, Mustard and Custard.

  1. Who possessed the big sharp teeth?

Ans:    The dragon called Custard possessed the big sharp teeth.

  1. How did the dragon’s mouth look like?

Ans:    The dragon’s mouth looked like a fireplace.

  1. What did the dragon have on his toes?

Ans:    The dragon had daggers on his toes.

  1. With what, did the poet compare Belinda’s braveness?

Ans:    The poet compared Belinda’s braveness with a barrel full of bears.

  1. Who chased lions down the stairs?

Ans:    Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs.

  1. Whom did Belinda tickle?

Ans:    Belinda tickled Custard, the dragon.

  1. Whom did Ink, Blink and Mustard call Percival?

Ans:    Ink, Blink and Mustard called Custard Percival.

  1. The dragon was called Percival. Who called it Percival?

Ans:    Ink, Blink and Mustard called the dragon Percival.

  1. Who, according to all pets and Belinda, was coward?

Ans:    According to all the pets and Belinda, Custard was coward.

  1. What happened when Belinda laughed?

Ans:    The house shook when Belinda laughed.

  1. What sound was heard by all of them?

Ans:    All of them heard a nasty sound.

  1. How did Ink react when it heard a nasty sound?

Ans:    Ink cried “meowch!” when it heard a nasty sound.

  1. Who entered Belinda’s little white house?

Ans:    A pirate entered Belinda’s little white house.

  1. What did the pirate carry in both his hands?

Ans:    The pirate carried pistols in both his hands.

  1. How was the pirate’s beard?

Ans:    The pirate had black bushy beard.

  1. With what, was the pirate’s one leg made of?

Ans:    The pirate’s one leg was made of wood.

  1. Why did Belinda cry for help?

Ans:    Belinda cried for help because a pirate had entered her house.

  1. How did Custard look like when he clashed with the pirate?

Ans:    Custard looked like a robin at a worm when he clashed with the pirate

  1. How many bullets did the pirate fire?

Ans:    The pirate fired two bullets.

  1. Who ate the pirate?

Ans:    Custard ate the pirate.

  1. Who amongst the pets was judged as brave?

Ans:    Amongst the pets, Custard was judged as brave.

  1. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?

Ans:    The rhyme scheme of the poem is – aabb.

  1. Give rhyming words of the following :

house, wagon, Ink, teeth, nose, bears, rage, age, sound, right, wood, dragon, hit, gyrate

Ans:    house – mouse, wagon – dragon, Ink – Blink, teeth – underneath, nose – toes, bears – stairs, rage – cage, age – cage, sound – around, right – bright, wood – good, dragon – flagon, hit – bit, gyrate – pirate.

 

 

  1. Short Type Questions : Marks : 2/3

 

  1. Where did Belinda live? Name the pets possessed by her.

Ans:    Belinda lived in a little white house. The pets possessed by Belinda are Ink, Blink, Mustard and Custard.

  1. Who was Ink? Who was Blink?

Ans:    The name of the little black kitten was Ink. The name of the little grey mouse was Blink.

  1. Who was Mustard? Who was Custard?

Ans:    The name of the little yellow dog was Mustard. The name of the dragon was Custard.

  1. Briefly describe the physical features of the dragon.

Ans:    Custard the dragon looked terrifying. It had big sharp teeth and claws like daggers. Its mouth was like a fireplace and nose was like a chimney. It had scales underneath.

  1. Why did the dragon cry for a nice safe cage?

Ans:    The dragon cried for a nice safe cage because it was a cowardly dragon.

  1. Why is the dragon called ‘cowardly dragon’?

Ans:    The dragon is called a ‘cowardly dragon’ because it used to cry for a nice safe cage.

  1. “Belinda tickled him, she tickled him unmerciful ……” Why?

Ans:    Belinda and her pets used to laugh at the dragon for its cowardice. She tickled him to taunt and make fun of him.

  1. How did all the pets and Belinda react when they heard a nasty sound?

Ans:    When Belinda and her pets heard a nasty sound, Mustard growled, and all of them looked around. Ink cried “meowch!” and Belinda cried “ooh”.

  1. Describe briefly the pirate.

Ans:    The pirate had black bushy beard and a wooden leg. He held pistols in his hands and a sharp cutlass in his teeth. It was clear from his activities that he meant no good.

  1. How did Custard face the pirate?

Ans:    Custard faced the pirate boldly. He jumped up, snorted like an engine and clashed his tails like irons in a dungeon. Then, making a clattering and clanking sound and squirming, he attacked the pirate like a robin at a worm. He gobbled the pirate in the end.

  1. How did Custard prove that he was a brave dragon?

Ans:    When all the others including Belinda were terrified to see the pirate, Custard jumped up, snorted, clashed his tail and attacked the pirate and gobbled him. In this way, he proved that he was a brave dragon.

  1. Why did Ink and Blink gyrate in glee?

Ans:    Ink and Blink gyrated in glee because the pirate that had entered Belinda’s house with pistols and a cutlass was attacked and gobbled by Custard the dragon.

  1. How did Belinda and her pets behave when the pirate had been killed by Custard?

Ans:    When the pirate had been killed by Custard, Belinda embraced him, Mustard licked him and Ink and Blink gyrated around him.

  1. How did all boast of their false bravery?

Ans:    After the pirate had been killed, Mustard boasted that he would have been twice as brave if he had not been confused. Ink and Blink said that they would have been thrice as brave.

  1. Who amongst them was actually brave? How did he show his bravery?

Ans:    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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“Fog” by Carl Sandburg

Fog  by Carl Sandburg

 

Probable Questions and Answers

 

  1. Very Short Type Questions : Mark : 1

 

  1. Choose the correct alternative:

(a) The poem “Fog” was written by

(i) Robert Frost

(ii) Carl Sandburg

(iii) Walt Whitman.

Ans:    (ii) Carl Sandburg.

(b) The fog is compared to

(i) cat

(ii) dog

(iii) man.

Ans:    (i) cat

  1. Who wrote the poem, “Fog”?

Ans:    Carl Sandburg wrote the poem, “Fog”.

  1. How does the fog come?

Ans:    The fog comes silently as if on little cat feet.

  1. What does the poet think the fog is like?

Ans:    The poet thinks the fog is like a cat.

  1. Does the poet actually say the fog is like a cat?

Ans:    No. The poet actually uses metaphor to show resemblance between the coming of a cat and the fog.

 

  1. Short Type Questions : Marks : 2/3

 

  1. How does the poet describe the fog as if it were a living being?

Ans:    The poet says that the fog comes ‘on little cat feet’. He also says that the fog ‘sits looking over harbour and city and then moves on’. To show resemblance between the fog and a cat, the poet uses such metaphorical language that the fog is described as if it were a living being.

  1. Name the three things that tell us that the fog is like a cat.

Ans:    The three things that tell us that the fog is like a cat are – (i) the fog is said to come on ‘little cat feet’, (ii) it ‘sits looking’, and (iii) It ‘moves on’.

  1. How is the fog like a cat? What poetic device is used by the poet here?

Ans:    The fog comes silently just like a cat does. It ‘sits’ i.e. stays looking over the harbour and the city and then ‘moves on’ like a cat.

The poetic device used by the poet here is …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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“Animals” by Walt Whitman

Animals by Walt Whitman

 

 

 

 

Probable Questions and Answers

 

  1. Very Short Type Questions : Mark : 1

 

  1. Choose the correct alternative:

(a) The poem “Animals” is composed by

(i) Robert Frost

(ii) Walt Whitman

(iii) W.B. Yeats.

Ans:    (ii) Walt Whitman

(b) The poet wishes to live

(i) in a village (ii) in a jungle (iii) with animals

Ans:    (iii) with animals

(c) Animals, according to the poet, are

(i) placid and self-contained (ii) brutal        (iii) placid only.

Ans:    (i) placid and self-contained

(d) The animals do not weep over their

(i) sins (ii) ancestors  (iii) failures.

Ans:    (i) sins

(e) In the world of animals, no one is

(i) honest        (ii) respectable or unhappy   (iii) materialistic

Ans:    (ii) respectable or unhappy

 

  1. Choose the correct meaning of the italicized words from the alternatives given in brackets.

(a) ………. so ‘placid’ and self contained ……….

[calm / pleased / angry ]

Ans:    calm.

(b) ………. sweat and ‘whine’ about ……….

[roar / a long, high complaining cry / utter softly ]

Ans:    a long, high complaining cry.

(c) ………. one is ‘demented’ with ……….

[sane / calm / mad]

Ans:    mad.

(d) ………. ‘evince’ them plainly ……….

[show / express / presents]

Ans:    show.

 

  1. True or false

(a) Walt Whitman composed the poem “Animals”.           Ans:    True.

(b) This poem is taken from ‘Song of Myself’ in leaves of grass.              Ans:    True.

(c) Animals are the creatures that create havoc.               Ans:    False.

(d) Animals are not placid.               Ans:    False.

(e) Animals do not weep for their sins.                   Ans:    True.

(f) According to the poet, no one amongst the animals are mad for owning things.      Ans:    True.

 

  1. Who wrote the poem, “Animals”?

Ans:    Walt Whitman wrote the poem “Animals”.

  1. Name the book from where this poem has been taken.

Ans:    This poem has been taken from Walt Whitman’s collection of poems, “Leaves of Grass”.

  1. What was the wish of the poet?

Ans:    The wish of the poet was to turn into an animal and live with them.

  1. What are the qualities possessed by the animals?

Ans:    The animals possess the qualities of placidity, self-dependence, complacence and simplicity.

  1. What, according to the poet, do the animals not do regarding their condition?

Ans:    The animals, according to the poet, neither sweat and whine about their condition nor lie awake at night and weep for their sins.

  1. What do the animals not do for their sins?

Ans:    The animals do not lie awake at night and weep for their sins.

  1. Are they dissatisfied?

Ans:    No, they aren’t.

  1. With what are the animals not demented?

Ans:    The animals are not demented with the mania of owning things.

  1. What do the animals bring to the poet?

Ans:    The animals bring tokens of mutual love and understanding to the poet.

  1. Why does the poet wonder?

Ans:    The poet wonders where the animals got the tokens they bring to him.

  1. Give the meaning of the following words:

placid, self-contained, weep, demented, kneels, evince

Ans:    placid – calm, self-contained – independent / self-dependent, weep – to express deep sorrow by shedding tears, demented – mad, kneels – to fall or rest on the knees, evince – show.

 

 

  1. Short Type Questions : Marks : 2/3

 

  1. Why does Walt Whitman feel more at home with animals?

Ans:    Animals are placid and self-contained. They worry neither about their condition nor about their sins. They are not dissatisfied, respectable, unhappy or demented with the mania of owning things. They show their relations with the poet. So the poet Walt Whitman feels more at home with them.

  1. What quality of the animals mesmerizes the poet?

Ans:    The poet is mesmerised with the animals’ qualities such as placidity, self-dependence, complacence and simplicity.

  1. How do the animals act about their condition and duty to God?

Ans:    The animals never sweat and whine about their condition. They do not make others sick discussing their duty to God.

  1. How are animals superior to human beings?

Ans:    The animals are placid, self-sufficient, complacent and simple. Unlike humans, they do not worry about their condition and sins, nor do they make others sick discussing their duty to God. They are not demented with the mania of owning things. So they are superior to human beings.

  1. What are the ‘tokens’ that the poet says he may have dropped long ago, and which the animals have kept for him?

Ans:    The ‘tokens’ are of mutual love and understanding that the ancestors of the poet used to share with the animals thousands of years ago. The poet says that they dropped them and the animals kept them.

  1. Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.

Ans:    Humans sweat and whine about their condition; but animals don’t. Humans lie awake at night and weep for their sins; but animals don’t. Humans make each other sick discussing their duty to God, but animals don’t.

  1. “I think I could turn and live with animals,

They are so placid and self-contain’d.

I stand and look at them long and long.”

(a) Name the poet and the poem.

Ans:    The name of the poet is Walt Whitman and the poem is “Animals”.

(b) What quality of the animals impressed the poet?

Ans:    The qualities of placidity, self-dependence, complacence and simplicity of the animals impressed the poet.

  1. “They do not sweat and whine about their condition

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God”

(a) Who is the ‘they’ referred to here?

Ans:    The ‘they’ referred to here are the animals.

(b) Name the things ‘they’ do not do.

Ans:    ‘They’ do not worry about their condition or sins. ‘They’ do not make …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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“Amanda” by Robin Klein

Amanda!

 

 

Probable Questions and Answers

 

  1. Very Short Type Questions :           Mark : 1

 

  1. Choose the correct alternative:

(a) The poem “Amanda” was written by

(i) John Berryman

(ii) Carolyn Wells

(iii) Robin Klein

Ans:    (iii) Robin Klein

 

(b) Amanda likes her

(i) nails                       (ii) hairs                      (iii) her doll

Ans:    (ii) hairs

(c) The sole inhabitant in the emerald sea is

(i) a shark       (ii) a mermaid           (iii) an octopus

Ans:    (ii) a mermaid

(d) The speaker told her to clean her

(i) palms         (ii) socks         (iii) shoes

Ans:    (iii) shoes

(e) Amanda likes to have

(i) chocolates (ii) snacks       (iii) soft drinks

Ans:    (i) chocolates

(f) Life in a tower is

(i) like the hell                       (ii) tranquil and rare             (iii) tranquil

Ans:    (ii) tranquil and rare

 

  1. Choose the correct meaning of the italicized words from the alternatives given in brackets.

(a) …… ‘hunch’ your shoulders ……

[raise / cut / nag]

Ans:    raise.

(b) ………… is a ‘languid’ emerald ……….

[tensed / relaxed / turmoil]

Ans:    relaxed.

(c) ……….my ‘hushed’, bare ……….

[noisy / compassion / silent]

Ans:    silent.

(d) ………. tower is ‘tranquil’ and …..

[calm / commotion / clamour]

Ans:    calm.

 

  1. True or false

(a) Amanda is a boy.             Ans:    False.

(b) Amanda likes to bite her fingers.           Ans:    False.

(c) The sole inhabitant in the emerald sea is an octopus.             Ans:    False.

(d) The speaker has asked Amanda to make her room orderly and tidy.                       Ans:    True

(e) Amanda likes to have chocolates.                      Ans:    True.

(f) Amanda thinks herself as Rapunzel.                 Ans:    True.

(g) Amanda is asked to take a bath.                        Ans:    False.

 

  1. Who wrote the poem, “Amanda”?

Ans:    Robin Klein wrote the poem Amanda.

  1. Who is Amanda?

Ans:    Amanda is a teenaged girl.

  1. What does Amanda like to bite?

Ans:    Amanda likes to bite her nails.

  1. Who lives in a languid, emerald sea?

Ans:    A mermaid lives in a languid, emerald sea.

  1. What about her homework is asked by the speaker?

Ans:    The speaker asks her whether her homework was finished or not.

  1. What does the speaker ask Amanda to clean?

Ans:    The speaker asks Amanda to clean her shoes.

  1. What was Amanda asked to remember?

Ans:    Amanda was asked to remember her acne.

  1. How is life in a tower?

Ans:    Life in a tower is tranquil and rare.

  1. What type of girl is Amanda as mentioned in the final stanza?

Ans:    Amanda is a moody type of girl as mentioned in the final stanza.

  1. Give the meaning of the following words –

hunch, slouching, drifting, roaming, hushed, tranquil, nagged

Ans:    hunch – to raise, slouching – bending, drifting – moving slowly, roaming – wandering / purposelessly moving about, hushed – silent, tranquil – relaxed / calm, nagged – disturbed.

 

  1. Short Type Questions : Marks : 2/3

 

  1. Who is Amanda? How old is she?

Ans:    Amanda was a young school-going girl. She was in her teen age.

  1. What is a mermaid?

Ans:    A mermaid is an imaginary creature having the body of half a woman and half a fish, which lives in the oceans.

  1. What could Amanda do if she were a mermaid?

Ans:    Amanda could drift blissfully in a calm, emerald sea if she were a mermaid.

  1. What does Amanda imagine doing as an orphan?

Ans:    Amanda imagines roaming around the streets as an orphan, patterning soft dust with her silent, bare feet.

  1. Is Amanda an orphan? Why does she say so?

Ans:    No, Amanda isn’t an orphan. She says so because she imagines herself as an orphan and wants to lead a carefree life just like orphans do.

  1. Why is Amanda asked not to have chocolates?

Ans:    Amanda is asked not to have chocolates because of her acne.

  1. Why does Amanda wish to be Rapunzel?

Ans:    Amanda wishes to lead a tranquil and rare life in a tower like Rapunzel did. Besides, she has excessive like for her bright hair like Rapunzel. So she wishes to be Rapunzel.

  1. Do you think Amanda is sulking and is moody?

Ans:    Yes, I think.

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