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English Class 12
Flamingo - Poems (Literature)

Read the given extract and answer the questions


but after the airport’s

security check, standing a few yards

away, I looked again at her, wan, pale

as a late winter’s moon and felt that old

familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,

(My mother at sixty-six)

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Question (i)

What is the speaker's childhood's fear?

  •    (a) The fear of flying
  •     (b) The fear of losing her mother
  •     (c) The fear of growing old
  •     (d) The fear of being alone


   Answer written by student: 

(b) The fear of losing her mother

   Step-by-Step explanation of the answer:

  •    🌟 Hi, this is a question about inference. Inference is the process of making logical guesses based on clues or evidence in a text. 🌟
  •    📝 To answer this question, we need to look for clues or evidence in the extract that suggest what the speaker's childhood's fear is. 📝
  •     🎨 The extract shows that the speaker is about to leave her mother at the airport after spending some time with her. She looks at her mother again and sees how old and frail she looks. She compares her to a "late winter's moon", which is an image of coldness and darkness. She also feels an "old familiar ache", which implies that she has felt this way before, since she was a child. These clues or evidence suggest that the speaker's childhood's fear is the fear of losing her mother, either to death or to distance. She is afraid that this might be the last time she sees her mother alive or well. 🎨
  •    🎉 By using inference, we can understand that the speaker's childhood's fear is the fear of losing her mother. 🎉
  •    💯 That's why the correct answer is B. The fear of losing her mother. 💯

Question (ii)

What does the speaker do to cope with her fear?

  •    (a) She hugs and kisses her mother goodbye.
  •    (b). She cries and expresses her emotions.
  •    (c). She smiles and pretends to be happy.
  •    (d). She calls and talks to her mother.


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