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English Class 12
Flamingo - Poems (Literature)

Read the given extract and answer the questions


Now we will count to twelve

and we will all keep still

for once on the face of the earth,

let's not speak in any language;

let's stop for a second,

and not move our arms so much.

(Keeping Quiet)

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Question (i)

What is the rhyme scheme of this extract?

  • (a) ABABCC
  • (b) AABBCC
  • (c) ABCABC
  • (d) ABCCBA


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Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  •  To find the rhyme scheme of a poem, we need to look at the last words of each line and assign them letters based on their sounds.๐Ÿ”Š
  •  For example, if two lines end with words that rhyme, we give them the same letter. If a line ends with a word that does not rhyme with any other word, we give it a different letter.๐Ÿ”ค
  •  In this extract, the last words of the first and third lines are "twelve" and "earth", which rhyme with each other. So we give them the letter A.๐Ÿ…ฐ๏ธ
  •   The last words of the second and fourth lines are "still" and "language", which rhyme with each other. So we give them the letter B.๐Ÿ…ฑ๏ธ
  •  The last words of the fifth and sixth lines are "second" and "much", which do not rhyme with any other word. So we give them different letters, C and D.๐Ÿ†‘๐Ÿ†’
  •  Therefore, the rhyme scheme of this extract is ABABCC.โœ”๏ธ

Question (ii)

 Select the option that is NOT true about the lack of punctuation at the end of line 1 in the extract.

  • (a) It creates a sense of urgency and immediacy.
  • (b) It suggests that the speaker is giving an order or a command.
  • (c) It shows that the speaker is unsure or hesitant about his proposal.
  • (d) It allows the line to flow into the next one without a pause.


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