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English Class 12
Flamingo - Poems (Literature)

Read the given extract and answer the questions

Extract:

It would be an exotic moment

without rush, without engines;

we would all be together

in a sudden strangeness.

(Keeping Quiet)

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Question  (i)

What is the meaning of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract?

  • A) Strange and unfamiliar
  • B) Beautiful and attractive
  • C) Foreign and distant
  • D) Expensive and luxurious

Answer:

Answer written by student:

(A) Strange and unfamiliar

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  •  To answer this question, we need to understand the meaning and context of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract.๐Ÿง
  •  The word "exotic" is an adjective that describes something that is very different from what is normal or usual. It can have positive or negative connotations depending on how it is used.๐Ÿ˜Š
  •  In this extract, the word "exotic" is used to describe the moment that the speaker imagines if everyone stopped for a while. It means that it would be strange and unfamiliar to everyone, because they are used to living in a noisy and busy world.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  •   Option A is correct because it matches the meaning and context of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract. It shows that the speaker thinks that the moment would be strange and unfamiliar to everyone.๐Ÿ‘
  •  Option B is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract. It shows a different meaning of the word "exotic", which is beautiful and attractive. This is not what the speaker means by the word "exotic" in this context.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Option C is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract. It shows another meaning of the word "exotic", which is foreign and distant. This is not what the speaker means by the word "exotic" in this context.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Option D is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "exotic" in line 1 of the extract. It shows yet another meaning of the word "exotic", which is expensive and luxurious. This is not what the speaker means by the word "exotic" in this context.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Therefore, option A is correct and the rest are incorrect.โœ”๏ธ

Question (ii)

True or false:

The speaker wants everyone to be together in line 3 of the extract.

Answer:

Answer written by student: 

True

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  •  To answer this question, we need to read and understand line 3 of the extract.๐Ÿ“–
  •  In line 3 of the extract, the speaker says "we would all be together". This means that he wants everyone to be united and connected as one. He wants everyone to feel a sense of belonging and harmony.๐Ÿค—
  •  It is true because it matches what the speaker says and wants in line 3 of the extract. It shows that the speaker wants everyone to be together.๐Ÿ‘
  •  false because it contradicts what the speaker says and wants in line 3 of the extract. It shows that the speaker does not want everyone to be together.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Therefore, option A is true and option B is false.โœ”๏ธ

Question (iii)

 Complete the sentence with the best option: The speaker uses _____________ to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract.

  • A) alliteration
  • B) assonance
  • C) repetition
  • D) parallelism

Answer:

Answer written by student: 

(D) parallelism

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  • To answer this question, we need to identify the literary device that the speaker uses to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract.๐Ÿ‘€
  •   A literary device is a technique that a writer uses to enhance the style, meaning, or effect of a text. It can also create different effects on the reader.๐Ÿ˜Š
  •  In line 4 of the extract, the speaker says "let's not speak in any language". This creates a contrast with the previous lines, where he uses words and sounds to communicate his idea. He also creates a contrast with the usual way of speaking, where people use different languages to express themselves.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  •  Option D is correct because it matches the literary device that the speaker uses to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract. It shows that he uses parallelism, which is a technique that involves using similar words, phrases, or structures to emphasize a comparison or a contrast.๐Ÿ‘
  •  Option A is incorrect because it does not match the literary device that the speaker uses to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract. It shows that he uses alliteration, which is a technique that involves using words that start with the same sound or letter. This is not what he does in this line.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Option B is incorrect because it does not match the literary device that the speaker uses to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract. It shows that he uses assonance, which is a technique that involves using words that have similar vowel sounds. This is not what he does in this line.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Option C is incorrect because it does not match the literary device that the speaker uses to create a contrast in line 4 of the extract. It shows that he uses repetition, which is a technique that involves using words or phrases more than once for emphasis or effect. This is not what he does in this line.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Therefore, option D is correct and the rest are incorrect.โœ”๏ธ

Question (iv)

What is the tone of this extract?

  • A) Angry and bitter
  • B) Sad and hopeless
  • C) Joyful and optimistic
  • D) Calm and hopeful

Answer:

Answer written by student:

(D) Calm and hopeful

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  •  To answer this question, we need to understand the tone of this extract.๐Ÿง
  •   The tone of a text is the attitude or emotion that the writer conveys through their words and style. It can also affect how the reader feels about the text.๐Ÿ˜Š
  •  In this extract, the tone is calm and hopeful. The writer uses words and phrases that suggest a peaceful and positive mood, such as "without rush", "without engines", "we would all be together", "let's stop for a second", etc. He also expresses his desire for a change and a new understanding among people and nature.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  • Option D is correct because it matches the tone of this extract. It shows that the writer conveys a calm and hopeful attitude or emotion through his words and style.๐Ÿ‘
  • Option A is incorrect because it does not match the tone of this extract. It shows that the writer conveys an angry and bitter attitude or emotion through his words and style. This is not what he does in this extract.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Option B is incorrect because it does not match the tone of this extract. It shows that the writer conveys a sad and hopeless attitude or emotion through his words and style. This is not what he does in this extract.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Option C is incorrect because it does not match the tone of this extract. It shows that the writer conveys a joyful and optimistic attitude or emotion through his words and style. This is not what he does in this extract.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Therefore, option D is correct and the rest are incorrect.โœ”๏ธ

Question (v)

What does the use of the word "strangeness" suggest in line 4 of the extract?

  • A) The speaker thinks that the moment would be weird and uncomfortable.
  • B) The speaker thinks that the moment would be mysterious and intriguing.
  • C) The speaker thinks that the moment would be different and unexpected.
  • D) The speaker thinks that the moment would be scary and dangerous.

Answer:

Answer written by student:

(C) The speaker thinks that the moment would be different and unexpected.

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  •  To answer this question, we need to understand the meaning and context of the word "strangeness" in line 4 of the extract.๐Ÿง
  •  The word "strangeness" is a noun that describes the quality or state of being strange. It can have positive or negative connotations depending on how it is used.๐Ÿ˜Š
  •  In this extract, the word "strangeness" is used to describe how the moment would feel if everyone stopped for a while. It means that it would be different and unexpected from what people are used to. It would also create a sense of curiosity and wonder among people.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  •  Option C is correct because it matches the meaning and context of the word "strangeness" in line 4 of the extract. It shows that the speaker thinks that the moment would be different and unexpected.๐Ÿ‘
  •  Option A is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "strangeness" in line 4 of the extract. It shows that the speaker thinks that the moment would be weird and uncomfortable. He wants people to enjoy and appreciate the moment, not to feel awkward or uneasy.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •   Option B is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "strangeness" in line 4 of the extract. It shows that the speaker thinks that the moment would be mysterious and intriguing. He wants people to understand and learn from the moment, not to be puzzled or fascinated by it.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Option D is incorrect because it does not match the meaning and context of the word "strangeness" in line 4 of the extract. It shows that the speaker thinks that the moment would be scary and dangerous. He wants people to feel safe and peaceful in the moment, not to be afraid or threatened by it.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Therefore, option C is correct and the rest are incorrect.โœ”๏ธ

Question (vi)

What is the main theme or message of this extract?

  • A) The importance of silence and stillness in a noisy and violent world.
  • B) The importance of communication and language in a diverse and complex world.
  • C) The importance of action and movement in a stagnant and dull world.
  • D) The importance of change and progress in a traditional and conservative world.

Answer:

Answer written by student:

(A) The importance of silence and stillness in a noisy and violent world.

Step-by-step explanation:๐Ÿ‘‡

  • To answer this question, we need to understand the main theme or message of this extract.๐Ÿง
  •   The theme or message of a text is the main idea or lesson that the writer wants to convey through their words and style. It can also reflect their views or opinions on a topic or issue.๐Ÿ˜Š
  •  In this extract, the main theme or message is the importance of silence and stillness in a noisy and violent world. The writer wants us to stop for a moment and reflect on our actions and their consequences. He wants us to become more aware of ourselves, each other, and nature. He wants us to realize that we are all connected and that we should not harm anyone or anything. He hopes that this silence and stillness would lead to a new understanding and a new way of living.๐ŸŒŽ
  •   Option A is correct because it matches the main theme or message of this extract. It shows that the writer wants to convey the importance of silence and stillness in a noisy and violent world.๐Ÿ‘
  •   Option B is incorrect because it does not match the main theme or message of this extract. It shows that the writer wants to convey the importance of communication and language in a diverse and complex world. This is not what he does in this extract. He actually wants people to stop speaking in any language for a while.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Option C is incorrect because it does not match the main theme or message of this extract. It shows that the writer wants to convey the importance of action and movement in a stagnant and dull world. This is not what he does in this extract. He actually wants people to stop moving their arms so much for a while.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •   Option D is incorrect because it does not match the main theme or message of this extract. It shows that the writer wants to convey the importance of change and progress in a traditional and conservative world. This is not what he does in this extract. He actually wants people to experience a different and unexpected moment for a while.๐Ÿ‘Ž
  •  Therefore, option A is correct and the rest are incorrect.โœ”๏ธ

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