Tuesday, 24 February 2015

DAYBREAK by H. W. Longfellow: Latest Questions


A. Complete the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answers from the alternatives given: (Each question carries 1 mark)
1.        What does ‘Daybreak’ mean?


2.       What type of poem is ‘Daybreak”?


3.       Who announces Daybreak?


4.       Whom does the wind first address in the poem?


5.       Whom does the wind tell to make room for him ?


6.       Whom does the wind hail on the sea?


7.       What does the wind advise the mariners?


8.       “Sail on, Ye mariners, …” – What does the word ‘Ye’ mean?


9.       “And hurried landward far away” – Why is the wind in haste?


10.   What does the wind say to the forest ?


11.   “Hang all your leafy banners out !” – What are ‘leafy banners’?


12.   How does the wind try to awaken the sleeping bird?


13.    “It touched the wood-bird’s folded wing” – What does the expression ‘folded wings’ signify?


14.   What does the wind ask the wood-bird to do?


15.    How can ‘chanticleer’ herald the arrival of the daybreak?


16.   What is the ‘clarion’ of the chanticleer?


17.   What is the meaning of ‘clarion’?


18.   Why does the wind ask the fields of corn to bow down?


19.   What is ‘belfry-tower’?


20.   “Proclaim the hour.” – Who is called to proclaim the hour?


21.   Where does the wind finally reach?


22.   How does the wind express his sorrow for the dead ?


23.   What does the wind tell the dead souls lying in the grave?


24.   Give an example of ‘personification’ from the poem.

B. Answer the following questions in not more than 100 words each: (Each question carries 5 marks)
(i) The poet personifies the wind in “Daybreak”. How does he do this ?

Or, How is the wind personified in Longfellow’s poem “Daybreak”?

Or, Describe the activities of the wind as you find in Longfellow’s poem “Daybreak”.

Or, Give an account of the activities of the wind in the sea and on land as described in Longfellow’s poem “Daybreak”?

Or, Discuss the journey of the wind, carrying the message of daybreak in Longfellow’s poem, “Daybreak”.



(ii) Explain the significance of the title of the poem “Daybreak”.



(iii) Consider Longfellow as a poet of Nature with reference to the poem, “Daybreak”.

Or, What picture of dawn does the poem ‘Daybreak” present?



(iv) “It crossed the churchyard with a sigh …” – Who crossed the churchyard? Why did it sigh ? What did the wind say while crossing the churchyard? Why did it say so?     1+1+1+2

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Monday, 23 February 2015

THE POETRY OF EARTH by John Keats: Latest Questions

 A.  Answer the following questions, each in a complete sentence:   (Each question carries 1 mark)
(i)   What does Keats celebrate in this poem ?
(ii)  Why does Keats make the voices of the grasshopper and the cricket follow each other ?
(iii)   The poet contrasts summer with frost and then introduces warmth into frost. Why does he do this ?
(iv)  Where does the grasshopper rest at ease in summer ?
(v)  What does the cricket’s song seem to ‘one in drowsiness half lost’ ?
(vi)    “… he has never done with his delights…” – Whose delights are spoken of here ?
(vii)  How are the birds in summer according to Keats ?
(viii) What does the voice speak of in Keats’ “The Poetry of Earth” ?

 B.  Answer the following questions, each in about 100 words: (each question carries 6 marks)
(i) Show, after Keats, that the poetry of earth never comes to an end.
Or, How does Keats prove that poetry of earth is never dead ?

(ii)  What pictures of the two seasons does Keats draw in “The Poetry of Earth” ? How are the two pictures related ?  4+2

(iii) Name the poet who composed “The Potry of Earth”. What is meant by “The Poetry of Earth” ? How does the poet read “The Poetry of Earth” ?  1+2+3

(iv) Identify the voices of poetry in the poem. How does Keats establish continuity through these voices ?

Saturday, 21 February 2015

ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY by Arthur Rimbaud: Latest Questions

A.  Answer the following questions, each in a complete sentence:   (Each question carries 1 mark)
(i) What is the theme of this poem ?
(ii) What kind of poetry does the poet use to drive home the pity of war ?
(iii) To which historical event does the setting of this war goes back ?
(iv) What was Rimbaud’s nationality ?
(v) In what manner does the soldier lie in the countryside ?
(vi) ‘The humming insects don’t disturb his rest’  Why?
(vii) What is the smile of the dead soldier compared to?
(viii) ‘… they fill the hollow full of light’. – What does ‘the hollow’ describe?
(ix) What does the slow stream leave on the bright grass?
(x) What is the soldier’s pillow is made of fern.


B.  Answer the following questions, each in about 100 words: (each question carries 6 marks)
(i)  Justify the title of the poem ”Asleep in the Valley”.
(ii)  How does the poet Arthur Rimbaud look upon war ?
Or, How is Arthur Rimbaud’s attitude against war revealed in his poem “Asleep in the Valley”?
Or, Evaluate “Asleep in the Valley” as an anti-war poem.
(iii)  How does the soldier lie in “Asleep in the Valley”?
(iv)  How does the picture of the soldier describe the tragedy of war ? Explain.
(v)  What do we normally associate with the word ‘asleep’? When does the readers recognise that the soldier is asleep in a different state ?

Friday, 20 February 2015

Programme of Higher Secondary Exam, 2015, New Syllabus

As per notification memo no. D.S(Exam)24A/2014 dt.28/05/2014 by the Deputy Secretary (Exam), WBCHSE, the Higher Secondary Exam, 2015 of Class-XII for new syllabus will be held as per following programme:
Time: From 10.00 am to 1.15pm (Morning)
13/03/2015 (Friday) -->> Bengali(A), English(A), Hindi(A), Nepali(A), Urdu (A), Santali, Odia, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi.
16/03/2015/(Monday) -->> English(B), Bengali(B), Hindi(B), Nepali(B), Alternative English.
18/03/2015(Wednesday) -->> Physics, Nutrition, Education, Accountancy.
20/03/2015 (Friday) -->> Statistics, Geography, Costing and Taxation, Home Management and Family Resource Management.
23/03/2015(Monday) -->> Chemistry, Economics, Journalism & Mass Communication, Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, French.
25/03/2015(Wednesday) -->> Mathematics, Psychology, Anthropology, Agronomy, History.
27/03/2015(Friday) -->> Biological Sciences, Business Studies, Political Science.
28/03/2015(Saturday) -->> Computer Science, Modern Computer Application, Environmental Studies, Health & Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts.
30/03/2015(Monday) -->> Commercial Law and Preliminaries of Auditing, Philosophy, Sociology.

Date schedule of Practical Examinations:
a) PHYS, NUTN, PSYC -->> January 03,05 to 10 of 2015.
b) CHEM, GEGR, HOMN -->>  January 12 to 17,19,20 of 2015.
c) BIOS, COMS, AGNM, FACR, COMA, GEOL, FRNC -->> January 21,22,24,25,27 to 29 of 2015.
d) STAT -->> January 30, 2015.