Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 10

Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 10


Directions (Q. 1-6): Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.


Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find, me unafraid.

William Ernest Henley

1. The phrase ‘unconquerable soul’ means a person who is
(1) compassionate
(2) noble
(3) sensitive
(4) invincible

Ans. 4

2. Lines 5 and 6 show that the speaker
(1) remains undaunted even under the worst circumstances.
(2) is overwhelmed by adverse circumstances
(3) accepts life’s challenges.
(4) refuses to surrender.

Ans. 1

3. Wrath and tears’ means
(1) anger causing havoc
(2) anger and sorrow
(3) unfavourable circumstances
(4) unbearable suffering

Ans. 2

4. The phrase ‘menace of the years’ suggests
(1) danger to life.
(2) evils of life.
(3) cruel fate.
(4) threats of the times.

Ans. 4

5. The word ‘winced’ in the second stanza means
(1) ruffled
(2) worried
(3) frightened
(4) recoiled

Ans. 4

6. The poetic device used In ‘Black as the pit from pole to pole’ is
(1) irony
(2) parallelism
(3) simile
(4) metaphor

Ans. 3