Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 19
(Q. 1-6): Read the given poem and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option:
I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;
Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.
The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.
And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.
1. When it seemed as if I could bear no more’ suggests that the poet felt
(3) a personal sense of loss
(4) extreme joy
2. The fault, here, lies with the
(1) noisy bird.
(2) the caged bird that reminded him about his own loss of freedom.
(3) the bird whose chirping was not melodious.
(4) the cheerful chirping contrasted with his morose mood.
3. Here, ‘key’ denotes
(1) the means to open the cage
(2) the pitch of the song
(3) freedom for the poet
(4) solution to a problem
4. ‘There must be something wrong’, wondered the poet because
(1) the bird’s song was very harsh to his ears.
(2) he couldn’t find the key to its cage.
(3) he wanted to escape the harsh realities of life.
(4) he couldn’t appreciate even the best in nature absorbed state of mind.
5. By ‘wanting to silence any song’ he is surprised that any human being
(1) can hate a bird song.
(2) can be helpless even in small matters.
(3) can assume the right to suppress another being.
(4) finds consolation away from nature.
6. I ‘wished a bird would fly away’ here suggests that the bird
(1) gained the poet’s pity because it is a delicate creature
(2) was caged and struggling to escape
(3) singing irritated him
(4) was not his favourite animal