Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 24

Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 24

 

To a Butterfly

I’ve watched you now a full half-hour
Self poised upon that yellow flower;
And, little Butterfly! indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless!-not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
This plot of orchard-ground is ours;
My trees they are, my Sister’s flowers;
Here rest your wings when they are weary;
Here lodge as in a sanctuary!
Come often to us, fear no wrong
Sit near us on the bough!
We’ll talk of sunshine and of song,
And summer days when we were young
Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.

William Wordsworth

1. The poem has been written in the form of a __.
(1) dialogue
(2) drama
(3) conversation
(4) monologue

Ans. 4
2. The word lodge’ can be replaced by ___ .
(1) ‘rent
(2) ‘care’
(3) fixed’
(4) ‘stay’

Ans. 3

3. The meaning of ‘self-poised’ as the word is used in the poem is ___ .
(1) ‘instability’
(2) ‘talkativeness’
(3) ‘steadfastness’
(4) ‘self-obsession’

Ans. 3

4. “I’ve watched you now a full half-hour”. This line hints at the speaker’s ____ .
(1) loneliness
(2) contemplation
(3) obsession
(4) altercation

Ans. 3

5. The poet uses the adjective little’ for the butterfly to indicate that it is
(1) instinctive in nature.
(2) small in size.
(3) insignificant in existence.
(4) unimportant for humans.

Ans. 2

6. “Sweet childish days, that were as long/As twenty days are now” indicate that
(1) the poet and his sister played in the garden during their childhood days.
(2) when we recollect past memories, we realise that time flies away fast.
(3) everything in this world is transient and all must meet death one day.
(4) one childhood day is technically equal to twenty adult days.

Ans. 3