Poetry Comprehension Practice Test 9
Directions (Q. 1-6): Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all l ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking.
And a gray mist on the sea’s face anda gray dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all l ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying.
And the flung spray all the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all l ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
1. The phrase ‘a merry yarn’ in the poem is an example of
(2) transferred Epithet
2. Invitation of the running tide can’t be denied because
(1) it is made very lovingly
(2) it is wild and clear
(3) it is made on a windy day (4) it can turn violent
3. The poet likes a windy day because
(1) it helps the ship sail smoothly
(2) it brings drops of rain
(3) the sky gets overcast with white clouds
(4) sea-gulls enjoy it among the clouds
4. What does the poet want to listen to?
(1) The sound of flapping sails
(2) A happy tale of adventure
(3) A happy song of the sea
(4) A sad song of the wailing winds
5. What does the poet need to steer the ship?
(1) Wheel, wind and sail
(2) Wheel, sail and star
(3) Star, sail and wind
(4) Wheel, star and wind
6. Which figure of speech Is used In ‘where the wind is like a whetted knife’?
(1) Transferred epithet (2) Metaphor