CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Extra Questions Chapter 8 The Trees (Poem)
Extract Based Questions [3 Marks each]
Read the following extracts carefully and answer the questions that follow.
The trees inside are moving out into the Ans’ forest, the forest that was empty all these days where no bird could sit no insect hide no sun bury its feet in shadow the forest that was empty all these nights will be full of trees by morning.
(a) What does the poet mean by empty forest? Why is it empty?
(b) ‘No sun bury its feet in the shadow’, explain this line.
(c) Which word in the stanza means “unoccupied”?
(d) How will the empty forest be full of trees by morning?
(a) Empty forest means forest with no trees and Ans. it is so because humans have destroyed the forests for building cities and other uses.
(b) Since the forests were empty, sunlight could reach the grounds directly and could ever hide under the shadows of the trees.
(c) The word is ‘Empty’.
(d) The poet imagines that the trees are moving to the empty forest to settle there forever. This will enable the forest to be full of trees.
All night the roots work to disengage themselves from the cracks in the veranda floor. The leaves strain toward the glass small twigs stiff with exertion long-cramped boughs shuffling under the roof like newly discharged patients half-dazed, moving to the clinic doors.
(a) Why do the roots work all night?
(b) Why do the twigs get stiff?
(c) Which word mean “to get free” in the stanza?
(d) Which poetic device has been used in the last line of the passage?
(a) The roots work all night so that they can free themselves from the walls put around them by humans.
(b) The twigs get stiff due to the pressure they apply on the glasses.
(c) The word is ‘Disengage’.
(d) ‘Simile’ has been used here using ‘like’ for comparison.
I sit inside, doors open to the veranda writing long letters in which I scarcely mention the departure of the forest from the house.
(a) Find the word from the passage which means ‘hardly’.
(b) What is she doing?
(c) Where are the trees in the poem?
(d) What do you mean by veranda?
(a) The word is scarcely.
(b) She was writing long letters.
(c) The trees are inside the house in the poem.
(d) Veranda means a platform with an open front built on the ground floor of a home.
My head is full of whispers which tomorrow will be silent. Listen. The glass is breaking. The trees are stumbling fofward into the night. Winds rush to meet them. The moon is broken like a mirror, its pieces flash now in the crown of the tallest oak. [CBSE 2016]
(a) Why would the whispers be silent tomorrow?
(b) Why are the trees stumbling?
(c) Which word in the stanza means the same as ‘Quiet’?
(d) Which poetic device has been used in the sixth line of the stanza?
(a) The whispers will be silent because the trees will move outside to the forest.
(b) The trees are stumbling because they hurry to move outside after breaking the glass.
(c) The word is ‘Silent’.
(d) Simile has been used using ‘like’ for comparison.