Unseen Passage For Class 11 Literary CBSE With Answers

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Unseen Passage For Class 11 Literary CBSE With Answers

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Literary Unseen Passage for Class 11 CBSE English with Answers Pdf

Had Dr Johnson written his own life, in conformity with the ppinion which he has given, that every man’s life may be best written by himself; had he employed in the preservation of his own history, that clearness of narration and elegance of language in which he has embalmed so many eminent persons, the world would probably have had the most perfect example of biography that was ever exhibited.

Wherever narrative is necessary to explain, connect, and supply, I furnish it to the best of my abilities; but in the chronological series of Johnson’s life, which I trace as distinctly as I can, year by year, I produce, wherever it is in my power, his own minutes, letters, or conversation, being convinced that this mode is more lively, and will make my readers better acquainted with him, than even most of those were who actually knew him, but could know him only partially; whereas there is here an accumulation of intelligence from various points, by which his character is more fully understood and illustrated.

Indeed I cannot conceive a more perfect mode of writing any man’s life, than not only relating all the most important events of it in their order, but interweaving what he privately wrote, and said, and thought. Had his other friends been as diligent and ardent as I was, he might have been almost entirely preserved. As it is, I will venture to say that he will be seen in this work more completely than any man who has ever yet lived.

And he will be seen as he really was, for I profess to write, not his panegyric, which must be all praise, but his life; which, great and good as he was, must not be supposed to be entirely perfect. To be as he was, is indeed subject of panegyric enough to any man in this state of being; but in every picture there should be shade as well as light, and when I delineate him without reserve, I do what he himself recommended, both by his precept and his example, as quoted below.

“If the biographer writes from personal knowledge, and makes haste to gratify the public curiosity, there is danger lest his interest, his fear, his gratitude, or his tenderness, overpower his fidelity, and tempt him to conceal, if not to invent.”

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the Passage, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) What was Dr Johnson’s opinion on autobiographies?
(ii) According to the author, what would have happened if Dr Johnson had written his autobiography?
(iii) How does the author intend to acquaint his readers completely with Dr Johnson’s life?
(iv) What does the author seem most proud of, as mentioned in the Passage?
(v) In the quotation given in the last paragraph of the Passage, what is Dr Johnson concerned about?
(vi) What method of writing Dr Johnson’s biography did the author adopt to make his readers better acquainted with him?
Answer:
(a) (i) Dr Johnson believed that anyone’s life can be best written by the person himself / herself. For him, an autobiography was the best and most comprehensive form of biography.

(ii) According to the author, if Dr Johnson had written his own biography, the world’would have seen the best example of how a biography/autobiography should be written.

(iii) The author intends to acquaint his readers completely with Johnson’s life by following a chronological order, giving an account of his personal thoughts and feelings via his letters and conversation and also converging knowledge about his life from different points.

(iv) The author seems most proud of his thoroughness in obtaining the biographical materials.

(v) In the quotation given in the last paragraph of the Passage, Dr Johnson is concerned that if a biographer only wants to satisfy the public, he will not write honestly by concealing some facts and inventing others.

(vi) The author adopted the method of chronologically narrating Dr Johnson’s life along with his own minutes, letters or conversations.

(b) On the basis of your reading of the Passage, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) It can be inferred from the Passage that Dr Johnson
(a) wrote many biographies
(b) wrote his own autobiography
(c) was against writing his autobiography
(d) did not want the author to write about him
Answer:
(a) wrote many biographies

(ii) Dr Johnson would probably have agreed that
(a) a biography tends to over-praise
(b) an autobiography is always misleading
(c) an autobiographer is the greatest authority on his own life
(d) All of the above
Answer:
(c) an autobiographer is the greatest authority on his own life

(iii) The word is a synonym of ‘panegyric’ used in paragraph 4.
(a) eulogy
(b) myth
(c) portrait
(d) fame
Answer:
(a) eulogy

(iv) In paragraph 1, the word means ‘preserved someone or something in an unalterable state’.
(a) perfect
(b) preservation
(c) frozen
(d) embalmed
Answer:
(d) embalmed

(v) In paragraph 4, the word means ‘describe or portray precisely’.
(a) perfectly
(b) tilted
(c) delineate
(d) precept
Answer:
(c) delineate

(vi) In paragraph 5, the word is the antonym of‘dissatisfy’.
(a) interest
(b) gratify
(c) gratitude
(d) please
Answer:
(b) gratify

Literature Unseen Passage with Questions for Class 11 CBSE Pdf

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 1

Justin was always prepared. His motto was “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in handy.” His bedroom was so full of flat bicycle tires, bent tennis rackets, deflated basketballs and games with missing pieces that you could barely get in the door. His parents pleaded with him to clean out his room.

“What use is a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?” his father asked. But Justin simply smiled and repeated his motto, “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in handy.”

When Justin was away from home, he always carried his blue backpack. He liked to think of it as a smaller version of his bedroom, a place to store the many objects that he collected. It was so worn and stretched that it hardly resembled a backpack anymore. It was full of the kind of things that seemed unimportant, but when used with a little imagination, might come in handy.

Justin had earned a reputation for figuring things out and getting people out of otherwise hopeless situations. Many of his classmates and neighbours sought him out when they needed help with a problem. On the first day of school, his friend Kenny came looking for Justin.

“Do you think you have something in your bag that could help me remember my locker combination?” he asked. “I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. I have science class in two minutes and if I’m late on the first day it’ll make me look bad for the rest of the year.” Kenny looked genuinely worried.

‘Relax,’ Justin said, taking his backpack off and unzipping the top. “Remember how you borrowed my notebook in homeroom to write the combination down? Well, I know how we can recover what you wrote.”

He took the notebook and a soft lead pencil out of his bag. The page that Kenny had written on had left faint indentations on another page in the notebook. Justin held the pencil on its side and rubbed it lighdy over the indentations. Slowly but surely the numbers of the locker combination appeared in white, set off by the gray pencil rubbings.

‘That’s amazing!’ Kenny said. “I owe you one”. And he dashed off to open his locker.

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer thefollowing Questions briefly,
(i) What is the author’s purpose in writing this story?
(ii) How does the author achieve this purpose?
(iii) How did Justin justify keeping a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?
(iv) Mention three attributes of Justin’s character.
(v) What was Kenny’s problem which he expected Justin to solve?
(vi) How did Justin solve Kenny’s problem?

(b) Onthe basis ofyour reading ofthe passage, answer the following Questions by choosingthe most appropriate option.
(i) In what way is Justin’s backpack a smaller version of his bedroom?
(a) His parents tell him to clean it all the time
(b) He uses it to carry his books and sports equipment
(c) He uses it as a place to store objects
(d) He’s had it for as long as he can remember

(ii) Why is Justin’s room such a mess?
(a) He never throws anything away
(b) He has no time to clean
(c) He shares the room with his brother
(d) He always forgets to clean his room

(iii) What does the word ‘reputation’ in paragraph 4 mean?
(a) Supporting others
(b) One’s personality
(c) An award
(d) How one is thought of by others

(iv) Which of the following words used in paragraph 8 is a synonym of‘surprising’?
(a) dashed
(b) bravo
(c) indentations
(d) mazing

(v) Which of the following means the same as ‘pleaded with’used in paragraph 1?
(a) pushed
(b) begged
(c) asked
(d) ignored

(vi) Which of the following words used in paragraph 3 is an antonym of‘contracted’?
(a) worn
(b) stretched
(c) carried (d) resembled

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 2

Ode To A Nightingale
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains,
One minute past and Lethe-wards had sunk:
Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness,—
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provencal song and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth;
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim:
Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget
What thou among the leaves hast never known,
The weariness, the fever, and the fret
Here, where men sit and hear each other groan;
Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs,
Where youth grows pale, and spcccrethin, and dies;
Where but to think is to be full of sorrow
And leaden-eyed despairs,
Where beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,
Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow.

—by John Keats

Questions
On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) What does the poet declare in the first four lines of the poem?
(ii) What reason does the poet give for feeling ‘a drowsy numbness’?
(iii) What longing is expressed by the poet in the second stanza?
(iv) What is the poet’s desire in the third stanza?
(v) How is this desire of the poet graphically illustrated by him?
(vi) What is the basic theme of this extract from the poem?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following Questions by choosing the most appropriate option,
(i) What are the feelings expressed by the poet in lines 19-20?
(a) He wants to run away into the forest with the nightingale
(b) He wants to escape from reality by experiencing the nightingale’s feelings
(c) He wants to die after enjoying life like the nightingale
(d) None of the above

(ii) Identify the figure of speech used in the line, ‘With beaded bubbles winking at the brim’.
(a) Simile
(b) Transferred epithet
(c) Metaphor
(d) Personification

(iii) Which word used in the first stanza means ‘poison’?
(a) Hemlock
(b) Opiate
(c) Dryad
(d) Beechen

(iv) Which word used in the second stanza means ‘dug’?
(a) Draught
(b) Delved
(c) Blushful
(d) Beaded

(v) Which word used in the third stanza means ‘worry’?
(a) Pine
(b) Groan
(e) Forget
(d) Fret
(vi) Which word in the last stanza means ‘shining or radiant’?
(a) Palsy
(b) Pale
(c) Lustrous
(d) Leaden

PASSAGE 3
I have said this much because it is my wish that the principles which have guided me in the composition of these memoirs may be understood. I am aware that they will not please every reader; that is a success to which I cannot pretend. Some merit, however, may be allowed me on account of the labour I have undergone. It has neither been of a slight nor an agreeable kind. I made it a rule to read everything that has been written respecting Napoleon, and I have had to decipher many of his autographed documents, though no longer so familiar with his scrawl as formerly.

I say decipher, because a real cipher might often be much more readily understood than the handwriting of Napoleon. My own notes, too, which were often very hastily made, in the hand I wrote in my youth, have sometimes also much embarrassed me.

My long and intimate connection with Bonaparte from boyhood, my close relations with him when he was General, Consul and Emperor, enabled me to see and appreciate all that was projected and all that was done during that considerable and momentous period of time. I not only had the opportunity of being present at the conception and the execution of the extraordinary deeds of one of the ablest men nature ever formed, but, notwithstanding an almost unceasing application to business, I found means to employ the few moments of leisure which Bonaparte left at my disposal in making notes, collecting documents and in recording for history the facts respecting which the truth could otherwise with difficulty be ascertained; and more particularly in collecting those ideas, often profound, brilliant, and striking, but always remarkable, to which Bonaparte gave expression in the overflowing frankness of confidential intimacy. The knowledge that I possessed much important information has exposed me to many inquiries, and wherever I have resided since my retirement from public affairs, much of my time has been spent in replying to Questions. The wish to be acquainted with the most minute details of the life of a famous man is very natural; and the observation on my replies by those who heard them always was, “You should publish your memoirs!”

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) How does the author express his difficulties in writing Napoleon’s memoirs?
(ii) On what basis can we say that Napoleon’s handwriting was very difficult to read?
(iii) How does the author justify his statement that he could understand all that Napoleon actually achieved?
(iv) What method did the author employ to ensure that he could relate afterwards all that happened in Napoleon’s time?
(v) Why is the author pestered by people even after he has retired from public life?
(vi) Why do people want the author to publish his memoirs?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) The author is embarrassed, as stated in paragraph 1, because
(a) Napoleon’s handwriting was unreadable
(b) the author’s handwriting was very poor in his youth
(c) he cannot please every reader
(d) None of these

(ii) The author was known to Napoleon Bonaparte since
(a) Bonaparte became General
(b) Bonaparte became Consul and Emperor
(c) birth
(d) boyhood

(iii) The phrase ‘on account of’ used in paragraph 1 means the same as
(a) as a consequence of
(b) under no circumstances
(c) makes up
(d) None of these

(iv) The word ‘scrawl’ used in paragraph 1 means the same as
(a) sayings
(b) method of working
(c) style of dress
(d) careless handwriting

(v) The word ‘conception’ used in paragraph 2 is the synonym of
(a) birth
(b) proposal
(c) death
(d) pregnancy

(vi) The word ‘profound’ used in paragraph 2 is the antonym of
(a) wise
(b) sincere
(c) superficial
(d) comical

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 4

Thanks for the start to the lives that we’ve had.
Thanks for the nights that you went without rest.
So many memories, most happy, some sad;
If you weren’t perfect, you still passed the test,
Holding our hands, holding back all the fears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

So many hours that you worked to provide
Multiplied by all the days that we grew,
When we behaved and the times we defied,
Never a doubt we could still count on you,
Making our laughter and drying our tears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

Thanks for the rules that we wished were not there.
Thanks for the wisdom we sometimes denied.
All the attention and all of the care,
All the forgiveness and all of the pride,
Pointing out faults but then calling out cheers.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

For the examples you set every day,
Teaching with actions, those lessons hold tight.
We hardly knew just how much you could say
Simply by doing what you knew was right.
Now that we’re older, the logic appears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

Thank you for love not required to be earned,
Not ever fading as time moves along.
You have to know that the love is returned,
Not always showing, but always so strong,
And you still care as your golden time nears.
Thank you sincerely for all of the years.

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) For what all does the poet thank ‘you’ in the first stanza?
(ii) How did ‘you’ teach important lessons of life?
(in) How does the poet express his gratitude to ‘you’ in the last stanza?
(iv) What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
(v) Which word in the second stanza is the antonym of ‘obeyed’?
(vi) Which word in the third stanza is the synonym of ‘pardon’?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) The tone of the poem is
(a) nostalgic
(b) sad
(c) grateful
(d) condemnatory

(ii) The poem is addressed to all
(a) people in general
(b) parents universally
(c) past memories
(d) golden years

(iii) ‘You’ have always worked
(a) tirelessly and selflessly
(b) in a selfish manner
(c) with lots of complaints
(d) with grace

(iv) The poet thanks ‘you’ for the rules which
(a) were badly laid down during childhood
(b) were accepted willingly during childhood
(c) brought happiness during childhood
(d) were not liked during childhood

(v) The phrase ‘to provide’ in the second stanza means
(a) to provide enough time
(b) to provide whatever I asked for
(c) to provide the necessities of life
(d) None of these

(vi) The meaning of the phrase ‘golden time’ in the last stanza is
(a) rebirth
(b) time when your hair will become golden
(c) time when you will go to heaven
(d) old age

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 5

Bill believes in achieving his goals through hard work. He also believes that if you are intelligent and know how to use your intelligence, you can reach your goals and targets. From his early days Bill was ambitious, competitive and intelligent. These qualities helped him to attain a great position in the profession he chose. Also, Bill was deemed by his peers and his teachers as the smartest kid on campus;

Bill’s parents came to know their son’s intelligence and decided to enrol him in a private school known for its intense academic environment. That was the most important decision in Bill Gate’s life, where he was first introduced to computers. Bill Gates and his friends were very much interested in computers and formed a ‘Programmers Group’ in late 1968. Being in this group, they found a new way to apply their computer skills in the University of Washington. In the next year, they got their first opportunity in Information Sciences Inc in which they were selected as programmers. ISI (Information Sciences Inc) agreed to give them royalties whenever it made money from any of the group’s programs. As a result of the business deal signed with Information Sciences Inc, the group also became a legal business.

Upon graduating from Lakeside School, Bill enrolled in Harvard University in 1973, one of the best universities in the country. He didn’t know what to do, so he enrolled his name for pre-law. He took the standard freshman courses with the exception of signing up for one of Harvard’s toughest mathematics courses. He did well over there, but he couldn’t find it interesting. He spent many long nights in front of the school’s computer and the next day fell asleep in class. After leaving school, he almost lost himself from the world of computers.

Within a year, Bill Gates dropped out from Harvard. Then he formed Microsoft. Microsoft’s vision is “A computer on every desk and Microsoft software on every computer”. Bill is a visionary person and works very hard to achieve his vision. His belief in high intelligence and hard work has put him where he is today. He does not believe in mere luck or God’s grace, but just hard work and competitiveness. His beliefs are so powerful that they have helped him increase his wealth and his monopoly in the industry.

Questions
(a) On the basis ofyour reading of the passage, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) What was the most important decision in Bill Gates’ life?
(ii) How did the ‘Programmers Group’ become a legal business? .
(iii) What unusual step did Bill take in Harvard University?
(iv) What factor helped Bill to increase his wealth and his monopoly in the industry?
(v) Why did Bill’s parents enrol him in a private school known for its intense academic environment?
(vi) Why did Bill enrol his name for pre-law at Harvard University?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) Bill Gates’beliefs are
(a) hard work and competitiveness
(b) achieving his goals and knowing how to use your intelligence
(c) hard work and knowing how to use your intelligence
(d) None of the above

(ii) Bill Gates dropped out from Harvard within a year because
(a) he was not interested in pre-law
(b) he often fell asleep in class
(c) he spent many long nights in front of the school’s computer
(d) None of the above

(iii) The word in paragraph 1 is the antonym of‘modest’.
(a) great
(b) much
(c) smartest
(d) ambitious

(iv) The word in paragraph 1 is the synonym of ‘implement’.
(a) goals
(b) concern
(c) apply
(d) opportunity

(v) The word ‘freshman’in paragraph 2 means the same as
(a) man smelling fresh
(b) general nature
(c) first year student
(d) college student

(vi) The word ‘monopoly’ in paragraph 3 means the same as
(a) dominance
(b) complete control
(c) cornering the orders
(d) full attention

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 6

The man of honesty
The man of Greatness
He is our Mahatma
The father of our nation!

Born in a family
Of cultured background
Grown in a circle
loving parents.

Honest, truthful and simple
Of body so frail yet nimble
With heart so big and true
With gifts but given to few.

Made many mistakes
Realised his faults
Vowed never to repeat them
And never committed them again.

Loved his motherland
Brought her freedom
With the weapon of non-violence
And not a drop of blood-shed.

Bravely to prison he went
Though old and bent
Many a blow did he get
Yet never did he fret.

With guns and knives, he did not fight
Satyagraha was his eternal might
India’s independence he fought and won
Bloodshed and bitterness there was none.

Adopted penance and &sting
Started the Satyagraha
Gave up foreign goods
And inspired wearing Khadi.

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) In what atmosphere was Gandhi born and brought up? (ii) How did Gandhi improve on his faults?
(iii) What was always Gandhi’s strength, although he never used weapons?
(iv) How did Gandhi set an example to others? (v) Which word in stanza 2 is the synonym of ‘enlightened’?
(vi) Which word in stanza 3 is the antonym of ‘strong’?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) Gandhi is known as the father of our nation because
(a) he brought freedom to the nation
(b) achieving his goals and knowing how to use your intelligence
(c) hard work and knowing how to use your intelligence
(d) None of the above

(ii) The main characteristic of Gandhi’s ‘weapon’ of non-violence was
(a) Satyagraha
(b) not a drop of bloodshed
(c) no bitterness
(d) None of these

(iii) The paradox with Gandhi was that
(a) though he was frail, he was still nimble
(b) he realised his faults but committed them again
(c) though he had a big heart, he gave few gifts
(d) None of these

(iv) The rhyme scheme of the entire poem is
(a) aabb
(b) abab
(c) abed
(d) mixed

(v) The word ‘fret’ in stanza 6 means the same as
(a) fidget
(b) worry
(c) become grumpy
(d) become joyful

(vi) The word ‘bitterness’ in stanza 7 is the antonym of
(a) sweetness
(b) contentment
(c) goodwill
(d) happiness

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 7

We went down the hill and found Jo Harper and Ben Rogers, and two or three more of the boys hiding in the old yard. So we unhitched a boat and pulled it down the river two miles and a half, to the big scar on the hillside, and went ashore. We went to a clump of bushes and Tom made everybody swear to keep the secret, and then showed them a hole in the hill, right in the thickest part of the bushes. Then we lit the candles, and crawled in on our hands and knees. We went about two hundred yards, and then the cave opened up. Tom soon ducked under a wall where there was a hole. We went along a narrow passage and got into a kind of room, all damp and sweaty and cold, and there we stopped. Tom said, “Now, we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood.”

Everybody was willing. So Tom got out a sheet of paper he had written the oath on, and read it. It swore, ‘Every boy to stick to the gang, and never tell any of the secrets; and if anybody done anything to anybody in the gang, whichever boy was ordered to kill that person and his family must do it, and he mustn’t eat and he mustn’t sleep till he had killed them and hacked a cross in their breasts, which was the sign of the gang. And nobody that didn’t . belong to the gang could use that mark, and if he did, he must be sued; and if he done it. again, he must be killed.

And if anybody that belonged to the gang told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.”

Everybody said it was a real beautiful oath, and asked Tom if he got it out of his own head. He said, some of it, but the rest was out of pirate- books and robber-books, and every gang that was high-toned had it.

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) Who were the members of Tom Sawyer’s gang?
(ii) What punishment would be given to anyone who harmed a member of the gang?
(iii) If a band member was ordered to kill a person harming a gang member, what were his constraints?
(iv) What punishment was to be given to somebody who used the sign of the gang without being its member?
(v) If a gang member became a traitor, what was to be his punishment?
(vi) What helped Tom to prepare the lengthy oath?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) The leader of the group was
(a) the writer
(b) Tom Sawyer
(c) Jo Harper
(d) None of these

(ii) The boys went to the cave to
(a) write their name in blood
(b) swear to keep the secret
(c) secretly take an oath
(d) secretly form a band of robbers

(iii) The word in paragraph I which means the same as ‘bent quickly’ is
(a) opened
(b) turned
(c) ducked
(d) leaned

(iv) The word in paragraph 2 which is an antonym of ‘keep’ is
(a) got
(b) stick
(c) mentioned
(d) tell

(v) The word in paragraph 2 which is a synonym of ‘cut’ is
(a) hacked
(b) scattered
(c) blotted
(d) forgot

(vi) The word in paragraph 3 which is a synonym of ‘superior’ is
(a) beautiful
(b) high-toned
(c) elaborate
(d) accomplished

I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups
Those flowers made of light
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,
The tree is living yet!
I remember, I remember
Where I was used co swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were dose against the sky
Ir was a childish ignorance’
But now it is little joy
To know I’m lrther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.

—by Thomas Hood

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following Questions briefly.
(i) What does the poet mean by, ‘I often wish the night had borne my breath away’ in the first stanza?
(ii) Why is the poet sad in the second stanza?
(iii) What does the poet imply by, ‘My spirit flew in feathers then that is so heavy now’ in the third stanza?
(iv) What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
(v) What is the meaning of the phrase ‘where the robin built’ in stanza 2?
(vi) What is the meaning of the phrase ‘on the wing’ in stanza 3?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the statements given below by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) The poet remembers his childhood wIth
(a) pain
(b) nostalgia
(c) unhappiness
(d) love

(ii) The length of the day always seemed…… to the poet.
(a) toolong
(b) tooshort
(c) Justrlght
(d) notright

(iii) The poetS childhood home was perhaps In
(a) atown
(b) abigcity
(c) thecountryslde
(d) Noneofthese

(iv) The tree planted by the poetS brother was a tree.
(a) rose
(b) violet
(c) lilac
(d) laburnum

(v) The word ‘wink’ In stanza 1 Is the synonym of ……………………
(a) llttle
(b) moment
(c) sleep
(d) esrly

(vi) The phrase ‘farther off from heaven’ In the last stanza suggests that the poet Is
(a) sad
(b) somewhat happy
(c) very happy
(d) contented

Literature Passage for Class 11 CBSE Pdf – 9

The Metal Man stands in a dark, dusty comer of the Tyburn College Museum. The visitor who gives it a closer view marvels at the silent tragedy in the set, determined expression and at the peculiar mark upon the chest. It is a six-sided blot, of a deep crimson hue, with strange pink lines radiating from it. Of course it is generally known that the Metal Man was once Professor Thomas Kelvin of the Geology Department.

For some years he had been spending his summer vacations along the Pacific coast of Mexico, prospecting for radium. Evidently he had been successful beyond his wildest dreams. He did not come to Tyburn but we heard stories of him selling millions of dollars worth of salts of radium and giving as much to institutions employing radium treatment. And it was said that he was sick of a strange disorder that defied the world’s best specialists and that he was pouring out his millions in the establishment of scholarships and endowments as if he expected to die soon.

One cold stormy day, when the sea was running high on the unprotected coast which the cottage overlooks, I saw a sail out to the North. Soon a boat had put off in the direction of the shore. The sea was not so rough as to make the landing hazardous, but the proceeding was rather unusual, and, as I had nothing better to do, I went out in the yard before my modest house. When the boat touched shore, four men sprang out and rushed it up higher on the sand.

As a fifth tall man arose in the stern, the four picked up a great chest and started in my direction.
The fifth man, a hard-faced Yankee skipper, walked up to me and said gruffly, “I am Captain McAndrews.”
“I’m glad to meet you, Captain,” I said, wondering. “There must be some mistake. I was not expecting—”
“Not at all,” he said abruptly. “The man in that chest was transferred to my ship from the liner Plutonia three days ago. He has paid me for my services, and I believe his instruction have been carried out. Good day, sir.”
He turned on his heel and started away.
“A man in the chest!” I exclaimed.

Questions
(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer thefollowing Questions briefly.
(i) How had Kelvin been spending his summer vacations?
(ii) What evidence is given in the passage about Kelvin’s success?
(iii) How does the author conclude that Kelvin expected to die soon?
(iv) Why did the author go out in his yard even on the cold stormy day?
(v) How did the author respond to the information given by Captain McAndrews?
(vi) Who do you identify as the ‘man in the chest’ and why?

(b) On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following Questions by choosing the most appropriate option.
(i) Where was the Metal Man kept?
(a) In the chest carried by the ship
(b) On the beach near the narrator’s home
(c) In the Tyburn College Museum
(d) None of these

(ii) Why is the Metal Man referred to as a ‘silent tragedy’?
(a) Because he is silent
(b) Because he is dead
(c) Because he has a crimson blot on his chest
(d) None of these

(iii) Which word in paragraph 2 is a synonym of ‘using’?
(a) spending
(b) employing
(c) selling
(d) pouring

(iv) Which word in paragraph 1 is a synonym of‘wonders’?
(a) responsible
(b) expression
(c) marvels
(d) strange

(v) Which of the following words in paragraph 2 is an antonym of‘normal’?
(a) strange
(b) spending
(c) peculiar
(d) abnormal

(vi) Which of the following words used in paragraph 3 means the same as ‘small’?
(a) overlooks
(b) tiny
(c) poor
(d) modest

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