Madhyamik English - Sea Fever - John Masefield

Madhyamik English

Sea Fever

John Masefield

Comprehension exercises

1. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :

(a) The poet asks for a sail the colour of which would be

(i) blue

(ii) grey

(iii) black

(iv) white

Ans : (iv) white

(b) While going down to the sea, the poet wants to hear the crying of

(i) seagulls

(ii) cuckoos

(iii) eagles

(iv) swallows

Ans : (i) seagulls

(c) The wind on the sea is like a whetted

(i) sword

(ii) axe

(iii) knife

(iv) spear

Ans : (iii) knife

2. State whether the following statements are True or False. Provide sentences/phrases/ words in support of your answer :

(a) To steer the ship the poet needs the moon. False

S S : And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

(b) The call of the running tide is wild and clear. True

S S : For the call of the running tide/Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.

(c) The poet is going out to the sea for the first time. False

S S : I must go down to the seas again.

3. Answer the following questions :

(a) During what time of the day does the poet wish to go down to the seas?

Ans : The poet wishes to go when the dawn is breaking.

(b) What kind of day does the poet prefer for sailing?

Ans : The poet prefer a windy day with the white clouds.

(c) What does the poet prefer to hear from a fellow rover?

Ans : The poet prefers to hear a merry yarn from a fellow traveller.

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