MY MOTHER AT SIXTY SIX
-KAMALA DAS FLAMINGO CLASS-12 ENGLISH
Objective type Questions
1. The poem “My Mother at Sixty Six” is written by-
A. Stephen Spender
B. Kamala Das
C. Anees Jung
D. Pablo Neruda
* She has published many novels & stories in English & Malayalam
2. Which of the following best describes the poet?
A. Prolific writer capturing human predicament
B. Eminent writer focusing on introspection
C. Sensitive writer , captures the complex subtleties of human relationships
D. Sensitive writer, captures the hardships of marriage life
3. The poet was going to which city?
*She was driving from her parent’s home to Cochin
4. The poet is along with her-
*Her mother’s age is sixty-six years
* Mother was sitting beside and sleeping
5. Identify the figure of speech in ‘Her face ashen like that of a corpse’ ‘Wan , pale as a late winter’s moon’
*Simile- a word or phrase that compares something to something else, using the words ‘like’ or ‘as
6. Why does the poem brings the image of ‘merry children spilling out of their homes’?
A. To give beautification to the poem
B. She loves the children
C. Her mother is just like the merry children
D. To contrast the life of activity of the young children with the life of inactivity of her old mother
* Mother: ageing & Children: youthfulness
Merry children means , Children rushing out of their house to play
7. What troubled the poet and gave her pain?
A. She was late for the Airport
B. Thought of losing her mother
C. Thought of leaving her mother
D. The merry children in contrast to her mother
*Also, perhaps she had an unconscious thought of her own decay & death too
8. “Put that thought away and looked at young trees, moving fast”. What thought did she put away?
A. Thought of losing her mother
B. Getting late for Airport
C. Thought of merry children
D. Thought of bidding good-bye
*She looked outside the window at young trees which moving fast (also signifies the passing of time)
* Young trees are described as sprinting in order to contrast the active movement of young trees with the inactive life of her old mother
9. The central idea of this poem is:
A. Ageing , Decay & Death
B. Sprinting trees
C. Poet’s visit to her parents home
D. Age of mother
10. ‘Her face ashen like that of a corpse’ means-
A. Dead mother
B. Weakness of old mother
C. Her mother had lost all strength & vitality
D. Both B & C
*The pale & greyish colour of her mother’s face is compared to the pale face of a dead body
*Ashen- very pale
11. ‘Wan pale as a late winter’s moon’ means-
A. Pale & Dull face of mother
B. Energetic face of mother like the moon
C. Calm face of mother just like the winter’s moon
D. The winter moon signifies peace
*Winter’s moon symbolizes decay
12. The figure of speech in ‘All I did was smile & smile & smile’ is –
*Smile at the end of the poem signifies the poet’s hope of meeting her mother again , she emphasizes the smile to cheer up her old mother also she was sad but didn’t want to show her tears to mother
13. The meaning of ‘Wan’ is –
* Also, weak
14. Spilling is used in the poem for –
D. Childhood of poet
15. What was the childhood fear of the poet?
A. To get punishment from her mother
B. Getting low marks
C. Swimming at YMCA pool
D. One day she would have to part from her mother forever
16. What is the ‘pain & ache’ that the poet feels?
A. Sufferings of young age
B. Pain of middle age
C. Sufferings & miseries of old age
D. Sadness of bidding good-bye to mother
17. What did the poetess watch outside?
A. Old age people
D. Both B & C
18. The figure of speech in ‘young trees sprinting’ is –
19. The figure of speech in ‘Children spilling’ –
20. The word ‘doze’ means-
B. One dozen
21. Why did she put that thought away?
A. It was constructive
B. It was very joyful
C. It was very pleasant
D. It was painful & disheartening
22. Find the word in the poem which means ‘to run;
23. Why was the mother’s face looking like that of the corpse?
A. It was glowing
B. It was tiresome
C. It was pale , lifeless & colourless
D. It was silent
24. The sight of young trees and merry children, on the way to Cochin, is ________the poet’s aging mother.
A. like a divine assurance for
B. in sharp contrast to
C. a distraction from pain for
D. the bridge between the poet and
25. In the poem, My Mother at Sixty-six, all that the poet did was smile and smile and
smile…, Her smile is
A. sudden, in response to her mother’s.
B. meaningful and loaded with love.
C. accompanied with tears of farewell.
D. put on to cheer her mother.
26. What were the parting words of poetess?
A. See you soon Amma
B. Good Bye Mom
C. See you soon Mom
D. See you Mummy
27. The poem is in a single sentence, punctuated by commas this indicates-
a single thread of thought interspersed with observations of the real world around and the way they are connected to the main idea.
28. What was the old familiar ache of the poetess?
A. Departing from parents home
B. Childhood fear of losing her mother
C. Winter moon’s pain
D. Poetess’s ageing
29. What does the poetess do at the airport’s security check?
A. Hug her mother
B. Stands a few yards away
C. Stands near to her mother
D. Think about ageing as a natural experience
30. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
B. Free verse
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