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English Questions For CTET/ DSSSB/KVS/UPTET 2018 Exam:24th October 2018 (Solutions)

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Directions (1-10): Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate options.
Out of the night that covers me. 
Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 
In the fell clutch of circumstance 
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeoning of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed. 
Beyond this place of wrath and tears-
Looms but the horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds and shall find me unafraid. 
—William Ernest Henley
Q1. The phrase ‘unconquerable soul’ means a person who is 
(a) compassionate 
(b) noble 
(c) sensitive 
(d) invincible 
Q2. Lines 5 and 6 show that the speaker 
(a) remains undaunted even under the worst circumstances 
(b) is overwhelmed by adverse circumstances 
(c) accepts life’s challenges 
(d) refuses to surrender 
Q3. ‘Wrath and tears’ mean 
(a) anger causing havoc 
(c) unfavourable circumstances 
(b) anger and sorrow 
(d) unbearable suffering 
Q4. The phrase ‘menace of the years’ suggests 
(a) danger to life 
(b) cruel fate 
(c) evils of life 
(d) threats of the times 
Q5. The word ‘winced’ in the second stanza means 
(a) ruffled 
(b) frightened 
(c) worried 
(d) recoiled 
Q6. The poetic device used in ‘Black as the pit from pole to pole’ is 
(a) irony 
(b) simile 
(c) parallelism 
(d) metaphor 
Q7. In the poem, ‘night’ alludes to 
(a) the hope that dawn will come after the present phase is over 
(b) the looming horror of the negative circumstances surrounding the poet 
(c) the sum total of all adverse situations that surrounds the poet 
(d) the unrelenting situations that never cease to intrigue the poet 
Q8. Identify the rhyme scheme used in the poem. 
(a) abab 
(b) abba 
(c) abbb 
(d) baab 
Q9. The poet thanks gods because he has been 
(a) graced with an indomitable spirit 
(b) saved from the feelings of wrath and sorrow 
(c) exposed to negative circumstances that couldn’t hold him back in life 
(d) denied positive circumstances so that he can recognise his true spirit 
Q10. A word that can replace ‘clutch’ is 
(a) fear 
(b) glory 
(c) grip 
(d) trip
S1. Ans.(d)
Sol. An unconquerable soul refers to a person who is invincible, i.e. one who cannot be dominated, defeated or overcome.
S2. Ans.(a)
Sol. These lines show that the speaker had never lost hope and courage even in the most adverse situations of his life.
S3. Ans.(b)
Sol. In the context of the poem, ‘wrath’ means ‘anger’ while ‘tears’ indicate ‘sorrow’.
S4. Ans.(d)
Sol. The phrase refers to the challenges faced during the years that have passed. Thus, it is closely associated with ‘the threats of the times’.
S5. Ans.(d)
Sol. The word ‘winced’ has the same meaning as ‘recoiled’, i.e. to draw back or shrink the body as from pain, fear etc.
S6. Ans.(b)
Sol. Here, since two distinct things are compared using the word ‘as’, the poetic device used is simile.
S7. Ans.(c)
Sol. In the poem, ‘night’ refers to the adverse situations afflicting the poet.
S8. Ans.(a)
Sol. Rhyme scheme of a poem is identified through the pronunciation of the last words of each line. In the given poem, the rhyme scheme is abab.
S9. Ans.(a)
Sol. The poet thanks gods for his “unconquerable soul” or an indomitable spirit.
S10. Ans.(c)
Sol. ‘Clutch’ means to hold or to grip.
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