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Directions (1-10): Read the given poem and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
Sprinkle, squish between my toes,
The smell of ocean to my nose.
I can feel each grain of sand,
It falls from air into my hand.
The shells I find along the shore,
Picked up by birds that fly and soar.
They sparkle like-the ocean’s waves,
And carry sand from all the lakes.
That’s where my feet leave prints to be.
I walk all the way to the end of the land,
The land that holds this beautiful sand.
Q1. The poem’s central theme is
(a) a factual description of nature
(b) sharing experiences with nature
(c) a recollection of a visit
(d) an introspection by the writer
Q2. Here, “to the end of the land” refers to the
Q3. Here, “That’s where my feet leave prints to be” means that the writer
(a) knows that everything is temporary
(b) relives past visits
(c) expects to forget the experience
(d) hopes to remember his visit
Q4. The phrase in the poem that conveys the same meaning as “along the tip of the sea” is
(a) each grain of sand
(b) end of the land
(c) air into my hand
(d) like the ocean’s waves
Q5. The poetic device used in the line “They sparkle like the ocean’s waves” is a/an
Q6. A word that can replace ‘squish’ is
Q7. The word ‘it’ in line 4 refers to
Q8. The rhyme scheme followed in lines 1-4 is
Q9. Which of the following phrases can act as a suitable title for the poem?
(a) Beautiful Sand
(b) Sparking Ocean
(c) Sandy Beaches
(d) Shells and Birds
Q10. “They sparkle like the ocean’s waves” refers to
(a) sand grains
Sol. This poem is about the poet’s experience with nature. The words like “smell”, “feel” and “walk” highlight his experience on the seashore.
Sol. The poet walks as far as it is possible, i.e. “to the end of the land”. Thus, he refers to the sealine.
Sol. The poet expects to remember his visit by leaving footprints on the sand.
Sol. “Along the top of the sea” is similar in meaning to “end of the land” as both the phrases indicate a place near the sea.
Sol. Simile is the poetic device used here because two distinct things are compare using the word ‘like’.
Sol. Out of the given words, ‘crush’ can replace the word ‘squish’ when used with the preposition ‘between’.
Sol. Here, the poet is talking about the “grain of sand”.
Sol. The rhyme scheme is aabb, as indicated by the words toes-nose and sand-hand.
Sol. The poet talks about his experiences related to sand and ocean. Thus, Sandy Beaches is the most suitable title for the poem.
Sol. In lines 5 and 6, the poet is referring to shells.
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