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CBSE Notes 2011-2012 » IX-English

The Seven Ages

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Multiple choice question

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His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank ; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound.

(a) Which is the stage of man's life that the poet describes here ?
(i) 5th
(ii) 6th
(iii) 7th
(iv) 4th

(b) The man appears in this stage.

(i) weak and thin
(ii) strong and enthusiastic
(iii) full of life
(iv) meek and submissive

(c) shrunk shank implies

(i) weakness and helplessness.
(ii) fitness and activeness.
(iii) alertness.
(iv) weakness in legs

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Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history,
is second childishness and mere oblivion. Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans
everything.

(a) Which is the stage of man's life that the poet describes here ?

(i) 5th
(ii) 6th
(iii) 7th
(iv) 4th

(b) This stage has been called a second childishness because

(i) the man acts as a child as it is the first stage of life.
(ii) the man's activities are just like a child as it is the last stage.
(iii) childlike activities are not permanent.
(iv) none of the above

(c) That ends this strange eventful history.... . The strange eventful
history stands for
(i) life span of a man.
(ii) a play.
(iii) events of life.
(iv) disputes of life.

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All the world's stage And all the men and women merely players :
They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

(a) All the world's stage. The poetic device used in this line is

(i) metaphor,
(ii) simile.
(iii) pun.
(iv) alliteration.

(b) They have their exits and their entrances means

(i) man's death and birth respectively.
(ii) man's birth and death respectively.
(iii) exit and entrance points of a stage.
(iv) departing and meeting respectively.

(c) According to the poet, a man in his life

(i) dies seven times.
(ii) performs seven different roles.
(iii) appears seven times on the stage.
(iv) lives and dies seven times

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hen the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow.

(a) creeping like snail - the poetic device used in this line is

(i) metaphor,
(ii) simile.
(iii) pun.
(iv) alliteration.

(b) creeping like a snail shows

(i) the child is reluctant to go to his school.
(ii) the child is willing to go to school.
(iii) slow body movements.
(iv) none of these

(c) shining morning face - the poetic device used here is

(i) metaphor,
(ii) simile.
(iii) pun.
(iv) alliteration.

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Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like
snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow.

(a) sighing like a furnace - the poetic device used here is

(i) simile.
(ii) metaphor.
(iii) pun.
(iv) alliteration.

(b) in the stanza given above, the two roles played by men are

(i) infant and the school going boy.
(ii) infant and a lover.
(iii) school going boy and a lover.
(iv) infancy and youth.

(c) sighing like a furnace means

(i) the poet is burning as a hearth.
(ii) he expresses his frustration by sighing deeply as his passions are
set on fire.
(iii) he is sad.
(iv) he is happy

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and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.

(a) Which is the stage of man's life when he descends into such a condition ?
(i) the old age
(ii) the young age
(iii) teeenage
(iv) infancy

(b) Name the poet of these lines.

(i) Coleridge
(ii) Shakespeare
(iii) Keats
(iv) Shelley

(c) What are significant characteristics of old age ?
(i) no teeth
(ii) no eyes
(iii) no taste
(iv) all of the above

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