Question 1. What does the word “shoon” mean?
Answer 1.The word “shoon” is the past participle of “Shine”.
Question 2. How does the moon move?
Answer 2.The moon moves slowly and silently.
Question 3. What does the moon see on the silver trees?
Answer 3. The moon sees silver fruits on the silver trees.
Question 4. The poem ‘silver’ contains many words describing different actions. Find these words and group them in the way you think is the most suitable.
Answer 4. The words which define different actions are, slowly, walks, peers, couched, scampering.
Question 5. What has the dog been compared to? Which figure of speech has been used to show the similarity?
Answer 5. The dog has been compared to the ‘log’. A simile is used to show the similarity.
Question 6. Where are the doves ? How do they look? What are they doing?
Answer 6. The doves are silver-feathered, where the white breasts peep from the shadowy cote. The doves are sleeping.
REFERENCE TO CONTEXT
1.“A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.”
Question a. Pick out the rhyming words.
Question b. Why does the mouse appear to have silver claws and silver eye?
Question c. Which word in the above lines means ‘shine’?
Question d. Where is the fish ?
Answer a. By-eye, gleam-stream
Answer b. The mouse appears to have silver claws and silver eyes because the moon light is shining on him.
Answer c. The word gleam means shine
Answer d. The fish is in a stream
2.” One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log;
With paws of silver sleeps the dog. .”
Question a. Identify the rhyme scheme of the above lines.
Question b. Which figure of speech is used in the above lines?
Question c. Why does the poet refer to the thatch as ‘silvery’?
Question d. Which line tells us that the moon is moving?
Answer a. The rhyme scheme in the above line is “AABB”, where the rhyming words are catch-thatch, log-dog.
Answer b. The figure of speech, Simile is used in the above lines.
Answer c. The poet refers to the thatch as silvery because the moon light is shining upon it.
Answer d. The lines in the first stanza, “Slowly and silently……” tell us that the moon is moving
3.“Slowly silently now the moon,
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way and that, she peers , and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees. “
Question a. Pick out any two words which show that the moon is referred to as a living being.
Question b. Why do the fruit and trees appear to be of silver?
Question c. Describe the harvest mouse as seen by the moon.
Question d. Name the poem and the poet.
Answer a. The two words ‘walk’ and ‘she’ shows that the moon is referred as a living being.
Answer b. The fruit and trees appear to be of silver because the moon light is shining upon them.
Answer c. The moon sees the harvest mouse scampering by with silver claws and silver eyes.