Animals | Question Solutions

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Animals | Question Solutions

Animals  Question Solutions

Animals | Question Solutions

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

Thinking About the Poem

Q.1. Notice the use of the word ‘turn’ in the first line, ‘I think I could turn and live with the animals….’. What is the poet turning from?

Ans: The poet has realised that the animals are self-contained and free from the anxiety of possessing things. They are fully satisfied with their life whereas human suffers from the mania of owning things. So the poet wants to turn and live with the animals. In other words, to say, the poet wants to be free from the material world of selfishness.

Q.2. Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.

Ans: The three things that humans do and the animals don’t are-

(i) Humans weep for their sins but the animals don’t.

(ii) Humans feel trouble in doing their duties to God but the animals don’t.

(iii) Humans always complain about their sad conditions but the animals don’t.

Q.3. Do humans kneel to other humans who live thousands of years ago? Discuss this in-group.

Ans: Yes, humans kneel to other humans. In human society, there is class distinctions and the low people have to kneel to the superior people. Some people worship their ancestors and kneel down in front of their portraits.

Q.4. What are the tokens that the poet says he may have dropped long ago, and which the animals have kept for him? Discuss this in class. (Hint: Whitman belongs to the Romantic tradition that includes Rousseau and Wordsworth, which holds that civilization has made humans false to their own true nature. What could be the basic aspects of our nature as living beings that humans choose to ignore or deny?

Ans: The tokens that the poet says he might have dropped long ago are – the tokens of love, respect, sympathy, cooperation, friendship and honouring the old tradition. Dropping away all these qualities humans have grown selfish, greedy and cruel. But the animals are self-contained. They have no feeling of inferiority or superiority. They have neither feelings of hatred nor cruelty. The poet finds morality in animals other than in humans.

ADDITIONAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

Q.1. What is the main theme of the poem ‘Animals’?

Ans: The main theme of the poem ‘Animlas’ is that the animals are self-contained and free of anxieties of life if compared to the life way of humans.

Q.2. Who is the poet of the poem ‘Animals’? 

Ans: Walt Whitman is the poet of the poem entitled ‘Animals’.

Q.3. What are the things that the animals don’t do?

Ans: The animals are self-contained. They don’t become sick of discussing their duties to God. There is no class struggle in their life way. They are neither cruel nor selfish. They have no mania of possessing things. They never complain about their conditions.

Q.4. How do the animals accept their conditions?

Ans: The animals accept their conditions without any complaint. They are placid and self-contained in nature.

Q.5. Why did the poet feel more at home with animals than humans?

Ans: The poet feels more at home with animals than humans because the animals are placid and self-contained. They never complain about the way they live. They are not burdened with cares like humans. They do not have to repent for their sins. These qualities impressed the poet very much.

Q.6. Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in the brackets.

(a) They don’t sweat and whine about their condition. (sing loudly/ complain in an annoying voice/ cry in joy)

Ans: complain in an annoying voice.

(b) I wonder where they get those tokens. (feel happy/ feel sorry/ feel very surprised)

Ans: feel very surprised.

(c) I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self-contained. (angry/ calm and peaceful/ harmful)

Ans: calm and peaceful.

(d) Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things. (feeling unhappy/ feeling dissatisfied/ behaving crazily for being upset) HSLC ‘8

Ans: behaving crazily for being upset.

(e)  ………… they are so placid and self-contained.

(irritated/ troublesome/ unruffled)

Ans: unruffled.

(f)  ………….. not one is demented with the mania. 

(mad/ dishonest/ displeased)

Ans: displeased.   0 0 0.

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