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Keeping Quiet | Question Solutions

Keeping Quiet

Keeping Quiet Question Solutions

Keeping Quiet Question Solutions 

(HS 2nd Yr English)

-Pablo Neruda

Keeping Quiet Question Solutions

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

(Think it out).  Each bearing 2 Marks

Q.1. What will counting up to twelve and keeping still help us achieve?

Ans: The poet Pablo Neruda wishes that the act of counting up to twelve and keeping still would help us achieve newer strength and mental energy to begin our activities anew. Moreover, it would help us think about how to make the earth safe from violence and destruction.

Q.2. Do You think the poet advocate total inactivity and death?

Ans: No, the poet does not advocate total inactivity and death. In contrast, the poet suggests only to stop our daily rush and busy activities for few seconds so that we can make our mind fresh and energetic to lead a better life without any kind of violence.

Q.3. What is the ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem?

Ans: The ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem is due to our failure to know ourselves. In our daily life, we are so busy that turn us blind to our inner activities. So to know ourselves we must introspect in complete silence.

Q.4. What symbol from Nature does the poet invoke to say there can be life under apparent stillness?

Ans: The poet invokes the image of earth as a symbol to suggest that we have to make ourselves refreshed and energetic to lead a better life and it is through keeping ourselves quiet for a few seconds. The poet wishes to convey to us that in winter all the trees seem to be barren, but as soon as spring comes the trees begin a new life with new vigour.

ADDITIONAL QUE SOLUTIONS

  1. Short Answer-type Questions:
  2. 1. What is an ‘exotic moment’ in ‘Keeping Quiet’?

Ans: The moment during which we keep quiet and stop our activities is said to be an ‘exotic moment’.

  1. 2. How long does the poet want to stay still?

Ans: The poet wants to stay still till he counts one to twelve.

  1. 3. ‘Let not speak in any language’, Says Neruda. Why?

Ans: The poet Neruda says, ‘Let not speak in any language’ to stay still for a moment so that during the time of silence we can feel human qualities in us and thus can make the earth a better place.

  1. 4. What should the warmongers do?

Ans: The warmongers should  ‘put on clean clothes’ which means they should give up violence and hatred toward others and thus they should spread universal brotherhood without doing any harm to anybody.

  1. 5. What kind of victory do they achieve?

Ans: They achieve a victory where no survivors are left to celebrate it.

  1. 6. What is ‘ a green war’?

Ans:  A green war refers to the war against our environment.

  1. Reading  Extracts and Answering:

Q.1. Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow:

(a) ‘Now we will count to twelve

and we will all keep still

For once on the face of the Earth

let’s not speak us in any language,

let us stop for one second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment

without rush, without engines,

we would all be together

in a sudden strangeness.’

Questions:

(i) Who is the poet of the quoted lines? 1

(ii) What does the poet mean by ‘not speak in any language’ and ‘move our arms so much’? 2

(iii) What would be the ‘exotic moment’? 1

Ans: (i) The poet of the quoted lines is Pablo Neruda.

(ii) By the phrase ‘not speak in any language’ the poet wants to mean complete silence and ‘by not move our arms so much’ the poet wants to mean that we should stop our activities while keeping quiet.

(iii) The moment during which we keep quiet and stop our activities would be our ‘exotic moment’.

(b)  ”Now …………………. our arms so much.”

Questions:

(i) How long does the poet want to stay still? 1

Ans:  The poet wants to stay still till he counts from one to twelve.

(ii) Why does he ask us to keep still and not use any language?2

Ans: The poet asks us to keep still and, ‘not speak in any language’ for a moment so that during the time of silence we can feel human qualities in us and thus can make the earth a better place.

(iii) What does the poet mean by ‘not move our arms so much’? 1

Ans: By ‘not move our arms so much’ the poet wants to mean that we should stop our activities while keeping quiet so that we can feel ourselves and can develop human brotherhood.

(c) ‘What I want should not be confused

with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about,

I want no truck with death.’

Questions:

(i) What does the poet want? 1

(ii) What does he want not to be confused with? 2

(iii) What does he think about life? 1

(iv) What, according to him, does inactivity amount to? 1

Ans: (i) The poet wants us to find a moment for introspection.

(ii) He does not want us to be confused with total inactivity.

(iii) The poet thinks of life connected with activity.

(iv) According to the poet, inactivity amounts to death. 0 0 0.

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