Chapter-1: My Mother at Sixty-six

 

1 . Who is the poet of this poem?

  • John Keats
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • William Wordsworth
  • Kamala Das

2. The poetess says her mother looked pale like a –

  • corpse
  • ghost
  • malnourished child
  • anaemic person

3. She soon put that thought out of her mind and –

  • smiled
  • laughed heartily
  • cried bitterly
  • looked out of the window

Answer

looked out of the window

4. The narrator again compared her mother too –

  • summer’s sun
  • rain clouds
  • late winter’s moon
  • trees and plants

Answer

late winter’s moon

5. ‘Children spilling out’ is an –

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • personification
  • transferred epithet

6. What is the main idea of the poem?

  • Painful old age
  • discolouration of skin
  • carelessness of a daughter
  • lack of strength

7. The narrator is only using her smile to –

  • cover up her pain
  • make herself happy
  • to make her mother happy
  • to make her father happy

8. What did the poet realize with pain?

  • her mother’s appearance like a corpse with growing age
  • she is helpless
  • old age is painful
  • she has duties

Answer

her mother’s appearance like a corpse with growing age

9. What was the poet’s childhood fear?

  • Parting from her husband
  • Parting from her friends
  • Parting from her siblings
  • losing her mother

10. Why did the poet look at her mother again?

  • because she was busy
  • because she was going away
  • because she wanted to stay back
  • because of fear and insecurity

Answer

because of fear and insecurity

11. What does the narrative single sentence style of the poem highlight?

  •  Poet’s feelings
  • Poet’s insecurities
  •  poet’s thoughts
  •  poet’s intertwining thoughts

Answer

poet’s intertwining thoughts

12. What does the expression smile, smile and smile signify?

Answer

poet’s desperate efforts to hide her fears

13. Whose house the poet was leaving?

Answer

her parents’ house

14. What were the words she used while parting from her mother?

Answer

See you soon, amma

15. Kamala Das was an

16. The person in the car, beside the poetess, was,

17. The poetess says her mother looked pale like a

 

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