Unseen Poem ( Paper I)

Common Cold

Go hang yourself, you old M.D
You shall not sneer at me.

Pick up your hat and stethoscope,

Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
I contemplate a joy exquisite
I ‘m not paying you for your visit.
I didn’t call you to be told
My malady is a common cold.
By pounding brow and swollen lip;
By fever’s hot and scaly grip;
By those two red redundant eyes
That weep like woeful April skies;
By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
By handkerchief after handkerchief;
This cold you wave away as naught
Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!
Bacilli swarm within my portals
Such as were ne’er conceived by mortals,
But bred by scientists wise and hoary
In some Olympic laboratory
Bacteria as large as mice,
With feet of fire and heads of ice
Who never interrupt for slumber
Their stamping elephantine rumba.


Answer the following questions given below:


1.What is the emotion that the poet display in the first stanza?
A.Anger
B.Joy
C.Jealousy
D.Sympathy

2.Why and at whom does that the poet show his emotion?
A.At an old man because he has sneered at the poet
B.At a doctor for an incorrect diagnosis of his medical condition
C.At a friend who is happy at the poet’s plight
D.At a doctor who has said the poet merely has a cold


3.The poet describes his eyes as ‘two red redundant eyes’ because
A.He cannot see properly due to the cold
B.They show how furious the poet is
C.They have been affected by an eye disease
D.I his medical condition the poet is imagining things


4.‘Bacteria as a larger mouse’ is an instance of a/an
A.Smile and hyperbole
B.Metaphor
C.Personification
D.Alliteration


5.‘Who never interrupt for slumber their stamping elephantine rumba’. The meaning of these lines is that
A.The bacteria are continuously stamping their elephant like feet
B.The cold causing germs are causing much discomfort and pain to the poet without  any break
C.The bacilli are so active that they refuse to go to sleep
D.The poet is not able to concentrate on his work due to the raging cold


6.The general tone of the poem can be described as
A.Satirical and harsh
B.Ironical and mocking
C.Whimsical and humorous
D.Sad and tragic



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