Question Pool Mother to Son (Poem)

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Kerala Syllabus SAMAGRA SCERT SAMAGRA Question Pool for Class 10 English Medium English Mother to Son (Poem)

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Qn 1.

Read the following lines from 'Mother to Son' and answer the questions that follow.

Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor—

Bare.

But all the time

I’se been a-climbin’ on,

And reachin’ landin’s,

And turnin’ corners,

And sometimes goin’ in the dark

Where there ain’t been no light.

1. What does the mother try to tell her son?

2. ‘Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.’ Comment on the expression 'no crystal stair'.

3. Life is not easy for the mother. Pick out the words/phrases to show difficulties of her life?

4. What does ‘turnin’ corners’ signify?



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Qn 2.

Read the poem ‘Mother to son’ carefully and write an appreciation of the poem focusing on the main ideas, the mood, imagery and poetic craft etc.

Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor –

Bare.

But all the time

I’se been a-climbin’ on

and reachin’ landin’s,

And turnin’ corners,

and sometimes goin’ in the dark

Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps

‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.

Don’t you fall now –

For I’se still goin’, honey,

I’se still climbin’,

and life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.



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