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CBSE Class 12 English Flamingo Important Questions for Poem 3 Keeping Quiet

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Important Question for CBSE Class 12 English Flamingo Book Poem 3 Keeping Quiet

Keeping Quiet RTCs Questions (1 Marks)

1. Perhaps the Earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

(i) What can the earth teach us?
a. Silence is not death.
b. Death is not silent.
c. Silence and death are synonyms.
d. None of these

 

(ii) How can we achieve the state of ‘seems dead’?
a. Taking out time to introspect
b. Taking out time to synchronise
c. Taking out time to cry
d. Taking out time to laugh

 

(iii) What is the antonym of ‘nothing’ in the stanza?
a. Teach
b. Everything
c. Dead
d. Later

 

(iv) Which word in the stanza means ‘not alive’?
a. Teach
b. Dead
c. Alive
d. Sees

2. Perhaps the Earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

 

(i) Name the poet.
a. Kamla Das
b. Pablo Neruda
c. Adrienne rich
d. John Keats

(ii) What does the Earth teach us?
a. Stillness does not mean inactivity
b. Stillness is the essence of life
c. Stillness is the most beautiful thing
d. Stillness is inevitable

(iii) What does the poet want to achieve by counting up to twelve?
a. To recollect counting
b. To waste time
c. To Control anger
d. To introspect

(iv) Which of these is an example of ‘what now seems to be dead but later on becomes alive’?
a. Seed
b. Earth
c. Water
d. Counting

 

3. ‘It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.’

 

(i) According to the poet, what would be an exotic moment?
a. Dreams being fulfilled
b. Moments of disarmament
c. Moments of stillness
d. Moments of singing

 

(ii) Why would it be exotic?
a. It will give time for ensuring success of dreams.
b. It will give time to get rid of destructive weapons
c. It will let everyone relive music.
d. It will give time of introspect.

 

(iii) What would be the result of all being together?
a. Brotherhood
b. Enmity
c. Social upliftment
d. Political synchronisation

 

(iv) What does ‘sudden strangeness’ refer to?
a. Silence
b. Loud Music
c. Non-recognition
d. Loss of memory

4. ‘Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.’

 

(i) What does the poet mean by ‘green wars’?
a. War against green colour
b. War against grass
c. War against environment
d. War against Dr. Green

(ii) What does the poet want to suggest?
a. War is imperative.
b. War is defensive.
c. War is the ultimate solution.
d. War is useless.

(iii) How will a few moments of introspection affect the mood, thinking, and actions of the people.
a. By bringing peace.
b. By bringing harmony.
c. By discouraging sadness.
d. All of these

(iv) What does ‘victory with no survivors’ indicate?
a. There are no survivors
b. There are no victories.
c. There are no victories without survivors.
d. There are no survivors to enjoy victories.

5. What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

 

(i) Name the poem.
a. A Thing of Beauty
b. Keeping Quiet
c. Aunt Jennifer’s Tiger
d. The Elementary Classroom

 

(ii) What does the poet mean by ‘total inactivity’?
a. Complete silence
b. death
c. Complete stillness
d. Complete sulkiness

 

(iii) According to the poet, life is a/an
a. Unbeatable process
b. Stand still process
c. on-going process
d. futile process

(iv) What is the expectation of the poet from all human beings?
a. Maintaining harmony
b. Stopping destruction
c. Live in peace
d. All of these

 

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Keeping Quiet 2 Marks Important Questions – 30 to 40 words

 

1. How will ‘Keeping Quiet’ protect our environment ?
Ans. Keeping Quiet will save the environment by stopping the green wars. There will be no bloodshed and destruction in wars. There will be no trucks full of dead soldiers. The fishermen will not harm the whales. The salt gatherers will check out their wounded hands and realize the harm being done.

2. What does Neruda mean by ‘an exotic moment without rush’ in his poem, ‘Keeping Quiet’?
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Which is the exotic moment that the poet refers to in ‘Keeping Quiet’?
Ans. The moment when we all will be still would be an exotic moment. No one would be in a hurry to finish work. Such a moment will be a rare one. Everyone will introspect on his actions and all will be together.

3. What symbol from nature does the poet use to prove that ‘Keeping Quiet’ is not a total inactivity?
Ans. Poet refers to the Earth to show that keeping quiet is not total inactivity. At times there is stillness on the Earth but later, things start growing and moving. So, the poet says that stillness is different from total inactivity.

4. How would keeping quiet affect life in and around the sea?
Ans. According to Pablo, keeping quiet will save the environment. In the cold sea, the fishermen will not harm the whales. It will save the marine life and lead to introspection into the effects of our activities.

5. Why does one feel ‘a sudden strangeness’ in counting to twelve and keeping quiet?
Ans. One feels a sudden strangeness in counting to twelve and keeping quiet because it is an unusual activity. As we have never remained still or quiet, it will be an exotic moment when everyone will do so. Thus, it will create a strange feeling.

6. ‘Life is what it is about….’ How is keeping quiet related to life?
Ans. Keeping quiet is related to life because it will lead to introspection. When we all will be still, we will be able to think about the results of our actions. Then we will improve our life by doing better actions and stop doing wasteful actions which lead to wars and death.

Keeping Quiet 5 Marks Important Questions  –120 to 150 words

 

1. What is the central idea of the poem?
Ans. The poem is centred around the idea of introspection. The poet suggests silence and stillness for twelve seconds. During this period everyone will ponder over the repercussions of his acts. This period of stillness will be an exotic moment. It will be unusual because there will be no activity.
The poet hopes that we all will come together and have brotherhood. We will realize the wastefulness of wars, the ill effects of harming sea life, the damage done to the environment and the harm done to our bodies while we work. He suggests that we remain quiet because languages create barriers between people. The poet wants to unify the world and wants us to act responsibly towards every living being.

 

2. Summarize the poem ‘Keeping Quiet’.
A. The poet asks us to count till twelve and remain quiet. He wants us not to speak because languages divide people. He wants us to be still. Such a moment when no engines are running, no one is in a hurry, will be an exotic moment. Everyone will get together in such a strange moment. The fishermen will stop harming sea life, the salt gatherers will look at their damaged hands.
Those indulging in wars will realize the bloodshed that they cause. There will be brotherhood as everyone will come together in this period of inactivity. We will realize and start life afresh. He does not equate inactivity with death. At times, the Earth appears to be inactive but then gradually, things start appearing on it. It gets renewed. Similarly, we must also start a new life. We need to understand our actions and then plan new actions. This will give us positive results.

 

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