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Chapter-1: My Mother at Sixty-six

1 . Who is the poet of this poem?

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

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

  • corpse
  • ghost
  • malnourished child
  • anaemic person
Answer
corpse

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
Answer
metaphor

6. What is the main idea of the poem?

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

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
Answer
cover up her pain

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
Answer
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?

  • poet was going home and was elated
  •  poet was happy
  •  poet was hopeless
  •  poet’s desperate efforts to hide her fears
Answer
 poet’s desperate efforts to hide her fears

13. Whose house the poet was leaving?

  • her friend’s house
  •  in-law’s house
  •  her husband’s house
  •  her parents’ house
Answer
 her parents’ house

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

  • See you soon Ba
  •  See you soon beeji
  •  See you soon mata ji
  • See you soon, amma
Answer
See you soon, amma

15. Kamala Das was an

  •  Bengali
  •  Punjabi
  • Keralite
  • Gujarati
Answer
Keralite

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

  • her aunt
  •  her niece
  •  her uncle
  •  her mother
Answer
 her mother

17. The poetess says her mother looked pale like a

  •  corpse
  •  ghost
  • malnourished child
  • anaemic person
Answer
corpse