Amanda Poem Class 10 English CBSE Question Bank 2021 Answers

P-6 Amanda! Text-First Flight
Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract
(A) (I am an orphan, roaming the street.
I pattern soft dust with my hushed, bare feet.
The silence is golden, the freedom is sweet.)

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i The tone of the given lines is
a) analytical.
b) despairing.
c) peaceful.
d) nervous.

ii Read the statements A and B given below, and choose the option that correctly evaluates these statements.
Statement A – The figure ‘I’ imagines a less than realistic view of being an orphan.
Statement B – The figure ‘I’ does not like the speaker.
a) A is true, B is false, according to the extract
b) A is true, B cannot be clearly inferred from the extract.
c) A cannot be clearly inferred from the extract, B is false.
d) A is true and can be inferred from the poem, B is true too.

iii The golden silence is contrasted with the __.
a) chaos of the street.
b) constant instructions received.
c) sweetness of freedom.
d) hushed, bare feet.

iv The rhyme scheme ‘aaa’ in the above extract is followed in all other stanzas of the poem that are written in parenthesis, i.e. (). Why? Read the reasons given below, and choose the option that lists the most accurate reasoning:
(i) It shows the simplicity of the child’s thoughts.
(ii) It reflects the harmony and rhythm of the child’s inner world.
(iii) It mirrors a child’s expression.
(iv) It highlights the poet’s aesthetic sensibility.
a) (i) and (iv)
b) (i) and (ii)
c) (ii) and (iii)
d) (iii) and (iv)

v Pick the option that lists the usage of the word ‘pattern’, as in the extract above.
a) That is a lovely pattern for wallpaper.
b) He decided to wear a patterned shirt to the party.
c) Poetry is a form of pattern making.
d) She patterned her hair after her favourite celebrity.

vi Extra Q. Which option completes the popular adage given below? _______ silence is gold.
a) Precious are words for
b) Speech is silver
c) Silver is the tongue
d) Ideas may be precious but

vii Extra Q.
A transferred epithet is a literary device where the modifier or epithet is transferred from the noun it is meant to describe to another noun in the sentence. Based on the given definition of ‘transferred epithet’, choose the option that lists an example of a transferred epithet.
a) soft dust
b) hushed (bare) feet
c) freedom (is) sweet
d) silence (is) golden

viii Extra Q. Which image corresponds to what Amanda, is doing in this extract?

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a) option 1
b) option 2
c) option 3
d) option 4

Answer Key for MCQ A
i) (c)
ii) (b)
iii). (b)
iv). (c)
v). (d)
vi) (b)
vii) (b)
viii) (b)

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(B) Don’t bite your nails, Amanda!
Don’t hunch your shoulders, Amanda!
Stop that slouching and sit up straight, Amanda!

I The purpose of the speaker’s words in the given extract is to
a) show the speaker’s power over the listener.
b) make the listener a better human being.
c) advise the listener as an elder.
d) improve the listener’s posture and habits.

ii Pick the option that lists the image which correctly corresponds to the speaker’s mood in the extract.

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a) Image (i)
b) Image (ii)
c) Image (iii)
d) Image (iv)

iii Alliteration is a literary device used in the extract. Which of the following options DOES NOT include examples of this literary device?
a) The moon and the shimmering stars watched over us
b) With that charming chat, Catherine chose comfort
c) Away ran the pathetic pooch pouting like a princess
d) Dee dee was driving down day after day

iv What does the repetition of “Amanda!” at the end of each line reflect?
a) It describes who the speaker is talking to.
b) It represents the absent-mindedness of the listener.
c) It shows the frustration of the speaker.
d) It helps create a rhyme scheme.

v select the option that fits with the following: slouching : straight:: _ : __
a) transparent: translucent
b) lazy: agile
c) forgetful: lively
d) generous: liberal

Answer Key for MCQ B Amanda Poem
i) (d)
ii). (c)
iii. (a)
iv. (c)
v. (b)

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Q10 Answer in 20-30 words (2 Marks)
i Would you call Amanda a disrespectful child? Provide one reason to justify your opinion.
ANS: Yes, we can call Amanda a disrespectful child. She does not respond to her parent’s repeated instructions. She does not even look towards her mother when she is yelling at her. She is lost in her world of imagination.

ii What kind of an image does “languid, emerald sea” evoke?
ANS: It evokes the image of a calm and green sea. The word ‘languid’ means ‘relaxed’ which points towards silent water. ‘Emerald’ is a green coloured gemstone that refers to the green colour of seawater.

iii What does the line “never let down my bright hair” tell us about Amanda?
ANS: It tells us that Amanda does not want anybody to come up and spoil the silence or disturb her in any way. She is fed up with the chaos and constant nagging in her life and wants to live alone.

iv The reader sympathises with the speaker in the poem. Support this opinion with a reason.
ANS: The speaker, probably her mother, is worried about her posture, skin, and school homework. But, Amanda gives her a deaf ear which makes the reader sympathizes with the speaker.

v What do you think is the significance of the exclamation mark in the title of the poem ‘Amanda!’?
ANS: An exclamation mark is used to show sudden happiness, sadness, or anger. This mark is used with the word ‘Amanda’ In the poem to display the anger of the speaker who is not replied to even after repeated calling.

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Q11 Answer in 40-50 words (3 Marks)
i How would you characterise the speaker in the poem ‘Amanda!’? List any two qualities, supporting the reason for your choice, with evidence from the poem.
ANS: The speaker is a perfectionist and a nagging mother. She wants her child to learn social etiquettes and present herself in a socially acceptable manner. She stops Amanda from eating chocolates for the fear of pimples. At the same time, she is afraid of how society would react to know that the mother is constantly nagging her child. But, one should know how to strike a balance between maintaining responsibilities and taking good care.

ii ‘Amanda is alone but not lonely in the world she envisions.’ Justify the statement with reference to anyone image she pictures in her mind.
ANS: She wants to live alone and away from her parent’s do’s and don’ts. She imagines herself as a mermaid who is drifting happily in the sea. She envisions herself enjoying her solitude, whereas a lonely person feels sad and upset. That’s why it is said that she wants to live alone and not lonely.

iii This is Calvin, a character from a comic strip created by Bill Watterson. Do you think this might be something Amanda would say? Why/ why not? Give reasons.

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ANS: Yes, Amanda can say this because the last part of all the stanzas show up that she is selective about her life. She is not denying things but she wants to choose things as per her wish. Like most teenagers, she does not want to receive instructions for her routine work.

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Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i Look at the given image of a book cover. If the author, Jason Kotecki were to ask a grown-up Amanda to help with
his book by writing one of the 8 secrets based on her experiences, what might she share? Elaborate based on your understanding of the poem.

ANS: Amanda would say that she had gone through a distressing childhood. In words of Amanda- “My mother always expected a perfect behaviour from me. I never denied completing my daily tasks but mother wanted me to perform everything as per her will and time. My mom never understood that I wanted to enjoy my life in solitude. I wanted to enjoy making patterns in sand but she was worried about people and society. I did not like to keep everything well tucked and inside the cupboards. Why I was not allowed to keep my things handy in my room? Why was my mum always tensed about my homework? I was so fed up with all these repeated naggings that I wanted to live alone as an orphan. I thought even the orphans would have been living a better life than me. I wanted to enjoy that phase of my life but I was not allowed and now my childhood has passed. sadly, I will never be able to enjoy that childhood fun for the rest of my life.

ii Read the quote given below carefully. Based on your understanding of the poem, explain how and why this quote can be applied to the poem.

ANS: “All grown-ups were once children but only a few of them remember it”. Poem Amanda wants to give the same message to all the parents. There is a wide gap between the behaviour of adults and children. Parents set limitations on children’s thoughts and behaviour. They want their children to behave in a socially acceptable manner rather than what gives pleasure to the child. Adults want to decide children’s clothes, toys, profession and even life partner. In this race of social show off they forget that every child has his own likes and dislikes and he or she should be left free to live his life. No doubt, adults want to instil good values into their children but not at the cost of children’s happiness. They should know how to strike a balance between maintaining responsibilities and taking good care. They must examine their narrow-mindedness and see the world through their child’s eyes.

iii What advice might “chatterbox” Anne (Frank) have for the quietly imaginative Amanda? Present this as a conversation between the two. You may begin this way:
Anne: Gosh! You do run off into some strange worlds, don’t you?
Amanda: (nods) Well…

Anne: Gosh! You do run off into some strange worlds, don’t you?
Amanda: (nods) Well, change places with me to understand my plight. I am always surrounded by instructions that I don’t want to follow anymore.
Anne Frank: Adults do not feel like children. Why don’t you share your thoughts with your true friend?
Amanda: I don’t have a true friend. Have you got one?
Anne Frank: Yes, Kitty, my diary, is my best friend. I share my personal talks with her and feel light-headed.
Amanda: But, I don’t know how to write a diary. Will you help me, Anne?
Anne Frank: Of course, it will give me pleasure.

iv Colin Wilson, an English author, said, “Your imagination should be used not to escape reality but to create it.”
Compare/contrast Wanda and Amanda in the light of this author’s opinion.
ANS: It is evident from the poem ‘Amanda’ that the girl is fed up with continuous nagging by her parent. Instead of facing the situation, she wants to avoid reality and get riddance by hiding in the imaginary world of mermaids and fairy tales. On the contrary, Wanda Petronski faced discrimination boldly. She used her imagination not to escape reality but to create it. She won everyone’s heart by displaying her talent. Her peers ridiculed her unusual name and shabby dress but with the power of her imagination, she not only won the drawing competition but children’s appreciation too. We should try to understand from these two references that we cannot escape reality. We have to face and reshape it.

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