The following questions from Animals Poem Class 10 have been asked in CBSE Question Bank 2021. It includes MCQ, very short, short and long questions. All the answers are fully solved. Students should try to write their own answers on the basis of their understanding and perception. Besides practising Term 2 Animals Extra Questions you should thoroughly read the poem to score good marks in your exam.
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Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract
(A) They bring me tokens of myself,
they evince them plainly in their possession
I wonder where they get those tokens,
Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them?
i Look at the images given below. Choose the option that does not reflect “tokens” referred to, by Whitman?
a) (i) and (ii)
b) (ii) and (iii)
c) (i) and (iii)
d) (i) and (iv)
ii How would you describe the tone of the poet?
(i) melancholic, resigned
(ii) fanciful, noble
(iii) reflective, idealistic
(iv) fearful, gloomy
iii Imagine you were asked to rename the poem.
Column A lists titles of some famous poems.
Column B justifies how each of these titles may be appropriate for the above extract.
Choose the option that correctly lists the matching of Column A to Column B.
|COLUMN A||COLUMN B|
|I. ‘Paradise Lost’||(i) This title is appropriate as the poet speaks about how man chose not to take|
the path of a simple, unaffected life as that of the animals.
|II. ‘The Road Not Taken’||(ii) This title is appropriate as this is a commentary on the importance of living life by remaining close to our innate nature and qualities.|
|III. ‘The Deserted Temple’||(iii) This title is appropriate for the given extract as the poem laments the loss of a|
simpler and more harmonious life.
|IV. ‘Nature’||(iv) This title is appropriate for the given extract as it reflects how man has abandoned his sacred bond of harmony with nature.|
a) I – (i); II – (ii); III – (iii); IV – (iv)
b) I – (ii); II – (iii); III – (iv); IV – (i)
c) I – (iii); II – (i); III – (iv); IV – (ii)
d) I – (iv); II – (i); III – (ii); IV – (iii)
iv The word ‘envince’ means the same as
Animals Poem Class 10 Answer key for MCQs (3 A)
ii – c
iii – c
v – d
CBSE Class 10 Animals MCQ with Answers
(B) Not one is dissatisfied,
not one is demented with
the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that
lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
i The repetition of “not one” in the given extract signifies the poet’s
a) effort to create a sense of continuity.
b) attempt at musicality and rhythm.
c) sense of disappointment and frustration.
d) feelings of anger and vengeance.
ii Which of the following set of qualities does the poet attribute to animals in the given extract?
(i) discontented, furious, respectful
(ii) fearless, materialistic, reputable
(iii) contented, equal, non-acquisitive
(iv) happy, self-serving, intelligent
iii Pick the option that completes the following
dementia: demented :: mania: _
iv Choose the option that contains a statement that CAN NOT be conclusively inferred from the extract.
a) Man is miserable
b) Man is materialistic.
c) Man is power-hungry.
d) Man is curious.
v Which of the following characterises the poet’s attitude towards animals in the given extract?
Animals Poem Class 10 Answer key for MCQs (3 B)
iii – d
iv – d
v – a
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Q10 Answer in 20-30 words
i Does Whitman believe that animals and humans are essentially similar? Provide one reason to support your opinion.
ANS: According to the poet, animals and humans are not at all similar. He says that human lacks many virtues that animals possess. The animals are calm and contented whereas the men are dissatisfied and full of complaints.
ii How would you evaluate the poet’s opinion on religion?
ANS: It seems that the poet does not want to kneel before someone worshipping his deity. He criticises men for discussing their duty to God and weeping for their sins. All these points show that he does not believe in any religion.
iii A misanthrope is a person who dislikes humankind. Do you think the poet is a misanthrope? Provide a rationale to support your response.
ANS: Walt Whitman can be called a misanthrope because he loves animals and feels that humans lack all the virtues. He hates them and wishes to leave their company and start living with animals.
iv Calling someone ‘an animal’ usually has a negative connotation. How does the poet invert it?
ANS: We generally call someone an ‘animal’ if he is restless, furious, loud, or violent. But Walt Whitman inverts this description by calling animals to be placid, self-contained, and satisfied.
Q11 Answer in 40-50 words
i Whitman’s ode to animals is merely a yearning for a simpler life. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
ANS: He is fed up with living a life of show-off and false admiration. Actually, he is yearning to live a simple, peaceful and contented life. In fact, he is not praising animals for their virtues but he is making a comparison to prove that humans are inferior.
ii Walt Whitman wrote this poem towards the end of the nineteenth century. How might it be different if he were writing it today?
ANS: If he were writing it today, it would have been different in his comparison of humans and animals. A poet of the twenty-first century would easily accept those characteristics of men as natural and normal that is being criticised by Walt Whitman. In today’s world, no one can enjoy life without being materialistic and aiming to grow more and more.
ANS: If Walt Whitman were to write it today he would have to face more diverse comparisons between men and animals because humans have lost almost all of their virtues today. Men of today are even more competitive and self-centred than the men of the nineteenth century.
iii The poet has an exaggerated and idealized perception of animal life. Do you agree? Why/Why not?
ANS: Yes, I think that the poet has an exaggerated and idealised perception of animal life. The poet has depicted them as calm and contented, whereas it is known to all that they have to survive by following the rule of survival of the fittest. Animals survive by killing other innocent animals or fighting for their share of food. Thus, they can not be termed as self-satisfied.
iv In the debate between NATURE and NURTURE, on which side might you find the poet? Support your stance with evidence.
ANS: The poet might stand on the side of NATURE. According to him, initially, both animals and humans possessed noble qualities naturally. But later, humans lost the qualities of being happy, contented and peace-loving in the race to NURTURE themselves and their loved ones. The poet favours contentment and minimalism as opposed to ambition and competition.
Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i Your school is planning an event titled ‘Back to Nature’ for students, and you are part of the student organising committee. Your teacher chooses ‘Animals’ by Walt Whitman as the underlying theme and
inspiration for the event and asks you to plan two activities that reflect the essence of the poem. Write your ideas and thoughts in two separate paragraphs, to present to your teacher. Justify your choice of activities with reference to the poem. You may begin like this:
Back to Nature activities
Inspired by -Animals by Walt Whitman
Back to Nature Activity 1 Storytelling
By taking cues from the Covid pandemic children can be taught how the birds and the animals took revenge on mankind for overlooking and destroying nature.
The real story of the covid-19 pandemic tells them how nature heals and repairs itself. Whenever the toxin overload interferes with the normal working of nature and the ecosystem, the defaulters are punished by mother nature. It can be recalled how nature forced humans to lockdown and let birds and animals roam freely. Men were penalised in the form of pain, suffering, hunger, discomfort and even death.
The story ends with the moral that we should move back to nature and act wisely so that the normal working of nature is not disturbed.
Back to Nature Activity 2 Diary Entry about House Sparrows
To tell the sudden extinction of the House Sparrows students can be given the assignment to write a diary entry about house Sparrow. They can be encouraged to ask their parents and grandparents about sparrows. This way we can invoke their thought process to observe how the human interferences forced this constantly present bird to a rarely seen bird.
This way children can be taught to raise voice against rapid urbanisation, wastage of ecological resources, high levels of pollution that leads to loss of natural habitat for birds and animals.
ii How can you relate Baloo’s words—“They’ll ruin him. They’ll make a man out of him!”— to the poem ‘Animals’ by Walt Whitman?
Ans. Baloo’s words reflect hatred for humans. The poem ‘ Animals’ by Walt Whitman also revolves around the theme of loss of humanity among humans. According to the poet, animals are better than humans. Humans commit sins, animals don’t, animals don’t care about worldly things while humans do, animals do not discriminate while humans do. Animals never discuss their duties to God while humans do. So the poet desires that humans should adopt the qualities of animals to become better humans. In fact, he wishes to live with animals and experience a life where no one complains. He doesn’t admire how good animals are, but compare humans with them in order to focus on the flaws of their natures.
iii Imagine that Walt Whitman and Nelson Mandela are invited to engage in a discussion on the topic – ‘Man’s Journey – Vices, Virtues and Vision’. Based on your reading of ‘Animals’ and ‘Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, present the similarities and differences in their viewpoints and vision of human beings in the form of a conversation.
Man’s journey – Vices, Virtues and Vision
ANS: Walt Whitman: Oh, I just want to leave this world of men and shift to the woods.
Mandela: Why so? This world is so beautiful. Watch the beautiful landscapes, flowing river water, green grassland. These are wonderful creations of God.
Walt Whitman: I know that the world is so beautiful. Man has forgotten all his virtues in his vision to grow and succeed. He is demented with owning things in order to show off his betterment over others.
Mandela: Everyone wants to grow and it is an innate nature of humans. But, some people are so prejudiced that they even curtail the basic freedom of their fellow beings.
Walt Whitman: Yes, That’s why I think animals are far better than humans and I should live with them.
Mandela: I don’t agree with you. We can’t live with animals but we can try to make our world a beautiful place to live by making them understand that no man is inferior and we all are equal.
Nelson Mandela is more hopeful about humankind than Walt Whitman. Do you agree? Support your opinion based on your reading of ‘Animals’ and ‘Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’.
ANS: Nelson Mandela in ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ talks about the people who are deprived of their basic freedom. He does not criticise the whole mankind but he wants equality for his country men from the fair-skinned people who consider themselves superior than the black skinned people. He charges the oppressor of guilt, greed and narrow mindedness. On the other hand Walt whitman dislikes the human race in its entirety. He says that animals are better than humans. He feels that animals are self satisfied, contented, simple and free from the burden of sins. So the poet wants to leave the humans and wishes to live with the animals.