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A POISON TREE
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
By William Blake
34. What does the word "clan" refer to in the text?
A. Gathering of food
B. Gathering of artefacts
C. A gathering of people for religious practices
D. A gathering of people with common interests
35. We are told that the Aborigines were spread across the
land of Australia. What is it about the land that influenced
their stay in a particular area?
A. Its security and fertility.
B. The availability of food, water and land fertility.
C. Its proximity to farming.
D. The land's ability to provide for a growing community.
36. Why did the land which the Aborigines occupy hold such
significance for them?
A. The land was regarded as sacred.
B. The land was obtained through barter.
C. Because of the means by which it was acquired.
D. The land was given in Dreamtime and was integral to
37. What percentage of the day was committed to rummag-
ing for food?
38. What is the MAIN point of paragraph 15?
A. Birds were an integral part of the Aborigines' diet.
B. To show the variety of birds consumed by the Aborigines.
C. To show the techniques employed by the Aborigines in
D. To show the frequency with which Aborigines were able
to outwit the bird's intelligence
39. Gathering the "clan's" daily sustenance was whose primary
A. The children
B. The women
C. The men
D. The women and men
40. What kind of life do you suspect the Aborigine children
would have enjoyed?
A. Their lives would have been challenging, having to learn
about survival and life skills from an early age.
B. A great opportunity for learning survival skills.
C. Life must have been exciting learning to hunt for food
and living in the wild.
41. According to (stanza 1), the poet's anger was succeeded by?
42. It is apparent that the poet had a discussion with his friend,
what was the outcome?
A. It turned into wrath
B. His wrath was turned away
C. it led to death
D. the poet's wrath grew stronger
43. Who felt the poet's wrath?
A. His foe
B. His friend
C. His foe and his friend
D. A stranger
44. The poet used his tears as a substitute for
45. How would you describe the actions of the poet?
46. The bright apple to which the poet refers in (line 10) is
representative of what?
A. Fruit ready to be harvested
B. Dissension between friends
C. The poet's growing animosity
D. An apple without spot or blemish
47. "And my foe beheld it shine". What did you deduce from
A. The poet was closely observing his foe
B. His foe looked at the fruit jealously
C. His foe noticed the apple's beautiful shine
D. The poet waited secretly for his foe
48. How did the poet react to the death of his foe?
A. He was broken
B. He was glad
C. He was shocked
D. He was bitter
49. Given the sequence of events, do you believe the out-
come would have been different had the poet discussed
his wrath with his foe?
A. Both parties seemed to have ill intent.
B. The damage between the poet and his foe had already
C. I do not believe the outcome would have been different.
D. Having a conversation with his foe may have helped to
resolve the matter or at least turn away his wrath.
50. What has the poet taught you about wrath?
A. Many people harbour resentment to others.
B. Anger leads to wrath.
C. Wrath is destructive and if left unchecked can lead to
D. There is a lesson to be learnt from perpetuating wrath.
DIRECTION: Read the passage carefully before attempting
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D. They would have enjoyed a simple life with their families.
POEM: A POISON TREE
DIRECTION: Read the poem carefully before attempting the
questions. Each question has four options, select the most ap-
propriate answer, based on what is implied or stated in the poem.
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