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DEATH, BE NOT PROUD (HOLY SONNET 10)
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then? 12
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
By John Donne
20. Incessant rains in the United States resulted in mass
flooding and caused irreparably damage to communi-
DIRECTIONS: Read the poem carefully before attempt-
ing the questions. Each question has four options, select
the most appropriate answer, based on what is implied
or stated in the poem.
21. What does the speaker say to "death" in (lines 1)?
A. Be not proud
B. Rest thy bones
C. Die not poor death
D. Thou shalt die
22. Identify the figurative device employed in (line 2)?
23. Lines (3 and 4) the speaker is intent on
A. Acknowledge the power of death
B. Destroying death
C. Show the consequences of death
D. Undermining death
24. Which of the following words BEST defines "death"
as represented by the speaker in (line 8)?
25. What message is conveyed in the words "Thou 'art
slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate men"?
A. Death is at the mercy of other forces
B. Man is at the mercy of death
C. Death has complete control
D. Man's destiny has already been determined
26. Which of the following cause/s of death is listed in
A. War and crime
C. Stroke and sickness
D. Poison, war and sickness
27. According to the speaker, what makes men sleep
well other than death?
B. Poppy'or charms
C. Hard work
28. What is the speaker's expectation upon death (line
A. A short sleep
B. Eternal rest
C. Deep sleep
D. Rise to eternity
29. Can you identify another MAIN theme of the poem?
30. What is your understanding of (line 14)?
A. Death shall be conquered
B. There shall be no more death
C. Death is the victor
D. Death is a road that all must travel
DIRECTIONS: Read the passage carefully before attempting the questions. Each question has four options, select
the most appropriate answer, based on what is contained or implied in the passage.
ORGANIC FARMING THRIVES IN INDIA AS GROWERS REVERT TO TRADITIONAL METHODS
Thousands of farmers throughout India are reverting to traditional farming methods as the consequences of Western agri-
culture have begun to negatively impact the region's food and water supply, and the health of its people.
More than 40 years after the "Green Revolution," a period in which India's agricultural yields skyrocketed following the in-
troduction of commercial farming techniques, growers are returning to traditional, organic methods that date back to cen-
In a last-ditch attempt to save the country's weakened resources, and the health of its people, India has emerged as a global
leader in organic farming, as they've welcomed 600,000 certified producers.
The benefits of the "Green Revolution" lasted less than a decade before threatening India's food and water supply
In the 1970s and 1980s, the "Green Revolution" introduced farmers in the state of Punjab to synthetic fertilizers, high-yield
seeds and irrigation, which transformed the country into an economic powerhouse, allowing them to produce enough wheat
and rice to feed a once-starving population.
Through the use of commercial agriculture, which included the use of synthetic fertilizers such as urea and phosphate,
Punjab produced nearly two-thirds of the country's wheat and rice in the 1980s and 1990s, lining the pockets of farmers as
gross incomes rose nearly 10 percent in just one year, according to Al Jazeera.
While offering a sense of hope to a country that was once in turmoil, it soon became clear that the West's version of farming
was not sustainable. Because the seeds were high-yield, they required a lot of water, more water than was naturally available
through rainfall, causing farmers to begin drilling in fields, searching for water for irrigation.
The state's water supply became threatened due to the constant drilling, as well as contamination caused by the large
amounts of chemicals that were increasingly being poured into the soil.
State of Punjab, where commercial agriculture was first introduced, now has the country's highest cancer rates
As the damage to the state's water supply continued to threaten the region's soil and waterways, a public health crisis was
declared in Punjab in the 1990s, just 20 years after growers were essentially forced into commercial agriculture techniques
that were backed by U.S. advisers who were supported by giant seed companies like Monsanto.
Research began to emerge linking the widely used chemicals to severe health issues such as "premature aging, skeletal
issues and threats to children's health," reports Al Jazeera. Punjab now has the highest rate of rate of cancer, according to
J.S. Thakur, a researcher at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.
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