Exam Pack – New Gem’s English Reader

Exam Pack 5
English New Gem’s English Reader

Spring – William Blake

Sound the Flute!
Now it’s mute.
Birds delight
Day and Night;
In the dale,
Lark in Sky,
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,
To welcome in the Year.


  • Sound the flute – Let’s play a song on the flute!
  • Mute – Silent
  • Dale – Valley
  • Delight – Cheer; make happy
  • Lark – Skylark (a bird)
  • Merrily – Cheerfully


  1. Who is the poet asking to sound the flute?
  2. Why is the poet happy?
  3. How do birds delight day and night?
    Birds delight day and night by singing, chirping and flying in the sky.
  4. Where is the nightingale?
  5. Name the two birds mentioned in the stanza?
  6. Why is the atmosphere mute at present?
    The atmosphere is mute because it is the end of the autumn season. Autumn is a season of silence and inactivity.

Little Boy,
Full of Joy;
Little Girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, Merrily,
To welcome in the Year.



  1. Who all are making the joyful noises in the above stanza?
  2. What does the cock do?

Little Lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft Wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, Merrily,
We welcome in the Year.



  1. Whom is the poet asking to lick his neck?
    The poet is asking the little lamb to come and lick his white neck.
  2. How does the poet describe the lamb?
    The poet describes the lamb as little lamb with white neck, soft face and soft wool.

The Mountain and the Squirrel

The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter
“Little prig.”


  • Quarrel – Fight; argument
  • Former – The first mentioned person/thing. Here, it refers to the mountain.
  • Latter – The last or second mentioned person/thing. Here it refers to the squirrel.
  • Prig – Annoying person who has a great attitude problem

Questions & Answers

  1. Who are the two characters in the stanza?
    The two characters in the stanza ….
  2. What is the main difference between a mountain and a squirrel?
    The main difference between…
  3. Why did the mountain call the squirrel a little prig?
    The mountain called the squirrel…
  4. In the statement, “Peter helped Ram,” who is the latter?
    The latter in the above statement …
  5. What was the cause of the quarrel between the mountain and the squirrel?
    The quarrel between the mountain and the squirrel started when the mountain called the squirrel a little prig.

Bun replied,
“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together
To make up a year
And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place.


  • Bun – The squirrel
  • Doubtless – Certainly; without doubt; surely
  • Sorts – Kinds
  • All sorts of weather – All weather conditions such as rain, spring, summer, autumn, winter, etc.
  • Must be taken in – Must be considered
  • To make up a year – To form a year; to complete a year
  • Sphere – The earth
  • Disgrace – Shame; disrespect
  • Occupy my place – Be what I am; take a small area to live

Questions & Answers

  1. Who is bun in the stanza?
    The bun is another word for squirrel.
  2. What takes to make a year?
  3. What does a squirrel refer to as the sphere?
    The squirrel refers to the sphere as the earth.
  4. What takes to make the earth?
    To make the earth, it takes thousands of mountains, continents, rivers, countries, etc.
  5. What does the squirrel mean by “all sorts of things and weather must be taken in together to make up a year and a sphere?”
    By this, the squirrel means to make the mountain understand that in spite of his small size, the squirrel is able to ….. .
  6. What does the squirrel mean by ‘occupying its place?’
  7. What makes you think that the squirrel is bigger than the mountain?

If I’m not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry:
I’ll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track.


  • Spry – Active and lively; agile
  • And not half so spry
  • Deny – Refuse or decline
  • Squirrel track – A track made by a squirrel; a track where a squirrel passes
  • I’ll not deny you make a very pretty squirrel track – I challenge you to make a track as I make


  1. What is the squirrel challenging the mountain to make?
    The squirrel is
  2. What does the squirrel mean by saying, “if I’m not so large as you, you are not so small as I.”
    By saying this, the squirrel means to say that everyone has something better than everyone. If the squirrel is not able to grow as big as the mountain, the mountain is not able to grow as small as the squirrel. This means that some of our limitations are good for us.
  3. Mention the three advantages that the squirrel has over the mountain.
    1. Squirrel is very small but the mountain is too large.
    2. Squirrel can make a pretty track but mountain can’t
    3. Squirrel is spry but the mountain cannot even move.

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.”


  • Talents – Skills; abilities
  • Differ – Different
  • Wisely – With proper judgment
  • Crack a nut – Break a nut


  1. Who has wisely put all things?
  2. What happens if everyone has a couple of same talents? Do you think it is a wise setting? Give an example.
  3. Whom do you like – the squirrel or the mountain? Give reasons.
    I like the squirrel because it is very wise. It is companioning that it is not as big as the mountain. It is happy being a little squirrel because it can walk and do anything which the proud mountain can’t do. It is free to move and enjoys its life.

Rabindranath Tagore

  1. When did Tagore write his first poem?
  2. When was Tagore born? Where?
  3. Did Tagore like his school? Why?
  4. Who was Rabindranath Tagore’s father?
  5. Who was Iswar? What did he teach Tagore?
  6. Why were Tagore’s parents worried about him? When did they feel relieved from those worries?
  7. When did Tagore go to England? What for?
  8. What happened in Tagore’s life in 1883?
  9. In 1883, Rabindranath married Mrinalini Devi. One day Rabindranath’s father called him and said, “Rabi, you have a family, now. I think you are sensible enough to take charge of our farm at Kushthia (now in Bangladesh). What do you think? Rabindranath jumped at the offer. It was a break from his usual life and this made the best of his stay there. He loved the simple songs of the farmers and boatmen and was kind to his workers.
  10. What was Tagore’s idea of schooling different?
  11. What for was Rabindranath Tagore awarded Nobel Prize? In which year?
  12. What all do you know about Tagore? Write a biography. (150 words)


I was born on …. My father is Debendranath tagore and mother ….. Although I went to school, I didn’t like school meaningful. Most of the time I…. However, I was good at composing poems. My parents were greatly worried about my future but when I wrote my first poem at the age of 8, they felt a little proud of me. In the year, I was sent to England.

In … I returned to Bengal. Soon, I married Mrinalini, who was only 12 years and I was 18 years.


  1. Imagine you are your school’s head-master, Narendra Dev. Write your autobiography in 80 to 100 words including date of birth, place of birth, father and mother, childhood, schooling, higher education, job, marriage, children, success, failure, etc.

A Little world of Mud

  1. What did the grandfather show the narrator in the pond?
    The grandfather showed the narrator…. frogs…
  2. How was Ramu’s lifestyle different from the narrator’s?
    Ramu was a cowboy whereas the narrator was ….
  3. Why did the narrator hesitate to accept Ramu’s offer to train him to swim?
    The narrator hesitated to accept…
  4. Why did the narrator hope that his grandfather would get him out of the grandmother’s anger and punishment?
    The narrator hoped that his grandfather…
  5. Why did the narrator take swimming classes from Ramu only in the afternoons?
    The narrator …. swimming classes from Ramu only in the afternoons because in the afternoons… He didn’t want anyone discover (find out) that he was mixing with Ramu as him grandmother…
  6. What stories did Ramu tell the narrator about squirrels and bluejay birds?

Down the Volcano

  1. Why was Axel initially unwilling to descend the deep pit? Why did he later agree to join the journey? (2 marks)
  2. How large was the mouth of the middle chimney? (1 mark)
  3. What did Axel feel when he leaned over an overhanging rock and looked down the chimney? (1 mark)
    Axel felt like his head spinning and growing faint.
  4. In 150 words describe the adventurous descend Axel, Hans and Axel’s uncle made to the bottom of the pit.
    First of all …… Then they…… They then …… By noon they …… By evening they……
  5. What all things did the adventurers carry with them?
  6. How did the three manage to carry their luggage down the pit?
  7. What will you do if you are asked to join an adventure journey like the one Axel and his companions did? Why? (3 marks)
  8. The story was written somewhere around 1864. What precautions will you take if this happens today?
  9. Write synonyms of the following:
    1. Lower
    2. Chimney

The Moon – Eliza Keary

THERE is a lovely lady,
Whom I have often seen,
She’s fair and bright and beautiful,
And she was born a queen.

  1. Who is the lovely lady? (1 mark)
    The lovely lady is the Moon.
  2. Do you agree with the poet’s comparing the moon with a lovely lady? Support your answer with examples and instances. (2 mark)
  3. Whose queen is the Moon? Why do you think so? (1 mark)
    The Moon is said to be the Queen of the Earth.

She looks both mild and gentle,
Though she lives in regal state,
And her attendant nobles
In countless myriads wait.

  1. Pick out 5 words that describe the moon’s character? (1 mark)
  2. According to the poet, who are the Moon’s ‘attendants’ in the sky? (1 mark)
    Stars are the moon’s attendants.

Her mien is humble, and with them
Her dignity she shares,
She would not that her lustrous eye
Should dim the light of theirs.

  1. Explain, “Her mien is humble.”
  2. With whom does the moon share its dignity?
  3. Dignity means:
    1. Beauty
    2. Self-respect
    3. Anger
  4. What is the correct translation of the line, “She would not that her lustrous eye
    Should dim the light of theirs.”
    1. She does not want her beauty to be lost because of the stars;
    2. She does not want the brightness of the stars to be dimmed because of her brightness;
    3. She does not want the brightness of the stars to be more than hers.

Upon the ground her beaming smiles
And blessings fall unheard,
She kisses every folded flower
And every silent bird.

  1. What is the beaming smile of the moon?
  2. How does Moon bless the earth?
  3. Why is the Moon’s blessing unheard?
  4. Why are the flowers folded?

If, when we draw our curtains,
We draw them not too tight,
She steals a glance into our room
And wishes us good‐night!

  1. Why don’t we draw our curtains very tight?
  2. How does the Moon wish us good-night?
  3. How does the poet present the Moon nobler than the Sun? (4 marks – 180 words)



  1. Prepare a blurb on the book, Winged Brothers by Biju John. Here are the details.
    1. Story – Two boys, Ishaan and Vihaan, get power from a three hundred year old wizard. They could fly and get the power of hundred men. But the boys have to jump from the top of an old church to the top of a temple, hundred feet apart. The boys cannot jump as they are scared. Finally….
    2. Author – Biju John
    3. Publisher – Hatchet Publisher
    4. Pages – 200
    5. Copies sold – Million

Poster Making

  1. Design a poster on “Do not Waste Food.”
  2. Design a poster on “Do not litter.”


And, but, yet, because, so, although, until, if, unless, either… or, neither… nor, as soon as, as well as.

  1. The cow was very weak …. it had been working since morning.
  2. My parents have been working so hard ….. they could not build a new house.
  3. She came here every morning ….. she had no work here.
  4. The manager has …… run away from the office ….. just resigned.
  5. She is very rich. She is very sad. (and, but, yet, though)
  6. They built the bridge. They didn’t cross it. (and, but, yet, though)
  7. Harry doesn’t boast. Harry has three Bentley cars! (and, but, yet, though)
  8. She loved Peter. She married Heck. (and, but, yet, though)
  9. I am a Hindu. I got a church once in a while. (and, but, yet, though)

Conjunctions – Hard

  1. She went into the room. She started unpacking her bags. (No sooner… than)
  2. The snake got inside the room. It began to crawl around. (Hardly…. when)
  3. I will die for the country. I will not bow to your majesty. (Rather…. than)
  4. She was very much tired. She could not walk. (too… to)
  5. The jury was greatly impressed by our performance. It stood up and gave us a standing ovation. (so…. that)
  6. I don’t hate pompous ladies. I don’t love pompous ladies. (Neither…. nor)
  7. I think the thief was Raj. I think the thief was Raghav. (Either… or…)

Simple & Compound Sentences


  1. The old woman worked as a horse.
  2. My friends ran up the mountain as squirrel.
  3. My mom danced like Cinderella5.
  4. My friends fooled me like foxes.

Rhyme Scheme


  1. Brave – Coward
  2. Deep – Shallow
  3. Ready – Hesitant
  4. Pleasant – Unpleasant
  5. Happy – Unhappy
  6. Important – Unimportant
  7. Relevant – Irrelevant
  8. Easy – Hard/difficult
  9. Far – Near
  10. Hard – Easy
  11. Internal – External
  12. Gloomy – Pleasant/Cheerful
  13. Bright – Dull
  14. Fast – Slow


Pronouns – Personal, Possessive, Reflexive

  1. We ….. arranged this party for a friend of ……. on …….. fifteenth birthday but he didn’t attend the party because …… grandmother slipped in the bathroom. We were all sorry so ……. decided to visit ……. grandmother in the hospital where ……… was admitted. ………. was a serious injury so ……… were not allowed to enter the operation theatre.


  1. new delhi said the man is the place where i have to go
  2. do you have a ticket to board the train asked mary
  3. no said the man i have no money to buy tickets
  4. dont worry said mary i have a spare ticket with me you can board the train with it
  5. thank you mary smiled the man may god bless you and your baby

Short Exam 1 – 20 Marks

  1. If I’m not so large as you,
    You are not so small as I,
    And not half so spry:
    I’ll not deny you make
    A very pretty squirrel track.
    1. Name the speaker. (1 marks)
    2. What does the speaker mean by the first two lines? (1 mark)
    3. What is spry? Who is ‘spry’ in the poem? (1 mark)
    4. What is a ‘squirrel track?’
    5. Who is challenging here to make a squirrel track?
  2. Little lamb,
    Here I am.
    Come and lick my soft neck.
    Let me pull your soft wool.
    Let me kiss your soft face.
    Merrily, merrily we welcome in the Year.
    1. Pick out two words that describe the lamb. (1 mark)
    2. What is the poet welcoming? (1 mark)
    3. Why is the poet very happy? (1 mark)
  3. How was Tagore’s idea of schooling different? (2 marks)
  4. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words as instructed:
    1. They lived in this house for 12 years ….. they moved to Canada. (Conjunction)
    2. She asked me to resume all the works that I had ….. three years ago. (Antonym of the underlined word)
    3. It is we who decide what ….. want to be. If we want to be successful in …… lives, we have to work hard ……… . Waiting for someone else is meaning. (Pronouns)
  5. Rich, I will not respect you
    Because you despise the poor;
    Mr. White, I will not respect you
    Because you abhor Mr. Black;
    Mr. Strong, I will not respect you
    Because you Loathe Mr. Weak;
    Mr. Hindu, Mr. Christian, I will not respect you
    Because you despise each other;
    Mister, I shall respect you
    If you have sympathy for others.
    1. Whom all doesn’t the poet respect?
    2. Whom does the poet respect?

Short Exam 2 – 20 Marks

  1. Write the autobiography of the Moon. (4 marks)
  2. Write if the following sentences are compound or simple:
    1. They went out after the dinner.
    2. She searched for her lost wallet but it was not found.
    3. Sam, my best friend and colleague, has met with an accident while returning from the office.
  3. Rewrite the sentences by writing the antonyms of the underlined words:
    1. Heavy rainfall has caused significant destruction in the city.
    2. If you work more you will get high
    3. Ram has been asked to leave the company within three days.
    4. They fished for the golden fish in the shallow
  4. When was Bengal divided? How did Tagore react to the division of Bengal? (2 marks)
  5. What did Axel see just before falling asleep? (1 mark)
  6. What differences do you notice about the characters of the grandfather and the grandmother? (2 marks)

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