English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Flamingo Poem 5 A Roadside Stand Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions
A ROADSIDE STAND
Extract based questions
EB 1. The little old house was out with a little new shed
In front at the edge of the road where the traffic sped,
A roadside stand that too pathetically pled,
1. Identify the poem and the poet.
2. From where the traffic was coming?
3. Where was the ‘new shed’ constructed?
4. Which poetic device is used in ‘ The little old house was out with’?
5. Which word in the extract mean ‘requested’?
EB 2. It would not be fair to say for a dole of bread,
But for some of the money, the cash, whose flow supports
The flower of cities from sinking and withering faint.
1. What is meant by ‘The flowers of cities’?
2. According to extract what support the life?
3. Why did villagers make a shed?
4. Which poetic device is used in ‘flowers of cities’?
5. Which word in the extract mean ‘unconscious?
EB 3. The polished traffic passed with a mind ahead,
Or if ever aside a moment, then out of sorts
At having the landscape marred with the artless paint
1. Did vehicles want to stop at the shed?
2. Why did vehicle find that landscape is marred?
3. Which word in the extract mean ‘ugly’?
4. What was the focus in the mind of travelers?
EB 4. Of signs that with N turned wrong and S turned wrong
Offered for sale wild berries in wooden quarts,
Or crook-necked golden squash with silver warts,
Or beauty rest in a beautiful mountain scene,
1. In your opinion why N and S were turned wrong?
2. Which poetic device has been used in ‘N turned wrong and S turned wrong’?
3. Of what material container of wild berries made of?
4. Which word in the extract is antonym of ‘purchase’?
EB 5. You have the money, but if you want to be mean,
Why keep your money (this crossly) and go along.
The hurt to the scenery wouldn’t be my complaint
1. Why author feels that travelers could be mean?
2. When is the shopkeeper disappointed?
3. Does the shopkeeper express his complaint?
4. Which poetic device is used in ‘You have the money, but if you want to be’?
EB 6. So much as the trusting sorrow of what is unsaid:
Here far from the city we make our roadside stand
And ask for some city money to feel in hand
1. Is the roadside stand close to city?
2. Why the shed has been made?
3. Which poetic device has been used in ‘Here far from the city’?
4. Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘cash’?
EB 7. To try if it will not make our being expand,
And give us the life of the moving-pictures’ promise
That the party in power is said to be keeping from us.
1. To whom does the word ‘us’ refer to?
2. What does the word ‘expand’ mean in above extract?
3. To whom does ‘the party in power’ refer to?
4. Which poetic device has been used in ‘the party in power is said’?
EB 8. While greedy good-doers, beneficent beasts of prey,
Swarm over their lives enforcing benefits
That are calculated to soothe them out of their wits,
And by teaching them how to sleep they sleep all day,
Destroy their sleeping at night the ancient way.
1. Why do ‘greedy good-doers’ help villagers?
2. Which poetic device is used in ‘how to sleep they sleep all day’?
3. Why their ancient way of sleep is destroyed?
4. What is the meaning ‘soothe them out of their wits’.
EB 9. That waits all day in almost open prayer
For the squeal of brakes, the sound of a stopping car,
Of all the thousand selfish cars that pass,
Just one to inquire what a farmer’s prices are.
1. What is their prayer?
2. Why the cars are called selfish?
3. Among those who stop, what do most do?
4. Which poetic device is used in ‘the sound of selfish car’?
EB 10. No, in country money, the country scale of gain,
The requisite lift of spirit has never been found,
Or so the voice of the country seems to complain,
I can’t help owning the great relief it would be
To put these people at one stroke out of their pain.
1. Do villagers earn enough money from sale of things?
2. What poetic device is used in ‘in country money, the country scale gain’?
3. How does the narrator want to provide relief?
4. Which word in the extract mean ‘thinking’?
Short Answer Questions – 30 to 40 words
SA 1. Why do villagers want to listen to the sound of brakes of vehicles?
Answer: The sound of brake of a vehicle means that the vehicle is going to stop. Thus it gives them a hope that some of their goods would be sold.
Hence they want to listen to ‘squeal of brakes’ .
SA 2. Why does narrator have sympathy towards villagers? Please explain in reference to poem ‘The Roadside Stand?
Answer: Shrewd businessmen fool them and shift them to cities. They buy the rural land for their own benefit. Government is not giving due attention to them. The villagers continue to live in poverty.
Hence poet has sympathy towards them.
SA 3. Why the traffic speeds past the roadside stand?
Answer: People travelling in vehicles are more concerned to reach their destination. Even when they look outside , the sheds are perceived as a spot on landscaping.
Thus they do not stop.
SA 4. Where have villagers put up their shops. Who are their prospective customers?
Answer: Villagers have made their shops along the road side. People travelling from city to another place are their likely customers.
SA 5. Who are referred as greedy good-doers?
Answer: It refers to those people who promise to do good for the villagers. But actually their motive is to earn profit for themselves and become more rich.
Hence the poet has used the term ‘greedy good-doers’.
SA 6. What has been referred to a ‘childish longing’ by the poet? Does it help villagers?
Answer: Villagers think that many cars would stop in front of their shop to buy articles to help them earn money. But the reality is away from their wish. Hence it is called ‘childish longing’.
Having such a desire leads to disappointment among them.