The Ant and the Cricket Poem Extract Based Questions given here to help the student understand and analyse the poem. These extract-based questions will help in preparing for exams also. Do yourself and then check the answer.
Extract Based Questions: The Ant and the Cricket
I. Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:
At last by starvation and famine made bold,
All dripping with wet, and all trembling with cold
Away he set off to a miserly ant,
To see if, to keep him alive, he would grant
Him shelter from rain,
And a mouthful of grain,
He wished only to borrow;
He’d repay it tomorrow;
If not he must die of starvation and sorrow.
- Why did the cricket set off to the ant?
- What made the cricket bold?
- How did the cricket feel when he arrived at the ant’s house?
- What did the cricket hope to borrow from the ant?
- Did the cricket plan to repay the ant for what he borrowed?
- What would happen if the ant did not grant the cricket’s request?
- The protagonist set off to the ant because he was starving and cold, and was hoping to borrow some food and find shelter from the rain.
- Starvation an famine made the cricket bold.
- The poem extract states that the protagonist was “trembling with cold” and “dripping with wet”, indicating that he was not feeling well.
- The protagonist hoped to borrow “a mouthful of grain” and find shelter from the rain.
- Yes, the protagonist planned to repay the ant tomorrow if he was granted shelter and food.
- If the ant did not grant the protagonist’s request, he would “die of starvation and sorrow”.
II. Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:
My heart was so light
That I sang day and night
For all nature looked gay.
‘‘You sang, Sir, you say ?
Go then’’ say the ant, ‘‘ and dance the winter away’’.
- To whom is the ant talking ?
- When was the heart light of the speaker of the first three lines ?
- What did the ant suggest to her listener ?
- What was the cricket’s emotional state in the poem extract?
- What was the ant’s response to the cricket’s singing and happiness?
- What is the meaning of the phrase “dance the winter away” in the poem?
- Who is the cricket addressing in the poem extract?
- How does the ant’s response contrast with the cricket’s happiness?
- The ant is talking to the cricket.
- The heart of the speaker (cricket) was light during summer.
- The ant suggested that he should go and dance the winter away.
- The cricket’s heart was light and they sang day and night because nature looked cheerful.
- The ant responded by telling the speaker to go and “dance the winter away.”
- The phrase “dance the winter away” means to enjoy oneself and forget about the cold and hardships of winter.
- The cricket is addressing the ant expressing his own feelings and experiences.
- The ant’s response is practical and focused on survival, while the cricket is carefree and joyful.
III. Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Says the ant to the
cricket, “I’m your servant
But we ants never
borrow; we ants never
But tell me, dear cricket,
did you lay nothing by
When the weather was
warm?” Quoth the cricket,
- Who is speaking in the poem extract?
- What does the ant say to the cricket?
- Did the cricket save anything for the winter?
- What is the tone of the ant’s voice when he says, “we ants never borrow; we ants never lend”?
- What is the cricket’s response when asked if he saved anything for the winter?
- What lesson can be learned from this poem extract?
- The ant and the cricket are speaking in the poem extract.
- The ant says, “I’m your servant and friend, But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend.”
- No, the cricket did not save anything for the winter.
- The tone of the ant’s voice is matter-of-fact and firm.
- The cricket’s response is, “Not I!” which implies that he did not save anything for the winter.
- The lesson that can be learned from this poem extract is the importance of planning ahead and saving for the future.