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 (A) What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
 What, what is he to do? I saw it go
 Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
 Merrily over- there it is in the water! 

Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract

i) The extract suggests that the poet is

a) an onlooker observing

b) a parent recounting the incident

c) the boy talking about himself

d) imagining the incident

ii)The poet seems to have indicated the merry bouncing of the ball to

a) create a sense of rhythm in these lines.

b) support the happiness of the experience of playing.

c) contrast with the dejected feeling of the boy.

d) indicate the cheerful mood of the boy.

iii) Choose the situation that corresponds to the emotion behind the exclamation mark in the poem.

a) option 1

b) option 2

c) option 3

d) option 4

iv) The poem begins with a question. Based on your reading of the poem, the speaker

a) wants the boy to answer the question.

b) expects the passers-by to respond.

c) is looking for answers in a self-help book.

d) is thinking to himself.

v) Alliteration is a literary device that occurs with the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Pick the option that showcases an example of alliteration from the extract.

a) What is the boy now

b) who has lost his ball

c) I saw it go

d) and then/ Merrily over

 (B) An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
 As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down
 All his young days into the harbour where
 His ball went. I would not intrude on him; 

Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract

i )The poet uses the word ‘ultimate’ to describe the boy’s reaction.

Pick the meaning that DOES NOT display what, ‘ultimate’ means in the context given.

a) consequent

b) final

c) conclusive

d) fateful

ii) The boy is very young in this poem. As a mature, balanced grown-up, he might look back and think that his reaction of ‘ultimate shaking grief’ was

1) disproportionate to the loss.

2) pretension to procure a new toy.

3) according to his exposure and experience then.

4) a reaction to the failure of retrieving the toy.

5) justified and similar to what it would be currently.

a) 5 & 2

b) 1 & 3

c) 2 & 4

d) 3 & 5

iii )Pick the option that lists the boy’s thoughts, matching with the line-As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down.

a) Option 1

b) Option 2

c) Option 3

d) Option 4

iv )Why does the speaker choose not to intrude?

This is so because the poet

a) knows that it would embarrass the boy in his moment of grief.

b) feels that it’s important that the boy learn an important life lesson,


c) realises that he doesn’t have sufficient funds to purchase a new ball for the boy.

d) Experiences a sense of distress himself, by looking at the boy’s


v) Choose the option that lists the meaning of ‘harbour’ as used in the extract.


(1) a place on the coast where ships may moor in shelter.

(2) a place of refuge.


(3) keep (a thought or feeling, typically a negative one) in one’s mind,

especially secretly.

(4) shelter or hide (a criminal or wanted person).

a) Option 1

b) Option 2

c) Option 3

d) Option 4

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words

i) If you were the poet, which toy would you use, instead of a ball. Give a reason for your response.

ii) Do you think the ‘I’ in the poem is the poet or an observer? Give a reason for your choice of response.

Iii) Explain how, “Out of sight, out of mind” might apply to the boy, towards the end of the poem.

iv )A popular quote states: Responsibility is self-taught. How does the poem address this thought?

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words

i) Suggest a suitable by-line for ‘The Ball Poem” with a reason for your choice.

ii) Recount your reaction to the loss of a favourite object as a very young child.

Would you have behaved the same way now? Explain with reason.

iii) What feelings do you think, might be experienced, at the loss of a mobile phone, for a youngster today?

Explain how these would be different from those felt by the boy in the poem.

iv) When we think of losses, we generally think of people or possessions. Time is considered a very precious commodity.

Explain why time can probably be one of the things people bitterly regret losing/wasting.

v) Imagine you are the boy’s elder sibling. He tells you about the loss of the ball on reaching home.

How would you assure him?

You may begin your reply like this:

I don’t think you should take this to heart. You see…

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)

I) The poem deals with a child understanding loss for the first time. Matches and championships too, deal with a different sense of loss. Explain how games and sports are a good way to train children to take losses in their stride

ii) If the Buddha were to summarise the life lesson of “The Ball Poem’, what would that sermon be?

Think and create this address for people of your age.