“Laugh and Be Merry”-10th Standard 2nd Language English Notes

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Poem4 Laugh and Be Merry”

Multiple choice questions
1. The poem Laugh and Be Merry’ is written by
A. William Shakespeare B. Ruskin Bond C. John Masefield D.Portia

2.God made Heaven and Earth for
A. Fighting B. singing C.dancing D.joy

3.God filled the Heaven and Earth with
A. the wine of Mirth B. happiness C.beautiful inns D.music

4.According to the poet the cup of the wine of mirth is
A. green earth B. the blue sky C. beautiful inn D. very big

5. According to the poet, we should join the jubilant song of
A. music B. brothers C. green earth D. the great stars

6. According to John Masefield We can better the world with a
A. song B. dance C. music D. good words

Answer the following questions in two or three sentences(2 marks)
1.Which are the two ways we can make the world better?
Ans: We can make the world with a song and with a blow in the teeth of wrong.

2.Why should we keep smiling according to the poet?
Ans: The poet gives two reasons to smile. a) Time is short and we should make it sweet. b) We should join the old proud pageant of man.

3. Why did God bless us with a laughter?
Ans: God made Heaven and Earth for joy.He filled them with the wine of Mirth. We should drink this wine and enjoy like the stars.

4. The journey of life should last longer with laughter. How does the poet inspire us for a happy life?
Ans: According to the poet journey of life is endless.We should laugh and be merry till the dancing stops, the lilt of the music ends and the game of life is played.

5.Why, according to the poet , God has created man?
Ans: god has created man to laugh and be merry.We have to laugh and make others laugh. God made the earth and sky for us to get inspiration from the green earth and the great stars.

6.’till the game is played’, ‘till the music ends ‘What these phrases suggest? Whose music and whose game do they refer to?
Ans: ‘Till the game is played’, ‘till the music ends’ these phrases suggest the game and music of God. This suggests that man must enjoy all that music and dance till the end of his life.

7.In this journey of life we have got to be happy. Which lines of the poem’ Laugh and Be Merry ‘suggest this?
ans: The last two lines of the poem ‘Laugh and Be Merry’ “Glad till the dancing stops and the lilt of the music ends. Laugh till the game is played; and be you merry, my friends.” suggest that in the journey of life we have got to be happy.

Extracts(3 marks)
Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow:-
1.“better the world with a song better the world with a blow in the teeth of a wrong.”
A. Who should better the world? Ans: All human beings should better the world.
B. Why should we better the world? Ans: We are born on the earth to laugh and be merry.
C. How can we better the world? Ans: We should make this world with a song and with a blow in the teeth of a wrong.

2.“laugh, for the time is brief,a thread the length of a span. Laugh and be proud to belong to the old proud pageant of man”
A.Why should we laugh? Ans: We should laugh because the time is a short span of life.
B. What does pageant symbolize? Ans: It symbolizes the happy and merry moments of life.

3.“He took it in a rhyme,Made them,and filled them with the strong red wine of His mirth”
A. Who does the ‘he’ refer to? Ans: He refers to God.
B. What does ‘them’ refer to? Ans: ’Them’ refers to the earth and the heaven.
C. Why did he make them? Ans : God made them for us to enjoy the wine of his amusement.

4.“So we must laugh and drink from the deep blue cup of the sky, Join the jubilant song of the great stars sweeping by,”
A.Who does’we’refer to? Ans: ‘We’ refers to human beings.
B. What should we drink? Ans: We should drink the wine of amusement God made for us.
C. Which is the cup to drink it? Ans : To drink that wine the sky is the huge cup for every one of us.

5. “Laugh and be merry together, like brother, akin. Guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn”
A. To what does the poet compare our stay on earth? Ans: The poet says that the earth is like a beautiful inn and we have come to stay in it as guests.
B. How does he want us to live? Ans.: We should consider all men as our brothers. We should live together in joy.
C. Why should we enjoy our life? And : Life is short and we should make it happier.

Essay type question (4 marks)
Write the summary of the poem” Laugh and Be Merry”
Ans:The poem Laugh and Be merry is written by John Masefield.In this poem the poet suggests us to laugh and be merry all the life.We can better the world with a song and with a blow in the teeth of a wrong.We should laugh because the time is a short span. The poet reminds us God has made the earth and heaven for us and filled them with the wine of laughter.So we mustdrink it and laugh like the great stars and the green earth.The sky is the huge cup for us to drink that wine.The whole world is a beautiful inn for all of us like brothers to drink and enjoy. The poet concludes that our life itself is a game, music and dance gifted by God.So we must enjoy those gifts till the end of our life.
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