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Latest SPM Poems-Practices (Q_A)

Latest SPM Poems-Practices (Q_A)

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To test students' understanding of the poems that they have studied in Form 4 and Form 5
To test students' understanding of the poems that they have studied in Form 4 and Form 5

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PRACTICE 1-
3 ON POEM “In the Midst of Hardship”
 
Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.
In the Midst of Hardship
 At dawn they returned hometheir soaky clothes tornand approached the stovetheir limbs marked by scratchestheir legs full of woundsbut on their browsthere was no sign of despair The whole day and night just passedthey had to brave the horrendous floodin the water all the timebetween bloated carcassesand tiny chips of tiny barksdesperately looking for their 
son‟s
 albino buffalo that was never foundThey were born amidst hardshipand grew up without a sigh or a complaintnow they are in the kitchen, making jokes while rolling their cigarette leaves
Latiff Mohidin
PRACTICE 1From stanza 1,
(a) which phrase suggests that „they‟ were drenched?
 
…………………………………………………………………………. (1 mark)
 (b) what happened to their hands?
…………………………………………………………………………...(1 mark)
 
(c) why do you think „they approached the stove‟?
 
……………………………………………………………………………(1 mark)
 (d) in your own words, suggest ways to handle hardships in our life?
………………………………………………………………………………..
 
……………………………………………………………………………….(2mark)
 PRACTICE 2From stanza 2,
(a) why do you think „they‟ were enduring the terrible flood water?
 
…………………………………………………………………………………..(1 mark)
 
 
(b) which phrase shows that the flood had caused the loss of lives?
……………………………………………………………………………….….(1 mark)
 
(c) what was the people‟s feeling at that time?
 
………………………………………………………………………………….(1 mark)
 (d) do you think the buffalo was valuable to the family? Why?
…………………………………………………………………………………
 
………………………………………………………………………………. (2 marks)
 PRACTICE 3From Stanza 3,(a) what type of life is a life of hardship?
…………………………………………………………………..…………….
(1 mark)(b) list two activities that they did to relax and unwind.i.
…………………………………………………………………………..
(1 mark)ii
………………………………………………………………………….
(1 mark)
(c)
The poem is about a flood disaster. In your own words suggest two ways that youcan do to help the flood victims.
 
…………………………………………………………………………….
 
………………………………………………………………...…………..
(2 marks)
PRACTICE 4-
7 ON POEM “He Had Such Quiet Eyes”
 
Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow.
 He Had Such Quiet Eyes
He had such quiet eyesShe did not realiseThey were two pools of liesLayered with thinnest iceTo her, those quiet eyesWere breathing desolate sighsImploring her to be nice And to render him paradise
If only she‟d been wise
  And had listened to the adviceNever to compromiseWith pleasure-seeking guys
She‟d be free from “the hows and whys”
 
Now here‟s a bit of advice
 Be sure that nice really means nice
Then you‟ll never be losing at dice
 Though you may lose your heart once or twice
 Bibsy Soenharjo
 
 
PRACTICE 4From stanza1,(a) what was the woman blind to?
………………………………….…………………………………….…..………. (1 mark)
.
(b) which line suggests that the woman was unaware of the kind of man „he‟ was?
 
…………………………………………………………………………..………..
(1 mark)(c) in line 3, what does the
„two pools of lies‟
refer to?
….……………………………..…………………………………………..……...
(1 mark)(d) in your own words, suggest how the woman had been tricked?
…………………………………………………………………………….…
 
……………………………………………………………………………….
(2 marks)PRACTICE 5From stanza 1,(a) how did the man try to attract the woman? Mention two ways.
i…………………………………………………………………………………… (1 mark)
 ii.
…………………………………………………………………………………. (1 mark)
 (b) what did the man desire from the woman?
…………………………………………………………………………………….
(1 mark)(c) do you think the woman was foolish for falling in love with the man?Give a reason for your answer.
………………………………………………………………………………….
.
…………………………………………………………………………..………
(2 marks)PRACTICE 6From stanza 2,(a) what could have saved the woman from committing the mistake?
………………………………………………………………………………….
(1 mark)(b) what was the advice given to the woman?
………………………………………………………………………………….
(1 mark)
(c) what is meant by the phrase „
the hows and whys‟
?

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