Synopsis of the poem ‘In the Midst of Hardship’

As the title suggest, this poem is trying to convey the hardship that a family in a village is
facing after a big flood. In this poem, the poet tells of the situation of a farmer and his family.
They only returned at dawn after being out in the floodwater for a day and night after
tirelessly looking for their son’s albino buffalo. They are all wet and hurt but they do not show
any despair or of losing hope. Although they have been born into a life of hardship, they have
never complained. They spend time together, enjoying each other’s company. They are
grateful for what they still have instead of what is lost. Now, they are in the kitchen and they
joke and talk while preparing to relax with a smoke.
Sample Question for the poem ‘In the Midst of Hardship’:
Read the following stanza of In the Midst of Hardship and answer the questions that
At dawn they returned home
their soaky clothes torn
and approached the stove
their limbs marked by scratches
their legs full of wounds
but on their brows there was not a sign of despair
Latiff Mohidin

What does the word dawn mean?


Write down two phrases from the poem which indicate injury.


How did they feel when they reached home?

Using your own words, give a reason to support your answer.
Synopsis for the poem ‘He had Such Quiet Eyes’:
This is a poem about the love of a man and how deceptive in can actually be. A man with
seductive, powerful and alluring eyes sometimes melt the heart of a naive, innocent, foolish
young lady, who will eventually give her everything to him, devote herself to satisfy his
starving lust. In other words, it is a story of a girl who meets a boy and falls in love with him.
The boy makes her believe that he loves her very much. The girl gives her everything to the
boy and the girl loses everything. Finally the boy leaves her. This poem brings out the concept
of the power of the eyes and how, since ages and ages ago up till today, men all around the
world are still using the same old trick and women, all over the world still fall for it. Young
girls should be prepared to face the ugliness of the real world.

full of wounds 3. Write down two words or phrases from the poem that describe the eyes. but when you try to walk on the thin ice. the man eyes is very deceiving. calm but dangerous. What does it refer to? b. i. deep. the eyes that are deceiving b. just like a pool in winter. Marked by scratches ii.Sample Question for the poem ‘He had Such Quiet Eyes’: Read the following stanza of He had Such Quiet Eyes and answer the questions that follow. those quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise Bibsy Soenharjo-1968 a. Describe in your own words how the girl is being deceived by the eyes. c. He Had Such Quiet Eyes He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice To her. Not sad because they do not show any sign of sadness and continue with their normal routine and joke. The phrase “two pools of lies’ is a metaphor. i)quiet ii) the desolate sighs c. Answers to Sample question for the poem ‘In the Midst of Hardship’: 1. Answer to Sample question for the poem ‘He had such Quiet Eyes’: a. Short Stories Synopsis for the short story ‘The Fruitcake Special’ . Sun rise / early in the morning 2. it will break and you will drown in the icy cold water. It may look inviting and peaceful to see a still lake.

David Amos who is a handsome English guy never saying nice thing to ordinary girl like her asked her to have a dinner with him. Sample Question for the story ‘QWERTYUIOP’: Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the questions that follow. Synopsis of the short story ‘QWERTYUIOP’ ‘QWERTYUIOP’ by Vivien Alcock is about a young graduate named Lucy Beck who has just finished her ‘O’ levels atBelmontSecretarialCollege. she finds out that there is a spirit lingering around the office who is adamant in holding on to her position as the company’s secretary. She stared at it in horrified bewilderment. Anna realises now that the perfume is responsible for his strange behaviour. Ross. Towards the end of the story. He is now the owner of his pizza company.USAis trying to discover a new perfume. Fortunately.Anna. One day she mixes a slice of the fruitcake given by her Aunt Mimi into a mixture of flowers. But my fruitcake perfume did. Not too long. That would be because of fruitcake. It smells wonderful so she tried it on her. Later David apologized and offered Anna a raise as compensation. Why was the writer confused? b. During her first day. Lucy tries to get rid of the spirit that has been haunting that place for many years by putting the spirit at peace. Anna later found out more about the fruitcake from her Aunt Mimi and realized that it was made by an old woman who had just passed away. Anna decides to go out with him. the top line of letters on a typewriter. all at once. she encounters many peculiar incidents. Now he was saying he was crazy about me! What could be making him behave like this? Then. the pizza man appears at her door with pizza and a box of flowers. Five minutes ago my boss didn’t want to be seen with me. Later. I realised it was the fruitcake special! Intrigue might smell great. Then. What had happened? What had she done? Not even on her first day at theBelmontSecretarialCollegehad she made such ridiculous mistakes. a chemist who works at the Amos cosmetics factory inNew Jersey. a. but it didn’t make a girl attractive to men. I have to say that at this point I was feeling very confused. she has no confidence that she will find a job. Being a slow learner herself. . Anna feels insulted and quit her job. there was a competition between David Amos and the waiter for her attention. her boss. Do you think the fruitcake perfume actually made girls attractive to men? Give a reason for your answer. What is “Intrigue’ in the context of the story? d. Sample Question for the short story ‘The Fruitcake Special’: Read the extract from the short story “THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the questions that follow. Such strange mistakes – QWERTYUIOP. she is offered a job by Mr. the Manager of Ross and Bannister’s. What is the meaning of “Intrigue”? c. At dinner. The night ended with both men hitting each other and Sabina (David’s girlfriend) punching David.

He owns the railways and is after the Gatsby gold. She must be more careful. c. she began again. . She was tempted to look at the keyboard .” a. The boss took a liking of her when he was not interested at all a little while ago b. Play it to music in your head. DRAMA. He is even ca[able of committing murder to get what he wants. Putting fresh paper into the typewriter. Rose is a damsel in distress who meets Percy. What were the common and strange mistakes that she made? c. Lord Septic’s manservant is a big bully. . Later. QWERTYUIOP. Keep her mind on the job. They’d think she had gone mad. They fall in love and he rescues her from a bloody death at the railway tracks. Rhythm. (accept any logical answer) Answers to Sample Question for the story ‘QWERTYUIOP’ a. it’s all rhythm. “Don’t look at the keys! Keep your eyes away!” Mrs Price was always saying. Lord Septic loses everything. What did she decide to do after making the repeated mistakes? d. Do you think you would make such mistakes.Gulp and Gasp Synopsis This is a melodrama about a villain. not allow it to wander out of the window into the sunny shopping street below. She had made a lot of ridiculous mistakes in her letter. I would be more careful. Answers to Sample Question for the story ‘ Fruitcake Special’ a. Yes. Crouch. the hero. Percy learns he is the heir to the Gatsby gold and is known as Sir Percy. name of the perfume d. carry on an underhand plot c.repeated over and over again! Thank God there had been no one to notice. Give a reason for your answer. To type more carefully / keep her mind on the job / not to allow her mind to wonder d. Why was Lucy horrified? b. the top line of letters on a typewriter repeated over and over again. because it is the work of Miss Broome’s ghost No. Lord Septic who is greedy for more power. b. “No peeing. You’ll never make a good typist if you can’t do it by touch. money and fame. .

I need it. CROUCH : But you’ve got quite of bit of that already. I’m mad for it. Money. next week I’ll own this railway line. Most true. The edge of the platform. LORD SEPTIC kill for it. Do you think you should follow Lord Septic’s footsteps? Give a reason for your answer. I’m just a step away. LORD SEPTIC : If this train doesn’t come soon. At the railway station b. LORD SEPTIC : Nothing can stop me now. Fame. sir. CROUCH : Don’t get too near the edge of the platform. I’ll sack everyone. Do you know what I’m just a step away from? CROUCH : Yes. Where do you think this conversation took place? b.Read the extract from the drama Gulp and Gasp below and answer the questions that follow. your ever-so big lordship. so that I can be a powerful person. sir. I long for it. At the edge of the platform c. Be careful. CROUCH : Indeed. . Answers to Sample Questions for Drama a. LORD SEPTIC : No. When Lord Septic says he is just a step away. you fool! Power. After all. sir. What was Lord Septic longing for? d. : More! I want more. sir. because it shows our greed and would not last long. Yes. money and fame d. I’ll a. I’ll sack the driver. Crouch. Power. No. where did Crouch say he was? c.