Poem 8 Meadow Surprises

Textbook Questions and Answers

Working with the Poem 

Question 1.
Read the lines in which the following phrases occur. Then discuss with your partner the meaning of each phrase in its context.
उन पंक्तियों को पढ़िए जिनमें निम्न वाक्यांश आए हैं। तब आप अपने साथी से इसके सन्दर्भ में प्रत्येक वाक्यांश की चर्चा कीजिए। 
(i) Velvet grass
(ii) Drinking straws 
(iii) Meadow houses 
(iv) Amazing mounds 
(v) Fuzzy head 
Answer: 
1. Velvet grass – It means that the grass is felt like velvet. 
2. Drinking straws – A butterfly has its mouthpart like a tube. It is used to suck nectar from flowers. 
3. Meadow houses – There are many burrows in the ground, nests beneath tall grasses and mounds that are made by creatures of meadow. 
4. Amazing mounds – These are made by ants in a systematic manner. Ants live in them and these are really amazing. 
5. Fuzzy head – Bright yellow dandelion flowers have soft fiber that look like someone’s head. 

1. मखमली घास-इसका तात्पर्य है कि घास को मखमल के जैसे महसूस किया जाता है। 
2. पीने की नली-तितली के मुँह का भाग एक ट्यूब के जैसा होता है। इसका उपयोग फूलों का मकरंद पीने के लिए किया जाता है। 
3. चरागाह के मकान-जमीन पर बहुत से बिल, लम्बी घास के नीचे घोंसले और मिट्टी के टीले जो चारागाह के जीवों द्वारा बनाये जाते हैं।
4. आश्चर्यजनक मिट्टी के टीले-यह चींटियों के द्वारा बहुत ही व्यवस्थित ढंग से बनाये जाते हैं। इनमें चींटियाँ रहती हैं और वे वाकई आश्चर्यजनक हैं। 
5. रोएँदार सिर-चमकीले पीले सिंहपर्णी फूलों के मुलामय रेशे जो किसी के सिर जैसे लगते हैं। 

Question 2. 
Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow? Read aloud the stanza that contains this line. 
कविता की कौनसी पंक्ति यह बताती है कि चारागाह का आनन्द लेने के लिए आपको उत्सुक आँखें और तेज कान चाहिए? आप उस पद को जोर से पढ़िए जिसमें यह लाइन
Answer: 
Last line of the last stanza of the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow.
कविता का अंतिम पद यह बताता है कि आपकी उत्सुक : आँखें और तेज कान हों जिससे आप चारागाह का आनन्द ले सकें। 
“You may discover these yourself, If you look and listen well.”

Comprehension Passages

Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions given below them.

Passage -1.

Meadows have surprises, 
You can find them if you look; 
Walk softly through the velvet grass, 
And listen by the brook. 
You may see a butterfly 
Rest upon a buttercup 
And unfold its drinking straws 
To sip the nectar up.

Questions : 
1. How is the grass? 
2. What should one listen in meadow? 
3. Where is the butterfly resting? 
4. What does the butterfly sip? 
5. What can one see in meadows? 
6. Write the Hindi meaning of the word “brook”. 
7. Write the antonyms of the following words from the passage – 
(i) lose 
(ii) fold. 
Answers : 
1. The grass is like velvet. 
2. One should listen to the music of the brook. 
3. The butterfly is resting upon buttercup. 
4. Butterfly sips nectar. 
5. One can see surprises in meadows. 
6. पानी की छोटी जलधारा 
7. (i) find 
(ii) unfold.

Passage – 2.

You may scare a rabbit 
Who is sitting very still; 
Though at first you may not see him, 
When he hops you will. 
A dandelion whose fuzzy head 
Was golden days ago 
Has turned to airy parachutes 
That flutter when you blow. 

Questions : 
1. What can be scared by us? 
2. How is a rabbit sitting? 
3. When can we see a rabbit? 
4. How is the head of dandelion? 
5. What was the colour of dandelion a few days ago? 
6. Write the Hindi meaning of the word, “flutter”. 
7. गद्यांश में से वह वाक्य लिखिए जिसका अर्थ है, “आप एक खरगोश को डरा सकते हैं।”
Answers : 
1. A rabbit can be scared by us. 
2. A rabbit is sitting still. 
3. We can see a rabbit when it hops. 
4. The head of dandelion is fuzzy. 
5. The colour of dandelion was golden a few days ago 
6. फड़फड़ाना
7. You may scare a rabbit.

Passage – 3.

Explore the meadow houses, 
The burrows in the ground, 
A nest beneath tall grasses, 
The ant’s amazing mound. 
Oh! Meadows have surprises 
And many things to tell; 
You may discover these yourself, 
If you look and listen well. 

Questions: 
1. What are there beneath the tall grasses ? 
2. Where does an ant live? 
3. What are there in the ground? 
4. What does a meadow tell us? 
5. How can we discover surprises in meadow? 
6. Write the Hindi meaning of the word, “mound”. 
7. गद्यांश में से वह वाक्य लिखिए जिसका अर्थ है, “आप स्वयं इनकी खोज कर सकते हैं।”
Answers : 
1. There are nests beneath the tall grasses. 
2. An ant lives in a mound. 
3. Burrows are there in the ground. 
4. A meadow tells us many things. 
5. We can discover surprises in meadow if we look and listen well. 
6. मिट्टी का टीला
7. You may discover these yourself.

Poem 8 Meadow Surprises