2.6 Money – Activity 1

 Read the extract & complete the activities given below. [10]

When I had money, money, O!
I knew no joy till I went poor;
For many a false man as a friend
Came knocking all day at my door.

Then felt I like a child that holds
A trumpet that he must not blow
Because a man is dead; I dared
Not speak to let this false world know.

Much have I thought of life, and seen
How poor men’s hearts are ever light;
And how their wives do hum like bees
About their work from morn till night.

So, when I hear these poor ones laugh,
And see the rich ones coldly frown
Poor men, think I, need not go up
So much as rich men should come down.

When I had money, money, O!
My many friends proved all untrue;
But now I have no money, O!
My friends are real, though very few.

 A1] Global Understanding[2]

State whether the following statements are true or false.

1.When the poet was rich, he lacked the freedom of expression.

2.The poet has found that people are happier at heart when they are rich.

3.According to the poet it is not important for the poor to become rich as it is for the rich to become poor.

4.In prosperity a man has many friends but they may be unreal, whereas in poverty, he has few but real friends.

A2] Interpretation[2]

Explain in your words the example the poet gives about his lack of freedom to express.

A3] Personal Response[2]

‘Money can buy happiness.’ Do you agree with this statement? Explain?

A4] Poetic Devices[2]

Name and explain the figure of speech in the following line- ‘And how their wives do hum like bees’

Give one example of the same from the extract.

A5] Creativity[2]

Compose four rhyming lines on ‘happiness’




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