2.3 The Inchcape Rock – Activity 1

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

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No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
The Ship was still as she could be;
Her sails from heaven received no motion,
Her keel was steady in the ocean.

Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The waves flow’d over the Inchcape Rock;
So little they rose, so little they fell,
They did not move the Inchcape Bell.

The Abbot of Aberbrothok
Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock;
On a buoy in the storm it floated and swung,
And over the waves its warning rung.

When the Rock was hid by the surge’s swell,
The Mariners heard the warning Bell;
And then they knew the perilous Rock,
And blest the Abbot of Aberbrothok

The Sun in the heaven was shining gay,
All things were joyful on that day;
The sea-birds scream’d as they wheel’d round,
And there was joyaunce in their sound.

A1] Global Understanding [2]

State whether the following sentences are true or false.

  1. The sea is described as stormy & rough in the extract.
  2. During the storm the mariners would hear the warning bell & keep their ships away from the Rock.
  3. The sailors cursed the Abbot of Aberbrothok for placing the bell.
  4. The warning bell was placed on a float upon the Inchcape Rock.

A2] Inference [2]

Describe the qualities of the Abbot of Aberbrothok from the extract.

A3] Personal Response [2]

Describe an incident where you have done something selflessly good to somebody.

 A4] Poetic Devices [2]

‘The ship was still as she could be’

Name & explain the figure of speech in the above line. Find & write one example of the same from the extract.

A5] Poetic Creativity [2]

Compose four rhyming lines on ‘sea’


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