IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 175 - 176 of 179

Question 175


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How will you organize the inauguration of literary association in your school? State the process.


1. I will get the permission from the Principal of my school.

2. With the consultation of English teacher, I will decide the chief guest.

3. I will then confirm the date and time.

4. I will make the hall ready with proper seating arrangements

5. I will send the invitations to all concerned.

6. I will purchase a suitable gift to the speaker.

7. I will prepare the program list. 8. I will also arrange sweets and snacks for the chief guest. Principal and the teachers of English




Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

Despite myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamor

With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour

Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

Question 176 (1 of 2 Based on Passage)


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What is the attitude of the poet in the poem? (Mark 25)


While reading the poem we also connected with the authors. We also are desirous to “weep like a child for the past.” The smallest remembrance or memory can submerge us in a pond of sweet memories and days later, we are still feeling the same. Music has such an influential effect on us. The brain can connect the songs as memories or even smells and places of interest. Hearing a song that we heard long ago, can wobble, bring out of old memories, and open a “flood of remembrance.” Here the poet longs for the past. He wants to regain the old life in which the pleasant of mother՚s love held. But he knew that it is not possible. So, he expresses his sadness through this poetic line. So, the poet is in sad mode of tone in the poem.