My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough By S. Spender Revision Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Choose the answer which does not define structure of free verse which is used in this poem.
    • A. 

      Free verse means blank verse is used

    • B. 

      Free verse means there is no rhyme or regular rhythm

    • C. 

      Free verse follows the rhythm of natural speech

    • D. 

      Free verse allows the poet to publish his poetry at no cost.

    • E. 

      Free verse in this poem reflects the freedom of the "rough boys".

  • 3. 
    Match the following words in the poem with their correct meanings.
    • A. lisp
    • A.
    • B. lithe
    • B.
    • C. jerking
    • C.
    • D. copy
    • D.
    • E. thigh
    • E.
    • F. pretend
    • F.
    • G. longed
    • G.
    • H. torn
    • H.
    • I. cliffs
    • I.
    • J. rough
    • J.
  • 4. 
    1. The poet/the boy in the poem came from the middle class. Choose the option which did not apply to this social class.
    • A. 

      The middle class did not do manual work.

    • B. 

      The middle class owned shops and little factories.

    • C. 

      The middle class sent their children to private school and never to public schools.

    • D. 

      The middle class demanded that a person be well-dressed.

    • E. 

      The middle class were the professional people like lawyers.

  • 5. 
    The "rough boys" in the poem...     (Choose the option which does not fit.)
    • A. 

      Were from the lower class. They were common.

    • B. 

      They were not refined or gentle. They had rough and bullying ways.

    • C. 

      They were poor and lived in slums

    • D. 

      They wore torn clothing.

    • E. 

      Although their parents were poor they did not neglect them.

  • 6. 
    Fill in the blanks: The theme of the poem is about social ____________ and social _______________.
  • 7. 
    The poet's parents warned him not to mix with these "rough boys" but he envied certain aspects of their lives although he was also afraid of their rough, bullying ways.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    • A. "threw words like stones"
    • A.
    • B. " I feared more than tigers"
    • B.
    • C. "... pretending to smile"
    • C.
    • D. "dogs to bark at our world"
    • D.
    • E. "stripped by the country streams"
    • E.
    • F. "who wore torn clothes"
    • F.
    • G. "their thighs showed through rags"
    • G.
    • H. "sal coarse pointing of those boys"
    • H.
    • I. "they threw mud
    • I.
    • J. "stones and who wore torn clothes'
    • J.
  • 9. 
     Use the memorandum of your questions which you did on the poem to complete the following by filling in the gaps. During the 1930's the middle class were taught that showing your  thighs was __________. It also showed __________ neglect. it shows the _____________ between the street boys and Spencer.
  • 10. 
    Why did the "rough" boys hate Shephen?
    • A. 

      He was more privileged than them.

    • B. 

      He thought he was better than them.

    • C. 

      He envied them their freedom.

    • D. 

      He was smaller and weaker than them.

  • 11. 
    Use the memorandum for your questions based on this poem which you answered to show the world of Spender. "our world"  middle class: _______________ _______________ __________________ ___________________ ______________.
  • 12. 
    Use your memorandum to show what the world of the "rough" children was like: "world of children"  lower class:  ___________ _____________ _______________ _______________.
  • 13. 
    Choose the correct option to show that the boys were undisciplined and did what they liked.
    • A. 

      "they sprang out behind the hedges"

    • B. 

      "they bark at our world"

    • C. 

      " they ran... they climbed... they stripped"

    • D. 

      "...they never smiled"

  • 14. 
    What is the function of the repeated "str" sound in "stripped" and "streams" in lines 3- 4?
    • A. 

      The harsh sound emphasises the cruelty of the boys

    • B. 

      It links to the hard sound in "threw words like stones"

    • C. 

      It is to show Spender's envy of the boy's freedom to do what they like.

    • D. 

      It has a soft sensual sound to show the smooth, graceful movements in stripping and swimming.

  • 15. 
    Line 6 "and their jerking hands..." The actions of the bullies were like those of a predator mauling its prey. Which of the following actions of a predator was not applied to Spender?
    • A. 

      Jerking its victim about

    • B. 

      Pinning it down

    • C. 

      Devouring it

    • D. 

      Tearing at it

  • 16. 
    Why is the poet using the words "salt coarse"?
    • A. 

      To tell the reader that the word "coarse" applies to the rude boys.

    • B. 

      To tell the reader that the boys were very rude and hurtful to Spender.

    • C. 

      To tell the reader that the bous used rude and vulgar language

  • 17. 
    According to the poet Spender was hunted by the boys like tigers and dogs going for their prey. How do tigers hunt? To answer this fill in the blank spaces in the following explanation: Tigers hunt on their ______________. Tigers are __________, __________________  hunters.
  • 18. 
    How do dogs hunt? Answer this question by filling in the gaps: Dogs are c__________. Theu hunt in p______________ of v____________ dogs. This reinforces the idea that the bullies were cowards g___________ up against a h_____________ boy. Use your notes p.5 to do this question.
  • 19. 
    Why were the boys "lithe" and had "muscles like iron"?
    • A. 

      Their parents were used to do manual work and the children had to help.

    • B. 

      They spend a lot of time outdoors playing, swimming, climbing cliffs and trees.

    • C. 

      The boys practised boxing and fighting against each other

    • D. 

      They were used to a hard life.

  • 20. 
    Which quote from the poem proves that the mocking words of the bullies hurt the poet?
    • A. 

      "they threw mud"

    • B. 

      "kness tight on my arms"

    • C. 

      "who threw words like stones"

    • D. 

      "the salt coarse pointing of those boys"

  • 21. 
    The boy longed to forgive the bullies. *  This shows his ____________. *  It emphasises __________________ principles. *   It arises the ___________ of the reader.