MP Board Class 8th Special English Solutions Chapter 16 To the New Year
To the New Year Textual Exercise
(a) Match of words with their meanings.
(i) – (d)
(ii) – (e)
(iii) – (b)
(iv) – (a)
(v) – (c)
(b) Read the poem carefully and find out the words which have the following meanings:
- It is the bottom of a door way ………………….
- A hollow place in a wall ………………….
- Hidden corners of a houses where light does not reach ………………….
- A guard ………………….
- A sugary fluid collected by the bees
(c) Given below is a circle having a few words. The words outside the circle have been used with the words given inside the circle.
- golden- threshold
- light of love-darkness
(A) Answer the following questions:
Whom does the poet address in the poem?
The poet addresses to the New year in the poem.
What does the poet long to be in the beginning of the poem?
The poet longs to be a child in the beginning of the poem.
Why does the poet want to open all windows and doors?
The poet wants to open ail windows and doors to allow light in every nook and corner.
(b) Choose the correct alternatives:
(i) The poet wants to drive out the darkness with:
(i) the light of the sun.
(ii) the light of the moon.
(iii) the light of love.
(iii) the light of love.
(ii) The poet wants to be the infant friend of the:
(i) rose buds of goodness.
(ii) bright stars.
(iii) Temple of Life.
(i) rose buds of goodness
(iii) The poet wants to be …………… at the golden threshold of the Temple of Life:
(i) child like
(ii) a sacred sentinel
(ii) a sacred sentinel.
Honourable teachers and dear friends, it is a sad day for me as well as for all of us today, because we have to say goodbye to our senior friends of the school. It is a happy day as well since they will be promoted to the higher class and join the senior school. Though we will miss them very much but we will feel their presence because they have contributed in the development of the school.
We have always seen them working in the garden, cleaning the class room, decorating the building and participating in various activities. How can we forget them? I remember many of them to be helping us-the juniors in our studies also. They have really play their role well and now when they are departing from us I would like to thank them and wish a very bright future for them. Hope they will keep guiding us.
Answer the questions given below:
What was the function in which the above speech was delivered?
It was a farewell party.
Why did the speaker say goodbye to his senior friends?
The speaker said goodbye to his senior friends because they were leaving the school.
Why did the speaker say that it was a sad as well as a happy day?
It was a sad day because the senior students were leaving the school. It was a happy day because they (senior students) would be promoted to the higher class and join the senior school.
What was the contribution of the senior students in the development of the school?
The senior students had always worked in the garden, cleaned the class room, decorated the building and participated in various activities.
What did the speaker say in the end ?
In the end the speaker said that their senior friends would keep guiding them.
Suggest any other title to the above passage.
Goodbye to our Senior Friends.
(A) “Remove the darkness of hatred with the light of love” This seems like a slogan. Now make your own slogans on the following themes:
(B) Read the poem carefully and write its summary with the help of the
rose buds, the light of love, child, darkness, holy guard, the new year, stars, nook and corner, honey, windows and doors
The poet addresses to the new year. He has always longed to be like child. He wants to be a friend of rose buds and gather honey. He wants to look and wonder at stars and open all windows and doors to allow light in every nook and corner. He wishes to drive out the darkness with the light of love, and become holy guard.
To the New Year Word Meanings
Page-147: Long – to wish, to desire – इच्छा करना। Childlike – like a child – बच्चे की तरह। Gather – collect – इकटठा करना illume – shine (literary word for illuminate’) – चमकना,रौशनी,फैलाना Niches – small hollow places in a wall – दीवार के छिद्र Nooks – corners – कोने Sacred – holy – पवित्र। Sentinel – guard – पहरेदार।