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March 2022 Activity Sheet

Q.3.A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below. (10)

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.  

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune,
I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.  

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

A1. Complete the web diagram about the qualities needed on the journey of life: (Any four) (2)

 Qualities needed on the journey of life. 


FreeQualities needed on the journey of life.Strength OR Being strong

A2. Analyse the line- I asked not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. (2)


Poet does not believe in fortune. He is not a fatalist. He wants to create his fortune. He has full confidence in his good fortune.

A3. Personal response: (2)

Explain the importance of long path/road in man’s life. (2)


Man has to travel on various roads. If the road is long, man will spend much time to reach the destination. So, he could enjoy the nature.  To walk on long roads the qualities like strength and patience are needed. If anyone overcomes a long road, he or she gets satisfaction for completing the hard task. It is a kind of physical test.

(Accept any reasonable correct answer)

A4. Poetic Device: (2)

Identify and explain the figure of speech in the following line.

Still here I carry old delicious burdens.


Paradox: opposite impossible ideas or concepts put together.

Transferred epithet: The epithet (adjective) ‘delicious’ which is usually used to describe the food is transferred from ‘food’ to the ‘burdens’.

Inversion: The words are not in a correct prose order. The correct word order is: Still, I carry old delicious burdens here.

A5. Poetic creativity: (2)

Complete the given lines using your imagination.

There is no way leading back.

I move forward ———————-


There is no way leading back.

I move forward facing every attack.


There is no way leading back.

I move forward carrying my heavy sack.

(Accept any reasonably correct answer/lines).

(B) Appreciation: (4)

Read the given extract and write an appreciation of the poem using the following points.

Is anybody happier because you passed his way?     
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;      
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?  

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?      
Or a churlish sort of “Howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,      
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?  

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,     
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;     
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?


(i) Title of the poem, name of the poet.

(ii) Theme

(iii) Poetic devices, language

(iv) Values

(v) Your opinion about the poem.


See answer in ‘Activity Work Book for Std. XII English’ by Prof. Tushar Chavan (Contact: 9850737199)

Activity Workbook for Std. XII English

See one answer for this activity below:

Appreciation of the poem – Have You Earn Your Tomorrow

(i) Title of the poem, name of the poet.

Title –

The title ‘Have You Earned Your Tomorrow’ is very introspective. It suggests that everyone should analyse his/her actions whether they are good or bad, worth, or not. It is a question to evaluates our act of goodness, our way of living and interactions with others. It is the appeal to do something valuable every day for getting better tomorrow.

Poet –

Poet Edgar Guest was born in England and was brought to the United States when he was ten years old. He began his writing career in 1895 at the age of fourteen. Edgar Guest is known as ‘people’s poet’ for his simple style and optimistic tone of writing. Guest is an American writer of newspaper and magazines.

(ii) Theme

 It is an inspirational poem. In this poem, the speaker is asking the readers whether they are doing something good and valuable to improve the life of another person. To get a better future, work today. This is the theme of the poem.

(iii) Poetic devices, language

The poem has four stanzas. They are divided into sets of 4 lines (quatrains). The rhyme scheme pattern of the stanza is – aabb ccaa ddee ffaa. The figures of speech like Interrogation, Alliteration, Inversion, Antithesis, Personification, and Synecdoche are used in the poem. The poet uses questions to develop the thinking process of the readers.

(iv) Values  

The poem gives a valuable message for getting good future. One should earn his or her tomorrow (future life) with good actions, good behaviour and friendliness.

(v) My opinion about the poem

I like this poem very much because it gives an inspiration to become a good person. It advocates me to behave well and give helping hand to others. It is very inspirational poem. It teaches way of living.

HSC Board 2022 Exam Poetry Section- See more such activity sheets on each topics in Activity Workbook for Std. XII English by Prof. Tushar Chavan

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