Maharashtra State BoardHSC Commerce 12th Board Exam
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Read the Following Extract A.Nd Answer the Questions Given Below:And We with Our Small Vanities, - English

Answer in Brief

Read the following extract a.nd answer the questions given below:
And we with our small vanities,
our controlled hunger for climbing
and getting as far as everybody else has gotten 
because it seems that is the way of the world:
an endless track of champions
and in a corner we, forgotten
maybe because of everybody else,
since they seemed too much like us
until they were robbed of their laurels,
their medals, their titles, their names.

(1) What is the way of the world?

(2) Do you think the middle-class people are satisfied with 
their lives? Explain.

(3) Name and explain the figure· of speech in the following lines:  ''Since they seemed so much like us.''
(4) Pick out the expressions from the extract showing the failure of man.

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Solution

(1) Getting as far as everybody else has gotten is the way of the world.
(2) Not everyone but some of the middle-class people are not satisfied with their lives. They look at those who are wealthier than they are and try to compete with them. They are always trying to earn more and live better lives.
(3) Alliteration- The sound of the consonant ‘s’ is repeated pleasingly.  
(4) The expressions from the extract showing the failure of man are Robbed of their laurels, their medals, their titles, their names.
Concept: Reading Skill
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