Maharashtra State BoardHSC Commerce 12th Board Exam
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Read the Following Extract and Answer the Questions Given Below: - English

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Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Old women do not fly on magic wands
nor make obscure prophecies
from ominous forests.
They just sit on vacant park benches
in the quiet evenings,
call doves by their names
and charm them with grains of maize.
Or, trembling like waves
they stand in endless queues in
government hospitals.

(1) What do old women do in the quiet evenings?

(2) Do you feel old women should be looked after by their
families? Justify your answer.

(3) Name and explain the figure of speech in the following
line: 'Or, trembling like waves.'

(4) Pick out two pictorial images from the extract.

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Solution

(1) Old women sit on vacant park benches, they call doves by their names and feed them with grains of maize.
(2) Yes, old women should be looked after by their families when they become physically weak. They have spent a lifetime raising their children, sacrificing their own lives for them and therefore they deserve the attention of their families in their old age.'
(3) Simile: The trembling of the old woman is directly compared with the waves, by using the word ‘like’.
(4) Old women flying on magic wands.
Old women feeding doves in the park.
Concept: Reading Skill
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