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Monday, October 10, 2011

In The Midst of Hardship: Exercises

In the Midst of Hardship   by Latiff Mohidin

At dawn they returned home
their soaky clothes torn
and approached the stove
their limbs marked by scratches
their legs full of wounds
but on their brows
there was not a sign of despair
The whole day and night just passed
they had to brave the horrendous flood
in the water all the time
between bloated carcasses
and tiny chips of tree barks
desperately looking for their son’s
albino buffalo that was never found

They were born amidst hardship

and grew up without a sigh or a complaint
now they are in the kitchen, making
jokes while rolling their ciggarete leaves





1. When did the people in the poem return home?

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2. Describe the conditions of the people in this poem.
   
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3. Where do they go to in the kitchen?

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4. Despite the conditions of the people in the above poem, did they give up? 

    Which line tells you this?

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5. What do you understand by ‘ but on their brows, there was not a sign of despair’?

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6. What natural disaster had occurred to the place?

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7. Name the animal that had gone missing in this poem.

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8. Do you think the people in the poem are rich? Justify your answer with evidence 
    from the poem?   

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9. Why do you think the people are desperately looking for the lost animal?

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10. Which expression suggests that the animals did not survive?

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11. Do you think the people here are hopeful and optimistic? Justify your answer.    

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12. What can you learn from this poem?

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13. What is different about the animal? 

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14. If you were born in family which has to face hardship, how do you feel? What 
      would you do to make your life better?

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1 comment:

  1. Dear,

    I am going to share these questions with my students. hope you don't mind.
    Thank you ;)

    ReplyDelete

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Collection of SPM English Language Question Papers

2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2],
Trial
MRSM Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], SBP Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kelantan Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kedah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Johor Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Perlis Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sabah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sarawak Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Melaka Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
Melaka Trial , Johor Trial , Sabah Trial , Kedah Trial , Perlis Trial , Times , SBP , Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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