This poem depicts the state of a little girl’s mind who is constantly instructed about do’s and don’ts by her elders. She is told not to hunch her shoulders and to sit up straight. She is told to finish her homework and tidy her room. She is forbidden from eating a chocolate that she has. But all the time, the little girl Amanda keeps dreaming of a life of freedom in the open. She dreams of mermaids in the sea, of roaming barefoot in the dusty street and of the golden haired Rapunzel who lived alone in a high tower. She takes no note of what is being said to her. Then she is rebuked for being moody and sulking all the time.
short questions & answers
Q1: What picture of Amanda do you form from the poem ‘Amanda’?
A: Amanda is a little school going girl. She is constantly nagged by her parent. It is probably the mother. She keeps asking Amanda to do this or not to do that. But poor Amanda longs to be free and live life in her own way.
Q2: What is Amanda asked to do or not to do?
A: Amanda is asked not to bite her nails, not to hunch her shoulders and not to eat chocolate. She is asked to sit up straight, to finish her homework, to tidy her room and to clean her shoes. In fact, she is constantly asked to do this or not to do that.
Q3: What does Amanda long to do at the sea?
A: Amanda wants to be the sole inhabitant of the sea. She wants to be as free as a mermaid. She wants to be a mermaid `so that she could drift joyfully with the gentle waves of sea.
Q4: Is Amanda an orphan ? Why does she say that?
A: Amanda is not an orphan. She is nagged all the time by her parent. So she feels it better to have been an orphan. Then she could roam about freely in the street, leaving patterns of her bare feet in the soft dust.
Q5: How old do you think Amanda is ? How do you know this ?
A: Amanda is asked to finish her homework .It shows that she is a school-going girl. She seems to be around ten years old. She is constantly told to do this or not to do that.
Q6: Who do you think is speaking to Amanda in the poem ?
A: Is one of the parents who is speaking to Amanda. It is probably the mother who remains all the time at home and keeps nagging poor Amanda.
Q7: What could Amanda do if she were a mermaid ?
A: Amanda could then be the inhabitant of the sea. She could drift joyfully with the gentle waves of the sea. There would have been no one to nag here all the time. She could then move about freely where she liked.
Q8: Do you know the story of Rapunzel? Write briefly.
A: Rapunzel was a beautiful golden- haired girl her hair was very long. A witch had put her in a tower. A prince saw her and fell in love with her. Rapunzel let her hair down and the prince climbed up with them. The witch was very angry. she left Rapunzel alone in the desert. The prince at last found her and married her.
Q9: Why does Amanda Want to be Rapunzel?
A: Rapunzel lived alone in a tower. There was no one to nag her all time. Amanda thinks that Rapunzel’s life must have been very peaceful and wonderful. That is why she wants to be Rapunzel.
Q10: What does Amanda yearn for? What does the poem tell you about her?
A: Amanda yearns for a life of freedom. She is fed up with the constant nagging of her parents. She wishes that she had been an orphan show that there had been no one to nag her. Then she could move about freely and play where she liked.
text book questions & answers
Q1- How old do you think Amanda is? How do you know this?
A: Amanda is a little school-going girl. We know this because her parents asks her to finish her homework.
Q2- Who do you think is speaking to her?
A: It is her parent (probably her mother) who is speaking to her.
Q3- Why are stanzas 2,4 and 6 given in parenthesis?
A: These stanzas depict the state of the girl’s mind who is constantly nagged by her parent.
Q4- Who is the speaker in stanzas 2,4and 6? Do you think this speaker is listening to the speaker in stanzas 1,3,5 and 7?
A: The speaker in these stanzas is the girl named Amanda. She is lost in her own dreams and doesn’t listen to what is being said to her.
Q5- What could do if she were a mermaid?
A: She would drift with the gentle waves of the sea.
Q6- Is Amanda an orphan? Why does she say so?
A: No, she is not an orphan. She simply imagines that there would have been no one to nag her if she had been an orphan.
Q7- Do you know the story of Rapunzel? Why does Amanda want to be Rapunzel?
A: Rapunzel was a golden- haired girl who had been kept in a tower by a witch. Amanda thinks that Rapunzel’s life in the lonely tower must have been very happy and wonderful. That is why she wants to be Rapunzel.
Q8- What does the girl yearn for? What does this poem tell you about Amanda?
A: The girl yearns for a life of freedom. The poem tells us that she is an imaginative girl who is constantly nagged by her unimaginative parent.
Q9- Read the last stanza. Do you think Amanda is sulking and is moody?
A: No, Amanda is neither sulking, nor is she moody. She is simply longs for her freedom. She wants to go out and play where she likes.
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