How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth

Directions: Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow (Q. Nos. 1 to 6) by selecting the correct/most appropriate options.

How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth (1)
Stol’n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year (2)
My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom shew’th,
Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth
That I to manhood am arrived so near
And inward ripeness doth much less appear
That some more timely-happy spirits endu’th.
Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow,
It shall be stillin strictest measure ev’n
To that same lot, however mean or high,
Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heav’n

  1. The poet presents ‘Time’ as a/an
    (a) enemy
    (b) spirit
    (c) friend
    (d) thief
  2. The poet regrets that
    (a) he has not attained inner marurity
    (b) his teachers are not happy with his preogress
    (c) his academic progress has been very slow
    (d) he is not popular with his peers
  3. The poet envies his friends, because they
    (a) have achieved name and fame
    (b) are popular with their friends
    (c) are blessed with robust health
    (d) have attained inward repeness
  4. The inner maturity the poet longs for will come
    (a) with the help of pees
    (b) with the help of teachers
    (c) by the will of God
    (d) through hard word
  5. The poet is ____ about his future
    (a) pessimistic
    (b) unconcerned
    (c) cynical
    (d) optimistic
  6. The ‘figure of speech’ used in lines 1 and 2 is
    (a) personification
    (b) a hyperbole
    (c) an irony
    (d) a similc
Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 27th February 2016 in English.
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