An August Midnight Questions & Answers

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This poem is written by Thomas Hardy. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions & answers of The Comet and The Moon, Piping Down The Valleys Wild and A Rose For The Princess so, you can check these posts as well.

An August Midnight Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Blind – window curtain
  • Distant floor – indoors of a distant house
  • Spined – with backbone
  • Parade – gather together for drilling
  • Whirl and sink – fall down moving round and round

Question 1: Say whether the following statements are true, or not true. Justify your answer.

(a) The poet was sitting alone in his room.

Answer: True

The lines – A longlegs, a moth and dumbledore, and a sleepy fly
Thus meet we five, in this still place tell us that the poet was sitting alone in his room.

(b) The only place that was lit was his writing table.

Answer: True

This is because all the insects came near the lamp and banged at the lamp-glass that was lit and fell down burnt.

(c) Everything was still, nothing was moving.

Answer: Not true

This is because the shade of the lamp was moving, the blind was waving, the clock was beating, the fly was rubbing its hands and the insect’s parade on the writer’s writing and fell down burnt.

(d) There was a light gentle wind.

Answer: True

This is because the window curtain was slightly moving.

(e) The silence in the room was total.

Answer: True

This is clear from the line – “Thus meet we five in this still place”.

(f) Four guests entered the poet’s room.

Answer: True

The guests were a longlegs, a moth, a dumbledore and a fly.

Question 2: What funny movements did the insects make?

Answer: The sleepy fly rubbed its hands standing in the middle of the poet’s writing. Also, the insects banged at the hot lamp-glass and fell down moving round and round.

Question 3: The poet says the meeting was willed by God – read the two lines in which he says this.


“God’s humblest they! I muse. Yet why?
They know Earth secrets that know not I.”

Question 4: Two thoughts cross the poet’s mind. What are they?

Answer: The insects, though they were aware they would die, yet they hit the lamp glass. The poet asks us why this happened? It is all God’s wish. Maybe they know the earth-secrets that the poet is not aware of.

Question 5: Write a few pairs of rhyming words from the poem.

Answer: Blind-spined, stands-hands, place-space, ink-sink.

So, these were An August Midnight Questions & Answers.

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