On the Desert Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share On the Desert Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by William Wetmore Story. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Dreams, The Kite and The Spinning Sage so, you can check these posts as well.  

On the Desert Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Horizon – the distant line where the sky appears to meet the land or the sea
  • Glaring – bright in an unpleasant way
  • Sways – moves slowly from side to side
  • Awkward – (here) clumsy
  • Scraggy – very thin
  • Bland – dull
  • Blear – vagueness in the eye
  • Simmering – very hot
  • Haunts – keeps following like a ghost
  • Pursues – follows
  • Flee – escape
  • Padded – dull (sound)
  • Bound – jump
  • Stare – continuous and fixed look
  • Prying – looking impolitely

Question 1: Fill in the blanks:

1. The speaker of the poem is a traveller.
2. The traveller is riding on a camel.
3. The glaring thing all around him is sand.
4. The traveller says that the shadow of the camel on the sand is ever at his side.
5. The sun is prying everywhere.
6. The traveller compares the desert to a wide ocean.

Question 2: Describe the camel’s movement.

Answer: The camel sways from side to side with an awkward step of pride.  

Question 3: ‘It haunts me, it pursues me, if I flee or if I stand.’ What is ‘it’?

Answer: ‘It’ refers to the shadow of the camel on the sand.

Question 4: Can the traveller hear any sounds? What?

Answer: Yes. the traveller can hear the sound of the footsteps of the camel on the sand.

Question 5: Why does the traveller feel that the sun is ‘prying everywhere’?

Answer: The traveller feels that the sun is ‘prying everywhere’ because the sun is hot and the sand is glaring with sunlight.

Question 6: What is the meaning of the phrase ‘desolately grand’?

Answer: The desert is empty and tough to cross. But it is vast and has a beauty of its own.

So, these were the Questions & Answers.

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