The Fly Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Fly Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Walter de la Mare. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of The Free Man, The Sound Collector and Birbal Visits Persia so, you can check these posts as well.  

The Fly Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Unto – old way of saying ‘to’
  • Prickle – thorn
  • Spear – a sharp pointed weapon
  • Looking glass – mirror
  • Fierce – dangerous
  • Lofty – tall, high
  • Wasp – a small yellow insect
  • Specks – very small pieces
  • Lambkins – small lambs

Question 1: What does a rosebud look like to a fly?

Answer: A rosebud looks like a feather bed to a fly.

Question 2: What does the poet think looks like a spear to a fly?

Answer: The poet thinks that the thorn of a rose looks like a spear to a fly.

Question 3: Why do you think a dewdrop would act like a looking glass to a fly?

Answer: A dewdrop would act like a looking glass to a fly as it has a mirror like surface.

Question 4: What are lambkins? What is common between them and specks of salt?

Answer: Lambkins are baby sheep or lambs. They are tiny and white in colour just like specks of salt.

Question 5: Read the lines and answer the questions:

The smallest grain of mustard-seed
As fierce as coals of fire;

(a) What would look like coals of fire to the fly?

Answer: Mustard seeds would look like coals of fire to the tiny fly.

(b) Why would it look like that?

Answer: As the fly is tiny, even a small mustard seed would look as big as a piece of coal to it. Also, because mustard seeds are yellow-orange in colour, they would look like coals of fire.

Question 6: Find words from the poem that mean the same as:

1. very high – lofty
2. a very small bit – speck
3. a little lamb – lambkin

Question 7: Write four similes used in the poem.


  • Rosebud like a feather bed.
  • A prickle like a spear.
  • A dewdrop like a looking glass.
  • A hair like a golden wire.
  • A loaf of bread like a lofty hill.

Question 8: Write three pairs of rhyming words from the poem.

Answer: Appear-spear, wire-fire, leopard-shepherd.

Question 9: What would look like ‘a lofty hill’ to the fly? Why do you think the speaker uses the word ‘lofty’?

Answer: A loaf of bread would look like ‘a lofty hill’ to the fly. The speaker uses the word ‘lofty’ to explain how tall the loaf would look to the tiny fly.

Question 10: Why would a fly be afraid of a wasp?

Answer: A fly would be afraid of a wasp because a wasp may be bigger than the fly. A wasp can sting, so the fly may be afraid that the wasp would hurt it.

Question 11: How is salt compared to lambkins?

Answer: Both salt and lambkins are white in colour. Although specks of salt are very small, they would look large enough to a tiny fly. So, the fly would be able to see them as clearly as a shepherd can see lambkins.

So, these were The Fly Questions & Answers.

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