Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Longest Journey Questions & Answers.
This poem is written by M. Rosen. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions & answers of The Piggy Pub, The Homecoming and Angels on Earth so, you can check these posts as well.
The Longest Journey Questions & Answers
- Ripping off – removing quickly by pulling in
- You’ve got coming up – going to happen for you
- Scared – frightened, filled with fear
- Grinning – giving a wide smile
- Prickle – a slight stinging feeling on the skin
- Moaning-moaning – repeated long deep sound
Question 1: ‘It’s just the same every night.’ What is just the same every night?
Answer: The last one to bed has to switch off the light. So, every night, there is a race to undress and get into bed before others can do it.
Question 2: ‘There is a race.’ What for?
Answer: The race is to undress and to get into bed before others can do it.
Question 3: What happens if one wins? What, if one loses?
Answer: One who wins has not to switch off the light. He can get to his bed before darkness comes. The one who loses has to switch off the light and reach his bed in darkness.
Question 4: Who is the loser in this poem and why?
Answer: The child-poet is the loser because he is the last to undress and he has to switch off the light before going to bed.
Question 5: How does the child-poet feel when the light has been switched off?
Answer: The child-poet feels very scared. He feels the journey from the light switch to his bed is the longest journey in the world.
Question 6: ‘I’m not scared.’ Who says this? How many times? Why?
Answer: The child-poet says these words four times. He does this to keep up his courage and to reassure himself that he is not scared.
Question 7: ‘Such a terrible shame.’ What is the matter of shame?
Answer: The child-poet has to reassure himself again and again that he is not scared, yet he can hardly take a step in the dark. The way from the light switch to his bed seems to him to be the longest journey in the world. He considers it a matter of shame that it is always the same with him.
Question 8: Explain the meaning of: ‘From the light switch to my bed, it’s the longest journey in the world.’
Answer: When our heart is full of joy, time flies quickly and even a long period of time seems to have passed in a flash. But when our heart is heavy due to some fear or worry, time seems to hang heavy on us and even a small moment seems to linger endlessly. Here a child tells us how terribly he feels frightened in a dark room. After switching off the light, he has to reach his bed in the dark. It is only a few steps to the bed, but the child’s heart is so filled with fear that from the light switch to his bed, it appears to him to be the longest journey in the world.
Question 9: Choose the correct option:
1. The phrase ‘ripping off’ in the line 5 means
(c) pulling or removing sharply
2. Lines 21-23 show that the child-poet is afraid of
(a) the dark
(c) dangerous animals
3. Lines 24-27 show that the child-poet’s fear is
4. Lines 7-10 show that the children are
(a) fighting with each other.
(b) in a tearing hurry to go to bed.
(c) going to run a race.
5. The words ‘what you’ve got coming up’ in line 16 mean
(a) the race you’re going to run.
(b) the problem you’re going to face.
(c) the nightdress you’re going to put on.
6. Lines 28-38 show that the child-poet
(a) is not afraid at all.
(b) is afraid and behaves like a coward.
(c) is afraid but faces the situation with courage.
So, these were The Longest Journey Questions & Answers.