The Nightingale And The Glowworm Questions & Answers – Part 2

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Nightingale And The Glowworm Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by William Couper. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Pocahontas, Boyhood Days and Refugee Blues so, you can check these posts as well.

The Nightingale And The Glow-worm Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Eve – evening
  • Eventide – evening
  • Suspended – stopped
  • Crop – bag-like part of a bird’s throat
  • Harangued – spoke loudly and angrily to criticize
  • Abhor – hate
  • Intent – desire
  • Eloquent – very impressive and moving in speech
  • Spied – noticed
  • Warbling – singing
  • Songster – singer (here, the nightingale)
  • Approbation – appreciation
  • Oration – speech

Question 1: Choose the correct option:

(a) Which two creatures are the main characters in the poem?

i. a nightingale and a glowworm
ii. a glowworm and a frog
iii. a frog and a nightingale

(b) What did the nightingale do for the village all day long?

i. He brought precious gems for the villagers from all around the world.
ii. He cheered the village by his song.
iii. He guarded their crops against crows.

(c) What did the glowworm admire the nightingale for?

i. for his flight
ii. for his beauty
iii. for his singing

(d) What did the nightingale intend to do with the glowworm?

i. He wanted to take away his light.
ii. He wanted to teach him to sing.
iii. He wanted to put him in his crop.

(e) What did the nightingale finally do?

i. He released the glowworm and found his supper somewhere else.
ii. He ate up the glowworm.
iii. He took the glowworm on a flight in the vicinity.

Question 2: What did the nightingale do throughout the day?

Answer: The nightingale sang the whole day making people happy.

Question 3: Why did the nightingale stop singing in the evening?

Answer: The nightingale stopped singing in the evening because he felt hungry.

Question 4: A nightingale and a glowworm beautify and cheer the night. How do they do that?

Answer: A nightingale beautifies and cheers the night by singing and making people happy.
A glowworm does that with his light.

Question 5: What did the nightingale want to do with the worm?

Answer: The nightingale had sung throughout the day and had entertained the villagers with his song. He continued to sing till evening but when the night fell, he began to feel the pangs of hunger. He looked around to find something to eat and noticed a glow-worm on the ground. He wanted to make the worm his meal in order to satiate his hunger.

The Nightingale And The Glowworm Questions & Answers

Question 6: Read and answer the questions:
Nor yet at eve his note suspended,
Nor yet when eventide was ended.

(a) Who is being talked about in these lines?

Answer: A nightingale is being talked about in these lines.

(b) When did he sing?

Answer: He sings all day long.

(c) What does ‘note’ refer to in these lines?

Answer: In these lines ‘note’ refers to a single musical sound of a particular length and pitch which continue all day long.

Question 7: What did the glow-worm tell the nightingale about their God-given gifts?

Answer: The glow-worm told the nightingale that just as he had been bestowed with the gift of music, to entertain and give- pleasure to everyone around him. In the same manner, the glowworm had been given the gift of light to diminish the darkness and beautify and brighten up the night.

Question 8: Read and answer the questions:
“You would abhor to do me wrong,
As much as I to spoil your song”

(a) Who is the speaker of these lines?

Answer: Glowworm is the speaker of these lines.

(b) Why would he not like to spoil the listener’s song?

Answer: He said that the same God had given music power and shining power. So, he would not like to spoil the listener’s song.

(c) Why did the speaker say these lines?

Answer: The speaker thought that the nightingale might kill him. So, the speaker (glowworm) praised the nightingale again and again and tried to convince him that both should have treated each other as friends.

Question 9: What argument did the glow-worm give to the nightingale for sparing his life?

Answer: The glow-worm tried to convince the nightingale to spare his life by telling him that they both were sent by God for a purpose. The nightingale had been sent on the earth to entertain everyone with his melodious voice and the glow-worm was sent to shine and dispel the darkness. The nightingale should not spoil God’s creation by causing any harm to the glowworm just as the glow-worm would abhor spoiling the nightingale’s song.

The Nightingale And The Glowworm Questions & Answers

Question 10: Read and answer the questions:
“That you with music, I with light,
Might beautify and cheer the night”.

(a) Who is the speaker?

Answer: The glowworm is the speaker.

(b) According to him, how are he and the listener ‘gifted’?

Answer: God has given both a divine power as a gift. A nightingale can sing all day long and a glowworm can shine at night.

(c) What can they both do for the world?

Answer: A nightingale can entertain the villagers all day long through his music while a glowworm can shine at night and make the night beautiful.

Question 11: How did the nightingale react to the glow-worm’s speech?

Answer: The nightingale was quite influenced and impressed by the glow-worm’s eloquent oration (speech). He appreciated the argument presented by the glow-worm and flew away to find food somewhere else.

Question 12: What quality of the nightingale’s character is evident in the last line of the poem?

Answer: The nightingale was impressed by the glow-worm’s persuasive speech which shows that the nightingale was noble, understanding and reasonable. He understood the fact that every created being has a unique place in God’s creation and enriched life in its own way. So, it was necessary to live in harmony with one another.

Question 13: Write the central idea of the poem.

Answer: The poem is based on the idea – ‘Live and let live’. It carries a lovely lesson for the mankind. Every object of nature – living and non-living is useful in its own way. Everyone has a talent. For the world to be happy and prosperous, one must learn to co-exist with others in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding and no one should be harmed.

So, these were The Nightingale And The Glowworm Questions & Answers.