Unseen Passage: Poem at Thirty-Nine

Reading Comprehension

How i miss my father.
I wish he had not been
so tired
when i was
born

Writing deposit slips and checks
i think of him.
He taught me how.
This is the form,
he must have said:
the way it is done.
I learned to see
bits of paper
as a way
to escape
the life he knew
and even in high school
had a savings
account.

He taught me
that telling the truth
did not always mean
a beating;
though many of my truths
must have grieved him
before the end.

Q. What made Alice Walker open a savings account in High School?

Ans. Her father teaching her how to judicially use money made her open a saving account in high school.

Q. What lesson did her father give her on telling the truth?

Ans. On telling the truth, her father gave her a lesson that even if a truth is hard to tell or hard for someone to hear, doesn’t mean that it should not be told.

Q.What does ‘dancing in yoga meditation’ mean in the poem?

  1. To cook relaxedly and with full concentration.
  2. To cook while doing yoga exercises.
  3. To cook food after doing yoga meditation.
  4. Take lessons in cooking by joining class on yoga meditation.

Ans. To cook relaxedly and with full concentration.

Q. Fill in the blank to complete the following statement.

Alice Walker becomes nostalgic for her father and wishes, had he been alive he would have admired her for _________.

Ans. Alice Walker becomes nostalgic for her father and wishes, had he been alive he would have admired her for her cooking, chopping, handling finances and truths of life.

Q. Why do you think the title of the poem is ‘Poem at Thirty-Nine’?

Ans. The title of the poem is ‘Poem at Thirty-Nine’ because the poet must be of thirty-nine years at the time of writing this poem and reminiscing on the times that she spent with her father.

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