Madam and Her Madam | Questions and Answers | Langston Hughes | Neb Compulsory English Class 9 by Suraj Bhatt

Madam and Her Madam | Questions and Answers | Langston Hughes | Neb Compulsory English Class 9 by Suraj Bhatt
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Madam and Her Madam | Questions and Answers | Langston Hughes | Neb Compulsory English Class 9 by Suraj Bhatt 


Madam and Her Madam Question & Answers




QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Madam and Her Madam by Langston Hughes 

1. Who has composed this poem?

Answer:

Langston Hughes has composed this poem.


2. Was the Madam really not mean? Why does the speaker say 'she wasn't mean'? 

Answer:

No, the madam was really mean. The speaker says'she wasn't mean' because she finds her so frank and lovable in her talks.


3. Make a list of work that the maid had to do.

Answer:

Following is the list of work that the maid had to do in the house:
 
1. Clean twelve rooms.
 
2. Prepare three-time meals: breakfast, dinner, and supper.
 
3. Take care of children.
 
4. Do laundry work: wash, iron, and scrub.
Walk the dog around.


4. What made her nearly break down? 

Answer:

The different household and other tasks made her nearly break down.


5. How did the Madam respond to the maid's question? 

Answer:

The Madam responded quite lovingly to the maid's question.


6. What was the result of the heavy work?

Answer:

The result of the heavy work was so bad. The heavy work nearly broke the speaker down.


7. List any 2 jobs that had to be done.

Answer:

The two jobs that had to be done are as follows:
 
1. Clean a twelve-room house
 
2. Prepare meals three times.


8. What three works did Alberta have to do?

Answer:

Alberta had to do the following three works:
 
1. Clean twelve rooms.
 
2. Prepare three-time meals: breakfast, dinner, and supper.
 
3. Take care of children.


9. What work did she have to do outside the house?

Answer:

Outside the house, she had to walk the dog around.


10. For the cleanliness of their clothes, what did she have to do?

Answer:

For the cleanliness of their clothes, she had to do laundry work such as washing, ironing, and scrubbing.


11. How many times did she prepare their food?

Answer:

She prepared their food three times.


12. What did Alberta complain about?

Answer:

Alberta complained about the heavy work that nearly made her break down.


13. How is the Madam like?

Answer:

The Madam is like a kind woman who speaks quite lovingly to her maid.


14. What did the speaker have to do for her Madam?

Answer:

The speaker had to do various household and other tasks for her Madam.


15. What do you mean by 'pack horse out of me'?

Answer:

By 'pack horse out of me', I mean the speaker's life similar to a horse that is packed with heavy loads.


16. What do you mean by 'dogged' in the last stanza?

Answer:

In the last stanza, by 'dogged', I mean not giving up easily. 



1. From the poem, find the words as indicated in the brackets:

mistress (similar)

: madam

generous (opposite)

: mean

false (opposite)

: true

collapsed (similar)

: broke


B. From the poem, find the words which are similar in meaning:

a. lacking in generosity

: mean

last meal of the day

: supper

ceased to function

: broke down

not giving up easily

: dogged


From the poem, write the words which are similar in meaning to the following:

selfish

: mean

look after

: take care

tidy

: clean

shouted

: cried

Find the words or phrases in the above poem that are similar in meaning to the following words.

collapsed

: broke

spoke

: cried

mistress

: madam

not giving up easily

: dogged


Rewrite the sentences indicating 'T' for true and 'F' for false:

a. The maid-servant is selfish. F

b. There are twelve rooms in the house. T

c. The maid cares for her mistress child. T

d. The servant is still fresh due to the work. F


5. Rewrite the following sentences, choosing the best answer:

i) The relationship between the two women is ............................
a) mother and daughter
b) mistress and servant
c) co-wife to each other

b) mistress and servant

ii) She had to clean..........
a) the twelfth room
b) twelve rooms
c) twelve houses

b) twelve rooms

iii) She nearly broke down because..........
a) children beat her bitterly
b) she couldn't walk with the dog
c) she had heavy duties to be done

c) she had heavy duties to be done


A. Find the words from the given poem that are opposite in meaning to the following words:

a) generous

: mean

b) against

: for

c) supper

: lunch


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