NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 21 the Trees CBSE Board Sample Problems Short Answer (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Question

What happens to the house when the trees move out of it?

Solution

  • The fragrance from the trees is filling the house like low whisperings of people.
  • Thus, the poet personifies that the house would be empty and silent, once the trees leave.

Question

How does the poet describe the moon: (a) at the beginning of the third stanza, and (b) at its end? What causes this change?

Solution

  • As the poet watches the night sky from the window overlooking the verandah, the moon is whole, shining brightly in the open sky.
  • As she imagines the trees moving out of the house she envisions the moon light rippling over the crown of the oak tree and she metaphorically compares it to moon being broken into several pieces and each piece reflecting its light separately.

Question

What does the poet compare the branches of the trees to?

Solution

  • The poet compares the boughs and branches of the trees to newly discharged patients moving out of the clinic doors in a half dazed condition, stifled under the strain of confinement.
  • They are desperate to stretch themselves in the open and get a breath of fresh air.

Question

Where are the trees in the poem? What do their roots, their leaves and twigs do?

Solution

  • The poem by Adrienne Rich is referring to the trees grown indoor for their aesthetic beauty. The poet imagines that the trees are stifled in confined places and struggle to move in the open towards their natural habitat.
  • The roots make a deliberate effort to disentangle themselves from the cracks in the floor while the leaves and twigs exert themselves to break the glass barrier of the window and emerge into the open.