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Poetry Comprehension – At the Zoo


Poetry Comprehension – At The Zoo: Read the following poem and answer the questions. Hit the ‘Check Answers’ button and get your answers corrected.

At the Zoo

by William Makepeace Thackeray


First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black;
Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back;
Then I saw the grey wolf, with mutton in his maw;
Then I saw the wombat waddle in the straw;
Then I saw the elephant a-waving of his trunk;
Then I saw the monkeys-mercy, how unpleasantly they-smelt!


Find the answers using the words given in the brackets.


(a) What colour was the animal which was seen first? The Animal which was seen first was (brown, white, black) in colour.

(b) What kind of an animal did the narrator see next? Next, the narrator saw a (camel, wolf, bear)

(c) What did the narrator see upon the camel's back? The Narrator saw a (hump, wound, bird) upon the camel's back.

(d) What was in the grey wolf's maw (mouth)? There was (beef, chicken, mutton) in his maw.

(e) What was the wombat doing in the straw? The wombat was (running, waddling, jumping) in the straw.

(f) What was the elephant doing? The elephant was (waving his trunk, trumpeting, eating sugar-canes)

(g) Why did the narrator say the "monkeys-mercy"? The narrator said the "monkeys-mercy" because, they (were hungry, were orphans, smelt very badly)

(h) How many types of animals did the narrator see in all? The narrator saw (six, seven, eight) types of animals in all.

(i) What is the title of the poem? The title of the poem is (In the Zoo, At the Zoo, The Zoo)

(j) What is the first name of the poet? The first name of the poet is (Makepeace, Thackeray, William)