The Snail by William Cowper : Question-Answer and Exercise

Theme of the Poem ‘The Snail’ :

i) The private word of a snail
ii) Self-sufficient life of a snail
iii) Self-contained world in which a snail lives.

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) : 1 Mark Each

The snail has no fear — (a) to fall, (b) to die, (c) to fight, (d) to hang.

Danger comes to the snail from — (a) air, (b) other animals, (c) tides, (d) storm.

The word ‘imminent’ means — (a) inborn, (b) about to happen, (c) danger, (d) bad weather.

When there is a storm, the snail — (a) comes out of the house, (b) goes very far away, (c) is very delighted, (d) hides within his house.

The snail has — (a) horns, (b) teeth, (c) feet, (d) hair.

With the slightest touch, the snail shrinks into his house with — (a) displeasure, (b) pleasure, (c) pain, (d) surprise

The snail hides himself— (a) in a hole he finds, (b) under a stone, (c) going into sand, (d) within his own shell,

The self-collecting power of the snail is — (a) great, (b) good, (c) average, (d) nothing.

The snail considers his house — (a) nice, (b) small, (c) secure, (d) dangerous.

In his house the snail lives with — (a) parents, (b) friends, (c) relatives, (d) no one.

The snail has got — (a) over confidence, (b) self confidence, (c) self-collecting power, (d) none of these.

The snail is seen to lead — (a) a life depending on another object, (b) a life of displeasure, (c) a self-sufficient life, (d) a life with the slightest touch.

The word ‘chattels’ means — (a) shelter, (b) personal belongings, (c) wealth, (d) friends.

The snail lives his life like a — (a) traveller, (b) vagabond, (c) hermit, (d) all of these.

The only personal belonging of the snail is— (a) leaf, (b) wall, (c) himself, (d) chattels.

The snail sticks close to — (a) trees, (b) branches, (c) ground, (d) grass, leaf, fruit or wall.

The snail assumes danger with its – (a) Powerful eyes (b) Sensitive smell (c) Sensitive horns (d) Intuition

His self-collecting power is — (a) very weak (b) very ordinary (c) very strong (d) ‘very insignificant

■ Answer the Following Questions : 2Marks Each

Which objects does the snail stick to ? Or, Where does the snail stick ?

What does the snail usually stick itself to?

What kind of danger may the snail face?

What does the snail do at times of danger? Or, What does the snail do when danger comes ?

What are the dangers that the snail faces?

What dangers does a snail have?

How does the snail live his life?

What happens when the horns of the snail are given the slightest touch ?

What does the snail do when his horns are slightly touched?

What happens when the horns of the snail are touched slightly?

What happens when some one touches the horns of a snail slightly?

How does the snail react at a slightest touch? Or, What causes his displeasure ?

When does the snail shrink inward? Or, When does a snail shrink into his house ?

When does the snail hide ?

How does the snail dwell ?

What makes the snail well-satisfied?

When is a snail satisfied ?

How does the snail grow ?

When does the snail feel uneasy?

Write about the whereabouts of the snail.

■ True / False: 2 Marks

The snail sticks to his house.
Supporting statement:

Storm is the only adverse element that a snail has to face.
Supporting statement:

The snail dwells alone
Supporting statement :

With the slightest touch, he shrinks into his house
Supporting statement :

The snail and his house are inseparable
Supporting statement :

The snail has a very powerful sensitivity.
Supporting statement :

The snail lives like hermit.
Supporting Statement:

■ Textual Question Answers Marks-2

Q. What is the poem The Snail written about ?


Answer: The poem The Snail is written about self-contented world in which a snail lives.

Q. Where does the snail grow up ?


Answer: The snail grows up close to the grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall.

Q. Where does the snail live ?


Answer: The snail lives in a self-contained world alone close to the grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall.

Q. How does a snail stick to and where ?


Answer: The snail sticks close to the grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall. And he has no fear to fall.

Q. Where is the house of the snail ?


Answer : The house of the snail is close to the grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall.

Q. What are the dangers of the snail ?


Answer: The dangers of the snail are imminent betides of storm or other harms beside of weather.

Q. Why does the snail hide himself within that house ?


Answer: The snail hide himself within that house because of imminent betides of storm or other harms beside of weather.

Q. Where does the snail security himself ?


Answer: The snail secures himself within his house when danger is imminent.

Q. What is the reason of the snail’s displeasure ?


Answer : The reason of the snails displeasure is because of his self collecting power that he shrinks into his house if his horns are given the slightest touch.

Q. In which whether the snail hide himself ?


Answer: The snail hides himself when danger is imminent betides of storm or other harms beside of weather.

Q. What makes the snail displeasure ?


Answer: His self collecting power makes the snail displeasure if his horns are given the slightest touch.

Q. How is the snail’s self collecting power ?


Answer: The snail’s self-collecting power is such that he shrinks into his house with much displeasure ( if his horns are given the slightest touch ).

Q.Why does the snail shrink into his house ?


Answer: The snail shrinks into his house because of his self collecting power if his horns are given the slightest touch.

Q. Where does the snail live/ dwell ?


Answer: The snail lives / dwells in a self-contained world alone close to the grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall.

Q. What is/are the chattels ( personal belongings) of the snail ?


Answer: The chattels of the snail is he himself. He himself is his all chattels.

Q. What makes the snail snail satisfied ?


Answer: The snail is well satisfied to be his own whole treasure.

Q. What does the phrase whole treasure mean ( refer to ) ?


Answer: The phrase whole treasure means ( refers to ) the self-sufficient life of the snail and self-contained world in which a snail lives.

Q. Why is the life of a snail is compared to a hermit?
Or, how does a life of a snail is compared to hermit?


Answer: The life of a snail is compared to a hermit because like a hermit a snail lives alone self-sufficient in his self-contained world.

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