CBSE Question Bank questions for the poem ‘Fog’ with answers are given here. These questions are officially provided by the CBSE to help students understand the pattern of the questions and practise accordingly.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
[From CBSE Q B 2020-21]
Q. Read the following extract and answer the questions/ complete the sentences that follow: [CBSE QB, 2021]
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbour and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
i. Choose the option with qualities of the cat that Carl Sandburg applies to the fog?
(1) Cats are independent animals, they don’t follow rules, they slip and slide in and out of our lives as they please.
(2) Cats are distrustful of strangers and can be jealous and moody.
(3) Cats are stealthy, moving in slow motion at times and they appear to be moving in a mysterious fashion.
(4) Cats often communicate with a combination of a distinctive sound and body language.
(5) Cats like to move on at their own pace and before you know it, they’ve disappeared.
- a) Only 1
- b) 2, 3 and 4
- c) 1,3 and 5
- d) Only 4
ii. Which one/s of the following applies to the given lines?
1. Personification is a literary device where you give an animal, object or natural phenomenon, qualities or abilities that only a human can have.
3. Imagery is the language used by poets,
and writers to create visual representation
of ideas in the minds of the readers.
2. Transferred epithet is a literary device when an adjective usually used to describe one thing is transferred to another.
4. Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear side by side.
- a) 1 and 4
- b) 2 and 3
- c) Only 1
- d) Only 3
iii. Pick the option that includes an image of the cat on its haunches.
- a. Option (1)
- b. Option (2)
- c. Option (3)
- d. Option (4)
iv. Choose the option that DOES NOT list movement of the fog.
|It stole in on us like a foot-pad
Somewhere out of the sea and air…
|A fog drifts in, the heavy-laden
Cold white ghost of the sea
– Sara Teasdale
|The fog it tricks the eye
The wonder of the veil of white
Under the clear blue sky.
in at ground level,
pressing its white featureless face
- a. Option (1)
- b. Option (2)
- c. Option (3)
- d. Option (4)
v. The poet has used short lines to compose the given poem. Choose the option that lists the most appropriate explanation for the same.
a. By keeping the lines short, the poet keeps the liberty in stepping away from rule, traditional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect.
b. By keeping the lines short, the poet wants the reader to omit some parts
of a sentence, which gives the reader a chance to fill the gaps while reading it out.
c. By keeping the lines short, the poet wants to introduce ambiguity or contradiction into an otherwise straightforward sentence.
d. By keeping the lines short, the poet is controlling the pace to make the reader slow down thereby reflecting the slow rolling in of the fog.
- i. c
- ii. d
- iii. b
- iv. c
- v. d
[CBSE Q B 2020-21]
Short Answer Type Questions
1. Stealth is an important aspect of fog. State any two instances from the poem “Fog” that suggest the same.
2. Highlight any two characteristics of fog from its description in the poem and justify your choice of characteristics briefly.
3. Is the fog portrayed as a resident of the city or as an outsider? Support your answer with two such references from the poem “Fog”.
4. Would you describe the role of the fog as active or passive? Support your answer with reference to the poem “Fog”.
5. Why does the poet use the phrase “silent haunches”? Substantiate your answer with reference to the poem “Fog”.
6. Comment, in detail, on the significance of the closing phrase of the poem- “moves on”.
1. The cat does not make a sound while it moves and the same does the fog. The way the fog sits is very much like a cat sitting on its haunches, looking here and there over the city and the same does the fog enveloping the city.
2. Fog enters the city stealthily without making any noise. It stays for a short period of time, suddenly and engulf everything underneath it, and then disappears suddenly without making any noise.
3. “Fog” is portrayed as an outsider, with unpredictable arrival. It comes to the city, hovers over it for some time and then returns back all of a sudden like an outsider who visits a city and then moves on to any other destination.
4. The role of the fog may be described as passive one. The fog is compared to a cat that likes to sit on window edges
and look outside. The fog too sits silently for a while and then moves on.
5. The poet uses the phrase “silent haunches” to describe the quiet and sneaky movement of fog as it sits over the city and its harbour for some time. “Silent haunches” is the way a cat sits on its haunches, i.e., on its bent knees. without anybody noticing, similarly, the fog hovers over the city silently.
6. The fog comes hovering and stays for a little period of time over the city like a cat that comes silently and sits on its haunches for a short period of time. Like a stalking cat, fog moves on. It disappears silently unnoticed as the cat is not to be found at the same place.
The poet highlights the temporariness or the transient mature of the natural happening fog. It is not there to stay for long as it moves to further destinations.
Long Answer Type Questions
1. In the poem “Fog”, the poet features the fog as animated. If you had to write a similar poem for one other natural phenomenon, which animal would you use to convey the characteristics of that particular phenomena? Justify, in detail, your choice of animal corresponding to it by bringing out similarities.
2. Do you agree with the poet’s comparison of fog to a cat or do you feel some other image would have done.
justice to the poem?
Justify your answer by substantiating your claims with examples.
The poet beautifully compares the fog to a cat. Choose any two animals from ‘How to Tell Wild Animals’ that do not have qualities that can be drawn out to be compared with a fog.
1. The poem ‘Fog’ describes the advancement of fog toward the city and harbour. He says the fog comes like a cat comes on its little feet. This means the fog advances towards the city very slowly and calmly just like a cat. It enters our home in an unpredictable manner.
Similarly, the zig zag movement of the flowing river can be compared to the zig zag movement of a snake. Just like the river water never flows in a straight manner in the same way the snake can never walk straight. Its movement is graceful and beautiful. Many poets have described the wavy motion of the snake with that of the wavy water.
2. Yes, I totally agree with the poet’s comparison of fog to a cat. The poet compared the sneaky, and silent movements of a cat to the movement of the fog. The way a cat walks into a place with its padded paws without making any noise and sits there on its “haunches” silently, fog too enters the city silently and stays there for a short time. Fog moves out of the city in the same quiet manner as the cat that moves silently without anybody noticing her absence. Any other image or animal would not have done justice to the poem as the movements of a cat perfectly define that of fog.
‘How Tell Wild Animals’ that do not have qualities that can be drawn out to be compared with a fog are the Asian Lion and the Bear. Both of these animals have a huge and terrible built. Their presence can never be unnoticed. One can notice them from a far distance Moreover, the loud roar of the Asian Lion and the black colour the Bear can easily attract everyone’s attention.