Slow Motion is Now So Rare Poem Answers Summary and Meaning

‘Slow Motion is Now So rare’ is written by Santhini Govindan. Here the textbook answers to Wind Chimes book are given to help students.

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remarked – to make a comment, express opinion

nimble – quick and light in movement (फुर्तीला )

modest – humble and moderate in opinion or behaviour (संकोची)

at length – in detail

queer – odd, strange and unusual

vastly – very great in size, greatly

arranged – put or organised in some or proper order

folks – the common people (आम जनता)

toil – to work hard, to move with difficulty

stride – long step

distinguished – unique and different from others and are respected for that

motion – movement

Summary: Slow Motion is Now So Rare

A snail asked a tortoise his speed, thinking it was the one from the very popular story where a tortoise beat a hare in a race. The tortoise said that it was its great grandpa who won the race and that too by luck as the hare has slept.

The snail asked if she could try the same race and upset the hare. The tortoise said that the hare would not be able to sleep in the middle of the race anymore because there are much bigger sporting crowds these days. He also said that being faster is not something that the snail should aspire to anymore. In an increasingly fast-paced world, they are more distinguished because of their slow motion.

Textbook Exercise Solutions



  1. a. The snail is talking to the tortoise.
    b. The incident that the snail is referring to is the one between the hare and the tortoise in the fable.
    c. The hare is called nimble because it is swift.
  2. a. The snail is talking to the tortoise.
    b. ‘Such a race’ is the one between the hare and the tortoise in the fable.
    c. The tortoise says that the snail could not win a race like that nowadays, because the huge
    sporting crowds would prevent the hare from falling asleep.
  3. a. ‘We’ are the tortoise and the snail.
    b. They are distinguished in the sense that they are both unique.
    c. In a world that is increasingly fast-paced in every sense, a creature that is slow and patient is
    the one that stands out.

B. Answers

1. The snail and the tortoise are common in being slow moving creatures on the earth.

2. Things have changed in the same that the crowds at crowds at sporting events have grown steadily larger and nosier. Such noise would awaken the hare.

3. The tortoise is shown composed and satisfied with his life being unique. The snail, on the other hand, is eager to run a race to defeat the hare. She is restless.

4. The tortoise said that they are living in an age of large crowds and their noise would not let the hare sleep. Secondly, he said that they were unique being the slow walkers among the fast movers.

5. The tortoise says so because the time has changed and the things are not so arranged as were during his grandpa’s days.

6. I think ‘slow motion’ refers to the physical movement. It is clear in the poem that the snail and the tortoise were talking about their walking movements as unique among the fast-moving other creatures.


A. undistinguished; barely; inertia; asleep; rare


A. 1. was going (past continuous); was (simple past)

  1. was (simple past); had worked (past perfect)
  2. were bought (simple past)
  3. saw (simple past); pop (simple past)
  4. wished (simple past); had…spent (past perfect)
  5. was (simple past); had forgotten (past perfect)
  6. was (simple past)
  7. was playing (past continuous); arrived (simple past)
  8. left (simple past)
  9. had planned (past perfect)

B. 1. will be travelling

2. shall eat

3. will be

4. will be finishing

5. will arrive

6. will be reaching

7. will lend

8. will

9. will be leaving

10. will be writing

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Rohit Samanta

    Can you give me the extractual questions of the slow motion is so rare

  2. Gungun

    Why there is not reference to context

    1. Sirji

      Hi Gungun! We have updated the post and reference to context is available now.

  3. Anushka

    What is your idea from this pome?

  4. Hanshika

    Thanks ,, very good answers and explanation. It saved my day . Thank you 😊 . It is same as my book..

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