NCERT Solutions for Poem Garden Snake Class 7 English Honeycomb

In the poem "Garden Snake" by Muriel L. Sonne, the speaker reflects on a childhood experience throughout the course of the piece. The sight of a snake in the garden fears him. He flees the garden out of fear, thinking it was too dangerous to stay there. Garden Snake is a short poem where the author expresses his fear of snakes. But then he also tells us how he is not afraid of the garden snake. This shows a child's innocence.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7th English Poem Garden Snake

Garden Snake Questions and Answer

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Page No: 137

Working with the Poem

Question 1: Answer the following questions.

(i) Pick out the line that suggests that the child is afraid of snakes.


The line that suggests that the child is afraid of snakes is

‘I saw a snake and ran away...’


(ii) Which line shows a complete change of the child’s attitude towards snakes? Read it aloud.


The line that shows a change in the child’s attitude is –

‘I’ll stand aside and watch him pass,

And tell myself,

“There’s no mistake,

It’s just a harmless garden snake!”‘


(iii) “But mother says that kind is good...” What is mother referring to?


The mother is referring to the garden snake, saying it is the harmless kind of snake.


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Question 2: Find the word that refers to the snake’s movements in the grass.


 ‘Wiggles’ is the word that refers to the snake’s movements in the grass.


Question 3: There are four pairs of rhyming words in the poem. Say them aloud.


The four pairs are

(i) away - say

(ii) good - food

(iv) grass - pass

(iv) mistake – snake


Question 4: A snake has no legs or feet, but it moves very fast. Can you guess how? Discuss in the group.


A snake does not have any legs or feet, but it slithers very quickly through the grass as it moves. During this process, the muscles of its body are alternately contracted and relaxed.


Question 5: Can you recall the word used for a cobra’s long sharp teeth? Where did you come across this word first?


The word 'fangs' refers to the sharp teeth of the cobra. In addition, they contain poison. There are fangs on all poisonous snakes. During my childhood, my mother often warned me not to play in bushy areas for fear of getting bitten by a poisonous snake.

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