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Exercise 1

Complete the poem. Try not to refer to the text.

The Living Photograph


My small grandmother is tall there,
straight-back, white broderie anglaise (1)___________________,
pleated (2)____________, flat shoes, grey bun,
a kind, old (3)_________ round her eyes.
Her big hand (4)____________mine,
white hand in black hand.
Her sharp blue eyes look her own (5) ______________ in the eye.
It was (6) __________ after all; that look.
My tall grandmother became small.
Her back round and (7) _____________.
Her (8) _____________ forgot to boil.
She went to the (9) ____________ place grandmothers go.
Somewhere unknown, (10) ___________.
But there she is still,
in the photo with me at (11)____________,
the crinkled smile is still (12) _____________ , breathing.

Exercise 2
Complete the bridge map with the antonyms to the words given.
1.
2.
3.
4.

Word:
Word:
Word:
Word:

true
sharp
forgot
awful

Antonym:
Antonym:
Antonym:
Antonym:

______________
______________
______________
______________

Exercise 3
Read the following statements and state whether they are True or False.
1.

2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

The persona recollects the memories of her grandmother as she looks at


the photograph.
(___________)
The personas grandmother is still living with her.
(___________)
The grandmother seems to be a friendly and kind woman.
(___________)
The persona is three years old when her grandmother dies.
(___________)
The grandmother remains strong and healthy until her death.
(___________)
In the photograph, the grandmother will always be alive.
(___________)

Exercise 4
Answer the following questions based on your understanding of the poem.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

How old was the persona when the photograph was taken?
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Which line in the poem tells us the grandmother has become forgetful?
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The grandmother seems to be a friendly and kind woman.
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The persona is three years old when her grandmother dies.
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The grandmother remains strong and healthy until her death.
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Give one moral value one can learn from the poem.
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Exercise 5
Answer all the questions.
1. List down 3 themes of the poem?

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2. Give 4 moral values that are found in the poem.
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3. How do you think of the persona feels towards her grandmother? Support
your answer with evidence from the poem.
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4. A picture speaks a thousand words is a common proverb. How would
you relate this to the poem The Living Photograph?
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Exercise 6
Read the questions carefully and answer all the questions.
1. Sometimes an elderly member of the family is sent to a nursing home. Do
you agree with this practice? Provide your reason.
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2. If you were to take care of your grandmother for a day, what would you
do to make her experience an unforgettable one?
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Answers
Exercise 1
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Shirt
Skirt
Smile
Holds
Death

6. True
7. Hunched
8. Soup
9. Awful
10.Unthinkable

11.Three

12.Living

13. Exercise 2
1.
2.
3.
4.

false
dull
remembered
Beautiful

14. Exercise 3
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

True
False
True
False
False
True

15. Exercise 4
1. She was three years old
2. The line, her soup forgot to boil
3. The word unthinkable
4. In the first stanza, the grandmother is strong and healthy in the
photograph while in the second stanza the grandmother is older and ill.
5. The poem is about how a photograph immortalises a person. This is
illustrated in the poem where in real life, the grandmother is dead but with
the photograph, she will always be remembered by the persona.
6. The poem teaches us that we must spend time with our loved ones
because when they pass away, all that will be left are the memories of the
time spent together.
16. Exercise 5 & 6
17.-Accept all correct and acceptable answers18.
19.
20.

21.

1. List two items grandmother wears in the photo.


a) _____________________________________________________________
b) _____________________________________________________________
22.
2. What do you think the writer is referring to in the phrase the awful place
grandmothers go?
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24.
3. Why do you think the writers small grandmother is tall in the photo?

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26.
4. In the first stanza, what does the word there refer to?
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28.
5. Which line tells you that the writer and her grandmother come from
different ethnic background?
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30.
6. How old was the writer when the photo was taken?
31.___________________________________________________________________________
32.
7. Why do you think the writer says that her grandmother is tall in the photo
but later became small?
33.___________________________________________________________________________
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34.
8. Quote evidence from line 14 to line 16 that the photograph was taken a
long time ago.
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36.
9. Explain the meaning of the word crinkled.
37.___________________________________________________________________________
38.
10.How do these lines make you feel about photographs of people you love?
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42.

Answers

1. a) pleated skirt
43.b) flat shoes/white broderie anglaise shirt
44.

2.

The writer is referring to death.

45.

3.
I think it is probably because the photo was taken when the
writers grandmother was younger. Her back was not rounded and
hunched then, so she looked tall.

46.

4.

It refers to the photograph.

47.

5.

white hand in black hand

48.

6.

She was three years old.

49.

7.
I think she says that because at the time the photo was taken
her grandmother was younger. Her back was straight therefore she

seemed taller. It could also be because the writer was very young at
the time (only 3 years old). As her grandmother grew older, her
back became round and hunched. So she appeared small. The
writer would also have grown bigger and taller too, therefore her
grandmother no longer appears tall to her.

53.

50.

8.
The persona says that the photograph was taken when
he/she was three years old.

51.

9.

Wrinkled

52.

10.

(accept all logical answers)