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  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute?

    E n g l i s h L i t e r a t u r e F O R M 5

    Volume 1

    15/8/2011

    The poem Are You Still Playing Your Flute? talks about the past which

    was filled with peace and harmony. The poet longs for the time when life

    was simple and carefree. A time where one was still in control of ones

    life. It also talks about the youths migrating to towns to look for greener

    pastures. The village is now quiet and deserted, the paddy fields are left

    unattended. In the towns the youths get disillusionised because their

    hopes for a better life is dashed by unemployment and desperation.

    People in the town are disunited by politics and their friends are being

    killed mercilessly. The poem as whole wants us not to be ignorant to our

    surroundings but rather take some interest in them because changes

    around us affects everyone and not a select few.

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    This e-Book contains 10 sets of questions, each set has 4 questions. All to-

    gether there are 40 questions.

    This sample e-book was produced to provide

    extra materials for students looking for extra litera-

    ture exercises.

    The 40 sample questions tests students of their

    understanding of this poem from different literature

    aspects.

    Sample answers are provided at the end of this

    e-book. Students are advised to check their answers

    with their teachers to get a clearer picture.

    A great way to get yourself ready before your SPM examination.

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. What does the flute symbolize in this poem?

    2. What is the literary device used in the line Are you still playing your flute?

    3. Which line in stanza 2 gives us an idea that the rice field is stricken with disease?

    4. Do you think the youths have forgotten their roots?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 1

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. State one theme that is related to this poem?

    2. Who is the persona of this poem?

    3. What does the persona miss in the first stanza?

    4. What do you understand with the term in the village so quiet and deserted ?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 2

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. Which line suggests leisure time is precious to the persona?

    2. What is the tone of this poem?

    3. Which literary device is used in line 2, stanza 2 ?

    4. In your own words, state two things that worries the persona ?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 3

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. The word you in the poem refers to?

    2. State one moral value that you found in this poem?

    3. What does the phrase the world is too old and bleeding refer to?

    4. Do you think that the flutist is a carefree person?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 4

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. What does the phrase village so quiet mean?

    2. What is the setting of this poem?

    3. Why do you think the paddy fields are sick ?

    4. State two things that deeply worries the persona?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 5

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. Which literary device is used to show sick in stanza 2, line 3?

    2. What is the mood portrayed in stanza 3?

    3. What does the phrases in stanza 2, lines 4-8 show?

    4. Why do you think young people from villages like to migrate to cities?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 6

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. What does the word longing mean?

    2. The phrase Are you still playing the flute shows that the persona...?

    3. The word you in the poem refers to...

    4. Name two lessons you have learnt from this poem.

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 7

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. What does the phrase Gazing at the evening rays refer to?

    2. Why does the persona see the flutist as a hazard in stanza 3,line 4?

    3. How would you describe the flutist in one word?

    4. What does the phrase my younger brothers are unemployed and desperate mean to you?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 8

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. The phrase when there is hardly time for our love suggests that?

    2. Why does the persona feel guilty?

    3. The phrase composed by his fingers most probably suggests that the flutist is a..

    4. Do you agree that youths from villages should migrate to cities ?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 9

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    English Literature

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    [ 1 mark ]

    1. What is the tone used in stanza four?

    2. Which phrase suggests the use of repetition by the poet?

    3. What is the poet trying to emphasize in stanza 2, lines 6,7 and 8?

    4. How would you contrast the poet and the flutist?

    [ 2 mark ]

    SET 10

    Are You Still Playing Your Flute

    Are you still playing your flute?

    When there is hardly time for our love

    I am feeling guilty

    To be longing for your song

    The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the

    bamboo

    Uncovered by the breath of an artist

    Composed by his fingers

    Blown by the wind

    To the depth of my heart.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    In the village so quiet and deserted

    Amidst the sick rice field

    While here it has become a luxury

    To spend time watching the rain

    Gazing at the evening rays

    Collecting dew drops

    Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

    Are you still playing your flute?

    The more it disturbs my conscience

    to be thinking of you

    in the hazard of you

    my younger brothers unemployed and desperate

    my people disunited by politics

    my friend slaughtered mercilessly

    this world is too old and bleeding

    Zurinah Hassan

  • Copyright 2011 www.kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com

    Prepared by : Mr. Luke Gabriel

    All the answers are only sample answers which students can use as guide to check their answers. To get a clearer picture, my advise would be to

    check your answers with your teacher. This is because your answers may vary from these sample answers, it does not mean that your answer (s)

    are wrong.

    Set 1.

    1. It symbolizes hope.

    2. Repetition

    3. Line 3

    4. Yes. The youths have left their village and moved to towns. They have forgotten their cul-

    tural roots of tending to paddy fields.

    Set 2.

    1. One must be willing to change/ Sensitive towards our surroundings / Appreciate arts.

    2. The poet herself.

    3. She misses the song played by the flutist.

    4. The village has become very quiet because the youths have moved to towns to seek for

    be...

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