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Week 1 Basic Skills comprehension.

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1880s, steam trains were a very popular form of transport. They enabled people to travel long distances at much greater speeds than before. This poem describes a journey on a steam train. 

1. Line 1-8, what is the poet describing?

2. Line 9-16, what is the poet describing?

3. What does the poet compare to “troops in a battle” (line 3)

4. “Fly as thick as driving rain” (line 6). This is an example of what: 1. A metaphor. 2. A simile 3. Onomatopoeia 4. Personification 

5. Why are the things described in lines 9-16 described as “gone for ever” (line 16)?

6. Do you think this is an effective description of traveling by train? Explain two reasons.

59 responses to “Week 1 Basic Skills comprehension.”

  1. Hanna A.

    1.) I think line 1to 8 is describing how fast the train go’s.
    2.) I think line 9 to 16 is describing what you can see through the train window.
    3.) The poet is comparing troops in a battle to a train.
    4.) It is a simile.
    5.) I think gone forever means that you won’t be able to see the things that you saw when you were in the train because your gone past them.

  2. Alicia M.

    1)he is describing the speed of a train.
    2)he is describing a homeless child or someone looking for something they have lost.
    3)he compares fairies and witches to troops in battle.
    4)it is a simile because it uses the word as and compares 2 things
    5)it might be because the people on the train are not coming back.
    6)I don’t think it is an effective description because it does not tell you it is a train .Also you don’t know what the poem is describing.

  3. Marihah T.

    1) The poet is talking about how fast the speed of the train is.

    2) The poet is describing a child and is also describing what the child is doing.

    3) The poet is comparing the train to the troops in a battle because of how fast the train is going.

    4) It’s a metaphor because the train isn’t actually flying as thick as driving rain.

    5) Because when the train drives it goes past everything so you can’t see what is going on behind you since you passed it. This is why the poet described it as gone forever.

    6) It is a affective text because it includes metaphors, similes and much more affective language, the reason why the poet made the poem affective is because if the reader reads a poem which isn’t affective they would most likely get bored of the poem and not bother to continue reading the text but if the text is affective the reader/audience would be much more interested in what is going on in the poem and would like to carry on or continue reading it.

  4. Hani S.

    1)The poet is describing the people, city and what’s around.
    2)The poet is describing the child on what’s he is doing.
    3)It’s comparing the train how fast it’s going.
    4)it’s a simile because it’s saying flying as thick rain but it’s actually not that.

    1. Hafsa A.

      1)I think the poem is describing the speed of the train.
      2) I think the author is trying to describe the boy whom clambers and scrambles.
      3) The poem is comparing the train to the troop of the battle because the train is going so fast.
      4)”flying as thick as driving rain is an example of a metaphor.
      5)It mans that they will never see the view again.
      6)I think yes because it has examples of metaphors and similes.

  5. Faiz I.

    3) It is saying the train goes through the hills like the solchers marching into war
    4) It is saying that airplane flys over people dropping bombs
    5) Yes I think this is a very affective text

  6. Abdur-Rahim M.

    1)It’s describing the stations as painted stations whistle by.
    2)It’s describing the river as glimpses gone for ever.
    3)And charging along like troops in a battle.

    1. Mrs Edwards

      Abdur Rahim – what is the poem referring to?

  7. Faiz I.

    1)The first 1-8 lines are describing how fast the train goes past the hills.

    2)The first 9-16 lines are describing a little boy who lives on the streets and he collects food from the streets

  8. Sediqa S.

    1) Number 1 to 8 is describing a really fast train because when it is saying a blink of an eye and faster than fairies 🧚‍♀️ faster than witches.

    2) I think that number 9 to 16 is describing a child on his own collecting some pebbles who always stand and looks at the flowers 🌹 he can see a man on the road with a cart.

    1. Mrs Edwards

      Sediqa, make sure you read and understand the question fully before answering. Great answer for question 1, however question 2 is asking you what the poet is describing.

  9. Denis G.

    1.I think Line 1-8 The author is describing really fast steam train because it said faster then fairies and faster then witches and they are really fast.
    2. I think the author is describing a boy ho is homeless and he is trying to get load of food in the cart.

  10. Zafraan M.

    1. He is describing that trains are faster than fairies and witches and painted stations whistle by.

    2.he is describing that a child scrambles and clambers and there is a tramp who stands and gazes

    3.he means by a troop in a battle means the train charges like a troop in a battle.

    4. Fly as a thick on a diving train is a example of a metaphor.

    5. There was a wind mill and a river but it disappeared and was gone for ever.

    6. Yes it is good for a travelling train because it has adjectives and a metaphor.

  11. Rumaysa Y.

    1) I think the poet is describing how fast the train goes and how it charges like troops in a battle.
    2) I think the poet is describing that when you stand next to the window you can see people gazing at the train.
    3) The poet compares the train to troops in a battle because the train is fast like a battles cattle.
    4) The quote ” fly as thick as driving rain” is a simile.

  12. Ahmad A.

    1.) Flying thick as a driving train is describing that the train is going at a super fast speed
    2.) All by him self gathering brambles is describing that the boy is working hard alone trying to make money by collecting bits and bobs
    3.) troops in a battle means by that the train tracks are too small and they are struggling to keep on track
    4.) fly thick as a driving train is a simile because It is describing 2thing also because it uses as it is a simile
    5.)It means by gone forever because now global warming is starting to occour

  13. Sheza A.

    1) (1-8) The poet describes how fast the train is going.
    2) (9-16)The poet describes a child who scrambles and clambers.
    3) “fighting like troops in a battle” it is comparing how the people are going on the train.
    4) It is a Similie.
    5) I think it means that the train is moving so quickly the boy is not in site.


  14. Haleema A.

    1. I think the poet is describing how fast trains are.

    2. I think the poet is describing what you could see from a trains window.

    3. For the line ‘troops in battle’ I think the poet is describing how fast the trains go because troops fast when they aware in battle.

    4. The quote “Fly as thick as driving rain” is a simile

    5. They are described as “ gone fo ever” because they will aboard a different train and you might not see them again.

  15. Harvey H.

    1)authors thinking about the speed of the train
    2)people coming on the train
    3)the train
    4) metaphor
    5)The people are gone forever because they will go on a different train and you won’t see them again
    6)yes because it’s like that but he gave attention the what happened and most of us don’t

    1. Mrs Edwards

      Well done Harvey, a great attempt at answering all questions in the given time.

  16. Menahel Z.

    1)Line 1 and 8 is describing a train passing some hills and plain meadows.
    2)Line 9 and 16 is describing a lonely boy who crambles and scrambles picking brambles.
    3)The Line “And charging along like troops in a battle” is saying that the train is charging like people in a battle.
    4)”Fly as thick as a driving rain.”
    I think it’s comparing them it with a train.
    I think it’s a simile because it’s got as in it and it’s comparing driving rain as a
    5)It’s telling the reader that they’re never going to see a view of the meadow again.
    6)Yes,I think it is an effective way of describing a train because it’s describing every bit of transport by a train.

  17. Theo D.

    Line 1 and 8 is talking about fast steam trains crossing the meadows.

    1.It describes a boy who is lonely and upset who collects clambers and scrambles.

    2.A steam train and “troops in battle” are comparing.

    3.It is a similie because it has the word as in it.

    4.It is saying that the view is gone and will never come back.

    5.I think yes because it has lots of figurative language and descriptive language.

  18. Ahmed M.

    1) Its describing the train.
    2) it’s describing a man and a child.
    3) The poet is trying to say when the train zooming forwards it is like it charging and gonna attack.
    4) It mean that the train is thick and it’s going fast as rain.
    5) It means the train was going so fast that it fell in the river.
    6) It is effective because the poet used a lot of punctuation and capital letters and metaphors and similes.

  19. Muhammad H.

    Line 1 and 8 describes a fast train which crosses the meadows hills.

    2}It describes a boy who is by himself collecting brambles.

    3)It iscomparing it to a train track


  20. Sariyyah A.

    1)The poet is describing is a journey of a steam train.
    2)The is describing what the person on the journey is doing.
    3)I think it is compared to the train as the train is going is like charging really fast.
    4)I think it is a simile as it says”fly as thick AS driving rain”.
    5)It saying that the people on the train are never going to see the view again.

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