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Middle & High School - Reading Comprehension
2.10 October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson

O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.

Q 1: According to the poet, fall is the season for___________?
death.
love.
moving.
sunshine.

Q 2: What time of the year is the poem about?
autumn.
spring.
winter.
summer.

Q 3: How does the poet describe the apples?
Still clinging to the tree branches.
Rotting in the ground.
Redder than walls.
Like shining jewels.

Q 4: What happens to the chestnuts in October?
They blossom.
They fall silently to the ground.
They rot on the limbs.
They are gathered by squirrels.

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