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What is a Story Theme Practice Exercises

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What is a Story Theme Practice Exercises

Practice 1: "Sea Fever" 

by John Masefield

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

    I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
    And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.
    I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
    I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
1. What is the theme, or message, the author expresses in this poem?
a. Hard work never hurt anyone.
b. The simple things in life may be the best.
c. Everyone should learn to sail.
d. There should be freedom for all people.
2. What words are repeated to point out the theme?
a. and the
b. to the seas
c. all I ask
d. I must down
3. In your own life, according to the theme, if you
a. work harder, you can own your own boat.
b. look around, you'll find simple things that make you happy.
c. like the sea, you will be very happy on shore.
d. don't have a hobby, you should get one.
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