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The Windhover

The Windhover


by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Windhover: What's Going On? Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Windhover? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is a windhover, anyway?

A fancy vacuum cleaner
A kind of falcon that can hover on the wind
A helicopter
A kind of bat
Q. What form of royalty does the speaker compare the bird to?

a king
a skater
a duke
a prince
Q. Why does the speaker bring up a "plough" (12)?

Because he's a farmer
Because it's the name of a football play
Because even though they're common, ploughs can be seen as beautiful
Because the bird was flying over a field of corn
Q. What's so special about the windhover?

It can fly faster than any other bird
It can hover in one place while flying
It can sing sea shanties
It has the greatest wingspan of any bird of prey
Q. What time of day does the poem take place?

In the morning
In the afternoon
At dusk
On the way home from soccer practice