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To a Mouse

To a Mouse


by Robert Burns

To a Mouse: Why Are We Talking to a Mouse, Again? Quiz

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Q. What's the opening situation?

The speaker ran over a squirrel with his tractor
The speaker ran over a mouse with his unicycle
The speaker ran over a mouse's nest with his plough
The speaker accidentally smothered a pretty blonde woman while holding a dead mouse in his pocket.
Q. Where does the poem take place?

on a farm in rural Scotland
in Edinburgh, Scotland
In London, England
On a farm in Ireland
Q. What time of year is it?

Early spring
harvest season
the beginning of winter
early summer
Q. Why does the speaker pity the mouse?

Because the mouse can't read poetry
Because the mouse is poor
Because the mouse is small
Because he accidentally tore up its house and it's almost winter
Q. Why does the speaker envy the mouse in the final stanza?

Because the mouse lives in the present moment and doesn't fret about the past or the future.
Because the mouse has a warm place to stay
Because the mouse doesn't have to worry about ploughing fields or supporting illegitimate children
Because mice are small and cute