The Ballad of Father Gilligan by W.B Yeats
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The Ballad of Father Gilligan by W.B Yeats

Test your understanding of W.B Yeats' poem, 'The Ballad of Father Gilligan', a narrative poem about the presence of God and a miracle in the life of an old priest.

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What is the structure of the poem 'The Ballad of Father Gilligan'?

Twelve stanzas of four lines

What is Father Gilligan's occupation?

Priest

Why is Father Gilligan tired?

Because he helps his people day and night

What indicates it is evening in the poem?

<p>The presence of insects</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Father Gilligan do after feeling upset?

<p>He begs God to forgive him</p> Signup and view all the answers

What happens to the insects in the poem?

<p>They disappear</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the stars in the poem?

<p>They mark the beginning of the night</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did God do to the world at the beginning of the story?

<p>Covers it with darkness</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is indicated by the chirping of sparrows?

<p>The early hours of morning</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is Father Gilligan shocked when he wakes up?

<p>He slept for a long time</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Father Gilligan ride his horse?

<p>Rashly over narrow roads and wet lands</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did the sick man's wife tell Father Gilligan when he arrived?

<p>That her husband had died an hour ago</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Father Gilligan say about God?

<p>God is a king who takes care of all the planets</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is Father Gilligan grateful to God?

<p>Because God was kind and merciful to him</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the theme of the poem?

<p>The love and care of God for all lives</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Father Gilligan say God might have sent to help him?

<p>An angel</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the emotional state of Father Gilligan when he says, 'I have no rest, nor joy nor peace'?

<p>Distraught</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does Father Gilligan ask for forgiveness from God?

<p>Because he spoke out of turn</p> Signup and view all the answers

What occurs in the natural world as night falls?

<p>The stars appear in the sky</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the moths and sparrows in the poem?

<p>They indicate the passage of time from night to morning</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Father Gilligan do after saying he has no rest, joy, nor peace?

<p>He starts praying</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did the woman tell Father about the sick man?

<p>He died an hour ago.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How did the sick man die according to the woman?

<p>Happily like a bird.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did Father do when he heard the woman's words?

<p>He knelt down.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did Father realize when he heard about the sick man's death?

<p>That God had sent another priest in his place.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was Father's emotional state after hearing about the sick man's death?

<p>Sad and restless.</p> Signup and view all the answers

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