Read the passage and answer the following question-
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crimb of me.

Q1 The poet uses the word ''gale'' and ''storm'' as                                                      .
       (a) alliteration                       (b) repetition                 (c) metaphor                          (d) personification

Q2 The word ''abash'' most nearly means                                                          .
      (a) to confuse                   (b) to support                       (c) to praise                    (d) to silence

1. Both metaphor and personification: metaphorically to describe a person who destroys hope; personification in that 'gale' and 'storm' are given person-like qualities even though they are inanimate.
2. 'To silence' by destroying.

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