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Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:

A snake came to my water-trough 

On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,

To drink there. 

In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree. I came down the steps with my pitcher

 And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before me.

Paraphrase. A snake came to my water-trough. It was a hot, a very hot day and I was in pyjamas. The snake had come there to quench his thirst or to drink water. He came there in the deep and dark shade of a great carob tree. I came down the steps with my pitcher. I must wait, must stand and wait because the snake had come at the trough before time.

Questions 

(a) What is a trough? 

(b) What is the poetic device used in the second line? 

(c) What is the word for ‘smelled’ in the passage?

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(a) A trough is a long narrow container for animals to eat and drink from. 

(b) It is repetition.

(c) scented

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