2 Scavengers

Revision questions on the poem "Two Scavengers" for GCSE English.

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Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
Read the poem below. Significant words or phrases have been
highlighted in colour. Answer the questions about these words and
1. What is the significance of the words 'looking down' in line 7?
They are an example of a similie that likens the garbagemen to the rich
They tell the reader that the garbagemen stand high on the back of the
They illustrate the position of the garbagemen, which is surprising
because socially it would be the rich couple who are looking down on the

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Why do you think the author used the word 'elegant' twice to describe the
rich couple (line 8 and 9)?
He used repetition to reinforce the image of the couple.
He used repetition to reinforce the image of the couple but also to
suggest that there are fewer interesting words to describe the rich couple.
He used repetition to illustrate the limited vocabulary of the garbagemen.
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The poet uses colour when describing the people in the poem, but it is not
important in the poem.
The poet uses colour in the poem to create a gloomy atmosphere.
9. What do you think lines 3233 suggest?
They suggest that life is similar to a TV advertisement.
They suggest that the rich couple are like something out of a TV
They suggest that TV advertisements give a false impression of what real
life is like.
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