Multiple Choice Understanding Australian Poetry

Author: Seline Ho & Jessica Yuan, Publisher:

Multiple Choice: Understanding Australian Poetry is aimed at honing the poetry understanding skills of students at primary advanced or lower secondary level, with a distinct focus on Australian poetry, both classic and modern. This book was created with high-achieving upper primary students in mind, especially those undertaking NSW Selective High School exams or private school scholarship examinations.

This book presents students with curated poems to analyse and ponder over. The poems have been selected from the repertoires of a wide range of Australian poets, from the time of pioneer Australia to those who consider modern-day Australia their home and inspiration.

Each poem is accompanied by a series of 10-14 questions, prompting students to think critically and look for within the text. Each question comes with a solution and a most appropriate answer. Each solution is only one interpretation of the poem so different interpretations are not only valid but should be encouraged amongst students.

Designed for NSW Selective High School exams and private school scholarship examinations. Also suitable for Years 7-9 NAPLAN and ICAS Assessments


  • In Time of Drought — Mary Hannay Foott
  • Where the Pelican Builds — Mary Hannay Foott
  • The Shearer's Wife — Louis Esson
  • In the Forest — Thomas W. Shapcott
  • A Bush Christening — A. B. (Banjo) Patterson
  • The Last of His Tribe — Henry Kendall
  • The Currawongs — Martin Langford
  • The Dressmaker — Kevin Hart
  • The Brown Study — Andrew Taylor
  • The River City — Yvette Holt
  • The Digger's Song — Barcroft Henry Boake
  • Shearing at Castlereagh — A. B. (Banjo) Patterson
  • The Song of Cicadas — Roderic Quinn
  • On South Head — Robert Gray
  • Rainwater Tank — Les Murray
  • Suggested Answers
More Information
Year Level Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
Edition 1st
Date of Publication 2020
ISBN 9780987501233
Subject English