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The Road Not Taken
BEEHIVE – POETRY
STANZAS FOR COMPREHENSION
Read the stanzas given below and answer the questions that follow:
Two road diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth.
(i) The composer of the above lines is ________.
(a) Robert Keat.
(b) William Wordsworth.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) P.B. Shelley.
Ans: (c) Robert Frost;
(ii) The word ‘diverged’ means _________.
(a) Separated and went in a different direction.
(b) Went in same direction.
(c) Had no proper direction.
(d) None of these.
Ans: (a) Separated and went in a different direction.
(iii) What happened to the road?
(a) The road is broken.
(b) The road split into two different paths.
(c) The road is bent.
(d) The poet travelled both the roads.
Ans: (b) The road split into two different paths.
(iv) The problem of the poet is ________.
(a) that he has only one road to travel.
(b) that he had to choose both the roads.
(c) that he was not able to decide which road he should travel.
(d) no option is left for him.
Ans: (c) That he was not able to decide which road he should travel.
(v) ‘Undergrowth’ means ________.
(a) Growth of trees.
(b) Growth of shrubs or small trees under large trees.
(c) Growth of creepers on the trees.
(d) Big trees.
Ans: (b)Growth of shrubs or small trees under large trees.
Then took the other, just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same.
(i) “The other’ refers:
(a) A railpath.
(b) The road.
(c) A footpath.
(d) A trail.
Ans: (b) the road.
(ii) The poet decided to take the other road which was:
(a) As grassy and fair as the first one.
(c) Up and down.
(d) Jig jag.
Ans: (a) As grassy and fair as the first one;
(iii) ‘Just as fair’ means:
(a) The other road was beautiful as the one seen earlier.
(b) It was not beautiful.
(c) It was rough.
(d) It was up and down.
Ans: (a) The other road was beautiful as the one seen earlier.
(iv) The poet took the other road because ________.
(a) He wanted challenges.
(b) He expected better gains from it.
(c) It was not used.
(d) He got confused.
Ans: (c) It was not used.
(v) The second road was _________.
(a) Full of greenery.
(b) Grassy and green.
(c) Great and wanted wear.
(d) Grassy and wanted wear.
Ans: (b) Grassy and green.
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
(i) The roads were in equal state that morning because ________.
(a) Both were of the same length.
(b) Both were covered with leaves and no one had travelled on them.
(c) Both were equally dirty.
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (b) Both were covered with leaves and no one had travelled on them.
(ii) The poet did not take the first road because ________.
(a) He thought it was dirty.
(b) He thought it had thorns.
(c) He thought to travel on it some other day.
(d) All the above.
Ans: (c) Hethought to travel on it some other day.
(iii) The poet _________.
(a) Doubted if he would ever come back.
(b) Lost the way.
(c) knew the path well.
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (a) Doubted if he would ever come back.
(iv) It was common between both theroads ________.
(a) Covered with green grass.
(b) Covered with leaves and nobody had travelled on them.
(c) Covered with the bushy trees.
(d) None of these.
Ans: (b) Covered with leaves and nobody had travelled on them.
(v) The travel the road some other day was ________.
(b) Almost impossible.
Ans: (c) uncertain.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence; Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(i) Two roads diverged in:
(a) A city.
(b) A village.
(c) A wood.
(d) A town.
Ans: (c) A wood.
(ii) ‘And that has made all the difference means:
(a) If he had taken the another road, his life would have been different.
(b) There was a lot of difference between the two roads.
(c) There was no difference between the two roads.
(d) The poet expected no difference.
Ans: (c) Ifhe had taken the another road, his life would have been different.
(iii) The poet took the road on which ________.
(a) Many people had travelled.
(b) Green grass had grown.
(c) There were obstacles.
(d) Few people had travelled.
Ans: (d) few people had travelled.
(iv) The road stands for ________.
(d) Life style.
Ans: (c) opportunities.
(v) The antonym for more is _________.
Ans: (b) less.
THINKING ABOUT THE POEM
Read the following questions and write your answers in 30-40 words each:
I. Q.1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
Ans: The traveller has reached a spot in the forest where one road ends into two. The traveller has to choose one of the two roads. That is the problem he faces.
Q. 2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you:
(i) A yellow wood.
Ans: A yellow wood: a wood in autumn. Its leaves had turned yellow.
(ii) It was grassy and wanted wear.
Ans: It was grassy and wanted wear: The path was covered with grass. Obviously few people had walked on it. Grass was not worn out.
(iii) The passing there.
Ans: The passing there: Walking on the road.
(iv) Leaves no step had trodden black.
Ans: In leaves no step had trodden black: The leaves had not turned black because no one had trampled them yet.
(v) How way leads on to way.
Ans: A yellow wood: a wood in autumn. Its leaves had turned yellow.
Q. 3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them?
(i) In stanzas two and three?
Ans: As far as the poet could see both the roads looked equally attractive. But one of them was covered with grass, and it appeared few people had ever taken that road. It was more inviting.
(ii) In the last two lines of the poem?
Ans: The poet chose one of the roads. He wondered how different his life might have been if he had chosen the other road. Perhaps he was not happy with the choice he had made.
Q. 4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?)
Ans: After a long time the poet thinks of the choice he has made. He did not take the beaten path. He took a challenging one. Now he appears to regret the choice he has made. Perhaps he is not satisfied with his present lot. He thinks his life would have been very different, perhaps happier, if he had taken the other road.
II. Q.1. Have you ever had to make a difficult choice (or do you think you will have difficult choices to make)? How will you make the choice (for what reasons)?
Ans: Several times it is very difficult to make a choice between two things. Particularly when each has its merits and risks. But one has to make choice. If I am faced with such a problem I will weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the both. I may even consult my parents and friends. I will make the choice after thoughtful consideration.
Q. 2. After you have made a choice, do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?
Ans: I often think what would have happened if I had not made this choice. But there is no going back. So I accept the reality.
Answer the following questions:
Q.1. What lesson does the poet want to teach the students through the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’?
Ans: The poet wants to give a very important message that our life is full of challenges and opportunities. The question of choice always becomes an issue before us. The things become more difficult when we have identical options. So we should be able to view the opportunity with open mind. Once we are able to make the choice with open heart, we would be able to boost our courage and overcome the difficulties in life.
Q.2. Suppose you are given a choice and take the decision. How would you react if this decision comes out to be wrong.?
Ans: In life we all come across many opportunities. All the given chances are not fair. Some of them just offer tension in our mind. But at times after the choice, we realize that we had gone wrong. At times wrong decision makes us very disheartened and we want to go back. So we should keep ourselves prepared for the worst situation.
Q.3. There are some people who wish to travel on roads on which no step had trodden black. What conclusion can you draw about the temperament of such people?
Ans: There are some people who wish to stand apart and want to travel on road less travelled by. Such people are very daring and courageous. They have the ability to stand alone and make others follow. Such people also have charismatic personality and can set an example for others.
Q.4. Write the message of the poem?
Ans: The life of an individual is full of complicated complexities of life. So he needs to make an appropriate choice so that his future may remain safe and he could behave in a responsible way since multiple choices never provide us a fair solution to our problems.
Q.5. Write Frost’s opinion in respect of both the roads and what was his decision?
Ans: On seeing the two roads diverging, the poet became undecided which road he should follow. For a long time he pondered over it and then decided to follow the less travelled road as it could make him a difference in his life. He did not want the much trodden road as he wanted to face the challenges with courage, grit and boldness.
Q.6. While standing on a road in a yellow forest, why was the poet in a difficult condition to decide?
Ans: Robert Frost was in a difficult situation of deciding in which direction he should move since the road had two options. He had to make a choice of one and it was a very difficult option for him. In reality he wanted to take that one which could give him success.
Q.7. What do both the roads signify?
Ans: Both the roads make us put into a deep thought as to which path a man should choose which could grant him optimum benefits. People suffer because they could not take appropriate decision at the right time. They should be cautious to make a fair choice for the available options.
Q.8 How are we affected in our life on having a wrong choice?
Ans: So many times, life offers us multiple options. If we make a wrong choice, we are likely to suffer with unpleasant as well as disastrous consequences. The pivot of our successful life rests on the timely and thought provoking decisions. The bad decisions mostly spoil our career. So we should be wise enough in choosing a right path.
Q.9. Write the imagery used in ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost.
Ans: There are certain words which represent a fine imagery in the poem. For example ‘yellow wood’ points out an old forest where the trees have given up their leaves and these have turned yellow with the passage of time. Further the word ‘undergrowth’ is a symbol of many other small bushes and plants which have grown under the big trees and add to the beauty of these trees. Similarly the words ‘fair’, ‘better claim’, ‘grassy’ wanted wear, ‘trodden black’ and ‘Ages and ages’ etc. are full of imagery and have deep connotation.