NCERT Class 9 English Chapter 17 No Men are Foreign

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No Men are Foreign

Chapter: 17



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


Remember, no men are strange, no countries foreign 

Beneath all uniforms, a single body breathes

Like ours: the land our brothers walk upon Is earth like this, in which we all shall lie.


(i) A single body breathes beneath all:

(a) Souls.

(b) Uniforms.

(c) Heads.

(d) Human beings.

Ans: (b) Uniforms. 

(ii) All people will lie in the same:

(a) Earth.

(b) Atmosphere.

(c) Water. 

(d) None / all of these.

Ans: (a) Earth. 

(iii) What is the rhyme scene in this stanza?

(a) Abab.

(b) Bbaa.

(c) Acbc.

(d) Free verse.

Ans: (d) Free verse.

(iv) The first stanza stresses that all: 

(a) Belong to same earth.

(b) All people should live in one country. 

(c) all people belong to one country.

(d) None. 

Ans: (a) Belong to same earth.

(v) When will be lie like this on earth?

(a) After birth.

(b) During day.

(c) During night. 

(d) After death.

Ans: (d) After death.


They, too aware of sun and air and water. 

Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starv’d. 

Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read

A labour not different from our own.


(i) About which all individuals are aware of?

(a) Harvests.

(b) Sun, air and water.

(c) War and hatred.

(d) Love and sympathy.

Ans: (b) Sun, air and water.

(ii) What does hate do?

(a) Kill enemy.

(b) Helps ordinary people.

(c) Spreads more hatred and divides everything. 

(d) none.

Ans: (c) spreads more hatred and divides everything.

(iii) People are fed by:

(a) Air. 

(b) Harvests. 

(c) Sympathy.

(d) Love.

Ans: (b) Harvests. 

(iv) What is the comparison here?

(a) War with winter.

(b) Peace with harvests.

(c) Hands and their lives.

(d) None / all of these.

Ans: (a) War with winter.

(v) These lines contain the message of:

(a) Love and peace.

(b) Respecting natural resources.

(c) Dignity of labour.

(d) Universal brotherhood.

Ans: (d) Universal brotherhood.


Remember they have eyes like ours that wake Or sleep, and strength that can be won By love, In every land is common life That all can recognise and understand


(i) How can we understand common life on every land?

(a) By harting.

(b) By proving ourselves powerful.

(c) By leaving narrow thinking.

(d) By stop hating.

Ans: (c) by leaving narrow thinking and hatred.

(ii) We can win strength by:

(a) Hatred. 

(b) Love. 

(c) War. 

(d) Fellow feeling.

Ans: (b) Love. 

(iii) What do people have common on the earth?

(a) Life.

(b) Sleep.

(c) Eyes.

(d) All/None of these.

Ans: (a) Life. (b) Sleep. (c) Eyes.

(iv) What we can recognise everywhere? 

(a) Common life. 

(b) Hatred.

(c) Strength. 

(d) Ill-will.

Ans: (a) Common life.

(v) Who are ‘they’ in the stanza?

(a) Indians. 

(b) Americans.

(c) Foreigners. 

(d) Villagers.

Ans: (c) Foreigners.


Let us remember, whenever we are told 

To hate our brothers, it is ourselves

That we shall dispossess, betray, condemn. 

Remember, we who take arms against each other.


(i) Who are referred to “our brothers”.

(a) Who live in the same city.

(b) Who live in the same country.

(c) Who live in other countries than others.

(d) Who live every where.

Ans: (c) Who live in other countries than others.

(ii) We can win other people through:

(a) Love. 

(b) Force.

(c) Hatred. 

(d) Killing.

Ans: (a) Love.

(iii) What are told by our brothers? 

(a) To hate others. 

(b) Narrowness. 

(c) Selfishness. 

(d) To betray others.

Ans: (a) To hate others. (d) To betray others.

(iv) What does the phrase ‘to take arms against each other’ means: 

(a) To fight with weapons.

(b) To kill others.

(c) To destroy humanity. 

(d) To pollute the earth.

Ans: (a) To fight with weapons.

(v)  ________ is a word from the stanza which mean ‘to blame’:

(a) Dispossess.

(b) Betray.

(c) Condemn.

(d) Hate.

Ans: (c) Condemn.


It is the human earth that we defile.

Our hells of fire and dust outrage the innocence

Of air that is everywhere our own,

Remember, no men are foreign, and no countries strange.


(i) When do we define our own earth?

(a) Through pollution.

(b) By dirty water.

(c) By waging weapon for war.

(d) Spreading ill-will.

Ans: (c) By waging weapon for war.

(ii) We are told through this poem:

(a) A sense of brotherhood. 

(b) Love for all and hatred for none.

(c) All are among us.

(d) All/ none of these.

Ans: (d) All of these.

(iii) The air is polluted through:

(a) War.

(b) Hatred. 

(c) Anger.

(d) All / none of these.

Ans: (d) All of these,

(iv) Write correct meaning of ‘definite’:

(a) Make dirty. 

(b) Pollute.

(c) Vitiate.

(d) Contaminate.

Ans: (b) Pollute.

(v) ‘Hell of fire’ signifies:

(a) A large furnace.

(b) A big burning oven.

(c) Hatred and jealousy.

(d) Feeling of love.

Ans: (c) Hatred and jealousy.



Read the following questions and write your answers in 30-40 words each:

Q.1. (i) “…Beneath all uniform” What uniforms do you think the poet is speaking about?

Ans: James Kirkup is speaking about that we wear different kinds of clothes according to our suitability, choice and season. But under different garments, we have bodies which are similar to others.

(ii) How does the poet suggest that all people on the earth are the same? 

Ans: The poet suggests that all people on the earth are the same. It is because the land throughout the world is like ours. It is the same earth over which all walk and die over it. After death our ashes will mingle in it.

Q.2. Find in Stanza I, five ways in which we all are alike, pick out the words.

Ans: These are the following five ways in which we all are alike:

(1) No men are strange.

(2) No countries are foreign.

(3) A single body breathes under different uniforms.

(4) There is the same land everywhere over which we all walk.

(5) We shall lie in the earth. 

Q. 3. How many common features can you find in stanza 2? Pick out the words. 

Ans: There are following common features in stanza 2.

1. The sun.

2. The air.

3. The water.

4. The labourers who work with hands. 

Q. 4. “…Whenever we are told to hate our brothers …”

When do you think this happens? Who “tells” us? Should we do as we are told, at such times? What does the poet say?

Ans: Whenever we are told to hate our brothers, it happens that there is an enmity. This is told by our enemies. We should not act upon their advice. In a way we will impure our earth and flow our pious blood uselessly. The poet says that we should condemn such things as nothing is foreign or strange.


Answer these questions: 

Q. 1. What does the poet ask us to remember? What makes us all similar? What message do we derive from this? They too aware of sun and air and water’.

Ans: The poet asks us to remember that no men are strange and no countries are foreign. We all are similar because similar body breathes under all uniforms. The poet wants to give the message that all people on the earth are the same. It is the same earth over which we all walk and will die over it. Thus it wants to give the message of universal brotherhood.

Q. 2. Earth is our home. How are humans defiling it? What will be the result of their actions? What small steps can we take to keep our earth clean and safe?

Ans: When our minds turn destructive, we forget that earth is our home. We shed blood by waging war on others. We pollute the atmosphere by using nuclear weapons. Some of the nuclear radiations emit radioactive substances which cause chemical warfare. This also destroys the natural resources. We forget that by destroying another country, we are destroying our own earth.

To keep the earth clean and safe, we should stop misuse of natural resources like air and water. We should keep the public places clean and do not make them dirty.

Q. 3. “In every land is common life.” How is life common everywhere? What does it suggest? What do we learn from it?

Ans: We must realise that we all walk on the same land which belongs to mother earth. We all will lie on it and feel the importance of sun, water and air. We all feel the pain when it hurts. We learn from this that humanity is the same all over the world. If we harm one person then we are, in a way, harming ourselves. So we should learn to love each person on this planet earth.

Q. 4. What significant message has been portrayed by James Kirkip? 

Ans: The poet makes us remember that none is foreign among the people. They possess the same body under different uniforms. They use air, water and the sun equally. They enjoy the same land and die in it. We should not distinct on the basis of religion, appearance, caste or colour. All are similar. 

Q. 5. In the last stanza, we find an important point. What is it? 

Ans: In the last stanza, the poet points out that the sentiments, feelings and the viewpoints of the innocent people are stirred by the selfish people. Their immoral acts, selfish ends and waging of wars through weapons should be condemned by all if we want the humanity to survive.

Q.6. How can we understand ‘The common life in every land’.

Ans: We are all human beings and want to prolong our tenancy on this planet. If we dash down selfishness and narrow ideas, we can recognise, honour and understand the common life in every land. Since all have the common land and body everywhere. Hatred is created in us. Let us avoid it and bind ourselves with peace, love, affection, sympathy and friendship.

Q. 7. How are we responsible for waging the wars? 

Ans: We, ourselves are responsible for waging the wars. When we hate our brothers, we are creating a sort of ill – feeling. This feeling one day changes into selfishness of war. Thus our biassed views, prejudiced ideas, unbecoming behaviour and ill will should be left at all costs otherwise we are likely to fall KO in the darkish hell. We can save ourselves by spreading love everywhere since none is foreign and no country strange.

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