Dust of Snow- Extract Based comprehension test Questions

Dust of Snow

By- Robert Frost

Read the extract given below carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.

(a) What do the ‘crow’ and ‘hemlock’ symbolise?

(b) The mood of the poet changed because___________ . 

(c) What does the poet mean when he says and saved some part of the day?

(d) Who shook the dust of snow?


(a) What is the dust of snow?

(b) What mood of the poet is conveyed in these lines?

(c) What did the crow do to the hemlock tree?

(d) What did the tree have on it then?

Ans. (a) The ‘crow’ symbolises ‘joy’ and the ‘hemlock’ tree symbolises ‘sorrow’.

 (b) He saw a crow sitting on a hemlock tree shook off the dust of snow on him. Thus, the falling of dust of snow changed his mood.

(c) The poet has saved some part of the day as he did not waste the time in repenting and regretting.

(d) A crow shook the dust of snow.


(a) Dust of snow refers to the particulate matter of snow that settles on surfaces after a snowfall.

(b) The poet’s altered mood, one that changes from sorrow to joy is depicted here.

(c) The crow shook the dust of snow from the hemlock tree.

(d) The tree had snow on its leaves.

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