Fire and Ice- Extract Based comprehension test Questions

Fire and Ice

By Robert Frost

 Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.

1. Some say the world will end in fire

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favour fire.

(a) What do people think of the world?

(b) What is the poet’s opinion about the world?

(c) Which two things will destroy the world?

(d) What is the prediction of the people about how the world will come to an end?

Ans. (a) The world will be destroyed with fire and ice.

(b) The poet thinks that we should check our growing desires and love our fellow-beings.

(c) Hatred and Desire.

(d) Some people say that the world will come to an end in a fire while others say it will come to an end in ice.

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2. But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

(a) Why does the poet feel that ‘ice’ is also great for destruction?

(b) What is the rhyme scheme of this stanza of the poem?

(c) The two things that the poet thinks are good enough for destruction are 

(d) What does ‘it’ stand for in the first line?

Ans. (a) Ice equates with `hatred’, which is enough to destroy the world.

(b) a b a b a.

(c) fire and ice which means ‘hatred’ and `desire’

(d) `it’ here stands for the world.

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