The Road Not Taken- Extract Based comprehension test Questions

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The Road Not Taken

By- Robert Frost

STANZAS FOR COMPREHENSION/ Extract Based Extra Questions – CLASS IX The Road Not Taken/

Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow in one or two lines.

 Two roads 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;”

(a) Name the poem and the poet of these lines.

Answer.-The above lines have been taken from the poem The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost.

 (b) Why does the poet feel ‘sorry’?

Answer.-The poet feels sorry that he can’t travel on both the roads diverging in the forest before him.

(c) Where do the two roads diverge in?

Answer.-The two roads diverge in the wood where the leaves have turned yellow in the autumn.

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

Answer.-The mood of the poet appears to be serious and pensive.

(e) What does the ‘yellow wood’ mean?

Answer.- ‘Yellowwood’ means that the leaves have turned yellow because of the autumn season.

(f) Why does the poet stand long? OR

‘… long I stood’. What did the speaker do while standing for a long time?

Answer.-The poet stands long because he was in a dilemma about which road to take.

(g) What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza?

Answer.-The rhyme scheme of the stanza is ab aab.

(h) What choice did the narrator have to make?

Answer.-The narrator had to choose between the two roads.

(i) What does the narrator regret?

Answer.The narrator regrets the fact that he cannot travel on both paths. He also regrets the fact that he cannot come back to the start once he makes a choice.

 (j) Why does the poet feel ‘sorry”?

Answer.-The poet feels sorry that he can’t travel on both the roads diverging in the forest before him.

(k) What did the narrator see in the wood?

Answer.-The narrator saw two paths diverging in the forest.

(l)The poet here is using “roads” as symbols of:

Answer.-Choices one makes in life.

 (m) why did he feel like travelling both the roads?

Answer.He felt like travelling both the roads as both of them looked equally fair and promising. Although they had been worn out equally, that morning both lay untrodden.

(n)Explain: ‘And be one traveller’.

Answer.-The expression means that he was an individual who couldn’t travel two roads at the same time.

(o) Why did the poet look down as far as he could?

Answer.-The poet was unhappy that he could not take that road as he chose the other one and, that is why he looked as far as he could.

(p) What is the meaning of the word ‘diverged’? What do the roads represent in these lines?

Answer. – ‘Diverged’ means separated. The roads represent the different chokes that one has to make in his/her life.

(q) Who is the author of the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’?

Answer. – Robert Frost

  1.            “Then took the other, as 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,

Extra Questions:

(a) How was the other road?

Answer. – The other road was as fair and beautiful as the first one.

(b) Why did the second road present a better claim than the first?

Answer. – The second road presented a better claim as it was still grassy and had not been used by many travellers.

(c) What is the rhyme scheme of the given lines?

Answer. – The rhyme-scheme of these lines is ab, aa, b.

(d) What does the poet mean by ‘as just as fair’?

Answer. –‘ As just as fair’  means that the second road was just as beautiful as the first one.

(e) How do you understand the expression ‘grassy and wanted wear’?

Answer. – The second road was grassy and green with its grass was not crushed and worn by the steps of the travellers.

(f) In which sense were the two roads similar?

Answer. – Both roads were similar in the sense that they both were appealing to the poet to travel on them.

(g)What does “other” refer to in the above lines?

Answer. –  In the above lines, “other” refers to the road that was grassy and less travelled upon.

(h) Which road did the narrator choose?

Answer. – The narrator chose the one that was grassy and less travelled upon.

(i)  Explain “grassy and wanted wear”?

Answer. – The road was covered with grass as not many people had walked this road so it was more inviting.

(j) How was the other road?

Answer. – The other road was as fair and beautiful as the first one.

(k) Explain: ‘… just as fair’.

Answer. –  By ‘just as fair’ the poet means that the road that he chose to tread on appeared to be just as inviting and as beautiful as the other road that was chosen by the majority.

  1.            ‘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.”

Questions :

(a) How did both the roads lie?

Answer. – Both the roads laid there with their leaves and grass not crushed by the steps of the travellers

(b) Why did the poet leave the first road?

Answer. – The poet left the first road in the hope that he would travel on it on another day.

(c) Why did the poet suffer from a doubt?

Answer. – The poet doubted if he would ever come back to the same place to walk on the road that he had left for another day.

(d)Who does ‘both’ refer to?

Answer. – `Both’ refers to the two roads that lay in front of the poet.

(e)Why does the poet doubt his coming back?

Answer. – The poet doubts his coming back because he knows his chosen road will lead to another road and he would go so far from the first road that he would not be able to come back to it.

(f) Why would the poet like to come back?

Answer. – The poet would like to travel by the first road (the road not taken) and, so would like to come back.

(g)Having chosen his road, what decision did the speaker take about the first road?

Answer. – He decided to stick to the chosen road for some more time and promised himself that he would travel the other one sometime later.

(h)Explain: ‘leaves no step had trodden black’.

Answer. – No traveller had trodden on either of the two roads. It was evident from the fact that the fallen and sodden leaves lay uncrushed there. No feet had trampled them.

(i)Why is the poet not sure whether he will ever come back to the first road?

Answer. – The poet thinks so because in the journey of life one road leads to another and one can seldom relive the moments and undo the circumstances gone by.

(j) Who wrote the poem?

Answer. – Robert Frost

 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.                                                 

(a) What will the narrator tell “with a sigh”?

Answer. –The narrator will tell about the fork that he had come to in the woods and the choice he had to make. The fact that he had taken the road less frequented by people.

(b)Why does the narrator say, “And that has made all the difference”?

Answer. –The narrator said that later in life he shall be telling people how his life has been different due to the choices he had made long ago.

(c)What did the poet wish to do when he takes the road that he has not been able to do?

Answer. – The poet wanted to come back and take the other road.

(d) What is the theme of the poem?

Answer. –The theme of the poem is the various problems we face in life and the choices we make.

(e) Which poetic device defines the roads in the wood?

Answer. –A metaphor has been used to define the two roads in the wood.

(f) What is the tone of the poet in the last stanza?

Answer. –The poet adopts a reflective tone in the last stanza.

(g) Which road did the narrator finally decide to the lake and why?

Answer. –The narrator finally decided to take the road that not many people had walked on because it seemed more adventurous than the route everyone seemed to take.

(h) When will the poet look back on his life?

Answer. –The poet would look back on his life after a very long time — when he is an old man.

(i) Why do you think the poet says this “with a sigh”?

Answer. –The poet is regretful; he could not return and take the road he had left behind to travel on another day.

(j) Why do you think the speaker will sigh?

Answer. –He will ‘sigh’ wondering what would have happened to his life if he had travelled by the first road. His dissatisfaction with his decision also might make him sigh.

(j) Why does the poet say, ‘And that has made all the difference’?

Answer. –The poet means to say that it was the choice of that specific road that shaped his life in a particular manner. Had he chosen the other road life would have been different?

(k)As a symbol, what does ‘road’ signify in the poem?

Answer. – As a symbol, ‘road’ signifies opportunities in life and the decisions and choices one has to make in life.

(l) What do you mean by ‘sigh’? What will the speaker be telling with a sigh?

Answer. –‘Sigh’ means a deep breath of sorrow. The speaker will be telling about his decision to travel by the less travelled road, which has made all the difference in his life.

(m) Does the poet seem to be happy with his choice?

Answer. –The poet has left the end open on the readers. They may assume whatever suits them after making a choice.

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