|Name||The Road Not Taken|
The Road Not Taken Question Answer
Q1: Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
Ans: The traveller finds himself in the yellow woods at a point where the roads into two. The problem that he face is that hecannot decide which road to take to continue his journey since it is not possible for him to travel both roads at the same time.
Q2: Discuss what these phrases mean to you.
(i) a yellow wood.
(ii) it was grassy and wanted wear.
(iii) the passing there.
(iv) leave no step had trodden black.
(v) how way leads on to way.
Ans: (i) Yellow wood symbolises the autum season . Autumn corresponds with old age. The poet could be symbolically talking about the later stages of life.
(ii) It conveys that the road was full of grass and nobody has used that road. It was a smooth road which had not worn out.
(iii) The use of the path by passerby.
(iv) The Leaves had not changed their colour and turned black because of less people stepping on them. It could represent a path one may have never/seldom taken in life for the fear of uncertainity.
(v) This phrase means how certain decisions one makes in life could pave the way for many other decisions.
Q3: Is there any difference between the two road as the poet describes them.
(i) in Stanza two and three?
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
Ans: (i) In stanza two, the poet explains that the only difference between the two roads was that the road he took had the right to be chosen (the better claim) because it was covered with grass and looked as if it had not been used too much. Besides this differences, both roads has been equally worn down by passerby travelling on them. In stanza three, the poet says that the roads were equally covered with Leaves and that no person had stepped on.
(ii) In the last two lines of the poem the poet says that there is a difference between the two roads because he travelled by other people and that made all the differences his journey.
Q4: What do you think that Last two lines of the poem mean? Looking back describe poet regret his choice or accept it?
Ans: The last two lines of the poem means the acceptance of reality. The poet made a choice and accepted the challenging path in his life. He wanted to do something in his life. So he chooses the less travelled road. No, he does not regret his choice.
Q5: (i) Have you ever had to make a difficult (or do you think you will have difficult choices to make)? How will you make the choice (for what reasons)?
Ans: Difficult situations do occur in everyone’s life. And it is not so easy to reach a conclusion. We sometimes know we will have to make a decision in a certain matter. No one knows what’s going to happen in future. But our past experiences, our intelligence and foresightedness may help us reach a certain point.
Q5: (ii) After yo have made a choice do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?
Ans: While taking a decision we have to go this way or that way. And our future depends on our decision. Repenting or reconsidering your decision is not a good thing. I, therefore, accpet the reality.