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Chapter 2: The Road Not Taken

Exercise

Chapter 2: The Road Not Taken Exercise Exercise solutions [Pages 64 - 68]

Exercise | Q 1 | Page 64

Sometimes the choices we make have far-reaching consequences. Think about choices you make on a daily basis, and the importance of these choices.

Exercise | Q 2 | Page 64

Complete the web chart showing choices and decisions you may have to make in the next few years and the factors that affect these choices:

NCERT Solutions For Class 9 English Literature Chapter 7 The Road Not Taken 1

Share your choices and decisions with your partner.

Exercise | Q 3 | Page 64

Have you made choices that are acceptable and less ‘risky’ or have you followed the beaten track? Why?

Exercise | Q 4 | Page 64

List common dilemmas that teenagers face involving the choice of one or more “roads”. Give examples of “roads” that you must travel (e.g. facing peer pressure, choosing friends, observing rules laid down by school and parents, acting on your own values).

Exercise | Q 5 | Page 64

(a) Listen to a recording of the poem.
(b) What choice did the poet have to make?
(c) Did he regret his choice? Why/why not?

Exercise | Q 6 | Page 65

Read the poem silently.
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;
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,
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.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and II
took the one less travelled by,
 And that has made all the difference.

About the Poet
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was born in San Franscisco, Frost spent most of his adult
life in rural New England and his laconic language and emphasis on individualism in
his poetry reflect this region. He attended Dartmouth and Harvard but never earned a
degree. As a young man with a growing family he attempted to write poetry while
working on a farm and teaching in a school. American editors rejected his submitted
poems. With considerable pluck Frost moved his family to England in 1912 and the
following year, a London publisher brought out his first book. After publishing a
second book, Frost returned to America determined to win a reputation in his own
country, which he gradually achieved. He became one of the country's best-loved
poets. Unlike his contemporaries, Frost chose not to experiment with the new verse
forms but to employ traditional patterns, or as he said, he chose "the old-fashioned
way to be new." Despite the surface cheerfulness and descriptive accuracy of his
poems, he often presents a dark, sober vision of life, and there is a defined thoughtful
quality to his work which makes it unique.

Exercise | Q 7.1 | Page 66

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following question
by ticking the correct choice.

In the poem, a traveller comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way to go
to continue his journey. Figuratively the choice of the road denotes
______________________

  • the tough choices people make on the road of life.

  • the time wasted on deciding what to do.

  • life is like a forest.

  • one must travel a lot to realize ones dreams.

Exercise | Q 7.2 | Page 66

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions
by ticking the correct choice.

The poet writes, 'Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.' The word diverged means
_______________.

  • appeared

  • curved

  • branched off

  • continued on

Exercise | Q 7.3 | Page 66

On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following question
by ticking the correct choice.

The tone of the speaker in the first stanza is that of ______________.

  • excitement

  • anger

  • hesitation and thoughtfulness

  • sorrow

Exercise | Q 8.1 | Page 66

Answer the following question briefly.

Describe the two roads that the poet comes across.

Exercise | Q 8.2 | Page 66

Answer the following question briefly.

Which road does the speaker choose? Why?

Exercise | Q 8.3 | Page 66

Answer the following question briefly.

Which road would you choose? Why?

Exercise | Q 8.4 | Page 66

Answer the following question briefly.

 Does the speaker seem happy about his decision?

Exercise | Q 8.5 | Page 66

Answer the following question briefly.

The poet says “I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” What is ‘the difference’ that the poet mentions?

Exercise | Q 9 | Page 66

Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem.

Exercise | Q 10 | Page 67

Fill in the blanks to complete the following paragraph that highlights the theme of
the poem. Use the words given in the box below.

decision             sorry             foresee            choices             pleasant            direction
fork                    trail               rewarding       chance              wonder              both

The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is about the __________ that one
makes in life. It tells about a man who comes to a ___________ in the road he is
travelling upon. He feels ___________ that he can not travel___________ paths as he
must choose one. Frost uses this fork in the road to represent a point in the man's life
where he has to choose the ___________ he wishes to take in life. As he thinks about
his ___________ he looks down one path, as far as he can see trying to ___________
what life will be like if he walks that path. He then gazes at the other and decides that the
outcome of going down that path would be just as ________________. At this point he
concludes that the ________that has been less travelled on would be more
___________ when he reaches the end of it. The man then decides that he will save the
other path for another day, even though he knows that one path leads to another and
that he won't get a ___________ to go back. The man then says that he will be telling
this story with a sigh, someday in the future suggesting that he will ___________ what
life would have been like if he had chosen the more walked path even though the path
he chose has made all the difference.

Exercise | Q 11 | Page 67

Roads are fascinating as metaphors for life, change, journeys, partings,
adventure, etc. or simply as roads. This is probably why they, and all their
attendant images, have permeated art, literature and songs. In the poem, Frost
uses the fork in the road as a metaphor for the choices we make in life. Thus the
roads are, in fact, two alternative ways of life. What other nouns, according to
you could be used to represent life?


River
________________

________________
________________
________________

________________

Exercise | Q 12 | Page 67

In groups of six, select, write the script of and present a skit that demonstrates
decision making and conflict resolution. Follow the steps given below :

  • choices to be made
  • options to be considered
  • the influence of others
  • the decisions/actions taken
  • the immediate and future consequences of the decision.
Exercise | Q 13 | Page 68

'The Road Not Taken' is a biographical poem. Therefore, some personal
biographical information is relevant for the deeper understanding of the poem
we have read. Go to www.encarta.com and complete the following worksheet
about Robert Frost.
a) What "momentous decision" was made by Frost in 1912?
b) How old was he when took that decision?
c) Why was it so difficult to take that decision? Think and give more than one reason.
d) Was the "road" taken by Frost an easy one "to travel"?
e) Do you think he wrote "The Road Not Taken" before sailing from the USA to
England or after? Can you quote a line or two from the poem that can support your
answer?
f) Do you think Frost finally became popular in America as a poet?

Exercise | Q 14 | Page 68

You can find more information about Robert Frost at the following websites.
http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=1961.
Hear the poet (who died almost forty years ago!) reading the poem at
http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm ?prmID= 1645
To view a beautiful New England scene with each poem on this web site: "Illustrated
Poetry of Robert Frost":
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/1487/index.html

Chapter 2: The Road Not Taken

Exercise

CBSE Class 9 English Course Communicative: Literature Reader Interact in English

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