The Road Not Taken Question and Answer
NCERT Class 9 Beehive Text Book
Thinking about the Poem
Question 1 Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
Answer The traveller finds himself in the woods in front of two roads diverging in opposite direction. The problem he faced was which road should be chosen by him as the choice there would decide his fate.
Question 2 Discuss what these phrases mean to you.
(i) a yellow wood : It symbolises autumn season which corresponds to old age or later stages of life.
(ii) it was grassy and wanted wear : The roads which was full of grass means that nobody had used that road and was travelled less. The road wanted the people to travel on it.
(iii) the passing there : It refers to walking on the road.
(iv) leaves no step had trodden black : The leaves had not changed their colour and turned black because less number of people step on them. It also represent a path one may have never taken in life for the fear of risk.
(v) how way leads on to way : It means how certain decisions one makes in life could pave the way for many other decisions.
Question 3 Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them
(i) in stanzas two and three?
(i) In stanza two, the poet explained the physical difference in the roads. One road was frequently travelled by and had a clear path with less vegetation while the other path was covered with vegetation, was not stepped on, and was not used often.
In stanza three, the poet concludes that in the morning since no one had stepped on either of the roads and they were covered with fallen autumn leaves both roads were untravelled.
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
(ii) The poet says that there is a difference between the two roads because he took the road that was less travelled by other people and that made all the difference to his journey.
Question 4 What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?)
Answer The last two lines of the poem show the poet’s acceptance of reality and his being accountable for his decision. The poet made a choice and took the path that was challenging. He took an unexplored path in his life since wanted to do something different. For a common person, the phrase reflects the everyday dilemma one must face when presented with choices. No matter how far they take him in life, one should not regret not taking the other path and wondering if life could have been better than what it is.
No he does regret his choice rather he was ready to take risk and walk on that road.
Question 1 Have you ever had to make a difficult choice (or do you think you will have difficult choices to make)? How will you make the choice (for what reasons)?
Answer Difficult choice or decision are the most important decisions of life. Such situations occur in everyone’s life. In such instances, we should be guided by our hearts and make the best possible decision. In life , many a times everyone is forced to make such decisions. These decisions may be different for me and others but affects us same way.
I always make the choice by making a list of all pros and cons of the situation. I will try to choose a path that gives me satisfaction and mental peace. Like the poet in the poem, I would love to choose a challenging and unexplored path in my life.
Question 2 After you have made a choice do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?
Answer I always believe in taking time and thinking about all the possible consequences before planning. Reconsidering a decision or rethinking over it or regretting over it , is not a positive approach. Some decisions can change our life forever and hence we should go with what our heart desires. We should not try our best to do things and take actions to satisfy others. We should give preference to our desires and wishes and work hard for them. Therefore; I believe in sticking to my decisions and being accountable for them.