MP Board Class 9th English The Rainbow Solutions Chapter 13 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

MP Board Class 9th English The Rainbow Solutions Chapter 13 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Textual Questions

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Vocabulary

A. Distinguish between the following words given in pair:
1. house and home.
2. woods and forests
3. snow and ice
4. watch and see
5. say and ask.
Answer:

  1. House : It is a place of dwelling.
    Home : A fixed residence inhabited by one’s family member lovingly.
  2. Woods : A place, where trees grow thickly, smaller than a forest.
    Forests : A large tract covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth
    (an extensive wood)
  3. Snow : The light white flakes in which frozen vapour falls to the earth.
    Ice : It is frozen water.
  4. Watch : To observe something keenly. A state of being on the look out for something.
    See : To look at something casually.
  5. Say : To utter or recite in speaking voice.
    Ask : To inquire, to put a question.

B. Add two more opposites to the given list.
1. known : strange, alien, unknown, ………………… , …………………..
2. village : city, town,……………… , ……………
3- easy : difficult, complex, hard, ………………… , …………………..
4. dark : light, pale, bright, ………………… , …………………..
5. deep : shallow, thin,………………… , …………………..
Answer:

  1. unfamiliar, odd
  2. capital, metropolis
  3. tough, intricate
  4. shining, luminous
  5. superficial, trivial.

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C. Write some more synonyms for each of the following words.
1. sleep – slumber, ………………… , ………………….. ,………………… , …………………..
2. house – abode, ………………… , ………………….. ,………………… , …………………..
3. ask – demand, ………………… , ………………….. ,………………… , …………………..
4. mistake- error, ………………… , ………………….. ,………………… , …………………..
5. lovely – appealing, ………………… , ………………….. ,………………… , …………….
Answer:

  1. dozing, inactivity, death, dormancy,
  2. lodging, dwelling place, residence, place for habitation.
  3. request, enquire, entreat, appeal
  4. fault, lacuna, flaw, defect
  5. enchanting, charming, pleasing, attractive.

D. Say the following sentences and notice the difference in the pronunciation of the words ‘and’ and ‘but’
1. I need some bread and butter.
2. And miles to go before I sleep.
3. But I have promises to keep.
4. But she is at home.
5. They are poor but proud.
Answer:
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E. Say the following words and notice the difference in the vowel sounds :
wood, full, this, is, dip, slip, will, bill, dark, farm, food, fool, these, ease, deep, sleep, well, bell, dock, form
Answer:
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Comperhension

A. Read the first two stanzas of the poem given below and answer the following questions.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near.
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year. 

Questions :
1. Who do you think is the real owner of the woods?
2. Find out the lines that convey the following meaning :
The poet stopped there to enjoy the beauty of the woods covered with snow.
3. What is strange about the poet’s stopping by woods?
Answer:
1. The real owner of the woods is a villager known to the poet.
2. He will not see me stopping here.
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
3. To stop without a farm house near on the darkest night of the year is strange about the poet’s stopping by woods.

B. Read the third and fourth stanzas given below and answer the following questions.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Questions :
1. Why does the horse give his harness bells a shake?
2. Why does the horse think it to be a mistake?
3. What other sounds are heard by the poet?
4. What do you understand by ‘downy flake’?
5. Why does the poet think of the ‘promises to keep’?
6. What message do the last two lines of the poem convey?
Answer:
1. The horse gives his harness bells a shake to draw the poet’s attention and ascertain whether there was some mistake on the part of his master.
2. The horse thinks it to be a mistake that his master should stay in the woods though there is no farmhouse nearby.
3. The other sounds heard by the poet ate the sweeping of easy
wind and downy flake.
4. ‘Downy flake’ means ‘soft and thin pieces or bails of ice’.
5. The poet thinks that he has miles to go before he steeps.
6. The last two lines of the poem convey that human beings . have (the poet has) much work to do before the end of his Journey.

Speaking Activity

A. Practise the following rhyming words,
know here lake sweep
though queer shake deep
Answer:
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B.The poet says about the woods :
The woods are lovely dark and deep.
Now, use the words given in brackets and say about the following:
(beautiful, green, sandy spacious, shallow, high, steep, full of water, airy).
1. The hills are …………… , …………… and …………..
2. The rivers are …………… , …………… and …………..
3. The house is …………… , ……………and ……………
Answer:

  1. green, high and steep,
  2. sandy shallow and full of water
  3. beautiful, airy and spacious.

Writing Activity

A. Have you ever been enchanted with a beautiful scene? Describe the scene and your feelings. (50 words).
Answer:
Once I happened to go to Simla. 1 left by the night train. The journey was very interesting. I was enchanted by the scenery on either side of the railway line. There were small waterfalls. There were villages scattered here and there. There were dark tunnels on the way. Pine trees could be seen at the high altitude. They added to the beauty of the landscape. Whenever there was a strong gust of wind, they produced a delightful rustling sound. There were tall trees along the circuitous paths. I was delighted to see the scenic beauty’ of the hills.

B. Compare the life in a city with the life in a village. (15 words)
Answer:

Life in a City Life in a Village
Life in a city, is full of strain and hurry. The people live in small” and -ungested houses. There are few parks and there is no greenery. The people drink synthetic milk. They take loans and buy the items of luxury. They eat the food grains produced by the villagers. They are selfish and self centred. They are crooked and of unreliable integrity. They are non-cooperative. Everyone is after grinding his own axe. There is no breathing space in the thickly populated areas. The people are showy. Even their petty quarrels are settled in courts. Life is complicated. People suffer from various diseases. City life is full of all types of facilities but it is costly to procure them. The people live in nuclear families. The villagers live in the lap of nature. There are open fields, Persian wheels and tube wells. The people have plenty of live stock as buffaloes, cows, goat and sheep. They drink their fresh mOk. The ballocks and camels plough their fields. The country’s foodgrain is grown there. The villagers supply the surplus foodgrains to the city dwellers. The people in the villages are good natured, well mannered and extremely well behaved. They are liberal and cooperative. Villages are lined with trees and gardens. The people are not showy. They settle their petty disputes with ease and love. Life is simple. The people of the villages are healthy. There are insufficient facilities in villages. The people live in joint families.

Think it over

A. Wood is a place where nature is in its most beautiful form. The sounds that we hear in the woods have a musical effect.
B. What different sounds do’we hear in a wood in different sea-sons?
C. A frozen lake is like a playground. What games can be played there?
Answer:
A. woods are always full of musical sounds. Apes gibber; bears growl, bees hum, elephants trumpet, foxes yelp, hawks scream, jackals howl, lions roar, pigs grunt, tigers growl, birds chirp, crows caw, cuckoos warble, eagles scream,-frogs croak. Larks sing, the rustling trees and rippling streams all produce their own tunes and music. It is very pleasant to go to a wood in the morning. There are more times in the wood than in an orchestra.

B. There are six seasons in India. Rains, winter, summer/spring, hemant and autumn. Nature becomes alive in rainy season. The beasts, wild birds and insects sing with joy. They shiver in cold and their voices are suppressed. They hide themselves in their nests during summer. They hardly sing during spring, nature becomes young. The birds, animals and insects sing cheerful songs. During autumn, nature loses its freshness. The trees shed their leaves. Nature sings sorrowful songs then.

C. A frozen lake is like a playground for ice-hockey, skiing, skating, yatching, and skidding which can be played in it. Yaks and dogs drag sledges.

Things to do

Collect wild flowers growing in your surroundings. Dry them with the help of a blotting paper and stick them in your project book. Write a few lines about the activity you have done.
Answer:
Class-room activity.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Additional Questions

Short Answer Type Questions (In about 25 words) .

Question 1.
When and where does the poet intend to stay?
Answer:
It is a dark and snowy evening. The poet has to stop by someone’s woods. He knows the name of the owner of the forest. The owner’s house is in a nearby village.

Question 2.
How and what will the poet enjoy there?
Answer:
The poet stops his horse in the woods. He cannot travel through the woods in pitch darkness. He would enjoy the beauty of nature. The sight of the falling mow will lend him joy. He will enjoy himself in the company of his horse.

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Question 3.
How and why does the horse warn the poet?.
Answer:
The horse thinks it odd that the poet should stay in the lonely woods on a snowing evening. There was no farmhouse there and there was dead stilless all around. The horse warns the poet of his wrong decision by moving his neck.

Question 4.
What does the poet mean by ‘promises’ in the last stanza of the poem?
Answer:
By ‘promises’ in the last stanza of the poem, the poet means the duties, a human being has to perform. It reminds him of Pt. Nehru’s promise to do a lot of work for the progress of the nation before the end of his journey.

Long-Answer Type Questions (in about 50 words)

Question 1.
What is nature? How are we concerned with nature?
Answer:
We love and admire nature. Nature is an extraordinary fact which is full of energy. We can see nature all around us in rivers, insects, rocks, hills, glaciers. In a nutshell we can view nature in each and every particle of the universe. Nature is a vital part of our life. We are closely related to nature in various forms. We have tender feelings towards green trees and plants; weeds and leaves. By hurting nature, we hurt ourselves. The full moon in the sky gives us hearty joy. We must not lose communion with nature. The cool breeze at dawn provides us with fantastic experience of Nature. Our relation with Nature must be simple, guiltless and unclouded Nature calls us to have affection for others. If we live in harmony with nature we shall certainly feel proud to be a part of nature.

Question 2.
Woods are the clusters of trees. Give an account of your favourite trees.
Answer:
My house is located on a hill. There are many trees around my house. They are acacia, bamboo, banyan, birch, cactus, grafts, guavas, mangoes, palms, pines, polyalthia, tamarind, margosa, teak and the Mohwas. The Mohwa is however my favourite tree. Its flowers are delicious. To the people of central India it provides the most important article of food. Its flowers can be stored almost indefinitely. It has a large thick grey bark. The tree blooms at night and at dawn each short-lived flower falls to the ground. Its flowers taste like pressed figs. Sugar, puddings and other sweetmeats are made from them. A thick oil is extracted from the kernels of its fruit. It is also named the butter tree. The oil is used for cooking, making soap and candles. Its flowers, are the favourite food of deer, bears and peafowls. Its milky thick juice cures rheumatism. Its bark cures leprosy and heals wounds. Its flowers relieve cough and heart troubles. Its fruits cure T.B. and B.P.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Summary in English

One dark evening, the poet has to stop by some known person’s woods. The owner’s house is in a nearby village. He would enjoy the beauty of falling snow. His horse thinks it odd. There was no farmhouse near. The horse moves his neck to warn him of his wrong decision. The poet realises drat he has much work to do before the end of his journey.

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Summary in Hindi

एक अंधियारी रात को कवि को किसी परिचित व्यक्ति के वनों में रुकना पड़ता है। मालिक का घर नजदीक वाले गाँव में है। वह गिरती हुई बरफ के सौन्दर्य का आनन्द लेगा। उसका घोड़ा इसे विचित्र समझता है। वहाँ नजदीक में कोई फार्म हाउस नहीं था। घोड़ा उसके गलत निर्णय के बारे में उसे सचेत करने के लिए अपनी गर्दन हिलाता है। कवि को एहसास होता है कि यात्रा को समाप्त करने से पहले उसे काफी काम करना है।

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening  Word-Meanings

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