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Monday, October 02, 2017

AHSEC/CBSE - Class 12 English Notes: A Roadside Stand

A Roadside Stand
Read the extracts and answer the following questions:
L. “The little old house was out with a little new shed
In front at the edge of the road where the traffic sped,
A roadside stand that too pathetically pled,
It would not be fair to say for a dole of bread,
But for some of the money the cash whose flow supports
The flower of cities from sinking and withering faint”
(i) Where was the shed put up?
Ans. The shed was put up at one side of the road.
(ii) What was its purpose?
Ans. The purpose was to earn some money. They expected city people to oblige them who passed from there.
(iii) Why does the poet use the word pathetic?
Ans. The poet used the word ‘pathetic’ to show that it begged in the most humble way.

(iv) Who are referred as the flower of cities?
Ans. The best things of the city are referred as the flower of cities.
M. “The polished traffic passed with a mind ahead,
Or  if ever aside a moment then out of sorts
At having the landscape marred with the artless paint
Of sings that with N turned wrong and S turned wrong
Offered for sale wild berries in wooden quarts,
Or crook-necked golden squash with silver warts,
Or beauty rest in a beautiful mountain scence,
You have the money, but if you want to be mean,

Why keep your money (this crossly) and go along.”
(i) How did the traffic pass?
Ans. The traffic passed by the roadside stand without stopping there.
(ii) Why did one turn out of sorts?
Ans. The sight of the clumsy paint with which the building was painted spoiled the landscape. It irritated a person who stopped there.
(iii) What are the two things that were sold in that stand? 2013, 2017
Ans. Wild berries and golden squash.
(iv) What should one do if one wants to be mean?
Ans. One should keep one’s money and move ahead.
N. “It is in the news that all these pitiful kin
Are to be fought out and mercifully gathered in
To live in villages, next to the theatre and the store,
Where they won’t have to think for themselves anymore,
Swarm over their lives enforcing benefits
That are calculated to soothe them out of their wits,
And by teaching them how to sleep all day,
Destroy their sleeping at night the ancient way.”

(i) Why won’t these poor people have to think about themselves any more?
Ans. Now they are in the grip of selfish, cunning people who will control their lives. Hence, they wont have to think for themselves.
(ii) How does the poet describe the good doers?
Ans. The poet describes the good doers as people pretending to be doing good things.
(iii) How will the innocent rural folk be soothed cut of their wits end?
Ans. The cunning and greedy people of the city will befool them for their own advantage.
O. “No, in country money, the country scale of gain,
The requisite lift of spirit has never been found.
Or so the voice of the country seems to complain,
I can’t help owning the great relief it would be
To put these people at one stroke out of their pain,
And then the next day as I come back to into the sane
I wonder how I should like you come to me
And offer to put me gently out of my pain.”
(i) Where do these lines occur?
Ans. These lines occur in the poem “The Roadside Stand” written by Robert Frost.
(ii) Why has the requisite spirit never been found?
Ans. Because the rural people are depressed because of their poverty
(iii) What does the voice of the country people seem to say?

Ans. The voice of the country people seems to complain of injustice against them. There is lack of money in their lives.
(iv) What will be of great relief for the poet?
Ans. The poet will feel a great relief if the rural people are liberated of all pains with one stroke.
1) What was the plea of the folk who had put up the roadside stand?
Ans. The folk who had put up the roadside stand pleaded hard for some customers. They wanted to earn money from them. City folks used to pass by on this road and hence the rural folk set up the roadside stand to attract their attention and sell their goods.
2) What is the ‘childish longing’ that the poet refers to? Why is it ‘vain’? 2012, 2017
Ans. The poet thinks that the people who are running the roadside stand suffer from a childish longing. They are always waiting for their customers. They keep their windows open to attract them. But when no one turns up, they get sad. They are always waiting to hear the squeal of brakes or the sound of a stopping car. But everything goes in vain. Passing cars hardly stop there, they could sell nothing.
3) Did ‘the polished traffic’ stop at the roadside stand and if at all they stopped, what were their reactions?
Ans. Generally, ‘the polished traffic’ or the rich and the refined did not stop at the roadside stand. They passed with a mind to go ahead. If at all, some stopped there, they were not impressed with the place. They complained of the clumsy paint of the building. They were irritated at the sight of signs ‘N’ and ‘S’ turned wrong.
4) Which things irritated the passers-by who stopped at the roadside stand? 2014
Ans. Many things irritated those passers by who stopped at the roadside stand. The badly painted buildings spoilt the landscape, the writings on the signboard were defective, the letters ‘N’ and ‘S’ weren’t properly written and most importantly, the place didn’t provide much stuff for shopping.
5) Why do the people who are running the roadside stand ‘ask for some city money’? 2015
Ans. The people who are running the roadside stand wish that the cash rich city people may patronize and oblige them. With that money they can also bring some changes and betterment in their lives. Only some city money can change their lives.
6) Who will soothe(relieve) the rural poor out of their wits and how? 2016
Ans. The greedy people will be the good-doers. They will dominate the lives of the poor rural folk.They will cunningly try to exploit them. These people are crueler than the beasts of prey.They only want to earn huge profits for themselves by exploiting the poor and innocent people. They will sleep comfortably in their beds all day but ‘prevent the poor’ from sleeping peacefully.
7) What was in the news as has been portrayed in the poem “The Roadside Stand”? 2015
Ans. It is in the news that the pitiful kin are to be bought out and gathered in mercifully. They would be settled in villages next to the theatre and the store. Their places will be taken over by the rich and the cunning people. The villagers ‘won’t have to think for themselves anymore’. The greedy and cruel exploiters will dominate them.
8) What was the complaint of the poet?
Ans: The real complaint of the poet was the sorrows and sufferings of the rural folks. The distastefully done paint on the shed, the wrongly turned signs did not bother him. He was more worried about the pitiable condition of the poor people and that moved his heart.

9) What would give a great relief to the poet?
Ans. The poet feels an unbearable pain at the plight of the rural poor. He can’t help accepting that it would be a great relief if these people are put out of their pain at one stroke. Their miserable living is no way better than death. The poet wants an immediate end to the sufferings of the rural poor.
10. Where and how was the roadside stand built and why?
(Ans): The roadside stand was built by the rural folk on one side of the road. It was a little new shed, an extension of an old house. On the busy road, the fast moving traffic would pass in front of it. The stand had been set up to attract the city folk as customers. The idea was tobring in some cash after selling the farm products.
1. Who is the poet of the poem?
Ans : Robert Frost is the poet of the poem “A Roadside stand”
2. what is “A Roadside stand”?
Ans: “A Roadside stand” is a small shop by the road side in the outskirt owned by poor people.
3. where is ‘the little new stand’?
Ans: the little new stand is build in front at the edge of the road where traffic pass by.
4. why is the word ‘pathetic’ used for the road side stand?

Ans: The word ‘pathetic’ is used to show the miserable living condition of the road side stand owners.