CBSE OFFICIAL QUESTION BANK SOLUTIONS : THE FIRE AND ICE
THE FIRE AND ICE
Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on Extract
i)Choose the CORRECT statement about the given poem.
Ans: c) Fire and ice are elements—not of Nature but man-made and possess the ability to create havoc for mankind.
ii) Select the option that correctly classifies the connotations for fire and ice, as suggested in the poem.
b) Fire- 2, 5; Ice-1,3,4
iii)The poem is a _________, put across by the poet.
a) powerful warning
iv) The poet uses the phrasal verb -hold with.
d) option 4
v) Pick the option that is NOT TRUE about the poet according to the extract.
c) preaches love and kindness to combat the spread of hate among all.
vi) Extra Q: Identify the most likely tone of the poet in the lines- ‘To say that for destruction ice/Is also great.
Q.11 Answer in 20-30 words
"Fire and Ice" was first published in 1920. Briefly explain how the WW I might have influenced the theme of the poem.
Ans: The poem tells us about how we humans will bring the end of our own race.Something we did during WW1. WW1 was not accidental but began as a result of human actions and decisions which is the central idea of the poem.
ii Create a tag line / slogan / catchphrase for the poem
Ans: Together we can save the world
Q.11 Answer in 40-50 words
i) The tone of the speaker contrasts with the seriousness of the subject matter. Justify.
Ans: The speaker's note which is conversational and casual contrast with the seriousness of the subject matter, which thus develops the poem's sense of irony. This irony is effective because it helps disarm the reader the speaker converses with the reader almost they are friends.
ii Fire and Ice projects a pessimistic outlook. Comment.
Ans: The poem, very artistically, underpins the philosophy that we let our emotions rule us and if don't control them they will surely destroy everything around us. In my view, it's not pessimistic. Poet is trying to alarm humankind from self-destruction.
iii Evaluate the line- Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice- in the context of volcanic eruptions, forest fires, meteor collisions, melting ice caps etc.
Ans: Natural distances are extreme, sudden events caused by environmental factors that injure people and damage property. Earthquakes, wind motors, floods damage property. Earthquakes, windstorms, floods, and disease all strike anywhere on the earth often without warning. No one can predict how the earth is going to destroy so the opinion expressed by the poet is abt.
Q.12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
1) Imagine that Nelson Mandela read ‘Fire and Ice’. As Mandela, write a diary entry associating the impact of the troubled history of South Africa with the idea expressed in the poem........(continue)
Today, when I am the President of South Africa, I can't help recalling Robert Frost's Fire and Ice. The poem reflects the suffering of black people. The Africans have been treated terribly by the ruling governments. They needed freedom from White people and their tyranny. The desire and wants of human beings are so fiery that they can lead to destruction as reiterated in the poem 'Fire and Ice! The campaign to end apartheid was one of the defining political struggles of the second half of the 20th century. Apartheid has negatively offended the lives of all South African children but its effects have been particularly devastating for black children. The consequences of poverty, racism and violence have resulted in psychological disorders, and a generation of maladjusted children moy be the result. Hope this new freedom will change the entire dynamic of Africa.
ii) Most of your classmates, like Frost, feel that man’s greed and rage or hate, would lead the world to its destruction. You feel that the ‘fire and ice’ in Mankind can be addressed to create a harmonious world. Write a speech, for your classmates, expressing your belief/s with respect to the poem.
Ans: The apocalypse has always been a phenomenon to capture the minds of people and is an important concept in this poem, Fire and Ice. Throughout history, there has always been a seeming fascination with how the world will end. In recent years, these discussions have centred around the nuclear disaster, immense climate change, and general cynicism.
This poem is known for its simplicity and biting message, as well as its call to stop and think, offering a different perspective on the end of everything. If we rethink our actions today we can bring peace tomorrow. In a way, this poem To act, to stop arguing about the how - "how will this happen?" – and sta what - "what can we do to stop it?"