MP Board Class 10th Special English Important Questions Chapter 11 Mending Wall
I. Answer the following questions in about 25 words:
Why do hunters mark gaps in the wall between the land holdings of the poet and his neighbour?
There is a wall between the land holdings of the poet and his neighbour. The hunters keep dogs with them. The dogs start yelping to tell the hunters where the rabbit is hiding. The hunters make gaps in the wall to pull the rabbit out of its hiding places under the wall.
How do the poet and his neighbour set the wall between them once again?
The poet and the neighbour meet one day to set the wall. Each of them keeps to his own side of the wall. They walk along the line of the wall. They pick up the flat and round stones fallen to their sides. They balance one stone on the other.
Why does the poet tell his neighbour that they do not need a wall between them and how does his neighbour respond to his statement?
There were no cows there to wander into the neighbour’s field and destroy the crop. Therefore, the poet tells his neighbour that they do not need a wall between them (their fields). The neighbour responds to his statement saying. “Good fences make good neighbours”.
“I could say ‘elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly and I’d rather he said it for himself.”
The poet thinks that ‘Elves’ don’t love a wall, Rather they want it pulled down. But the next moment he says. “It is not ‘Elves’ exactly.” He is not certain who or what it could be. The poet wishes that his neighbour too like himself had no love of walls and fences.
II. Answer the following questions in about 50 words:
“Good fences make good neighbours.” Explain the meaning of this statement in the context of ‘Mending the wall’. (Imp.)
The poet is of modem views. He does not move in the inner darkness of narrow-mindedness. He is open hearted. However his neighbour is dark hearted. He fears that the poet will get acrross his orchard and eat the cones under his pines. Moreover, the cows may enter his fields and damage the crops.
He sticks to his ancestral arid traditional views. Twice in the poem he says ‘Good fences make good neighbour’. It means fences keep the limits defined between or among peoples. This saves from unnecessary disputes.
What notion in regard to building a wall does Robert Frost seek to put into his neighbour’s head and how does his neighbour react to it? (Imp.)
Robert Frost seeks to put the notion into his neighbour’s head. It is that there should be no walls where they don’t serve any useful purpose. The frozen-ground-swell spills the stones. Hunters also break down the walls. The poet’s apple trees will never get across his orchard and eat the cones under his neighbour’s pine trees. There were no cows to enter the neighbour’s fields and destroy his crops.
The neighbour does not react favourably. He sticks to his decision and says ‘Good fences make good neighbours’. Good fences check encroachments and trespassing which are the root causes behind quarrels and fights.