In this post, I am sharing 1st Year English A Tail of Two Cities Poem Questions and Answers Notes for Class 11. This is the 13th poem in 1st Year English textbook 3. This poem is written by John Peter. I have taken A Tail of Two Cities Poem Short Questions with Answers notes from Kips Notes. Don’t forget to visit this post for all poems notes and this link for 1st Year English book 1 notes.
1st Year English A Tail of Two Cities poem Short Questions with Answers Notes
Q. Who wrote the poem, “A Tale of Two Cities”?
Ans. John Peter wrote the poem, “A Tale of Two Cities”.
Q. How were people made powerless and helpless?
Ans. The people of the two cities of Japan were made powerless and helpless in the storms of the shrill noises of explosions and blasts. They were wounded, burnt and frightened to death when the atom bombs hit them in the Second World War.
Q. Describe the awful destruction that the victims had to pass through?
Describe the scene of devastation.
Describe the circumstances the victims had to pass through.
Ans. The people of the two cities of Japan passed through great pain, suffering, and terrible death when a nation in its wild passion dropped atom bombs on them. The victims were scarred and burnt, and there was no one to share their moans or to lessen their groans.
Q. What is the moral lesson/central idea of the poem?
Ans. The moral lesson of the poem is that we do not lose anything if we do not lose our hope and willpower. We learn from the poem that those are the great people who bear the pain but do not lose heart and rise again to the heights of glory.
Q. Who caused the devastation and how did the victims suffer?
Ans. A nation in her wild fury violated human rights and brought pain, suffering and death to the innocent people of a country. That nation was America which dropped atom bombs in 1945 on the two cities of Japan. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and reduced them to ashes.
Q. Were the victims completely destroyed or did they rise again?
Ans. The innocent people of Japan were scarred, burnt and reduced to ashes in the Second World War, but their faith and spirit could not be destroyed. They did not lose hope and rose up again to the heights of glory.
Q. What does the poet mean when he says, “Ashes are not merely the waste”?
Ans. The poet says that if a nation bears pain with courage, it cannot be destroyed or defeated. The Japanese have proved what Martin Luther king said, “Unjust suffering is redemptive”. The loss of their lives was not the loss of their will, and so they survived all pains and woes with great courage.
Q. “Wasteful were all the grills.” Comment.
Ans. “Wasteful” stands for destruction and disintegration. All the grills (restaurants) were completely reduced to rubble. This shows the large-scale destruction caused by the atomic explosions.
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