The Road Not Taken Quiz

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Do you love the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost? Take the quiz below and check how sharp your memory is. The poem was originally published in 1916 as the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval. It is considered to be one of the greatest literary works ever written. This quiz consists of twenty questions based on the various aspects of the poem. Give answers to all the questions carefully and see how much you score. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The poet stood at the intersection of?

    • A.

      Crossroads

    • B.

      Two roads

    • C.

      Three roads

    Correct Answer
    B. Two roads
    Explanation
    The poet stood at the intersection of two roads, indicating that there were two possible paths or choices in front of them. This suggests that the poet was faced with a decision or a moment of uncertainty, where they had to choose between two different directions or opportunities. The intersection symbolizes a turning point or a crossroads in life, where one must make a choice that will shape their future.

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  • 2. 

    The poet felt sorry because...

    • A.

      He could not see the road well

    • B.

      He could not travel on both the roads

    • C.

      He did not know the direction

    Correct Answer
    B. He could not travel on both the roads
    Explanation
    The poet felt sorry because he could not travel on both the roads. This suggests that the poet was faced with a choice between two paths, and he regretted not being able to explore both options. It implies a sense of curiosity and a desire to experience all possibilities, but ultimately, the poet had to make a decision and could not have it all.

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  • 3. 

    The poet took the road...

    • A.

      To the right

    • B.

      To the left

    • C.

      Less traveled

    Correct Answer
    C. Less traveled
    Explanation
    The poet chose to take the road that was less traveled. This implies that the poet decided to go against the majority and explore a path that was not commonly taken. By doing so, the poet seeks to emphasize their individuality and uniqueness, suggesting that they prefer to make choices that are not influenced by societal norms or popular opinions. This decision may also symbolize the poet's desire for adventure, self-discovery, and the pursuit of personal growth.

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  • 4. 

     The poet depicts...

    • A.

      Things we do not always want to do 

    • B.

      The most amazing moments in our lives

    • C.

      Choices we have to make in life

    Correct Answer
    C. Choices we have to make in life
    Explanation
    The poet depicts the choices we make in life. This suggests that the poem explores the decisions and actions that individuals take, highlighting their significance and impact on one's life. The poem may delve into the consequences of these choices, the dilemmas faced when making them, or the personal growth that arises from making the right or wrong decisions. By focusing on choices, the poet invites reflection on the importance of decision-making and the responsibility individuals have in shaping their own lives.

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  • 5. 

    The entire poem is __________.

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      A ballad

    • D.

      A personification

    Correct Answer
    B. A metaphor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a metaphor because a metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two different things without using "like" or "as". In the context of the question, the phrase "the entire poem" is being compared to something else, suggesting that the poem is not literally a simile, a ballad, or a personification, but rather it is being described or represented as something else through the use of metaphorical language.

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  • 6. 

    When was the poem first published? 

    • A.

      August 1915

    • B.

      August 1916

    • C.

      December 1916

    Correct Answer
    A. August 1915
    Explanation
     The poem was first published in August 1915 in an issue of the Atlantic Monthly

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  • 7. 

    What does the author mean by "a wood?"

    • A.

      A mini forest

    • B.

      A cluster of trees growing wild

    • C.

      A and B

    Correct Answer
    C. A and B
    Explanation
    The author means that "a wood" refers to both a mini forest and a cluster of trees growing wild. In other words, it can be used to describe a small forested area or a group of trees that are not cultivated or managed.

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  • 8. 

    What did the poet see in the Yellow Wood?

    • A.

      Two paths diverging in different directions

    • B.

      Trees in the forest

    • C.

      Green grass

    Correct Answer
    A. Two paths diverging in different directions
    Explanation
    In the Yellow Wood, the poet saw two paths diverging in different directions. This implies that the poet was faced with a choice or a decision to make. The paths symbolize different options or possibilities in life, and the poet is contemplating which path to take. This image of the two paths represents the idea of making choices and the uncertainty that comes with it. The poet is standing at a crossroads, unsure of which path to follow, and this decision will shape their future.

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  • 9. 

    How was one path different from the other?

    • A.

      One was greener

    • B.

      One had more grass

    • C.

      It seemed less used

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above options describe the difference between the two paths. One path was greener, indicating a healthier and more vibrant landscape. The other path had more grass, suggesting that it was better maintained or had a denser vegetation cover. Additionally, it seemed less used, implying that it was less frequented by people or animals compared to the other path. Hence, all three options highlight distinct characteristics that set one path apart from the other.

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  • 10. 

    Which path had the poet previously walked on?

    • A.

      Both paths

    • B.

      The one on the left

    • C.

      None of them

    Correct Answer
    C. None of them
    Explanation
     The correct answer is "None of them." This implies that the poet did not walk on either of the paths previously.

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  • 11. 

    When the poet chose one of the paths, what did he hope to do?

    • A.

      Come back and try the other path another day.

    • B.

      Not go back

    • C.

      Go home

    Correct Answer
    A. Come back and try the other path another day.
    Explanation
    The poet chose one of the paths with the hope of eventually coming back and trying the other path. This suggests that the poet was open to exploring different options and experiences, and did not want to limit themselves to just one path. By choosing one path and then intending to come back and try the other, the poet demonstrates a sense of curiosity, adventure, and a desire to fully explore all possibilities.

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  • 12. 

    In the line "Oh I kept the first for another day!", "the first" refers to_____.

    • A.

      Narrators choice

    • B.

      The road

    • C.

      Fate

    Correct Answer
    B. The road
    Explanation
    In the given line, "Oh I kept the first for another day!", the phrase "the first" refers to the road. The narrator is expressing that they have chosen to take a different path or direction for now, but they plan to keep the option of taking the road for another day.

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  • 13. 

    Frost uses the image of two diverging roads to symbolize...

    • A.

      Sorrow and regret

    • B.

      Life's choice

    • C.

      The love of nature

    • D.

      The spirit of independence

    Correct Answer
    B. Life's choice
    Explanation
    The image of two diverging roads is often used as a metaphor for making choices in life. Each road represents a different path or decision that one must make, and the choice between them can have significant consequences. Frost's use of this image suggests that the poem is exploring the theme of decision-making and the impact that our choices have on our lives. It highlights the idea that life is full of choices and that the paths we choose to take can greatly shape our experiences and outcomes.

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  • 14. 

    According to the poet, the second road has "the better claim" because it...

    • A.

      Was a familiar path

    • B.

      Has never been used

    • C.

      Has been traveled on less.

    Correct Answer
    C. Has been traveled on less.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had been traveled on less." The poet believes that the second road is the better choice because it has been traveled on less. This suggests that it is a less popular or less conventional path, which appeals to the poet's sense of adventure and individuality. The poet values the road that is less worn and less explored, as it represents the possibility of new experiences and opportunities.

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  • 15. 

    This poem might have special relevance for you if you are...

    • A.

      Expecting a baby

    • B.

      Deciding which college to attend

    • C.

      Concerned about the environment

    Correct Answer
    B. Deciding which college to attend
    Explanation
    This poem might have special relevance for someone who is deciding which college to attend because it could potentially offer insights or perspectives on which of the colleges is the best fit. It could address the value of being connected to the natural world and how that might be considered when choosing a college.

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  • 16. 

    What does the narrator decide to do?

    • A.

      Take the second road

    • B.

      Take the well-traveled road

    • C.

      Save the decision for later

    Correct Answer
    A. Take the second road
    Explanation
    The narrator decides to take the second road, the one which was less traveled.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following statements is the closest interpretation of the line "yet knowing how way leads on to way?"

    • A.

      You can never go home alone

    • B.

      It's easy to get lost in a path

    • C.

      One path takes you to the next

    Correct Answer
    C. One path takes you to the next
    Explanation
    The line "yet knowing how way leads on to way" suggests that once you start on a path, it leads to another path. This means that one path takes you to the next, implying that each decision or action you take leads to new opportunities or choices.

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  • 18. 

    According to the narrator, the two roads looked?

    • A.

      About the same

    • B.

      Very different

    • C.

      Muddy and unpleasant

    Correct Answer
    A. About the same
    Explanation
    According to the narrator, the two roads looked "about the same." This suggests that there was not a significant visual difference between the two roads. The narrator may have observed similar features, such as width, texture, or surrounding scenery, on both roads. This implies that the decision of which road to take was not based on obvious visual cues, but rather on a deeper, more personal contemplation.

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  • 19. 

    Looking back on his decision, the narrator feels...

    • A.

      Relieved

    • B.

      Regretful

    • C.

      Meditative

    • D.

      Embarrassed

    Correct Answer
    C. Meditative
    Explanation
    The narrator feels "meditative" when looking back on his decision. This suggests that he is reflective and contemplative about his choice. He may be thinking deeply about the consequences and implications of his decision, considering different perspectives, and seeking a deeper understanding. This feeling of being meditative indicates a thoughtful and introspective mindset.

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  • 20. 

    The narrator envisions that in later years, he will...

    • A.

      Feel sad

    • B.

      Tell his story

    • C.

      See his error

    • D.

      Never tell anyone of his choice

    Correct Answer
    B. Tell his story
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tell his story." This suggests that the narrator imagines sharing his experiences with others in the future. It implies that he anticipates reflecting on his past and wanting to communicate his journey or lessons learned to others. This answer aligns with the idea of the narrator wanting to share his story with others as a form of self-expression or to provide insight to others who may benefit from his experiences, when he says “I shall be telling this with a sigh ages and ages hence”

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Juliette Firla |MA |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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