Peace Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Peace Questions & Answers.

In my previous posts, I have shared the questions & answers of By Himself, The Use of Force and The Last Leaf so, you can check these posts as well.

Peace Questions & Answers

Question 1: Make a list of all the places where the poet searched for peace.


1. The poet searched for peace in a secret cave.
2. The poet looked for peace in a rainbow.
3. The poet went to a garden and looked for peace at the root of the crown-imperial.
4. The poet asked an old reverend where to find peace.

Question 2: Whom does the poet address at the opening of the poem? Which figure of speech is used?

Answer: The poet addresses ‘peace’ at the opening of the poem. The figure of speech used here is personification, as the abstract object, peace, is spoken to as if it were a human and would reply back.

Question 3: What was the poet searching for? Where did he look first?

Answer: The poet was searching for peace in life. The first place he looked for peace was in a secret cave. But the hollow wind told him that peace wasn’t there.

Question 4: Where next did the poet think he would find what he was searching for? What happened then?

Answer: Then the poet thought that he could find peace in the rainbow, and that the rainbow was the lace of peace’s coat. But the clouds broke, and the rainbow also disappeared.

Question 5: How was the poet disillusioned when he searched for peace at the root of crown-imperial?

Answer: The poet went to a garden and found the beautiful flower, the crown-imperial. When the poet searched for peace at its root, he found that a worm was devouring its root.

Question 6: What are the symbols – cave rainbow and flower – meant to symbolise?

Answer: The cave, the rainbow and the flower symbolise the three things which, from outside, seem to offer peace, but the pleasure they offer are not real. The cave symbolises knowledge and expertise. The rainbow symbolises materialistic pleasures like wealth, finery etc., which are short-lived and fickle. The flower, crown-imperial, symbolises power and authority, which appear enticing on the outside, but ultimately are prone to ruin and rot by forces which are internal.

Question 7: What dose ‘bread’ symbolise? How is peace related to this bread?

Answer: ‘Bread’ symbolises the Christian ritual of communion. The poet here uses the symbol of bread to represent the benefits you reap from the twelve stalks of wheat, which are the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. According to the poet, if you follow the teaching of these apostles then only can you achieve peace.

Question 8: Explain the meaning of the following lines:

A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sin

Answer: When the poet asked the old reverend where to find peace, the old man told him a story of a prince from whose grave sprung twelve stalks of wheat. These contained a special virtue. This virtue, if attained, could help one in eradicating sin from one’s life, and gain peace and happiness.

Question 9: Was the poet finally successful in his search for peace? Where did he eventually find it?

Answer: Yes, the poet was finally successful in his search for peace. He eventually found it in the grain of his garden.

Question 10: Read the lines and answer the questions:

I sought thee in a secret cave…..?

(a) What did the poet seek ?

Answer: The poet sought peace in life.

(b) Did he find it there? Who answered him in the cave?

Answer: No, he did not find it there. A hollow wind answered him in the cave.

(c) What was the poet asked to do next?

Answer: The poet was asked to continue his search in other places.

Question 11: Read the lines and answer the questions:

I did; and going did a rainbow note…

(a) Which action does ‘I did’ refer to in the above line?

Answer: ‘I did’ refers to the poet’s continued search for peace.

(b) How does the poet describe the rainbow? which figure of speech is used to describe it?

Answer: The poet describes the rainbow as being the lace of the coat of Peace. The poet has used figure or speech here, as the abstract object peace is spoken of as a person.

(c) What inner meaning could there be to ‘the lace of peace’s coat’?

Answer: Here the poet is implying that he was searching for peace in materialistic things. The rainbow was the ‘lace of peace’s coat’ and it symbolises here the poet’s search for peace in worldly pleasures like fine clothing and high living.

Question 12: Read the lines and answer the questions:

At length I met a rev’rend good old man;
Whom when for peace
I did demand, he thus began…

(a) What did the poet demand?

Answer: The poet demanded from the old man the place where he could find peace.

(b) What did the listener begin? Elaborate?

Answer: The old man began his answer to the poet’s demand. He told the poet a story about a kind and generous Prince of Salem who was killed by his foes. From the grave of this prince, twelve stalks of wheat grew. Their grains contained a special virtue which brought peace to anyone who consumed it.

(c) What did the old man finally give the poet? Why?

Answer: The old man finally gave a grain of wheat to the poet. He gave it to the poet because this was the answer to the poet’s search for peace.

So, these were Peace Questions & Answers.

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