Then Laugh Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Then Laugh Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Bertha Adams Backus. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of The Faun’s Head, A Different Kind of School and Everyone is Differently Abled so, you can check these posts as well.

Then Laugh Questions & Answers

Question 1: Match the three headings to the three correct paragraphs.

(a) Never show your worries to the world.

Answer: Stanza 2 & 4

(b) Be strong enough to deal with your troubles.

Answer: Stanza 1

(c) Deal with your troubles and be happy.

Answer: Stanza 3

Question 2: What does the poet want us to do with our ‘thoughts of failures’?

(a) Share them with everyone.
(b) Hide them in the strong box.
(c) Think about them.

Question 3: When does the poet want us to laugh?

Answer: The poet wants us to laugh only once we have hidden thoughts of failure, locked our troubles, worries, hurts and heartaches securely in a strong box. This strong box is nothing but the strong mind we have created to understand and then accordingly cope with our worries on our own.

Question 4: ‘Then, sit on the lid and laugh.’ is repeated twice in the poem. Why do you think it has done?

Answer: The line, ‘Then, sit on the lid and laugh.’ has been repeated twice to lay emphasis on the fact that it is very important to forget our worries and laugh aloud. One should be free from the troubles and worries after they are locked in a box. Since the worries and troubles have been put away, then now it is time to celebrate freedom from them and rejoice. The poet wants to convey that if we have a strong mind then none of the troubles will deter us and we will wade through the troubles easily and live happily. Secondly, once the worries are tightly locked in the strong box and one eliminates chances that they may trouble again, one should have a hearty laugh.

Question 5: ‘Care’ and ‘there’ are a pair of rhyming words from the poem. Pick out words that rhyme with the following words from the poem.


  • Quaff – laugh
  • Completely – securely
  • Share – care
  • Half – laugh

Question 6: Read the third stanza of the poem again. Does the poet want us to deal with our troubles, once and for all and not think about them again? How can you tell this?

Answer: The poet wants to convey that we can take care of our troubles and worries by putting them away in a box. She wants to convey that we should strengthen our mind in such a way that we are able to forget our problems and be happy, positive and optimistic individuals. We should not even share our problems with others and drop them only in our care. Once we become strong individuals, it is easier to deal with problems and forget about them forever.

Question 7: The poet says, ‘Fasten the strong box securely’ so that

(a) you do not bother about troubles till they come back again
(b) you forget about the troubles even if they have not been sorted out
(c) the troubles do not bother you again ever

So, these were the Questions & Answers.

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