Class 9 English Poem Chapter 4 No Men Are Foreign Question Answers

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Text Book Question Answers

Thinking about the Poem :

1. (i) Beneath all uniforms the poet is speaking about? what uniforms do you think?

Ans: Here uniforms does not mean what we generally understand by the word. The poet has used the term “Uniform’ either to mean the various types of dress worn by people of various countries or he may mean the people of various colors such as blacks and whites. Whatever may be the dress or the body colour all men are men.

(ii) How does the poet suggest that all people on Earth are the same?

Ans: The poet suggests that all people on Earth have some common traits. They know the sunrays, air, and water; they are fed by peaceful harvest and starved by the disturbance of war; in all countries, people livelihood doing labor; people in all countries sleep and keep awake; they have the strength and life is common to all men living in all the carn countries on the earth.

2. In stanza 1, find five ways in which we all are alike. Pick out the words.

Ans: No men are strange; no countries foreign; beneath all uniforms a single body breathes, the land our brothers walk upon is earth like this; We all shall lie (on the same earth).

3. How many common features can you find in stanza 2? Pick out the words :

Ans: Sun, air, water, harvest, winter, hands, lines, labour. The above mentioned words are the common features embracing all men in all the countries in the world.

4. “Whenever we are told to hate our own brothers ……….” When do you think this happens? Why? Who tells us? Should we do as we are told at such times? What does the poet say?

Ans: This happens specially when a war breaks out. Because we are told to treat the other country involved in the war as an enemy country and the people of that country as our enemies. Generally, the rulers or those controlling the state power tell us to hate the enemies.

No, we should not do so. Because the poet says that the earth we live in is one place and all human beings are brothers and sisters. Instead of hatred, we should win their hearts by love.

Additional Questions and Answers

Q.1. Who is the poet of the poem?

Ans: James Kirkap is the poet.

Q.2. What does the poet want us to remember in the opening line of the poem?

Ans: In the opening line of the poem the poet wants to remember that no men are strange and no countries foreign.

Q.3. What is there beneath all uniforms?

Ans: Beneath all uniforms there lives and breathes a human being.

Q.4.”…………in which we all shall lie.” Where shall we all lie?

Ans: We all shall in this earth.

Q.4.(a) Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in brackets:

(a) It is human earth that we defile. (deprive/pollute/lie)

(b) Our hells of fire and dust antrage the innocence (clean/make angry/violate the purity of)

Ans: (a) pollute (b) violate the parity of.

Q.5. Who is fed by a peaceful harvest?

Ans: The people we treat as enemies are fed by peaceful harvest.

Q.6. What does the poet mean by “war’s long winter starved’??

Ans: The poet means that war brings in a time as lean as winter and people starve during the disturbing wartime.

Q.7.” the land our brothers walk upon.” What do the words ‘land’ and ‘brothers’ signify?

Ans: ‘Land’ means the country we treat as foreign and brothers’ means fellow human beings living in foreign lands.

Q.8. How do the people in foreign countries own their livelihood?

Ans: The people in foreign countries earn their livelihood doing labor like us.

Q.9. How can the strength of the foreign people be won?

Ans: The strength of the foreign people can be owned by love.

Q.10. What, according to the poet is common in every land?

Ans: According to the poet, life is common in every land.

Q.11. How do we ‘dispossess, betray, and condemn ourselves?

Ans: By hating our fellowmen in foreign countries we dispossess, betray, and hate ourselves.

Q.12. How do we defile the human earth?

Ans: By taking arms against each other we defile the human earth.

Q.13. Why does the poet say ‘No men are strange, no countries foreign?

Ans: The world is one place and the earth we live in is also one. Men have divided the earth into countries and thus created differences among people living in different countries. As the earth is one and mankind is one race, the poet says that no men are foreign and no countries strange.

Q.14 (a) How do people in foreign lands live?

Ans: The people in foreign lands living like us experience the same sun rays, air, and water. They are fed by peaceful harvest and they starve like us during the disturbing time of war. Like us they too earn their living doing labour like us.

Q. 14(b) Choose the correct answer from the alternatives given below:

(a) The poet says we betray ourselves when we-

(i) Lie to our brothers

(ii) hate our brothers

(iii) disobey our mothers

(b) We defile the earth when we

(i) throw garbage on the street (ii) insult each other (iii) take up arms against each other.


(a) hate our brothers (b) take up arms against each other.

Q.15. How do we defile the human earth’?

Ans: We defile the human earth by taking arms against each other.

Q.17. What outrages the innocence of air?

Ans: Our hells of fire and dust outrages the innocence of air.


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