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The Road Not Taken eNotes Reading Response Prompts

by eNotes

  • Release Date: October 07, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10 and Grade 9
  • Pages: 8
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  • What decision does the speaker in the poem have to make? Why must he decide?
  • In Stanza 2, the speaker observes that both roads are “fair.” What similarity between them does he mention in this stanza? What do you infer from the second way they are alike?
  • The speaker would like to follow both roads through the woods, but he has to choose one over the other. Write about a time when you had to choose between two things you wanted to do in life. Looking back, do you think you made the right decision? Why or why not?
  • Describe the speaker’s mood in the last stanza. What does the word “sigh” suggest to you? Do you think he sighs in regret, or do you think he is content with the decision he made in choosing which road to travel? Why do you think so?
  • Discuss what the two roads could symbolize and how the symbolism is developed in the poem. Include some specific details from the stanzas to support your discussion.


These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.

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