Where the Mind is Without Fear - Question & Answer
Q1. What is meant by the expression Knowledge is free?
ANS: The expression knowledge is free means that knowledge should be open to all. It should be free from restrictions so that all may acquire it.
Q2. What narrow domestic walls are referred to by the poet?
Ans: By the poet narrow domestic walls are referred to the class, caste, creed, colour, religion and all those elements that are barriers in the way of unity.
Q3. Why does the poet compare reason with stream?
ANS: The poet compares reason with stream because the reason has the free flow of good sense as the stream has the free flow of water.
Q4. What are two qualities of mind presented in the poem?
Ans: The two qualities of mind presented in the poem are fearless thought and action.
Q5. Why does the poet compare 'dead habit' to 'dreary desert sand'?
ANS: The poet compares dead habit to desert sand because old beliefs are dangerous for reason or good sense as the dreary desert sand is dangerous for the entity of the stream.
Q6. Whom is the poem addressed to?
ANS: The poem is addressed to God.