Class X (Main Course English Reader) Lesson (1- Poem) (Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity) Q. 1 What is adversity? Ans. Adversity is a state of life which is full of misfortunes, worries, miseries and uncertainties. In this state, man remains in a fix to know what to do or what not to do. Q.2 Why is ‘pomp’ described as ‘painted’ and ‘court’ as ‘envious’? Ans . ‘Pomp’ is described ‘painted’ because it is artificial and far from the reality. Court is called envious because the courtiers are full of jealousy and always remain busy in hatching conspiracy against one another. Q.3 Why are the woods more free from peril than the envious court? Ans . The court is full of such courtiers as they feel jealous of one another. They are always busy in hatching conspiracies to harm their fellow courtiers. But there are no such persons in woods. Therefore, woods are free from peril than the envious court.