Rudyard Kipling's 'If' Poem Quiz

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What does the speaker advise to do when all men doubt you?

Trust yourself and make allowance for their doubting too

In the poem, what should one do when confronted with Triumph and Disaster?

Treat both triumph and disaster as impostors and face them equally

According to the poem, what should one do when facing broken dreams or failures?

Stoop, build them up with worn-out tools, and start again

What does the speaker advise regarding truth spoken being twisted by others?

Bear to hear the truth spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

According to the poem, how should one respond after losing and starting again at the beginning?

Never breathe a word about your loss

What does the speaker advise about being lied about?

Ignore the lies and stay truthful

How does the speaker advise one to respond to being hated?

Ignore the hatred and continue being good

What does the speaker advise regarding dreams?

Dream, but not make dreams your master

How should one respond when facing Triumph and Disaster according to the speaker?

Treat both Triumph and Disaster just the same

What should one do after losing and starting again at the beginning according to the poem?

Start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss

Study Notes

Dealing with Doubt and Adversity

  • When all men doubt you, the speaker advises to not look too good nor talk too wise.
  • When confronted with Triumph and Disaster, one should treat those two impostors just the same.

Coping with Failure

  • When facing broken dreams or failures, the speaker advises to not get too discouraged, as they are a part of life.

Dealing with Twisted Truth

  • When truth spoken is twisted by others, the speaker advises to not deal in lies, nor lose temper, nor Hate.

Responding to Loss

  • After losing and starting again at the beginning, the speaker advises to not get too emotional, as it's a part of life, and to start again with a renewed spirit.

Dealing with Deception

  • When being lied about, the speaker advises to not deal in lies, nor lose temper, nor Hate.

Coping with Hatred

  • When facing hatred, the speaker advises to not give in to Hate.

Pursuing Dreams

  • The speaker advises to dream, but not to make dreams the master.

Responding to Triumph and Disaster

  • When facing Triumph and Disaster, one should treat those two impostors just the same, and not get too emotional about either.

Test your knowledge of Rudyard Kipling's famous poem 'If' with this quiz. See how well you remember the verses and the message they convey.

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