- Babuli is a victim of escapism of modern life. Discuss.
- Explain, ‘a lot of cobwebs have settled around me’.
- Why does Babuli describe his elder brother as his land, ‘from where I could harvest everything in life’?
- How did Babuli react after hearing about his wife’s plan of spending the money?
- What changes did Babuli notice when he arrived at the ancestral home?
- What did Babuli do with his share?
- Explain: ‘Perhaps a tear trickled down his cheek’/ ‘I shivered with the cold and my own ingratitude’.
- Babuli’s diary depicting the day of partition.
- A reporter of a daily listens to the entire happenings of Babuli’s home. He writes an article on Babuli & his tribute to the elder brother. Write the article.
- Babuli’s mother as a silent observer of the partition writes a letter to one of her friends.
- How did Cutie Pie escape from the jail?
- ‘To lose his feathers was to lose himself’. Explain.
- On the 19th day, Cutie Pie woke up from ‘a beautiful dream to an appalling reality’. What was so appalling about the reality?
- How was the glass prison a scientific tomb?
- ‘Oh, he is just too cute to live!’ the world said. How does this remark almost come true?
- ‘Cutie Pie’ were the words they flinched from. Who are ‘they’? Why did they flinch from mentioning these words?
- Cutie Pie writes his diary, sitting inside the glass prison, expressing his ailing condition, loneliness etc. Write the diary.
- After capturing the alien from the planet Quta Pi, a senior scientist writes an article for a local newspaper about it. Write the article.
- Reaching his own planet, Ch-tsal writes a letter to his friend Christopher. Write the letter.
- Speech of Ch-tsal before a group of friends and neighbours after his return to home-planet.
- Why did Ali go to the post office every morning?
- Why did waiting for Miriam’s letter become an obsession for Ali?
- What bewildered and puzzled the postmaster?
- What made Ali give up hunting?
- ‘The postmaster was a changed person at the end’. How?
- How did the post office become a place of pilgrimage for Ali?
- Supposing that you are Ali’s daughter, Miriam, write a letter to your father.
- Waiting for his daughter’s news, the Postmaster writes his diary outlining his feelings about the day’s events. Write the diary.
- Lakshmi Das writes a letter to Miriam expressing his concern for Ali, who comes to the post office almost daily for a letter, written by her
The Ultimate Safari
- How did the narrator of the Ultimate Safari lose her parents?
- Describe the Kruger Park. How did the narrator describe it?
- Significance of the title of the story.
- How did the grandmother maintain the family?
- Role of the Guide in crossing the park.
- “It was hard to be like animals”- discuss.
- Suppose you are the narrator of the story. Suppose the grandfather had arrived after some years. Write a diary entry of the day expressing happiness of your family.
- Grandmother’s diary after husband’s disappearance.
- Suppose, the Grandmother has been awarded with ‘The Woman of the Year’ for her Herculean task for her grandchildren. Applauded Granny delivers a speech before the audience. Write the speech.
- “Over thy wounds now do I prophesy”..... What prophesy does Antony make at this juncture?
- “But Brutus says he was ambitious”.... How does Antony prove that Caesar was never ambitious?
- How did the conspirators assassinate Julius Caesar?
- What are the conditions imposed by the conspirators before alluring Antony to speak at the Funeral of Caesar?
- What mistakes did Brutus make?
- What reasons does Brutus give for murdering Caesar?
- What are the conditions imposed by the conspirators before allowing Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral?
- What prediction does Antony make regarding the future events in Rome?
- What are the arguments put forward by Brutus to convince Caesar to go to the capitol?
- ‘I found it in his closet’. What was it? Why was it so important?
- Scrooge literally means a miserly & mean minded person—Discuss.
- Who was Jacob Marley? What message did Jacob Marley’s ghost give to him?
- What did the First/ Second/Third ghost show & teach Scrooge?
- What kind of man does Scrooge become after his encounter with the three ghosts?
- How did Dickens emphasize that Scrooge does not like Christmas, in the beginning of the play?
- Reason behind the introduction of Belle in Christmas Carol.
- Purpose behind Tim’s visit to church.
- Reasons behind Scrooge’s drastic change in the play.
NIGHT OF THE SCORPION
- Why did the peasants visit the narrator’s home?
- Why did the peasants utter the name of God repeatedly?
- The last line brings out the character of the mother.Justify the statement.
- Explain: ‘I watch the flame feeding on my mother’.
- What do the villagers pray for the narrator’s mother?
- ‘May the poison purify your flesh....’ Who is the speaker here? Narrate the atmosphere of this event.
ODE TO THE WEST WIND
- How is the West Wind a destroyer & a preserver?
- Explain: “I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed”.
- Why is the west wind both a preserver and a destroyer?
- Explain, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”/ “The trumpet of a prophecy!”/ ‘Thine azure sister of the spring’.
THE FROG AND THE NIGHTINGALE
(a) Explain the following lines:
- “I tried to teach her/ But she was a stupid creature”.
- “Brainless bird, you’re on the stage”
- “And you’re Mozart in disguise”
- “I don’t think the song’s divine”
- Dumbstruck sat the gaping frog.
(b) “In the second song last night/ You got nervous in the mid flight”. Who said this & to whom? What was the result?
- The woman in the poem searching for something in the depths of the mirror. What is it?
- How does the mirror spend its time? Why is it called a ‘four cornered God’?
- Why is the mirror ‘not cruel’ and ‘only truthful’?
- Explain, “I am important to her”.
- Why and how does the woman look in the mirror? What does it reflect faithfully?
(f) Explain: ‘Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall’.
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
- What ‘hellish thing’ did the ancient mariner do?
- Why were the sailors happy to see the Albatross? What did they feel after its arrival?
- Describe how the dead soul of albatross took the revenge of its death.
- Describe the situation in brief when the ship was becalmed in the mid-sea.
- Explain the following lines:
‘Yet he cannot choose but hear’
‘With slopping masts and dipping prow’
‘As if it had been a Christian Soul’
’Twas right, said they, such birds to slay’
‘All in a hot and copper sky’
‘As idle as a painted ship/ upon a painted ocean’.