Question Pool The Castaway (Short Story)

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Qn 1.

Read the extract from the story, ‘The Castaway’ and answer the following questions.

The battle of the gods and demons began in the evening. The roaring storm, the pouring rain, the bludgeoning thunder and lightning and the black clouds all took their part. The Ganges was furious and one could hear nature's screams, sighs and groans everywhere.

In one of the river side houses of Chandernagore, an endless verbal battle was going on between Sharat and his wife Kiran about her staying in the house. Kiran fell seriously ill

making everyone in her native village terribly anxious. The whole village advocated for a change necessary for her and to be taken to her own home. But Sharat and his mother gave more importance to their darling than the wisdom of the village.

1. What began in the evening?

2. Who is furious here?

3. What kind of battle was going on between Sharat and his wife Kiran?

4. Who fell seriously ill?

5. Pick out the word which means 'publicly recommend or support'



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Qn 2.

Read the extract from the story, ‘The Castaway’ and answer the following questions.

He heard a call and went outside to see a young boy in the garden, a survivor from an upturned boat in the storm. Immediately, Kiran showed her hospitality giving him dry clothes to change and milk to drink. After he had settled down, she asked his whereabouts. His name was Nilkanta, belonged to a theatrical group. Their boat perished in the storm while they were going to stage a play in a neighbouring villa. He said he had no idea about the others.

The boy turned out to be a boon to everyone there. Kiran had a warm interest in him as he swam out from the clutches of death. Sharat and his mother were happy as Kiran would stay longer there. Nilkanta also was delighted to escape from his master and be a part of that wealthy family.

1. Why did Sharat go outside?

2. What did he see in the garden?

3. How did Kiran show his hospitality towards the boy?

4. Who is Nilkanta? How did he reach there?

5. Pick out the word which means 'got destroyed'

6. “Nilkanta also was delighted to escape from his master.” Pick out the verb phrase in the sentence.



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Qn 3.

Read the extract from the story, ‘The Castaway’ and answer the following questions.

But in a short while Sharat and his mother began to rethink and longed for his departure. He developed a vast friendship band of naughty boys which didn't allow any fruits to get ripen in the neighbourhood. His friendship with the village mongrel dog turned the house upside down. But Kiran alone found happiness in supporting the boy. All the warnings of Sharat went in vain. She provided him clothes in abundance. She would always call him for his theatrical presentations and the afternoon hours passed merrily. Sharat had a cordial dislike towards the boy. Though the boy often got his ears boxed and pulled by Sharat, there was no notable change. He strongly believed the world was made up of eatings and beatings in which beatings played the predominant part.

It was hard to tell his age from his face and his acts. His hairless innocent face said he was about fourteen but the smoke and words gushed out from his mouth suggested he was beyond seventeen. But everyone treated him as a small boy. He showed the first signs of adulthood when he hesitated to be a lady companion to Kiran and to play the earlier feminine roles he had played. But his role as an acolyte to Kiran defended anything that came against him in the house. He had nothing to think about other than entertaining Kiran with his diverse performances.

1. What was the consequence of Nilkanta developing a friendship with a band of naughty boys?

2. 'The boy often got his ears boxed by Sharat.' Why?

3. When did Nilkanta show the first signs of adulthood?

4. What is the explanation given by the narrator about the age of the boy?

5. How did his role as an acolyte to Kiran help Nilkanta?



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Qn 4.

Read the extract from the story, ‘The Castaway’ and answer the following questions.

Kiran's efforts to inculcate some scholastic elements in him turned into ashes as the destitute youth figured out that even the alphabets were dancing in the mist in front of his eyes. But he developed the skill of casting his eyes blank on a page in the book for hours as if reading it. He would read it aloud when a hint of human presence is somewhere around him. Even though it sounded perfect with full of trifling alliteration, the feeblest meaning was beyond his comprehension.

He felt everything to become music around him. The past life of the theatrical slave before the storm had completely faded out from his memory. The enchanting nature and the soothing presence of Kiran, who took up the roles of his sister and mother combined, became the music of his song. And off from her, he would bring dozens of fresh complaints from his neighbours that eventually led to Sharat cuffing him. His spoilt followers would then come in search of him for some new ways of mischief eventually led to Sharat cuffing him. His spoilt followers would then come in search of him for some new ways of mischief.

1. Kiran's efforts to inculcate some scholastic elements in him turned into ashes -what is meant by ‘turned into ashes’?

2. Which sentence shows that Nilkanta was a slow learner?

3. 'He developed.........as if reading it.” What does this sentence say about Nilkanta?

a) Very studious             b) He was trying to convince others that he was studying.

4. What helped Nilkanta forget his past life?

5. What lead to Sharat cuffing the boy?



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Qn 5.

Nilkanta belonged to a theatrical group. Their boat perished in the storm while going to stage a play in the neighbouring village. Being the reporter of a leading daily, how would you report the incident?



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Qn 6.

Kiran, the female protagonist of the story 'The Castaway' is an embodiment of empathy. Draft a character sketch of Kiran.



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Qn 7.

Nilkanta forgets his dreadful past because of the soothing presence of Kiran. However he feels completely insecure after the arrival of Satish. Prepare a Character Sketch of Nilkanta.



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Qn 8.

Kiran enquired about the whereabouts of Nilkanta after he had settled down and was feeling relaxed. Prepare the likely conversation between Kiran and the boy.



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Qn 9.

Nilkanta is a victim of juvenile delinquency. Do you think his dreadful past is the reason for this? Substantiate your views in the form of a write up.



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Qn 10.

The boy developed a vast friendship with other people in the village and he became extremely happy. Prepare a likely a diary of the boy.



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Qn 11.

The English Club of your school has decided to stage a play based on the story 'The Castaway'. Draft a notice informing the public. Include the necessary details.



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Qn 12.

The villagers write a letter of complaint about the mischiefs of Nilkanta to Sharat. What would they write in the letter?



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Qn 13.

Prepare a short profile of Rabindaranath Tagore using the hints given below

Birth                          : 1861

Famous as                 : Bengali writer

known for                  : reshaped Bengali literature, music and Indian art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Awards                       : the first non-European to win Nobel Prize for Literature.

Notable works           : Gitanjali, The Golden Boat, Cabuliwalah, The Post Office and The Broken Nest

Death                          : 1941



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