Question a. How is the morning described in the extract? In what mood was the narrator?
Answer a.the poet begins the narration on a peaceful note. When the day dawnedit was come, beautiful and warm full stop the narrator was come and he relaxed himself by usual stretching of his hands and body after waking up from sleep.
Question b. What started the narrator? What did he think of it?
Answer b. the narrator was startled by two sudden splashes which took place one by one. He wondered about the flares of magnesium whether it is seen during a war.
Question c. What was the impact of the explosion on the place and the people?
Answer c.the roof and the wall of the building collapsed and the Deborah got started all around the narrator. All his under shirt and his drawers got burnt. He was totally confused and was incapable of understanding the situation that time.
Question d. How much did the narrator personally suffer in the explosion?
Answer d.The narrator’s undershirt and drawers got burnt due to the splash. A splinter protruded from his thigh, his right side bleeded and his cheek was torn. he somehow remove a piece of glass from his body and was fatally injured.
Question e. Give the meaning of the following: 1: Morning stretched calm, beautiful and warm.
2: A strong flash then another startled me.
Answer a. Ans 1: The morning was calm, beautiful and warm.
Ans 2: A strong flash one after the other surprised the narrator.
2.“my blood gushed out…… Holding her elbow.”
Question a. How did theblood Rush out? Why was the narrator panic-stricken? ?
Answer a.The narrator’s blood gushed out from the artery in his neck. he was panic-stricken because he was badly injured and was incapable of thinking about the the situation.
Question b. What in the extract shows that Yecko San was badly injured?
Answer b.Yecko San emerged before the narrator with her arm holding in one of her hand. She was frightened , bloodstained and pale.She was equally injured as her husband in the given situation of war and agony.
Question c. What did the narrator tell his wife consoling her?
Answer c.The narrator assured his wife that they will be soon fine full stop first of all they have to get out of the place quickly so as to protect themselves.
Question d. Describe the object they found on the street. What was the reaction of the narrator after finding the object?
Answer d.The narrator and his wife stumbled against the head of a deadman lying on the road near the gate. The narrator apologized immediately finding the man dead.
Question e. By giving two examples state how an atmosphere was created by the explosion in the minds of the narrator and his wife.
Answer a.the narrator woke up from sleep and found to certain splashes. He was unable to recognise the flair of the flashes stop he was getting injuries one by one starting from his thigh to his cheek via glass piece pierced into his body. Yecko San was pale frightened and bloodstained. She emerged with her injured hand before her husband on his call.
3.“He was dead…… spread by the wind.”
Question a. Who was dead ?what killed him?
Answer a.A man was dead lying on the road. He was crushed down to death by a gate during the time of flash.
Question b. Describe the strange things that happened estate in the extract.
Answer b.The picture of things that took place before the narrator and his wife was the house stand before them was tilted, swayed, toppled and almost crashed.
Question c. Immediately after the extract, what two decisions that the narrator make?
Answer c.The couple thought of rushing to the hospital. But the narrative thought of helping his staff and themselves. These were the two decisions taken immediately by the narrator.
Question d. why couldn’t the narrator take his injured staff to the hospital?
Answer d.The narrator couldn’t take his injured staff to the hospital because he himself was badly injured.
Question e. what physical inconvenience is did the narrator suffer after the incidents referred to in the extract?
Answer e. The narrator’s body was fatally injured coma his legs were weak and he sat down on the ground. He was thirsty and his breath was short.
4.“My breath was short but with bit by bit my strength….. who gave the towel around his neck to me.”
Question a. Why was the breath of the speaker short “but bit by bit my strength / seemed to revive” considering the post war history of Japan what is the symbolism involved in this expression?
Answer a.The narrator breath was short because of the physical and mental sufferings full stop the bombs stripped the clothes of people full stop the whole of humanity was deprived of their human nature full.It was made bear raw and was burnt by the senseless fate of history. All the people have things in common and it was silence.
Question b. The narrator was conscious that he was naked who helped him how did the other help the narrator to have self confidence ?
Answer b.The narrator was helped by a soldier. As the narrator was naked he was helped by the soldier who offered him the towel to cover his shames. This regained self confidence in the narrator.
Question c. Why did he send Yecko San alone to the hospital? How did he justify his decision to let his wife go alone to the hospital?
Answer c.The narrator’s leg was stiff with dried blood and they refused to move ahead. He send Yecko San to go alone to the hospital full stop the narrator had no other choice accept to send his wife to hospital instead of going together.
Question d. What is the narrator feel when he left for the hospital?
Answer d.After the departure of his wife, he felt dreadfully alone. His mind was working but his body could not keep it speed.
Question e. Describe the appearance of the people who the narrators saw.
Answer e.The narrator saw the shadow like appearance of people, some look like ghosts the other like scarecrows but everyone was silent as if they were dumb.
Question f. How were the people marching to the hospital?
Answer f.The people were marching to the hospital like zombies. Some of them were walking with stretched arms and the shoulder or hand dangling lose from their bodies.
5.“Had they come back from the bath?……. No cries of anguish or a single word.”
Question a. Who are the referred to in the extract? Why does the narrator doubt whether they had come back from the bath?
Answer a.‘They’ are referred to standing naked woman with a child.the narrator wondered whether they had come out straight after a bath because both were standing naked.
Question b. The poem often refers to nakedness of the body. Figuratively besides the bomb explosion who else is responsible for making them naked of clothes as well as human dignity? How?
Answer b.The poem often refers to the nakedness of the body.Besides the bomb explosion, the revenge through throwing of atom bombs on Japan is responsible for making them naked of clothes as well as human dignity. This is of taking revenge from another country is shown here. It is a great example of human agony due to war in history full stop the losses incurred are briefly stated in the poem
Question c. What is meant by silence was common to us all?
Answer c.The given above line in the question silence was common to us all signifies the human agony due to the war which not only injured them from outside but also from inside.The could not able to attend a single word of anguish and the quality of common silence is seen everywhere.
Question d. Describe the physical and psychological sufferings shown in the extract.
Answer d.The people were stripped of their clothes due to bombing of atom bombs. They were badly injured physically. The psychological sufferings of the people was that they could not utter a word of anguish. They were silent and were marching to the hospital like zombies.
Question e. What held appeal to you in the poem? Give examples to justify your opinion.
Answer e.The sufferings of the people is dreadful. They are so much injured from outside and inside that there is silence every where. The forcible silence of the people and their sufferings are really appealed due to the war. Another the doctor in injured condition thought of helping his staff which is a great example of humanity.