Q1: Which art helped Iswaran to bring down the beast?
Q2: Where did the school boys hide themselves to see the mad elephant?
(a) on trees
(b) in their houses
(c) in their classrooms
(d) in the Headmaster’s room
Q3: What happened to the elephant when Iswaran hit the third toenail of the elephant?
(a) grunted loudly and collapsed on the
(b) ran away from their ground
(c) caught Iswaran in his trunk and threw him
(d) made friendship with Iswaran away
Q4: From where was Iswaran watching this incident
(a) from a room
(b) from the cupboard
(c) from a tree
(d) from the rooftop
Q5: Why did the people run helter-skelter in panic?
Q6: In Iswaran's story, from where did the tusker escape?
(b) timber yard
Q7: What was the special feature of his stories?
(a) light humour
(b) satire on the system
(c) tragic ending
(d) suspense and a surprise ending
Q8: What was Mahindra’s marital status?
(c) engaged and going to be married soon
Q9: How did Iswaran say the elephant was revived?
(a) He said he gave the elephant an injection.
(b) He said he gave the elephant artificial respiration.
(c) He said a veterinary doctor was called there.
(d) He said a man from the zoo helped to revive the elephant.
Q10: What kind of books did Iswaran usually read?
(a) Some popular Tamil religious book.
(b) Some popular Tamil love story.
(c) Some popular Tamil thriller.
(d) Some popular Tamil folk songs.
Q1: Who is Mahendra in the given story?
Ans: Mahendra was a junior supervisor in a firm that offered to hire supervisors at various types of construction sites: factories, bridges, dams, and so on. Mahendra’s job was to keep an eye on the activities at the work site. He had to keep moving from place to place every now and then as ordered by his head office. He was a bachelor. His needs were simple and he was able to adjust himself to all kinds of odd conditions.
Q2: What harm does the elephant cause in the story narrated by Iswaran?
Ans: The elephant escaped from the timber yard and began to roam about, stamping on bushes, tearing up wild creepers and breaking branches at will. It breaked the fences down like matchsticks, smashed all the stalls selling fruits, mud pots and clothes. The elephant entered a school ground breaking through the brick wall, pulling out the football goal-post, tearing down the volleyball net, kicking and flattening the drum kept for water, and uprooting the shrubs.
Q3: What happens to Mahendra after hearing Iswaran’s ghost story?
Ans: Mahendra went to bed with a certain unease. Every night he peered into the darkness outside through the window next to his bed, trying to make sure that there was no movement of dark shapes in the vicinity. He had always liked to admire the milk-white landscape on full-moon nights. But then on, he avoided looking out of his window altogether when the moon was full.
Q4: Explain the daily routine of Mahendra and Iswaran.
Ans: Mahendra would be up early in the morning and leave for work after breakfast, carrying some prepared food with him. Meanwhile, Iswaran would tidy up the shed, wash the clothes, and have a leisurely bath, pouring several buckets of water over his head, muttering a prayer all the while. It would be lunchtime by then. After eating, he would read for a while before dozing off. The book was usually some popular Tamil thriller running to hundreds of pages. Its imaginative descriptions and narrative flourishes would hold Iswaran in thrall. His own descriptions were greatly influenced by the Tamil authors that he read. When he was narrating even the smallest of incidents, he would try to work in suspense and a surprise ending into the account.
Q5: How was Iswaran useful to Mahendra?
Ans: Iswaran was quite attached to Mahendra and followed him uncomplainingly wherever he was posted. He cooked food for Mahendra, washed his clothes, and chatted away with his master at night. He could weave out endless stories and anecdotes on varied subjects. Iswaran also had an amazing capacity to produce vegetables and cooking ingredients, seemingly out of nowhere.
Q6: How does Iswaran describe the female ghost to Mahendra?
Ans: Iswaran says that he is brave but he is afraid of one horrible ghost of a woman which appears off and on at midnight during the full moon. It is an ugly creature with matted hair and a shriveled face, like a skeleton holding a fetus in its arms.
Q7: Why did the elephant collapse?
Ans: Iswaran mustering all his force, whacked its third toenail which, temporarily paralyzes the nervous system. The elephant looked stunned for a moment; then it shivered from head to foot and collapsed.
Q8: Explain, in brief, why Mahendra resigns from the job and leaves the haunted place.
Ans: On an auspicious day — according to tradition people prepare various delicacies to feed the spirits of ancestors, Iswaran made a delicious dinner. That night Mahendra enjoyed the dinner and complimented Iswaran on his culinary skills. Iswaran unexpectedly, launched into a most garish account involving the supernatural. He says that the area in which they were staying was once a burial ground. And he describes one horrible ghost of a woman which appears off and on at midnight during the full moon. It is an ugly creature with matted hair and a shriveled face, like a skeleton holding a fetus in its arms.
This made Mahendra shiver and one night, Mahendra was woken up from his sleep by a low moan close to his window. At first, he put it down to a cat. But the sound was too guttural for a cat. Lowering himself to the level of the windowsill he looked out at the white sheet of moonlight outside. There was a dark cloudy form clutching a bundle. Mahendra broke into a cold sweat and fell back on the pillow.
The next day Iswaran remembered the female ghost and said that he came running after hearing the sound of moaning that was coming from Mahendra’s room before Iswaran finished the sentence Mahendra’s spine chilled and he hurried to the office to resign.
|1. What is the main theme of the story "Iswaran the Storyteller"?|
|2. Who is Iswaran in the story "Iswaran the Storyteller"?|
|3. How does Iswaran's storytelling affect the narrator?|
|4. What role does Iswaran's storytelling play in the story?|
|5. How does Iswaran's storytelling reflect his personality?|