Tamarind Tree Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Tamarind Tree Questions & Answers.

In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of The wolf and The Crane, A Vow of Silence, The Rooks and The Lion and The Rabbit so, you can check these posts as well.

Tamarind Tree Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Tamarind – a type of tree that produces tamarind fruit, which is often used in cooking especially in Asian countries
  • Winding – curving
  • Drew me – called me
  • Boughs – branches
  • Search in vain – search without finding
  • Magnificent – grand
  • Ripped apart – pulled out
  • Soul – here, a very important part of me

Question 1: What does the tree give each year?

Answer: Each year, the tree gives fruit and shade and drew the poet back.

Question 2: Where does the poet love to sit?

Answer: The poet loves to sit under the shady branches and take rest for a while gazing at the distant blue hills.

Question 3: Why was the tree special to the poet?

Answer: The tree was special to the poet because he used to spend a lot of time sitting under it, gazing at the far-away hills. It gave fruit and shade and also provided peace and joy to the poet. When the poet was away, he felt as if the tree was calling him back home.

Question 4: Describe the place where the tree stood.

Answer: The tree stood by a winding lane. Blue hills could be seen from the place where the tree stood.

Question 5: Did the poet find the tree after coming back? Why?

Answer: No, the poet could not find the tree as it had been cut.

Question 6: Why does the poet search in vain?

Answer: The poet search was in vain because the tree had been uprooted.

Question 7: What does the poet do seeing an empty hole?

Answer: The poet was quite shocked to find that the tree has been uprooted. His eyes were filled with tears as he felt that an important part of his life was not there and what is left now is an empty hole.

Tamarind Tree Questions & Answers

Question 8: How does the poet realize what had happened to the tree?

Answer: The poet sees a big hole at the place where the tree once stood. He then realizes that the tree had been uprooted.

Question 9: Why do you think the poet calls the tree ‘my’ tamarind?

Answer:  The poet seems to have spent a good time sitting beneath the shady boughs of the tamarind tree. He had rested in it shade, gazed at the blue hills, laughed and smiled under the tree. So, he uses the word ‘my’ out of his love and affection for the tamarind tree.

Question 10: Comment on the significance of the words ‘ripped apart’.

Answer: The words ‘ripped apart’ imply that the tree had been brutally uprooted.

Question 11: Read and answer the questions:

And now that I am back.

(a) Where had the poet gone?

Answer: I think, the poet, must have gone to a distant place for many days like his grandparents’ house or may be to a boarding school and must have returned after many days.

(b) How does he feel now?

Answer: He felt like he had ‘lost his soul’, which means that the tree was such an important part of his life that he now feels incomplete without its presence.

(c) Why does he feel this way?

Answer: The poet feels very sad and disheartened at the loss of his dear friend, his favorite tamarind tree.

Question 12: Explain the line – ‘For sure, I’ve lost my soul’.

Answer: The tree was very special to the poet and brought him a lot of peace and joy. He was connected with the tree at a very deep level and would come home every year to see the tree. So, when he sees that the tree had been uprooted, he feels that he has lost his soul.

Question 13: I listen to my heart. What do you think the poet hears?

Answer: I feel, the poet who had been looking for the tamarind tree all over the place was feeling sad for the tamarind tree, which has been ripped apart. He was broken from inside to lose his dear friend.

Question 14: Read and answer the questions:

That magnificent tree that was my life,
Has just been ripped apart.

(a) Which tree was it?

Answer: It was a tamarind tree that stood at the side of a winding lane.

(b) In what way was it magnificent?

Answer: The tree was huge and its boughs gave plenty of shade and fruit.

(c) Why does the poet say the tree was his/her life?

Answer: The poet enjoyed the shade and the fruit of the tree. He loved to sit under it and gaze at the faraway hills. It was a source of joy to him. So, he says that the tree was his life.

(d) What has happened to the tree?

Answer: The tree has been uprooted very brutally.

Question 15: In the last line, the speaker says that there is merely an empty hole. What does the word ‘empty’ mean here? Is there just one meaning or could it have other meanings?

Answer: By ‘merely an empty hole’ the poet means that only a hole is left from where the tree has been uprooted. It also indicates the emptiness in poet’s life after the loss of his dear friend, the tamarind tree.

So, these were Tamarind Tree Questions & Answers.

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