The Drunken Stupor Questions & Answers

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The Drunken Stupor Questions & Answers

Question 1: Answer the questions in one word:

(a) What was Bir’s father profession?

Answer: Clerk

(b) Who did Ishwari tell Bir not to criticize at his home?

Answer: Landlords

(c) How was the manner of the waiters towards Bir?

Answer: Discriminatory

(d) How many coolies had come to receive them at the station?

Answer: Five

(e) What did Bir nearly do at the sight of the horses?

Answer: Fainted

(f) Where did they return to after the holidays?

Answer: Prayag

Question 2: What was the difference in the social position and lifestyle of the two boys?

Answer: There was a big difference in the social position and lifestyle of the two boys. Ishwari was the son of a rich landlord while Bir was the son of a poor clerk. Ishwari lived in a house which was like a castle, and was served by numerous servants. On the other hand, Bir’s parents managed to send him the money for his monthly expenses with difficulty.

Question 3: Why did the narrator not go home for the holidays? What option was he given?

Answer: The narrator did not to go home for the holidays because he did not have money for the train fare. He did not want to pester his parents by asking more money from them.

He was given the option of going to Ishwari’s house, who had invited him to spend the holidays with him.

Question 4: How was the narrator briefed by Ishwai before he was taken to the latter’s home?

Answer: Before the narrator was taken to Ishwari’s home he was briefed by the latter about certain things at his place. Ishwari cautioned him not to criticise landlords at his house, as it may hurt his parents’ feelings. His parents believed that the tenants had been created to serve them, and the tenants too believed the same.

The Drunken Stupor Questions & Answers

Question 5: What tall tales did Ishwari tell those who came to receive them at the station? Why did he do so?

Answer: Two gentlemen came to receive the friends at the station. Ishwari told them white lies about the narrator. He said that the narrator was the son of a very rich family. He wore simple clothes because he was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
Ishwari did so because he believed that this was the only way to make the people at his place respect the narrator. It prevented Bir from being ill-treated in his place.

Question 6: Read and answer the questions:
So, do you think I will be transformed into a different person at your place?

(a) Who said these words and to whom?

Answer: Bir said these words to his friend, Ishwari.

(b) What ‘place’ is being referred to in the above line?

Answer: The place being referred to in the given line is Ishwari’s house where he had invited the narrator for the holidays.

(c) Why were the above words spoken?

Answer: Bir said these words to say that he could not change himself or his principles just for the sake of not hurting people’s feelings. Bir was cautioned not to express his ideas about the landlords at his place.

Question 7: Why was the narrator in awe when he saw Ishwari’s house and its surroundings? Mention two first-time experiences that the narrator had in Ishwari’s house?

Answer: The narrator was in awe when he saw Ishwari’s house and its surroundings because Ishwari’s house was like a castle. The entrance had a sentry walking to and fro before it, there were innumerable servants and there was even an elephant tethered on the grounds.
Two first-time experiences that the narrator had in Ishwari’s house were being addressed as ‘sir’ and having his feet washed by a servant.

Question 8: How did Ishwari explain his friend’s poor clothes to the others?

Answer: Ishwari explained his friend’s poor clothes to the others by telling them that Bir was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that Bir had burnt down all his fashionable clothes and wore only khadi.

Question 9: Read and answer the questions:
I had become much more tender than Ishwari, or was compelled to become so.

(a) Who does ‘I’ refer to in the above line?

Answer: ‘I’ in the given line refers to the narrator.

(b) Why did the speaker say that he had become more tender than Ishwari?

Answer: The narrator said that he had become more tender than Ishwari, because everyone at Ishwari’s place treated him with respect, and took special care of him. There was no delay in his meals or in making his bed.

(c) Describe the incident that followed which made the speaker feel like the ‘scion of princely family’?

Answer: Bir was treated with respect by everyone.One day, his bed had not been made on time, and his eyes were drooping in sleep. The narrator had started believing the lie that he was ‘the scion of a princely family’ and so would not make his own bed. The servant, who had been busy with other household works, came late. The narrator then scolded the servant so harshly that he must have remembered it for life.

The Drunken Stupor Questions & Answers

Question 10: Why was the man travelling to Kolkata uncomfortable?

Answer: The man travelling to Kolkata was uncomfortable because he was carrying a huge bundle tied to his back. There was no space to put it down which caused him much discomfort. In addition, the place was so crowded that he did not have enough space to even shift position or breathe comfortably.

Question 11: Read and answer the questions:
…….but I wasn’t very happy travelling in that coach.

(a) Why was the narrator not happy about travelling in ‘that coach’?

Answer: The narrator was not happy about travelling in ‘that coach’ because it was a third-class coach, and was heavily crowded. There was not enough space to even shift position.

(b) Why was he forced to travel in that coach?

Answer: There was a large crowd at the station because people were returning after spending Durga Puja vacations in their villages. He was forced to travel in that coach because there was not enough space in the second-class coaches and moreover, it was the last train. So, they had no choice but to board the third-class coach.

(c) What was the result of the narrator’s unhappiness? How did he react?

Answer: The narrator got irritated by a man, carrying a heavy bundle who kept coming to the door for a whiff of air. Every time his bundle would brush the narrator’s face and blocked the breeze. He suffered this agony in silence for some time.
The behaviour of the man stifled Bir. After some time and in a sudden fit of rage, he caught hold of the man, pushed him aside and slapped him hard.

Question 12: How did the narrator’s drunken stupor end? Why does he refer to it as a ‘drunken stupor’?

Answer: Bir’s act of slapping the man from Kolkata caused a storm in the coach. A hail of insults came hurling at him. Ishwari too was embarrassed by his behaviour and called him an idiot. This ended the drunken stupor of the narrator and brought him back to reality, and made him realise his hypocrisy.
He refers to it as a ‘drunken stupor’, because the feeling of power and having money made him loose his sense and do stupid and unkind things as if he was drunk.

So, these were The Drunken Stupor Questions & Answers.