The Postmaster Questions & Answers

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The story – ‘The Postmaster’ is written by Rabindranath Tagore and narrates the story of the titular postmaster who is posted to a village and forms a mentor-like relationship with a young girl named Ratan. Below are given the questions and answers of this chapter and I have also shared the questions and answers of A Holiday Task, Feathered Friend, In Times of Adversity and The Emergence of a Zoo so, you can check these posts as well.

The Postmaster Questions & Answers

Question 1: What memories did Ratan have about her past?

Answer 1: Ratan remembered her mother vaguely. Her father had been fond of her so, she remembered him more vividly. She also remembered her younger brother and how they played at the edge of a pond with a twig for a make-believe fishing rod.

Question 2: What did Ratan do when the postmaster fell sick?

Answer 2: In his illness, the postmaster remembered his mother and sister and missed the comfort of their presence. Ratan stepped into the role of the mother and called the village doctor. She gave him the prescribed medicines and cooked his meals.

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Question 3: What would the postmaster and Ratan eat when it got very late?

Answer 3: When it got very late, the postmaster would feel too lazy to cook and Ratan would hastily light a fire and toast some unleavened bread. This, they would have with the cold remnants of the morning meal.

Question 4: Why did the postmaster stop teaching Ratan?

Answer 4: The postmaster stopped teaching Ratan as he was preoccupied in his wait for the transfer order. He was very homesick and wanted to go away. He had already applied for a transfer on the basis of ill health.

The Postmaster Questions & Answers

Question 5: What happened when the postmaster fell sick?

Answer 5: In his illness, the postmaster remembered his mother and sister and missed the comfort of their presence. Ratan stepped into the role of the mother and called the village doctor. She gave him the prescribed medicines and cooked his meals. It was a long time before the postmaster recovered and was strong enough to leave the bed. He then decided to get a transfer wrote to the Calcutta office at once, applying for a transfer on the basis of health issues.

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Question 6: What provisions did the postmaster make for Ratan when he was leaving?

Answer 6: On the day of departure, the postmaster called Ratan after his bath and she entered noiselessly. He told her that she need not be anxious about his going away. He said that he would tell his successor to look after her. But, Ratan replied that she did not want him to tell anybody to look after her as she did not want to stay on. Later, just before his departure, he called Ratan once again and gave her his whole month’s salary, retaining only a trifle for the journey. However, Ratan did not want the postmaster to be troubled in any way and refused to accept anything.

Question 7: Draw a character sketch of the postmaster.

Answer 7: Being a Calcutta boy, the postmaster felt like a fish out of water in the remote village of Ulapur. He was not good at socializing. Having little company and much time, he would sometimes try his hand at poetry. His salary being small, he would cook his own means and shared them with Ratan, an orphan. He was very sensitive to the needs of the orphan. He would spend time in the evening speaking to Ratan about her past memories. However, on the other side, he felt very homesick whenever he thought about his family. Later, he took to teaching Ratan the alphabets. He was determined to go back to Calcutta though his transfer application was rejected. Hence, he resigned and was going back to Calcutta. But he was worried about Ratan so he had decided to speak to his successor to take care of Ratan. He was also very selfless when he offered Ratan his whole salary so that she could sustain in his absence.

Question 8: Why did Ratan wander near the post office?

Answer 8: The postmaster’s transfer application was rejected. Hence, he had resigned and was going back home because he was feeling very homesick. When he broke this news to Ratan, she was very upset and wanted to go with him. However, that was not possible. When he left finally, she had no one to comfort her. She kept wandering near the post office, weeping copiously. Maybe she nurtured a faint hope that the postmaster would return, so she waited, but in vain. She was an orphan when the postmaster had met her and after the postmaster had left, she had become an orphan once again.

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So, these were ‘The Postmaster’ Questions & Answers.