Monday, 4 July 2016

Workbook Answers/Solutions of A Collection of ICSE Poems and Short Stories, A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 by - Vikram Seth

I. (i) The morning was calm, beautiful and warm. The narrator was in a relaxed mood and preparing for his daily routine.

(ii) The narrator was startled on seeing two sudden flashes of light. He thought whether the flashes were magnesium flares seen during the war.

(iii) Due to the impact of the explosion, the roof and the wall of the building collapsed and the debris got scattered all over. The people suffered both physically and mentally. The explosion caused fatal injuries to the human beings, burnt their skin and made it drip off their bodies.

(iv)The narrator’s clothes got burnt, a splinter ripped through his thigh, his right side bled and his cheek was torn.

(a) It means that as the day dawned, it was a peaceful morning, with the warmth of the shinning Sun.
(b) It means that the narrator was taken by a surprise on seeing a sudden flash of light followed by another.


(i) The blood gushed out from the wounds sustained by the narrator due to the splinters from the explosion, which ripped through parts of his body. The narrator was panic-stricken to see the blood gushing out from his body.

(ii) Yecko-san was badly injured because she was holding her elbow, was bloodstained and looked pale and frightened.

(iii) The narrator told his wife consoling her that they would be fine.

(iv) When the narrator and his wife were walking on the street, they stumbled against the head of a man, who was crushed to death under a gate. The narrator was scared and horrified.

(v) An atmosphere of fear was created by the explosion in the minds of the narrator and his wife on seeing the gruesome scenes caused by the explosion:
(a) Both the narrator and his wife were badly injured due to the explosion and blood was oozing out of their wounds.
(b) While walking on the street, they stumbled against the head of a man, who was crushed to death under a gate.


(i) The man against whose head the narrator had stumbled was dead. He was crushed to death under a gate.

(ii)The strange things that happened in the extract are:
(a) The narrator saw a house standing before him suddenly tilt, sway, topple and finally crash.
(b) The fire sprang up in the dust and spread widely by the wind.

(iii)The two decisions made by the narrator included the following:
(a) To rush immediately to the hospital.
(b) When the narrator could not move forward due to stiff legs, he asked his wife Yecko-san to go ahead alone to the hospital.

(iv) The narrator could not take his injured staff to the hospital because he was himself badly injured and needed somebody’s help to go to the hospital.

(v)The physical inconvenience suffered by the narrator included the following:
(a) Shortness of breath.
(b) Inability to move forward due to stiffness in his legs caused by drying of blood, oozing out from his wounds.


(i) The breath of the speaker was short because he was badly wounded due to the bomb explosion and was thirsty.
The given statement — “But bit by bit my strength/seemed to revive” — symbolises how the Japanese after the nuclear bomb attack, withstood the calamity and with their indomitable spirit and hard work rose up and gradually rebuilt their shattered city and their world.

(ii) The narrator was helped by a soldier. The soldier gave the narrator a towel to cover up his naked body and thus, gave him the self-confidence to rise up and move forward.

(iii) The narrator sent his wife, Yecko-san to go alone to the hospital because he was badly injured and could not move forward because of stiffness in his legs. He justified his action of sending his wife alone to the hospital by saying that he had no other choice as he could not walk any further.

(iv)The narrator felt lonely when his wife left for the hospital.

(v) Some of the people the narrator saw were like mere shadows, whereas others looked like ghosts or scarecrows. Still others were walking with arms stretched out with either a shoulder or a hand dangling loose from their body.

(vi) The people were marching to the hospital without any clothes on their body as if they had come out straight after a bath.


(i) ‘They’ referred to a woman and a child, both naked, who were marching towards the hospital. The narrator doubted whether they had come straight from the bath because they had no clothes on their bodies.

(ii) Besides the bomb explosion, the warring nation (the USA) by perpetrating such a brutal act on them was responsible for making them naked of clothes as well as of human dignity.

(iii) It means that all those who suffered the destruction caused by the bomb explosion, could not utter a word of anguish against those who perpetrated such a brutal act on them.

 (iv)The physical suffering shown in the extract is:
(a) The people were walking naked as their clothes had got burnt due to the explosion.
(b) The face and the bodies of the people had become disfigured.

The psychological agony shown in the extract is:
(a) The people were dumb-founded because their sensibilities had become numb due to the sudden horror unleashed on them by the bomb explosion.
(b) Although they were in great pain, they could not cry.

(v) The pity and sympathy for the victims of the nuclear bomb explosion that the poem induces, appeals to me.
(a) The fear, panic, horror and great devastation suffered by the victims caused by the collapse of the buildings, spread of the debris and fire.
(b) The gruesome details of the physical and mental agony of the victims like the narrator stumbling against the head of a man crushed to death under a gate, people looking like shadows, ghosts and scarecrows and the parts of their bodies dangling loose.

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  2. Please, provide details on the workbook from where the questions have been solved

    1. A collection of icse poems and short stories volume 1 beeta publications by xavier pinto

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  9. Thank u 4 the answers.It is very helpful 4 the xaminations.

  10. U have not mentioned as how narrator thought that the sudden flashes were magnesium flares seen during war (By litting up of old stone latern).

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  15. there are mistakes in some answers pls correct it
    also the meaning of some answers are completely wrong

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  17. where are the answers for QnsVI and QnsVII