‘Post Early for Christmas’ is a one act play which depicts the humorous incidents that take place inside a village post office during Christmas season. The theme of the play is centred on a parcel booked by a foreigner in the post office.
Notes on ‘Post Early for Christmas’
- The play Post Early for Christmas starts with the following monologue:
“My !What a busy day it was for me yesterday!……………
Oh! Here’s my first customer.”
Online shopping is the trend of the day, irrespective of festivals, marriages or anniversaries. You might have seen online shopping service driving past us with goods bundled in their bikes. Very often their plight is equivalent to that of the postal assistant in the play. Imagine that the agent of an online shopping company delivers a monologue. What would he say in the monologue? Draft the monologue for him. (Score: 3)
- A sweeper does his/ her duty without receiving due acknowledgment from anyone. Her/his anxieties, experiences and struggles often find expression in the form of monologues. What would be the monologue of a sweeper who had to sweep a Work Experience Fair venue, on the eve of its concluding ceremony?
- Though the poster Post Early for Christmas is displayed in front of the post office, too many people barge into it with various needs. It is the last minute hurry that makes the situation go out of control. Can you recount any real life experience where things went awry due to last minute hurry? Write an anecdote in about 150 words. (Score: 5)
- The prominent characters in the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’ are the postal assistant, Mrs.Smith, Mrs.Jones, a deaf old gentleman, a farmer, Mrs.Higgins, Bertie, a foreign tourist and a policeman. Which character attracted you the most and why? Write a paragraph of five sentences on the selected personality. (Score:5)
- The tourist in the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’ loses the precious gift that he intended to send via post. With the wet clock in his hand he approaches the Postmaster General and files a complaint. What would he write in the complaint? Draft the letter of complaint for him. (Score:6)
- Imagine that the tourist in the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’ sends an e-mail to the friend to whom he wanted to send the precious clock. He expresses his grief and frustration over the incidents at the post office. What would he write in the e-mail? Draft the e-mail for him. (Score: 5)
- Imagine that the tourist complains about the damaged parcel to the Postmaster General (PMG). The postal assistant is called to the PMG’s office. She is given an opportunity to prove her innocence. How would she defend herself? Draft a short narration for the postal assistant including all the essential details. (Score:5)
- Unable to tolerate the mistakes made by Bertie in the usage of English, Mrs. Higgins notes down his mistakes in a notepad. She makes Bertie realise his mistakes and asks him to correct them. Help Bertie correct his mistakes.
- I want a engine.
- I know Ma, but they sell engines next door, I seed them.
- Can I have a ice-cream?
- It ain’t half making a funny noise.
- Imagine that the farmer in Post Early for Christmas feels guilty over his actions that led to utter chaos in the post office. He goes to the postal assistant’s house to apologise. However the postal assistant refuses to meet him. He leaves a message for her. Write the message for him. (Score:4)
- The play ‘Post Early for Christmas’ makes us realise how difficult it is to satisfy customers. Do you think that the postal assistant is solely responsible for all the mishaps in the post office? Express your opinion in a paragraph. (Score:5)
- “I am leaving the Post Office forever.I am going down the road to work at the animal dispensary. Animals don’t do such silly things”, says the postal assistant in the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’. Analyse the statement “Animals don’t do such silly things” as a satire on the contemporary society. Prepare a write-up in about 150 words. (Score: 5)
- In ‘Post Early for Christmas’ Bertie is assigned the duty of fetching a policeman to the post office. How would Bertie convince the policeman about the emergency in the post office? Draft a short convincing request that Bertie would make before the police man. (Score: 4)
- The postal assistant in Post Early for Christmas resigns her job following the chaos in the post office. Imagine that she comes across this advertisement in the newspaper.
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She decides to apply for this job. How will she apply? Help her draft a covering letter and a resume to be sent to the company. (Score:8)
- Imagine that a journalist rushed to the post office to get a scoop. He noted down several points based on his own observation and comments of the onlookers. The following points were jotted down by him.
[crowded London post office-bomb alert by farmer – foreign tourist’s big parcel makes – ticking sound – panic stricken customers-police informed -foreign tourist returns – policeman’s attempt to de activate the bomb – large clock ruined – people astonished- tourist threatens- postal assistant quits job]
Help him draft a report. (Score: 8)
- Imagine that the foreign tourist in the play Post Early for Christmas decides to approach the Customer Grievance Cell and seek compensation for his damaged clock. He writes a letter of complaint to the Customer Grievance Cell without any omissions in it. Help him draft a letter. (Score:6)
- It is said that laughter is not devoid of the element of pain. How far is this statement true with reference to the play Post Early for Christmas? Express your views in a paragraph of 150 words. (Score:5)
- Imagine that the parcel booked in the post office by the Foreigner in the play Post Early for Christmas contained a real time bomb, as everybody feared. The police arrested him on a complaint filed by the assistant, (when he returned to the post office to take his hat). A newspaper reported the incident in detail the next day. What would be the newspaper report? Write the newspaper report assuming you are the reporter. (5)
- Read the following excerpts from the play “Post Early for Christmas” :
(a) Mrs. Jones: I don’t want these presents damaged, miss, so please see that they are handled very carefully.
Assistant: We’ll do our’best madam …
(b) Policeman: Where are you off to, miss?
Assistant: I’m leaving the post office forever …
Now begin the conversation in the following manner.
(a) Mrs. Jones told the assistant that ……………… and …………… The Assistant replied that ……………
(b) The Policeman asked …………
The Assistant replied that …………