A tiger in the house
Q: How did Timothy get along with the puppy?
A: At first Timothy seemed to be afraid of the puppy. later on he allowed the puppy to crawl on his back and rest there.
Q: What was Grandfather’s experience when he visited the zoo a second time to see how Timothy was getting on?
A: When Grandfather visited the zoo a second time; he saw a fully grown tiger living in the same cage where he left his Timothy enclosed last time. So, believing him to be Timothy, he put his arms through the cage bars patted the tiger’s head and slapped his mouth. The animal licked his arms with great relish. But when a zoo-keeper informed him that the tiger was a dangerous one, caught only a month back and that his Timothy had died of pneumonia two months back, Grandfather became shocked.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXTBOOK
Q.1: “He had the distinction of being the only member of the party to have bagged any game...”The phrase in italics means…
(i) Grandfather was the most distinguished member of the party.
(ii) Grandfather was the only sportsperson in the party.
(iii) Grandfather was the only successful member of the hunting party.
Mark the right answer.
Q.2: Complete the following sentences.
(i) Toto climbed up the curtains when ——————--
——————, I became one of the tiger’s favourites.
(iii) Timothy had clean habits, ————————————--
1. iii) Grandfather was the only successful member of the hunting party.
2. i) Timothy was angry.
ii) When I came to live with Grandfather.
iii) He would scrub his face like a cat.
Q.1: Grandmother’s prophecy was that the tiger
(i) would prefer Mahmoud’s bed to sleep in.
(ii) and the cook would disappear together from the house.
(iii) would one day make a meal of Mahmoud.
Mark the right answer.
Q.2: When Timothy was about six months old, a change came over him. The phrase in italics means that
(i) Timothy had grown to his full size.
(ii) Timothy grew more friendly.
(iii) Timothy grew less friendly, in fact more dangerous
Q.3: Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following statements.
(i) Timothy and Grandfather went to Lucknow in a special compartment.
(ii) The compartment in which Grandfather and Timothy travelled had no other passenger.
(iii) Timothy and Grandfather travelled in a first class compartment.
(iv) All passengers in the compartment thought that Timothy was a well-fed and civilised tiger.
Q.4: Grandfather suggested that Timothy should be put in another cage. The reason was that
(i) the tiger had become very bad tempered.
(ii) a leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy.
(iii) the cage was too small for a full grown tiger.
Q.5: The tiger was still licking his arm, with increasing relish. The phrase in italics suggests that Timothy
(i) was good natured.
(ii) recognised an old friend.
(iii) smelt fresh food.
1. iii) would one day make a meal of Mahmoud.
2. iii) Timothy grew less friendly, in fact more dangerous.
3. (i) False
4. (ii) a leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy.
5. (iii) smelt fresh food.
Answer the following questions.
Q.1: Where was the little tiger cub hiding grandfather found him?
Ans: When grandfather found the little tiger cub, it was hiding among the intricate roots of a banyan tree.
Q.2: (i) What did Toto do to entertain Timothy?
(ii) What did he do when Timothy lost his temper?
Ans:(i) Toto was a monkey and Timothy’s companion. He would tease Timothy and pull his tail.
(ii) When Timothy lost his temper, Toto used to climb up the curtains and get beyond his reach.
Q.3. “I became one of the tiger’s favorites”. Who is ‘I’ in the statement? Why did he think so?
Ans: In the statement ‘I’ refers to the author, Ruskin Bond. Timothy kept closer to him. Suddenly he made a dash for his feet. He rolled over on his own back and kicked him in delight. He also pretended to bite the author’s ankles. Therefore, the author thought that he had become one of the tiger’s favorite.
Q.4: Where was Timothy most comfortable during the day? Where was he during the night?
Ans: Timothy felt most comfortable on the long sofa in the drawing room during the day. At night he slept in the quarters of Mahmoud, the cook.
Q.5: What was grandmother’s prophecy about the cook? Did it come true?
Ans: Seeing the change in Timothy’s behavior, grandmother feared that one day Timothy might get violent and kill and eat up Mahmoud, the cook. However, it never came true.
Q.6: What made grandfather decide to transfer Timothy to the zoo?
Ans: As Timothy grew up, he became less friendly. When he was about six months old, a change came over him. He killed and ate up hens at night. He started looking dangerous. He started following the cook, Mahmoud with evil intentions. Sensing the danger of keeping a grown up and dangerous tiger in the home, grandfather decided to transfer Timothy to the zoo.
Q.7. Why did Grandfather want Timothy to be put in another enclosure?
Ans: A leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy and this disturbed Timothy a lot. So Grandfather wanted Timothy to be put in another enclosure.
Q.8. What shocked Grandfather in the end?
Ans: Grandfather visited the zoo after six months to see Timothy and went to the cage where he was put in straightly. But he was informed by the zoo keeper that his tiger Timothy had died two months ago, which shocked him in the end.
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