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Chapter 2: Mrs. Packletide's Tiger

Chapter 2: Mrs. Packletide's Tiger solutions [Pages 12 - 20]

Q 1 | Page 12

Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the
same: 

Q 2 | Page 12

Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below

It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully
counter that sort of thing.
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter?
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?

Q 4.01 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger ?

Q 4.02 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

What made her decide to give a party in Loona Bimberton's honour? What did she
intend to give Loona on her birthday?

Q 4.03 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

How was the tiger shooting arranged? What kind of a tiger was chosen for the
purpose?

Q 4.04 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

 In what way did the villagers help Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger?

Q 4.05 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

Who was Miss Mebbin? Was she really devoted to Mrs. Packletide? How did she
behave during the tiger shooting?

Q 4.06 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

Mrs. Packletide was a good shot. Discuss.

Q 4.07 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

What comment did Miss Mebbin make after Mrs Packletide fired the shot? Why
did Miss Mebbin make this comment? How did Mrs Packletide react to this
comment?

Q 4.08 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

How did the villagers react to the tiger's death?

Q 4.09 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

Did Mrs. Packletide achieve her heart's desire? Give reasons for your answer.

Q 4.1 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

How did Miss Mebbin manage to get her week-end cottage? Why did she plant so
many tiger lilies in her garden?

Q 4.11 | Page 16

Answer the following question in your own words :

"The incidental expenses are so heavy," she confides to inquiring friends. Who is
the speaker? What is she referring to here?

Q 5.1 | Page 17

Discuss the following question in detail and write the answer in your notebook:

Do you think the tiger shooting organized by the villagers was a serious affair?
Give reasons for your answer.

Q 5.2 | Page 17

Discuss the following question in detail and write the answer in your notebook:

Do you think the writer is trying to make fun of the main characters in the story i.e. Mrs. Packletide, Miss Mebbin and Loona Bimberton? Pick out instances from the story that point to this fact.

Q 5.3 | Page 17

Discuss the following question in detail and write the answer in your notebook:

Aperson who is vain is full of self importance and can only think of himself/herself and can go to great lengths to prove his/her superiority. Do you think Mrs Packletide is vain? Give reasons in support of your answer.

Q 5.4 | Page 17

Discuss the following question in detail and write the answer in your notebook:

Sometimes writers highlight certain negative aspects in society or human beings by making fun of them. This is called a Satire. In your groups, discuss whether you would classify this story as a satire. Give reasons to support your answer

Q 5.5 | Page 17

Discuss the following question in detail and write the answer in your notebook:

How does the writer create humour in this story?

Q 6 | Page 17

Choose extracts from the story that illustrate the character of the people listed in
the table given below. There are some words given to help you. You may add
words of your own. One has been done as an example:

vain jealous competitive shrewd manipulative stingy materialistic spiteful

Character Extract from the story  What this tells
us about the
character

Mrs. Packletide

(i) The compelling motive for her sudden  deviation towards the footsteps of Nimrod was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully counter that sort of thing Competitive
(ii)  Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand  rupees for the opportunity of shooting a
tiger without over-much risk or exertion,
 
(iii) Mrs. Packletide faced the cameras with a light heart, and her pictured fame
reached from the pages of the Texas
Weekly Snapshot to the illustrated
Monday supplement of the
Novoe Vremya.
 
Louisa Mebbin (i) "If it's an old tiger I think you ought to get it cheaper. A thousand rupees is a lot of money."   
(ii) Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money in
general, irrespective of nationality or
denomination
 
(iii) "How amused every one would be if they knew what really happened," said
Louisa Mebbin a few days after the ball.
 
(iv) Louisa Mebbin's pretty week-end cottage, christened by her "Les Fauves,"
and gay in summer-time with its garden
borders of tiger-lilies, is the wonder and
admiration of her friends
 
Loona Bimberton (i) As for Loona Bimberton, she refused to look at an illustrated paper for weeks,
and her letter of thanks for the gift of a
tiger-claw brooch was a model of
repressed emotions
 
(ii) There are limits beyond which repressed emotions become dangerous.  
Q 7.1 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger.

....................................................................................

Q 7.2 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger.

Mrs. Packletide had already arranged in her mind the lunch she would give at her
house on Curzon Street, ostensibly in Loona Bimberton's honour, with a tiger-skin
rug occupying most of the foreground and all of the conversation.
……………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………

Q 7.3 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

Mothers carrying their babies home through the jungle after the day's work in the
fields hushed their singing lest they might curtail the restful sleep of the venerable
herd-robber.
……………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………

Q 7.4 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money in
general, irrespective of nationality or denomination.
……………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………

Q 7.5 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

 Evidently the wrong animal had been hit, and the beast of prey had succumbed to
heart-failure, caused by the sudden report of the rifle, accelerated by senile decay.
……………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………

Q 7.6 | Page 19

Rewrite the one in ordinary prose so that the meaning is retained.

As for Loona Bimberton, she refused to look at an illustrated paper for weeks, and
her letter of thanks for the gift of a tiger-claw brooch was a model of repressed
emotions.
……………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………

Q 8 | Page 19

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines normally-contradictory terms. The most common form of oxymoron involves an adjective-noun combination of two words like- failed success
Writers often use an oxymoron to call attention to an apparent contradiction. For example, Wilfred Owen's poem The Send-off refers to soldiers leaving for the front line, who "lined the train with faces grimly gay." The oxymoron 'grimly gay' highlights the

contradiction between how the soldiers feel and how they act: though they put on a brave face and act cheerful, they feel grim. Some examples of oxymorons are- dark sunshine, cold sun, living dead, dark light, almost exactly etc. The story Mrs. Packletide's Tiger has a number of oxymorons. Can you identify them and write them down in your notebooks?

Q 9.1 | Page 20

Years later Mrs. Packletide writes her autobiography. As Mrs. Packletide, write
about the tiger episode with the help of the clues given below.

jealous of the applause Loona was getting-thought of tiger
hunt--all arranged-- Louisa Mebbin accompanied; turned out
to be a blackmailer-huge price to pay to outdo a rival
Q 9.2 | Page 20

In groups of four, construct the dialogues and enact the following situations
from the story:
1. Mrs. Packletide and the headman of the village/other villagers discussing the
details of the tiger shooting
2. Miss Mebbin blackmailing Mrs Packletide into gifting her a cottage
3. Loona Bimberton and a lady-friend discussing Mrs Packletide's hunting success

Q 10.1 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

The Maasai tribe in Africa hunt lions because

  • they live near the forests of Africa

  • they view it as a sign of bravery and personal achievement

  •  they are a hunting tribe

  • they adorn their bodies with body parts of the lion

Q 10.2 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

Solo hunting has been banned because

  • it is dangerous

  • of the declining lion population

  • too many hunters have been killed

  • it creates pride in the minds of the successful hunters

Q 10.3 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

The hunting of lionesses is discouraged because

  • they bear the cubs

  • they run much faster

  •  they are more fierce

  •  they cannot be spotted easily

Q 10.4 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

The Maasai warriors chase a lion with rattle bells to

  • awaken it

  • make it run faster

  • make it angry

  •  frighten it

Q 10.5 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

The Maasai use three parts of the lion. They are

  •  the mane, tail and claws

  • the mane, nails and clawss

  • the mane, tail and nails

  •  the whiskers, tail and claws

Q 10.6 | Page 20

Answer the question given below:

The tail is given to

  •  the strongest warrior

  •  the fastest warrior

  •  the youngest warrior

  • the bravest warrior

Chapter 2: Mrs. Packletide's Tiger

CBSE English Course Communicative: Literature Reader - Class 10

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