CBSE Chapter Wise Question Bank for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 3 A Tiger in the Zoo
CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Poetry Chapter 3 Summary
‘This poem contrasts a tiger in the zoo with the tiger in its natural habitat. The poem moves from the zoo to the jungle, and back again to the zoo. The poem provides a contrast in the mood and environment of a tiger when he is in the zoo and a tiger when he is in the forest. In the zoo, he has no freedom. He is kept in a cemented cell behind the bars. He feels angry, frustrated and helpless. This reminds him of his natural habitat, his hiding and sliding in the long grass near the water hole and pouncing upon the fat deer, the way he terrorised the villagers, displaying his sharp teeth and claws. At night in the zoo he hears the sounds of patrolling cars. The tiger in the zoo appears helpless as to be a mere showpiece and source of entertainment to people. The poet wants to convey that it is cruel to keep wild animals in small enclosures of the zoo, away from their natural habitat. They feel angry, helpless and unhappy in the cage. He pays no attention to the visitors who came to watch him. In the silence of the night, he stares at the brilliant stars with his bright eyes.
Extract Based Questions (4 marks each)
Read the following extracts and answer the question/complete the sentences that follow
He stalks in his vivid stripes The few steps of his cage On pads of velvet quiet,
In his quiet rage.
(a)What are the two qualities of the animal under reference ?
(b)Why does he move only a few steps ?
(c)Pick out the word from the stanza that means the same as ‘clear’.
(d)Who has written the above lines ? (1×4=4)
(a)The two qualities of the animal are : He has stripes and velvet pads.
(b)He moves only a few steps because he is in the cage.
He stalks in his vivid stripes The few steps of his cage,
On pads of velvet quiet,
In his quiet rage. (1×4=4)
(a)Who is ‘he’ here ?
(b)The two qualities of the animal are …….. .
(c)He is in rage because ………. .
(d)Which word refers to ‘lines’ ?
(a)’He here is a tiger.
(b)He has ‘vivid’ stripes and velvet pads.
(c)He is in the cage.
He should be lurking in shadow, Sliding through long grass Near the water hole Where plump deer pass (1×4=4)
(a)The tiger is moving through ………. .
(b)The tiger lies in wait near the water hole ………. .
(c)The word plump shows that deer is referred to as ……….. .
(d)Name the poet.
(a) long grass.
(b) for a fat deer.
(d) Leslie Norris
He should be lurking in shadow,
Sliding through long grass
(a) He should be lurking in shadow to
(b) He should be sliding through long grass, but actually he is
(c) He is
(d) Which word refers to ‘fat’ ?
(a) stalk the deer.
(b) in a cage of the zoo.
He should be snarling around houses (1×4=4)
At the jungle’s edge,
Baring his white fangs, his claws,
Terrorising the village !
(a) Who is ‘he’ in the above extract ?
(b) ‘White fangs’ shows the …….. of the animal.
(c) Trace a word from the extract that means “showing the teeth and making fearful sound”.
(d) Where is the tiger snarling ?
(a) ‘He’ here is the tiger.
(b) White pointed teeth of tiger.
(c) ‘Snarling’ means ‘showing the teeth and making fearful sound’.
(d) At the jungle’s edge.
But he’s locked in a concrete cell (1×4=4)
His strength behind bars,
Stalking the length of his cage,
(a) Who is ‘he’ in the poem ?
(b) Why is he ignoring visitors ?
(c) Here ‘stalking’ means
(d) Where is the tiger locked ?
(a) ‘He’ here refers to a tiger.
(b) ‘He’ is ignoring the visitors because he is angry.
(c) Here ‘stalking’ means ‘pacing’.
(d) In a concrete cell.
He hears the last voice at night (1×4=4)
The patrolling cars And stares with his brilliant eyes At the brilliant stars.
(a) ‘He’ in the above stanza is
(b) The last voice that he hears is that of
(c) The tiger stares at stars because he is
(d) Which word means the same as ‘sparkling’ ?
(a) ‘He’ refers to a tiger in the zoo.
(b) the patrolling cars in the zoo.
(c) aspiring to get free.
(d) Here ‘Stalking’ means moving slowly and quietly in a threatening way.
Short Answer Type Questions 30 – 40 words (2 marks each)
Describe some of the activities of the tiger as stated by the poet.
Some of the activities of the tiger as stated by the poet are – walking along the cage, hearing the patrolling of cars, ignoring visitors and staring at the brilliant stars of the sky.
Why does the tiger express his anger quietly ?
The tiger expresses his anger quietly, because he is helpless. He can do nothing from behind the bars. He is not free as he was in the forest.
What does the poet want to convey through the poem ?
The poet exhibits the miserable life led by the animals in the zoo. He shows the two different – lifes i.e., in the zoo and the life at a natural habitat. According to the paet animals should not be caged. They should be let free in the wild.
Long Answer Type Questions (4 marks each)
Do you agree that wild animals should be caged ? comment yes or no giving reasons.
Wild animals should not be caged. This is a well known fact that tiger is a royal species which is on the verge of extinction. In ancient times tigers moved around freely in the forests. But today they are caged and left in the zoo for the entertainment of people. In fact, they are not meant for confinement. The result is that their off spring also do not learn to hunt, when they are caged. Caging wild animals also leads to disturbance of ecological balance. So, wild animals should be let free. They belong to the forest. Cages are not meant for a wild animal specially a tiger.