NCERT Solutions

Comprehension Check


  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

Ans. (iii) Grandfather was the only successful member of the hunting party.

  1. Complete the following sentences.

(i) Toto climbed up the curtains when ……….

(ii) …….. I became one of the tiger’s favourites.

(iii) Timothy had clean habits, ……………


(i) Timothy lost his temper.

(ii) Since Timothy loved to play with just anybody

(iii) and would scrub his face with his paws exactly like a cat. 

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  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

Ans. (iii) would one day make a meal of Mahmoud.

  1. 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.

Ans. (iii) Timothy grew less friendly, in fact more dangerous.

  1. 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 ………


(i) True                         (ii) True

(iii) True                       (iv) False

  1. 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.

Ans. (ii) a leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy.

  1. 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.

Ans. (iii) smelt fresh food 

Exercises Check

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Answer the following questions.

  1. Where was the tiger cub hiding when Grandfather found him?

Ans. The tiger cub was hiding in the intricate roots of the banyan tree when Grandfather found him there.

  1. (i) What did Toto do to entertain Timothy?

(ii) What did he do when Timothy lost his temper?


(i) Timothy would pull the tiger’s tale to play with it.

(ii) If Timothy lost his temper, he would climb up the curtains.

  1. “I became one of the tiger’s favourites.” Who Is ‘l’ in the statement? Why did he think so?

Ans. “I” is the narrator of the story. He became tiger’s favourite because the tiger’s favourite amusement was to stalk anyone who would play with him.

  1. Where was Timothy most comfortable during the day? Where was he during the night?

Ans. During the day, Timothy felt most comfortable to recline over the sofa in the drawing room. During the night, he would share the cook’s bed.

  1. What was Grandmother’s prophecy about the cook? Did it come true?

Ans. The Grandmother prophesied that since Timothy was growing dangerous he might consume the cook as a meal.

The prophecy did not come true because Grandfather prevented it by sending him (Timothy) to the zoo in Lucknow.

  1. What made Grandfather decide to transfer Timothy to the zoo?

Ans. Timothy, with every passing day, was becoming more dangerous. Very often he would steal away to stalk cats and dogs. But when he started stalking the cook, Grandfather decided to transfer Timothy  to zoo .

  1. Why did Grandfather want Timothy to be put in another enclosure?

Ans. Grandfather wished Timothy to be put in another enclosure because the leopard in the next cage would snarl at Timothy, making him uncomfortable.

  1. What shocked Grandfather in the end?

Ans. When the zoo keeper informed the Grandfather that Timothy had died two months ago, Grandfather was shocked.

He was also shocked because his arm was almost in the tiger’s mouth who was licking it with great relish

Discuss the following topics in groups.

  1. Shoot animals with a camera, not with a gun.

Ans. Nature is blessed with many beautiful  elements, one of them being the birds and animals. Shooting animals with a gun only makes their species disappear and become extinct over a period of time.

Shooting them with a camera, that is clicking their photographs, is a way by which this beauty could be shared with more number of people and thereby increased. Animals, too, are living beings and have the right to live freely. Killing them for fun and entertainment is an example of man’s perverse nature.

  1. Keeping pets helps us become more loving and tolerant. It also helps us respect life in any form. Do you agree?

Ans. It is true that keeping pets makes one more loving and tolerant. Pets, like children, demand a lot of care and attention.

In return, they too bestow their love and affection and always stay loyal. If we learn to love and respect animal life, we would also be able to harbour a genuine love and care for other fellow human beings and other forms of to life.

  1. Have you heard of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)? What do they do?

Ans. SPCA is a non-profit animal welfare organisation founded in England in 1824 to pass laws protecting animals and preventing cruelty against them.

They also find homes for unwanted animals and give them away to people who would like to adopt them.