Class 10 English Chapter 1 Poem| A Tiger in the Zoo

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1. Substance of the poem :

The poem bears a contrasting picture of a tiger confined to a cage and living in its natural wild habitat. In the cage, the movement and strength of the tiger is limited by the walls and bars. In contrast to it while living in its natural habitat it would have been moving among the long grass to prey on deer grazing near a water hole. In its free state, the tiger would have been wandering around the houses by the edge of the forest. In that free state, it would have been terrorizing the villagers. But confined to a concrete cell it does not bother to look at the visitors. In

the night hours, he hears the sound of the patrolling car but no one hears his roar. In a pathetic state of mind, he goes on looking at the bright sky with his bright eyes as if to say when he would be free. As a free animal wandering in the forest, it would like to be free. But ruthless man has made him a captive.

Q.2. Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in brackets :

(i) He stalks in vivid stripes (moves slowly and quietly / remains idle/moves quickly)

(ii) But he is locked in a concrete cell. (mobile/cage/jail)

(iii) And stars with his brilliant eyes ……. (dull/ very bright/ angry ) [HSLC.’17]

(iv) In his quiet rage. (love/hatred/violent anger) [HSLC.’17]

(v) In his quiet rage. (noisy/silent/worst ) [HSLC.’19]

(vi) At the jungle’s edge. (border/side/center) [HSLC.’19]


(i) move slowly and quietly. (ii) cage (iii) very bright (iv) violent anger (v) silent (vi) border

Q.3. ‘He stalks in his vivid stripes.’ Who is meant by the ‘He’. What is meant by ‘vivid stripes’? [HSLC. ‘15,22]

Ans: The ‘He’ means the Tiger. The stripes are the contrasting lines on of the body of a tiger.

Q.4. The few steps of his cage? Whose cage is referred to here?

Ans: The tiger’s cage is referred to here.

Q.5. ‘On pads of velvet quiet.[HSLC-2015]

In his quiet rage.’*

Explain the lines.

Ans: The tiger has been kept confined in a comfortable cage the floor of which is covered with velvet. But the tiger is not at all happy as the keeper may think. He does not roar. But he is very angry. Though he walks silently in the cage, he is in deep rage. Because he has been deprived of his free movement in its natural habitat.

Q.6. What should the tiger be doing near the water hole?

Ans: The tiger should be lurking in the shadow sliding through long grass near the water hole.

Q.7. Where do the plump deer pass?

Ans: The plum deer pass near the water hole.

Q.8. What do the tiger do near the water hole?

Ans: The tiger slides through the long grass.

Q.9. What is meant by ‘plump deer’?

Ans: ‘Plump’ deer means healthy deer with fleshy bodies.

Q.10. Why do the tiger move near the water hole? Or, Why should the tiger be lurking near it? [HSLC.2018]

Ans: Because deer came there to drink which would provide the tiger with the chance to prey on.

Q.11. What is a water hole? [HSLC.’18]

Ans: A water hole is a small pond like water source that provides water to thirsty wild animals.

Q.12. What is there ‘at the jungle’s edge’?

Ans: There are houses and villages at the edge of the jungle.

Q.13. What do you mean by ‘the edge of the jungle’?

Ans: Edge of the jungle means the border of the forest.

Q.14. What does the tiger do at the edge of the village?

Ans: At the edge of the village the tiger snarls baring its claws and terrorizing the village.

Q.15. How would you explain the line, “Baring his white fangs, his claws’?

Ans: The line gives a description of the tiger’s behavior while it wanders near the villages at the edge of the forest. It goes on to show its sharp teeth and hook like nails used to prey on animals.

Q.16. Terrorising the village’. Who terrorizes the village and when?

Ans: The tiger terrorizes the village when it wanders near the village at the edge of the forest.

Q.17. Where is the tiger locked?

Ans: The tiger is locked in a concrete cell.

Q.18. How does the tiger feel inside the cage?

Ans: The tiger inside the cage is angry and displeased.

Q.19. How does the cage affect the tiger?

Ans: The cage limits the strength and movement of the tiger. It stalks within the limited space of the cage.

Q.20. Why, do you think, the tiger ignores the visitors?

Ans: The cage is not the natural habitat of the cage. Confinement has turned it angry and probably that is why he ignores the visitors.

Q.21. What is the last voice heard by the tiger at night?

Ans: The last voice heard by the tiger at night was the sound of the patrolling car.

Q.22. How does the tiger look at the stars?

Ans: The tiger stares with bright eyes at the bright stars.

Q.23. Give a brief description of the tiger in its cage.

Ans: The tiger moves quietly inside the cage the floor of which is covered with velvet. Inside the case could be seen its body with a clear stripe. Locked in the concrete cell his strength and movement have been reduced to the length of the cell. It is guarded by patrolling cars. He stares with bright eyes at the bright stars.

Q.24. Give a description of what the tiger would have done if he were in his normal habitant, the forest. [HSLC 2016, 2020]

Ans: In its normal habitat, the forest the tiger would have been lurking in shadow sliding through tall grass. It would have staked near the water hole where the fleshy deer graze. It would have been moving near the houses and villages at the forest’s edge terrorising the villagers.

Q.25. What is meant by ‘quiet rage’? [HSLC. 2022]

Ans: It means that the anger of the tiger in the zoo is suppressed.

Q.26. Where should the tiger be snarling around and how should it be terrorising the village?[HSLC. 2022]

Ans: The tiger should be snarling around the houses at the jungle’s edge. It should be terrorising the village by snarling around the houses and showing his white fangs and claws.

Multiple Choice Questions [MCQ] and answers :

Q. 1. The word ‘rage’ means –

(i) Get up

(ii) raise

(iii) anger

(iv) cell of these

Ans: (iii)

Q. 2. “He stalks in his vivid stripes”- ‘He’ refers to –

(i) poet

(ii) tiger

(iii) zoo in charge.

(iv) gate keeper

Ans: (ii)

Q. 3. The eyes of the tiger lool –

(i) red

(ii) bright

(iii) sad

(iv) none of these

Ans: (ii)

Q. 4. Who passes near the water hole-

(i) the tiger (ii) a deer (iii) a Rat (iv) a squirrel

Ans: (ii) A deer

Q. 5. The tiger was is-

(i) a jungle (ii) a concrete cell (iii) a cave(iv) all of these

Ans: (ii)

Q. 6. The tiger should be snarling –

(i) Near the village

(ii) at the jungle’s edge

(iii) around the houses

(iv) all of the above

Ans: (iv)


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