NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Literature Reader Unit 2

Mrs Packletide's Tiger Class 10

Unit 2 Mrs Packletide's Tiger Exercise Answers & Summary

Summary of "Mrs Packletide's Tiger"

Mrs. Packletide's Tiger is a humorous story. The author makes fun of almost all the characters. Mrs. Packletide is an important character who wanted to outshine Loona, a boastful lady. Loona had a joy- ride in an Algerian aviator. Mrs. Packletide was jealous of Loona's adventurous trip. She planned to kill a tiger to do something more exciting and adventurous than Loona.

Mrs. Packletide offered a thousand rupees to villagers for arranging an Opportunity to shot a tiger without much risk or exertion. An old tiger that had given up hunting and confined himself to eating domestic animal was chosen for this purpose. They posted children at the outskirt of the jungle to keep a watch on the tiger in case he wanders off to new hunting grounds. Goats were scattered to keep him satisfied and to prevent him from straying. Mothers with babies walked quietly through the jungle so as to not o disturb its sleep.

Miss Mebin was a paid companion was acquired in order to witness the shooting of the tiger. Mrs. Packletide did manage to shot an animal although it was only the goat. The tiger merely died of a heart-failure caused by the sound of the gun shot. Miss Mebin intended to blackmail Mrs. Packletide with this piece of information.

Louisa Mebin blackmailed Mrs. Packletide into buying her the weekend cottage or else she would tell Loona Bimberton that it was not he tiger but a mere goat that Mrs. Packletide had shot. Finally, she buys a weekend cottage for Louisa Mebin to prevent her from telling anybody that it was not he tiger but a goat she had shot because the tiger merely died of a heart attack. The story ends with a note by Mrs. Packletide, "The incidental expenses are so heavy,"
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Unit-2 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 12

Q1 :  

Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?


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Mrs. Packletide was jealous of her rival, Loona Bimberton, who had recently travelled 11 kilometres in an airplane operated by an Algerian aviator. In order to outclass her, Mrs. Packletide decided to hunt a tiger and gain media coverage through her pictures.

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Q2 :  

What does it tell you about her?


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Mrs. Packletide is full of vanity. She is a selfish person who seems to be jealous at other people's success.

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Q3 :  

What is the tone of the storywriter?


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Q4 :  

Do you think she was successful in her mission?


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Q5 :  

What do you think the story is all about?


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Q6 :  

Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger?


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Q7 :  

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


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Q8 :  

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


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Q9 :  

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


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Q10 :  

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


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Q11 :  

Mrs. Packletide was a good shot. Discuss.


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Q12 :  

What comment did Miss Mebbin make after Mrs Packletide had fired the shot?

Why did Miss Mebbin make this comment? How did Mrs Packletide react to this comment?


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Q13 :  

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


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Q14 :  

Do you think Mrs. Packletide was able to achieve her heart's desire? Give reasons for your answer.


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Q15 :  

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


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Q16 :  

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


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Q17 :  

Do you think the tiger shooting organized by the villagers was a serious affair?

Give reasons for your answer.


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Q18 :  

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.


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Q19 :  

A person 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.


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Q20 :  

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


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Q21 :  

How does the writer create humor in this story?


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Q22 :  

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,

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(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 upplement of the Novoe Vremya.

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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."

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(ii) Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money in general, irrespective of nationality or denomination

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(iii) "How amused everyone would be if they knew what really happened," said Louisa Mebbin a few days after the ball.

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(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

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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

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(ii) there are limits beyond which repressed emotions become dangerous.

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Q23 :  

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

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Q24 :  

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.

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Q25 :  

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

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Q26 :  

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

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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

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Q28 :  

The story Mrs. Packletide's Tiger has a number of oxymorons. Can you identify them and write them down in your notebooks?


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Writing task : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 20

Q1 :  

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


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Q2 :  

In groups of four construct the dialogues and enact the following situations from the story:

Mrs. Packletide and the headman of the village/other villagers discussing the details of the tiger shooting


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Q3 :  

In groups of four construct the dialogues and enact the following situations from the story:

Miss Mebbin blackmailing Mrs Packletide into gifting her a cottage


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Q4 :  

In groups of four construct the dialogues and enact the following situations from the story:

Loona Bimberton and a lady-friend discussing Mrs Packletide's hunting success


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