NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Flamingo Chapter 11

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Class 12

Chapter 11 Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Exercise Answers & Summary

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Before you read : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 103

Q1 :  

What does the title of the poem suggest to you? Are you reminded of other poems on tigers?


Answer :

The title, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers", suggests that the poem is about Aunt Jennifer's knitted tigers that, with their chivalric, ferocious, bright and carefree attitude, become an alternate world of her creation. The tigers are the only means of free expression in her life, which is otherwise burdened by fear and struggles of the married life.

There are many other poems written about tigers, some of which are given below.

"The Tiger" by William Blake

"Tiger" by Alec Derwent Hope

"Tiger Drinking at Forest Pool" by Ruth Padel

(A model answer has been provided for students' reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)

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Think it out : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 104

Q1 :  

How do 'denizens' and 'chivalric' add to our understanding of the tiger's attitudes?


Answer :

Animals naturalised in a region or the inhabitants of a particular region are called denizens. Since the natural habitat of the tigers is forest, the poet has correctly defined it as 'denizens of a world of green'. Tigers are characteristically masters of their own domain.

The poet also refers to the tiger as being 'chivalric'. The exceptional heroic courage when facing danger is termed as chivalry. To explain this, the poet goes on to say that the tigers were not afraid of the men standing under a tree and went on prancing with 'certainty'. Since tigers are brave, ferocious and gallant creatures, the poet has used the term 'chivalric'.

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Q2 :  

Why do you think Aunt Jennifer's hands are 'fluttering through her wool' in the second stanza? Why is she finding the needle so hard to pull?


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Q3 :  

What is suggested by the image 'massive weight of Uncle's wedding band'?


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Q4 :  

Of what or of whom is Aunt Jennifer terrified with in the third stanza?


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Q5 :  

What are the 'ordeals' Aunt Jennifer is surrounded by? Why is it significant that the poet uses the word 'ringed'? What are the meanings of the word 'ringed' in the poem?


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Q6 :  

Why do you think Aunt Jennifer created animals that are so different from her own character? What might the poet be suggesting, through this difference?


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Q7 :  

Interpret the symbols found in this poem.


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Q8 :  

Do you sympathise with Aunt Jennifer? What is the attitude of the speaker towards Aunt Jennifer?


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