Answer the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.
1. On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten/ drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
Answer: Once Bruno ate the rat poison which was kept to get rid of rats from the library. Bruno became paralysed to the extent that he couldn’t stand on his feet. He was taken to a veterinary doctor for treatment. Finally the antidote worked and Bruno could spring to life once again.
Next time Bruno drank the discarded engine oil which was kept in the garage. Luckily nothing happened to him after drinking the mobil oil.
2. Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?
Answer: Bruno had become too big to be kept in the household. He had to be chained for children’s safety. Being a wild animal it needed lots of space which was not available in the author’s household. They thought that it will be taken care of in better way by trained personnel at a zoo. So they decided to send it away to the zoo.
3. How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?
Answer: As Bruno was not feeling happy after getting separated from its foster family and was getting weak as a result, the author’s wife went to meet Bruno. After seeing Bruno’s pitiful condition they decided to bring it back to their home. They built a special cordoned area for Bruno with all the facilities befitting a playful bear. And finally Bruno was back to its home.
The snake trying
to escape the pursuing stick,
with sudden curvings of thin
long body. How beautiful
and graceful are his shapes!
He glides through the water away
from the stroke. O let him go
over the water
into the reeds to hide
without hurt. Small and green
he is harmless even to children.
Along the sand
he lay until observed
and chased away, and now
he vanishes in the ripples
among the green slim reeds.
Snakes are one of the many beautiful creatures of the nature. This poem is about how a snake is trying to escape the onslaught by someone’s stick. It slithers making beautiful curvaceous shape from its slender and thin body. The snake tries to glide through the water to be away from the onslaught. Anyone should let it go unharmed because it is a harmless green snake. When it lies in the bushes it gets unnoticed because of the camouflage of its green colour. Until it is disturbed it is difficult to notice. They are harmless and beautiful so we should let them go their own ways.
Early morning, the day before yesterday,
under a slab of stone,
in a crack,
forked tongue licking and flashing,
a frog swelling his belly,
he lay there quietly:
a baby snake, two hands long,
a green snake.
“Poor thing. It’s a green snake. Still a baby.
What harm can it do?” I said.
My father replied,
“A snake’s a snake.”
“That’s where everyone walks.
We don’t need trouble. Kill it.”
“I can’t,” I said.
Father struck him with a piece of firewood,
chased him outside,
and killed him flat.
This poem is contrasting to the earlier poem. Here a green snake is lying lazily after savouring a frog. It is lying under a stone slab with glittering eyes and flashing forked tongue. The flashing tongue of a snake can send shivers down anyone’s spine. The narrator is trying to argue with his parents that it is a harmless creature. But age old beliefs and fears about a snake are so powerful that his parents go on and kill the snake in the end.
This is sad but quite normal that most of the people give a fearful response upon seeing a snake. As a result so many innocent snakes are killed every year.
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