CBSE Class 10 English Assignment - Mrs Packletides Tiger (1). Students are advised to refer to the attached assignments and practice them regularly. This will help them to identify their weak areas and will help them to score better in examination. Parents should download and give the assignments to their children for practice.
FICTION: MRS. PACKLETIDE’S TIGER
The story is a sarcastic remark on the artificiality prevailing in modern ‘civilized’
society with the depiction of the event of tiger ‘hunting’ undertaken by ‘Nimrod’
like Mrs. Packletide.
Mrs. Packletide wishes to kill a tiger out of her jealousy for her bete noire, Miss
LoonaBimberton’s recently achieved popularity.
She has the intention of killing two birds with the same stone by killing a tigergaining
fame and humiliating Loona.
A manipulated tiger hunting expedition is arranged by the ‘commercial instinct’
villagers of a nearby village at the outskirt of which a tired, old, weak, domestic
animal’s dependent tiger lives.
The artificial hunting exercise is given a natural look by involving over-anxious,
money minded ‘paid companion’ Miss Louisa Mebbin.
On the destined day of hunting, Mrs. Packletide misfires the bullet which hits the
bait (a high pitched bleating goat) which dies then and there; the targeted tiger
also dies because of heart failure as it could not bear the sound of the bullet.
Villagers celebrate the killing of the tiger, but Miss Mebbin draws the attention of
Mrs. Packletide towards the fact that the wrong animal is killed.
Mrs. Packletide believes that she can manage everyone by using his money
power but she doesn’t know that she will have to pay heavily to her ‘paid
companion’ to keep mum.
Miss Mebbin blackmails her and gets financial gains and is ultimately able to
manage a week-end-cottage from her money.
Mrs. Packletide now avoids indulging herself in any new sports as she realises
that ‘incidental’ expenses of such misadventures are very hard to bear.
CHARACTER SKETCH OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS
MRS. PACKLETIDE MISS. LOUISA MEBBIN
She is competitive by nature and
that is why she decides to go on a
hunt to counter LoonaBimberton’s
achievements. She is shrewd and
manipulative in her approach. She
manipulates the entire hunting saga
shrewdly by involving the villagers
by offering them thousand rupees.
She makes sure that there is no risk
involved in the hunting and thus she
chooses an old tiger. She has this
belief that everything and everyone
can be manipulated. She is jealous in
nature and can go to any extent to
achieve her objectives.
She is very stingy and always
fascinated by the thought of saving
money. She is shrewd and practical.
Just like MrsPackletide she is also
manipulative, as soon as she gets an
opportunity of making money by
exploiting a situation she moves on
with purpose. She is an opportunist
and self- centred. Just like
MrsPackletide, she can also go to
any extent to achieve her objectives
EXTRACT BASED COMPREHENSION QUESTION EXERCISES
[A] “MrsPackletide had already arranged in her mind the lunch she would give at her
house in Curzon Street, ostensibly in LoonaBimberton’shonour, with the tiger-skin
rug occupying most of the foreground and all of the conversation.”
(a) What is the real intention of MrsPackletide in hosting the lunch on party?
(b) Why is she so jealous of Miss Bimberton?
(c) What is the meaning of the word- ‘ostensibly’?
Answers. (a) The real intention of MrsPackletide in hosting the lunch on party is to
humiliate Miss Bimberton.
(b) She is so jealous of Miss Bimberton because of her recently gained popularity on
account of her plane journey with an Algerian pilot at an altitude of eleven miles.
[B] “The prospect of earning thousand rupees had stimulated the sporting and
commercial instinct of the villagers.”
(a) Why are the villagers so excited about the tiger hunting by MrsPackletide?
(b) Give two examples of active involvement of the villagers in tiger hunting
(c) What is the meaning of the word- ‘stimulate’?
(a) The villagers are so excited about the tiger hunting because as per the deal with
MrsPackletide they are assured of thousand rupees if they help her out in hunting
the tiger successfully.
(b) (i) posting of children on the outskirts of the jungle to monitor the tiger and (ii)
supplying cheaper goats to satisfy the hunger of the tiger
(c) to make active or enthusiastic
[C] “With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-nail pack of patience cards the
sportswoman awaited the coming of the quarry.”
(a) Who is referred as sportswoman and what is she waiting for?
(b) What is so funny about the tiger hunting expedition?
(c) What is the meaning of the word-‘quarry’?
(a) MrsPackletide is referred as sportswoman and she is waiting for the hunt-the
(b) The fact that the expedition involves relaxation, mirth, fun and comical
events in place of danger, adventure, risk and excitement, make it funny.
(c) the hunt
[D]”MrsPackletide indulges in no more big game shooting. ‘The incidental expenses are
so heavy’, she confides to inquiring friends.”
(a) Why does MrsPackletide show no more interest in hunting?
(b) What does she mean by-‘The incidental expenses are so heavy.’?
(c) What is the meaning of the word-‘confide’?
(a) MrsPackletide is no more interested in shooting as the hunt has proved very
expensive to her.
(b) MrsPackletide means that the expenses that she has to make to silent her ‘paid
companion’, who has threatened to reveal the truth related to the tiger ‘hunting’.
(c) to share any secret/ to show confidence.
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS
Q.1. Why does MrsPackletide wish to kill a tiger?
Ans. MrsPackletide wishes to kill a tiger to overshadow the media publicity which has
been gained by her rival LoonaBimberton on account of her feat of travelling in an
airplane at an altitude of eleven miles.
Q.2. ‘Tiger shooting was an arranged event.’ Justify the statement.
Ans. MrsPackletide comes to know about a village which has an old tiger in its
neighborhood, she manages the villagers by offering them thousand rupees if they
help her out in killing the tiger which they happily agree to. Thus we can conclude
that it was an arranged event.
Q.3. How can you conclude that Miss Mebbin was not devoted to MrsPackletide?
Ans. Miss Mebbin was not at all devoted to MrsPackletide, in fact, she was only devoted
to money and this is proved when she blackmails MrsPackletide it she fails to meet
her demand by revealing the truth about the tiger ‘hunting’.
Q.4. Why does Miss Mebbin plant so many tiger lilies in her garden?
Ans. Miss Mebbin plants so many tiger lilies in her garden to pay tribute to the tiger
because of which she has become owner of the week-end-cottage.
VALUE BASED QUESTION WITH ANSWER
Q. How does the writer of the story expose human greed and vanity in the story
Answer. Through various incidents and characters, the writer Saki exposes the negativity
and vanity of human behavior. He exposes the human exploitation of big game
animals as a brutal act of violence. LoonaBimberton and MrsPackletide are examples
of human lust, folly and opportunism for personal sake. He also exposes the jealous
behavior on humans. To satisfy his ego man can stoop to any extent and this is
evident in MrsPackletide’s approach towards hunting the tiger. The story also
exposes the fact that by nature man is manipulative and he plays with situations for
personal gains at the cost of morality and ethics. Thus, the writer has been
successfully able to expose human behavior of greed and lust in the story.
ADDITIONAL SHORT ANSWER/VALUE BASED QUESTIONS FOR PRACTICE
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS:
Q.1. ‘It was Mrs. Packletide’s pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger’. Why
was Mrs. Packletide intent on shooting a tiger?
Q.2. What preparations were made for the shooting?
Q.3. ‘Mrs. Packletide was reasonably annoyed at the discovery’. Which discovery is
referred to and What has led her to be annoyed?
Q.4. How does MrsPackletide manipulate the tiger hunting event?
Q.5. Who was Miss Mebbin? How did she manage the week-end cottage?
Q.6. ‘The villagers show immense devotion for the event.’ How can you justify the
Q.7. Why does MrsPackletide give up hunting?
VALUE BASED QUESTIONS
Q.1. You are Louisa Mebbin. Write a diary entry expressing how you could afford a
Q.2. “Having a weakness for publicity sometimes leads to humorous consequences”.
Explain with reference to the chapter Mrs. Packletide’sTiger.
Q.3 ‘Miss Mebbin was a paid companion.’ Do you think that friendship can be bought?
Give reasons to support your answer highlighting the qualities of a true friendship.
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