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A Triumph of Surgery A Triumph of Surgery

“And did you cut down on the sweet things as I told you?” a. What sweet things are being referred to in the extract? b. Why does the speaker inquire if the sweet things have been cut? c. What is the meaning of the phrase ‘cut down’?
a. The sweet things are cream cakes and chocolates. b. Dr. Herriot enquired as he saw that Tricki’s health was deteriorating and diet control was essential for his recovery. c. “Cut down’ means to reduce the consumption of something.
I tried to sound severe: “Now I really mean this. If you don’t cut his food right down and give him more exercise he is going to be really ill. You must harden your heart and keep him on a very strict diet.” a. Why did the speaker try to sound severe? b. For whom was the advice given and why? c. Find the word in the extract which is a synonym of the word ‘serious’.
As I moved off, Mrs Pumphrey, with a despairing cry, threw an armful of the little coats through the window. I looked in the mirror before I turned the corner of the drive; everybody was in tears. a. Where was the speaker going and with whom? b. Why was everybody in tears? c. Find the word in the extract which is an antonym of the word ‘cheerful’.
“Poor old lad,” I said. “You haven’t a kick in you but I think I know a cure for you.” a. Why does the speaker say “Poor old lad”? b. What cure did the speaker know? c. What is the meaning of ‘a kick’ in the extract?
‘The expected call came within a few days.’ a. Who was expecting a call and from whom? b. Why was he expecting the call? c. What was the call about? d. What happened after the call?
Tear shone in her eyes. ‘Oh, Mr. Herriot,’ she cried, ‘how can I ever thank you? This is a triumph of surgery!’ a. Why were there tears in Mrs. Pumphrey’s eyes? b. What does this tell you about her? c. What does the phrase ‘a triumph of surgery’ refer to?
Why is Mrs. Pumphery worried about Tricki?
What does she do to help him? Is she wise in this?
Who does ‘I’ refer to in this story?
Is the narrator as rich as Tricki’s mistress?
How does he treat the dog?
Why is he tempted to keep Tricki on as a permanent guest?
Why does Mrs. Pumphery think the dog’s recovery is ‘a triumph of surgery’?
What kind of a person do you think the narrator, a veterinary surgeon, is would you say he s tactful as well as full of common sense?
Do you think Tricki was happy to go home? What do you think will happen now?
Do you think this is a real life episode, or mere fiction? Or is it a mixture of both?
‘I was really worried about Tricki.’ Why was Mr. Herriot worried?
Tricki had grown fat because of two reasons. What were they?
How much did he exercise?
How did Mrs. Pumphrey react?
‘I think I know a cure for you.’ What was the cure? Did it work?
How did he become a part of the dog gang and start enjoying their company?
Why did they feel tempted to keep the dog as a permanent guest?
What made James Herriot expect a call from Mrs. Pumphery?
What ‘extra’ did Mrs. Pumphery start to give Tricki and why?
How can you say that it was hard for Mrs. Pumphery to part with her doting pet?
Do you think Tricki was enjoying his stay at the hospital?

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