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The Tiger King The Tiger King

Who was the Tiger King? Why did he get that name?
Tiger King was the name given to the King of Pratibandapuram. He got his name for varied reasons firstly, he was robust and sturdy as is well expounded by the way he fought the tigers without any arms. Secondly he killed ninety nine tigers which earned this title for him.
Why, do you think the author goes into detailed identification of the Tiger King through a variety of titles? Does he really mean to honour him?
Why does the author introduce the supernatural element in the story and makes a child of ten days to speak?
Why does the ten day old prince Jung Jung Bahadur utter the word ‘Let tigers beware!”?
Do you think the author of the story ‘The Tiger King’ has faith in astrology? Give reasons in support of your answer.
What is the significance of child’s utterance ‘Let’s tigers beware!”? Do you find some oddity here?
Was there any justification in the killing of so many tigers by the Maharaja? What should he have done?
How was the Tiger king brought up?
What is the underlying idea behind the author’s detailed description of the bringing up of the Tiger King?
Do you agree with the Maharaja’s statement, “You may kill even a cow in self defense?” Did the king kill tigers purely in self defense?
What did the state astrologer say he would do ‘if the hundredth tiger were also killed’?
Do you find any moral lesson in the warning given by the astrologer against killing the hundredth tiger?
Do you find any element of irony in the statement, ‘It was celebration for all the tigers inhabiting Pratibandapuram’?
Comment briefly on the relations between the king and his subjects citing instances from the story ‘The Tiger King’.
What did the high ranking British officer wish to do? Was his wish fulfilled?
What proposal did the British Officer’s secretary give to the Maharaja? Did the Maharaja agree to his proposal? Why/why not?
Why did Maharaja and his dewan of the State decide to send gifts of expensive diamond rings to the duraisani?
How did the ‘duraisani’ behave on receiving the gifts? What idea do you form about her from her behaviour?
Why did Maharaja’s tiger killing mission come to a sudden standstill?
When the tiger King broaches the topic of marriage, what does the dewan mean to convey by saying that the king’s ‘ancestors were married to the sword’?
Why did the Maharaja suddenly decide to marry? Whom did he wish to marry?
Why was the Maharaja sunk in deep gloom?
Explain: ‘It seemed easier to find tiger’s milk than a live tiger’.
What were the two restricting outside forces that checked the kings in those days from doing exactly what they wished?
What is the significance of the improbable incident narrated by the author that Khader Mian Saheb or Virasami Naicker, every inch human beings, were ‘both famed for their ability to swallow sheep whole’?
Why did Maharaja order the dewan to double the land tax? How did the dewan respond to this order?
Why does the author choose to present a weakling and an apology for a tiger to act as the king’s hundredth victim?
Why and how did the dewan take the tiger into the forest?
Do you think the prediction made by the State astrologer ‘was indisputably disproved’? Give reasons in support your answer.
Why does the king think of giving up tiger hunting after his hundredth victim?
How did the Maharaja feel on killing the hundredth tiger? How did he decide to celebrate it?
What did the hunters decide to do when they realized that the tiger was not dead and why?
Why did the king go to a shopping centre in Pratibandapuram? What did he buy there?
How did King’s arm become seriously infected?
The story is a satire on the conceit of those in power. How does the author employ the literacy device of dramatic irony in the story?
What is the author’s indirect comment on subjecting innocent animals to the willingness of human beings?
What are you comments about the life led by the minions? Were they loyal to their king or they just feigned to be so? Can a parallel be drawn between them and the state of affairs in the modern Indian political set up?
‘The king was Capricious, arbitrary and whimsical. Do you agree give a reasoned answer with illustrations to prove your observation.
Bring out the humour in the story ‘The Tiger King’.
What danger loomed over the Maharaja’s throne? How did he dispel it?
Give an account of Maharaja’s effort to prove the astrologer wrong? Did he succeed? Give reasons.

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