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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Vistas/The Tiger King/NCERT Solutions/Reading with Insight 2

What is the author’s indirect comment on subjecting innocent animals to the willfulness of human beings?

Apoorva P.

The author uses satire in his story to talk about the indiscriminate killing of tigers. The entire species of tigers had become extinct at the state of Pratibandapuram and that of his wife’s native state by the time the king himself dies. What is pointed in a subtle manner is that these killings... read more

The author uses satire in his story to talk about the indiscriminate killing of tigers. The entire species of tigers had become extinct at the state of Pratibandapuram and that of his wife’s native state by the time the king himself dies. What is pointed in a subtle manner is that these killings are a result of mere whims and fancies. They do not have any logical explanation at the face of the inevitable status of death. Moreover, the silence on the death of tigers itself draws a strong co-relation between the life of the king and that of the ninety-nine tigers killed by him.

Besides, no second thought was ever given while killing the tigers. There is also an implicit suggestion of killings for preserving the vain glory of human in the British officer’s request for a photograph with a dead tiger. It is as if these animals’ existence is at stake for more than one reason and for no fault of their own. The absurdity highlighted in the killings, by the author, also makes the readers wonder if these animals deserve more security than human beings.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Vistas/On the face of It/NCERT Solutions/Reading with Insight 6

The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of... read more

The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the person with disabilities. What is the kind of behaviour that the person expects from others?

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A person with any physical impairment can live life with respect and honour, if he is not ridiculed and punished with heartless pity. He expects empathy rather than sympathy. If everyone looks down at him with a pessimistic approach, he may never be able to come out of his sorrow, and consequently, recline... read more

A person with any physical impairment can live life with respect and honour, if he is not ridiculed and punished with heartless pity. He expects empathy rather than sympathy. If everyone looks down at him with a pessimistic approach, he may never be able to come out of his sorrow, and consequently, recline to his own secluded world. He is already in tremendous mental and emotional pressure. So, he expects others to be understanding rather than remind him of his disability.

In the play, Derry and Mr. Lamb, both are caught in a similar situation. Mr. Lamb, as an adult, is able to cope with such problems, but Derry, being a child, is not able to untangle this web alone. He develops a strong liking for this old man because he spoke the words a person, with such problem, would want to hear.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Vistas/Evans Tries an O-level/NCERT Solutions/Read and Find Out 7.1

Will the exam now go as scheduled?

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Everything had been in order for the exam to start on its scheduled time, but the Governor, still apprehensive, ordered a last minute change in plan. As another precautionary measure, he ordered frisking the invigilator as well, before allowing him to carry out his assigned job. This wasted some time... read more

Everything had been in order for the exam to start on its scheduled time, but the Governor, still apprehensive, ordered a last minute change in plan. As another precautionary measure, he ordered frisking the invigilator as well, before allowing him to carry out his assigned job. This wasted some time and the exam started at 9:25am, ten minutes later than the scheduled time.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Understanding the text 4

The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behaviour.... read more

The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behaviour. Pick out instances of these surprises. read less

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The first instance is that of the crofter’s hospitality to the peddler. The rattrap peddler, used to being shooed away, was surprised at the friendly behaviour of the crofter. The peddlar was also surprised at the sudden invitation given by the ironmaster, who was himself shocked to realise his... read more

The first instance is that of the crofter’s hospitality to the peddler. The rattrap peddler, used to being shooed away, was surprised at the friendly behaviour of the crofter. The peddlar was also surprised at the sudden invitation given by the ironmaster, who was himself shocked to realise his mistake in recognising the peddler, the next day. Another unexpected reaction, for both the peddler and the ironmaster, is Edla’s intervention to seek peddler’s presence for Christmas. However, the most unexpected reaction is from the peddler when he leaves the package and the letter for Edla, showing gratitude to the girl’s hospitality and respect for him.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Understanding the text 4

What made the peddler finally change his ways?

Apoorva P.

The experience of the peddler at the manor of the Willmanssons made the peddler change his ways. Earlier he had never known a true sympathiser or well-wisher. He had no friend to steer him on the right path. Though the crofter was hospitable to him and even the ironmaster had almost offered him help,... read more

The experience of the peddler at the manor of the Willmanssons made the peddler change his ways. Earlier he had never known a true sympathiser or well-wisher. He had no friend to steer him on the right path. Though the crofter was hospitable to him and even the ironmaster had almost offered him help, they failed to leave any impact on him. It was Edla who, through her genuine care and understanding, was finally able to change the peddler for the better.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Understanding the text 4

The peddler comes out as a person with a subtle sense of humour. How does this serve in lightening... read more

The peddler comes out as a person with a subtle sense of humour. How does this serve in lightening the seriousness of the theme of the story and also endear him to us?

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The peddler doesn’t come across as a humorous person, although one can locate a subtle sense of humour in the way he thinks about the world as being a giant rattrap. He is singularly pleased by this thought of his because it provides him with the opportunity of thinking ‘ill’ of the... read more

The peddler doesn’t come across as a humorous person, although one can locate a subtle sense of humour in the way he thinks about the world as being a giant rattrap. He is singularly pleased by this thought of his because it provides him with the opportunity of thinking ‘ill’ of the world that is not kind to him. It is clearly visible that whenever he gets caught unaware, in the web of deceit spun by his scheming mind, he hides behind the thought that the world is a rattrap and he merely a prey. Thus, he lightens the mood and theme of the story and makes us endear him.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Talking about the text 4

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your... read more

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your group to the whole class.

The reader’s sympathy is with the peddler right from the beginning of the story. Why is this so? Is the sympathy justified?

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Apoorva P.

From the beginning, the rattrap seller is shown as a victim of his situation and not a downright evil character. The peddler had to resort to beggary and stealing because his business is not profitable enough to make both ends meet. His condition of penury does not allow him to be fully righteous. Moreover,... read more

From the beginning, the rattrap seller is shown as a victim of his situation and not a downright evil character. The peddler had to resort to beggary and stealing because his business is not profitable enough to make both ends meet. His condition of penury does not allow him to be fully righteous. Moreover, we find that he lacks friends and guide to steer him in the right path. The sympathy is justified because in the end we find out that the peddler is capable of appreciating genuine goodness and hospitality. When he is treated with respect and kindness, he reciprocates the same in the best way he can.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Talking about the text 4

The story also focuses on human loneliness and the need to bond with others.

Apoorva P.

The Rattrap deals with the issues of human loneliness and the need to bond with others. Not only the peddler but also other characters like the crofter, the ironmaster and Edla emphasise this fact. The peddler’s conscience had left him because he had been lonely in his predicament, for a long time.... read more

The Rattrap deals with the issues of human loneliness and the need to bond with others. Not only the peddler but also other characters like the crofter, the ironmaster and Edla emphasise this fact.

The peddler’s conscience had left him because he had been lonely in his predicament, for a long time. But Edla’s kindness and hospitality changed him. The crofter, on the other hand, is a lonely fellow whose craving for company leads him to give shelter to a vagabond, and he ends up getting robbed. Even, the ironmaster and his daughter suffer from loneliness. They crave company on Christmas Eve and are excited when they get the opportunity to serve a guest.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Working with words 4

The man selling rattraps is referred to by many terms such as peddler, stranger etc. Pick out all... read more
The man selling rattraps is referred to by many terms such as “peddler, stranger� etc. Pick out all such references to him. What does each of these labels indicate of the context or the attitude of the people around him? read less

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Labels Contexts 1 Peddler As he peddles or sells the rattraps 2 Vagabond Used to describe his nomadic lifestyle 3 Stranger Used to refer to the peddler when he was at the crofter’s place, possibly to emphasise the fact that the crofter was compassionate to an unknown man 4 Guest He... read more
 

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1 Peddler As he peddles or sells the rattraps
2 Vagabond Used to describe his nomadic lifestyle
3 Stranger Used to refer to the peddler when he was at the crofter’s place, possibly to emphasise the fact that the crofter was compassionate to an unknown man
4 Guest He is treated with compassion, especially at the ironmaster’s house where he was invited to spend the Christmas
5 Intruder When the peddler trespasses and enters the iron mill
6 Tramp When the peddler asks for lodgings at the iron mill; also when the ironmaster, mistaking him for his old regimental comrade plans of helping him drop his tramp ways and begin a new vocation
7 Ragamuffin When the ironmaster first notices him wrapped in rags and in the state to utter destitution
8 Old regimental comrade The ironmaster mistakes him for his old friend when he first meets the peddler at his iron mill
9 Poor hungry wretch Used only once when the author mentions the fact that Edla was excited about the prospect of getting a chance to help an unfortunate fellow on Christmas
10 Rat The peddler calls himself a rat and thanks Edla for helping him escape the rattrap with her kindness and compassion

This list may not be an exhaustive one. The students are strongly recommended to read the chapters and find other such terms and phrases on their own.

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Answered 1 day ago CBSE/Class 12/English/English - Flemingo Prose/THE RATTRAP/NCERT Solutions/Working with words 4

You came across the words, plod, trudge, stagger in the story. These words indicate movement accompanied... read more
You came across the words, plod, trudge, stagger in the story. These words indicate movement accompanied by weariness. Find five other such words with a similar meaning. read less

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Other words are lurch, stumble, slog, hike, clump, traipse and stomp.
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