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The Tiger King - Important Questions




1.      The story is a satire on the conceit of those in power. How does the author employ the literary device of dramatic irony in the story?
2.       Who is the Tiger King? Why does he get that name?
3.       What gave the astrologers the greatest surprise of their life while they were studying the horoscope of the ten-day old prince? How did the chief astrologer react to the infant prince’s observation?
4.       How does the author satirise the upbringing and education of crown princes of Indian states?
5.       What warning did the astrologer give the Tiger King when he killed the first tiger? Did the prediction of the astrologer come to be true?
6.       ‘’You may kill even a cow in self defence”. Comment?
7.       Why did the Maharaja ban tiger hunting in the state?
8.       Do you find any element of irony in the statement "It was celebration time for all the tigers inhabiting Pratibandapuram"?
9.       When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom?
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How did the Maharaja please a high ranking British officer?
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How did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom? How was he able to avoid the danger?
10.    What, sort of hunts did the Maharaja offer to organise for the high-ranking British officer? What trait of the officer does it reveal?
11.    What traits of the Maharaja and the British officer are exposed and satirised through the episode of refusal of permission for tiger hunt by the British officer?
12.    Would it be proper to call the Maharaja ‘penny-wise, pound foolish’? Give reasons for your answer.
13.    Why did the Maharaja decide to get married?
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What is the reason for the Tiger King’s sudden decision to marry?
14.    Why was the Maharaja so anxious to kill the hundredth tiger?
15.    Explain "It seemed easier to find Tiger's milk than a live tiger".
16.    Why did the Dewan decide to arrange for his own tiger to be killed by the Maharaja?
17.    How did the Dewan manage to arrange the hundredth tiger for the Maharaja?
18.    What was the Dewan’s tiger like? How did he take it into the forest?
19.    What happened to the tiger provided by the Dewan Saheb?
20.    Did the Tiger King shoot the hundredth tiger? Give reasons for your answer.
21.    What did the hunters notice about the dead tiger?
22.    Why didn’t the hunters tell the King that the tiger was not dead?
23.    Describe the efforts made by the Tiger King to achieve his target of killing a hundred tigers.
24.    How did the Tiger King celebrate his victory over the killing of the hundredth tiger?
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How did the Maharaja feel on killing the hundredth tiger? How did he decide to celebrate it?
25.    What did the Maharaja buy for his son on his birthday? Why?
26.    Why did the shopkeeper charge three hundred rupees from the Maharaja while the actual price of the wooden tiger was just two annas and a quarter?
27.    How did the Tiger King become the victim of the hundredth tiger?
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How did the Tiger King meet his end? What is ironical about his fate?
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What caused the death of the Maharaja?
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How does the hundredth tiger take its final revenge upon the Tiger King?
28.    The astrologer’s prediction about the death of the Tiger King came to be true. Do you agree with this statement?
29.    The three surgeons who performed operation on the Tiger King came out of the operation theatre and announced. ‘’The operation was successful. The maharaja is dead.”
30.    Comment on the appropriateness of the title ‘The Tiger King’.

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