How to Tell Wild Animals NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Poem 4
How to Tell Wild Animals NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
How to Tell Wild Animals Thinking about the Poem
Does ‘Dyin’ really rhyme with ‘lion’? Can you say it in such a way that it does?
No, ‘Dyin’ does not rhyme with lion. If we try to change the pronunciation of lion a bit by speaking it as ‘line’ then it may rhyme with the word ‘dyin’.
How does the poet suggest that you identify the lion and the tiger? When can you do so according to him?
According to the poet the lion roars while his prey is dying whereas the tiger is quiet. They can be guessed at the time of eating.
Do you think the words ‘lept’ and ‘lep’ in the third stanza are spelt correctly? Why does the poet spell them like this?
The words ‘lept’ and ‘lep’ are not spelt correctly. The correct spelling of the words ‘lept’ is ‘leapt’ and ‘lep’ is leap but the poet is creating a sense of humour by making it closer to the word ‘Leopard’.
Do you know what a ‘bearhug’ is? It’s a friendly and strong hug – such as bears are thought to give, as they attack you! Again, hyenas are thought to laugh and crocodiles to weep (‘crocodile tears’) as they swallow their victims. Are there similar expressions and popular ideas about wild animals in your own language(s)?
A bearhug is when the bear clasps his prey tightly with both hands or paws to press him to death. There are similar expressions in our language as in English, for example:
Hathi ke daant dikhane ke aur, khane ke aur.
Koulhu Ka Bel
Girgit Ki tarah rang badalana.
Look at the line “A novice might nonplus”. How would you write this ‘correctly’? Why is the poet’s ‘incorrect’ line better in the poem?
The line ‘A Novice might nonplus’ would be written correctly as ‘A Novice might be nonplussed’? The poet has made an effort to use ‘nonplus’ as a rhyming word with ‘thus’.
Can you find other examples of poets taking liberties with language, either in English or in your own language? Can you find examples of humorous poems in your own language(s)?
Yes, the poet sometimes takes liberties with language.
Much of the humour in the poem arises from the way language is used. Although the ideas are funny as well. If there are particular lines in the poem that you especially like, share these lines with the class, speaking briefly about what it is about the ideas or the language that you like or find funny.
The poet has written the poem with a good sense of humour either due to ideas or language. The lines which appear to be very humorous are ‘just notice if he eats you’. The very idea of noticing at the time when he is about to eat is very funny. The language in the line, “He’ll only lep and lep again” is also very humorous. The concept of ‘lep’ from the word ‘leopard’ generates humour.
How to Tell Wild Animals Extra Questions and Answers
How to Tell Wild Animals Reference-to-Context Questions
Read the stanza given below and answer the questions that follow:
Or if some time when roaming round,
A noble wild beast greets you,
With black stripes on a yellow ground,
Just notice if he eats you.
This simple rule may help you learn
The Bengal Tiger to discern
(a) The tiger’s body is covered with ……….. stripes with a …………. coloured hide.
(b) The two contradictory words used in line 2 are …………… and ……………
(c) The poet warns that if anyone notices this beast and the tiger eats him, then it is for sure
a leopard. (True/False)
(d) The word means same as ‘to identify’.
If strolling forth, a beast you view,
Whose hide with spots is peppered,
As soon as he has lept on you,
You’ll know it is the Leopard.
’Twill do no good to roar with pain,
He’ll only lep and lep again.
(a) …………. is a beast with spots on its skin.
(b) According to the poet, one comes to know of the referred animal when it on ……….. one.
(c) On seeing the above mentioned creature, one should understand that there will be no use of shouting or crying out of pain because it will keep on pouncing on him. (True/False)
(d) ………….. in the stanza means same as ‘jumped high’.
The Crocodile you always may
Tell from the Hyena thus:
Hyenas come with merry smiles;
But if they weep they’re Crocodiles.
(a) Hyena always ……………. while gulping down its victim.
(b) While eating its prey, crocodiles tend to
(c) According to the poet people might get confused between ………… hyena and crocodile. (TVue/False)
(d) The word means same as ‘jolly’.
How to Tell Wild Animals Long Answer Question
‘Appearances are deceptive.’ Cite examples from the poem, ‘How to Tell Wild Animals’, to corroborate this statement.
Encountering the Asian Lion will be by hearing its roar while dying. Meeting an animal with black stripes on a yellow ground he should ensure that he is not eaten, as he has encountered a Bengal Tiger. When a beast with skin peppered with spots leaps on the person that would be an encounter ‘ with a leopard. Roaring in pain is futile, because the animal will ‘lep and lep’. Similarly, a hug in the dark, would be a bear. When confused between a crocodile and a hyena, the former would emit a merry smile, while the latter would weep tears. Chameleons appear not like lizard-like creatures with no ears, but as nothing on a tree.