The Tiger King by Kalki
Class 12 Book Vistas
Chapter – 2
Important MCQs Questions : The Tiger King by Kalki
1 Who is the main character of the story ‘The Tiger king’?
a. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram
b. The Maharaja of shantipuram
c. The Maharaja of Shaktipuram
d. None of the above
2 The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram is also know as:
a. The Great king
b. The Mightiest king
c. The Tiger king
d. None of these
3 According to the astrologer, who will kill the Tiger king?
a. The Enemy
b. The Tiger
c. The Devan
d. None of these
4 What hour was the prince born in?
a. in the hour of the Bull.
b. in the hour of the Tiger.
c. in the hour of the Lion.
d. in the hour of the Panther.
5 Who is the author of ‘The Tiger King’?
a. Robert Frost
c. Kkuswant Singh
6 What did The king send as a gift to please the British officer’s wife?
a. Golden Bangles
b. Silver Anklets
c. Diamond Rings
d. Golden Necklace
7 How many rings did The king send to the British officer’s wife?
8 How many tigers were killed by Tiger King?
9 How did tiger king die?
a. By a Wooden tiger
b. By a sword
c. By poison
d. None of these
10 Where did the Dewan arrange the hundredth tiger?
a. From the Jungle
b. From the Madras park
c. From the Calcutta park
d. None of these
Ans: 1-a, 2-c, 3-b, 4-a, 5-d, 6-c, 7-a, 8-b, 9-a, 10-b
Fill in the blanks : The Tiger King by Kalki
1 The chief astrologer warns him that he will be killed by the tiger. (hundredth / last )
2 After the king went away the tiger its eyes. ( closed/opened)
3 When the Maharaja was a old infant, he spoke and asked intelligent questions about his death. (10 day/20 days)
4 The King had that the hundredth tiger should be brought in city. (asked/ordered)
5 The king bought tiger which was poorly carved by an unskilled carpenter. (a wooden/a golden)
Ans: 1-hundredth, 2-opened, 3-10 day, 4-ordered, 5-a wooden
Most important Questions Answers: The Tiger King by Kalki
1. Who is the Tiger king? Why does he get that name?
Ans: Tiger King is the kind of Pratibandapuram. He may be identified as His Highness Jamedar-General, Khaledar-Major and Sir Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur etc. But this name is often shortened to the Tiger King. He gets that name because an astrologer predicted that his death would come from a tiger. He had killed ninety-nine tigers. But the hundredth tiger, a wooden tiger, caused his death.
2. What did the chief astrologer tell to be the cause of the Maharaja’s death? Or,
What did the astrologer predict when the tiger king was born?
Ans: The chief astrologer had foretold that the prince was born in the hour of the Bull. The Bull and the Tiger are born enemies. Therefore, the tiger would be the only cause of his death. The astrologer told the Maharaja that he might kill 99 tigers but he must be very cautious with the hundredth tiger.
3. What did the Maharaja do to find the required number of tigers to kill?
Ans: The Maharaja’s tiger hunts continued to be highly successful. Within ten years he was able to kill 70 tigers. But the population of the tiger became extinct in the forest of his kingdom. He decided to marry in the royal family of a state with a large tiger population. The devan found the right girl. In this way, he was able to kill 99 tigers.
4. What was Maharaja’s feeling when he killed the hundredth tiger?
Or, how did the tiger king celebrate his victory over the killing of the hundredth tiger?
Ans: The Maharaja was overjoyed when he thought that he killed the hundredth tiger. He thought that danger to his life was over. He ordered the tiger to be brought to the capital in a grand procession. The dead tiger was taken in a procession through the town. It was buried and a tomb was erected over it.
5. How did Dewan arrange the hundredth tiger for Maharaja’s hunting?
Ans: The Maharaja’s life was still in danger. The hundredth tiger was yet to be killed. The Devan could lose his job if he couldn’t find the hundredth tiger. He wanted to save his job. He had brought a tiger from the people’s park in Madras and kept hidden in his house. He dragged the tiger to the forest near the camp where the Maharaja was hunting. In this way, he completed his tally of hundred tigers.
6. How did the hundredth tiger take its revenge upon the Tiger King?
Ans: The Tiger King bought a wooden toy tiger as a perfect gift for his son’s third birthday. One day when he was playing with that wooden tiger, one of the silvers pierced the Maharaja’s right hand. Its infection spread all over the arm. Three surgeons performed an operation but couldn’t save the King. This is how the hundredth tiger took its revenge upon the king.
7. How did the Tiger King die?
Ans: The Tiger King bought a wooden toy tiger as a perfect gift for his son’s third birthday. One day when he was playing with that wooden tiger, one of the silvers pierced the Maharaja’s right hand. Its infection spread all over the arm. Three surgeons performed an operation but couldn’t save the King.
8. How did the Tiger King come in the danger of losing his throne and how did he save his kingdom?
Ans: A high ranking British officer visited Pratibandapuram. He was very fond of hunting tigers and being photographed with them. But, Maharaja refused to grant him permission to hunt tigers in his kingdom. The matter was very serious. He was in danger of losing his throne. The Maharaja had prevented such a high ranking officer from fulfilling his desire.
9. What was the miracle that took place in the royal palace?
Ans: When the Maharaja was a 10 day old infant, he spoke and asked intelligent questions about his death. After knowing that he would be killed by a tiger he uttered saying “Let tigers beware.”
10. How was the Tiger King brought up?
Ans: As a child, the Tiger King was brought up by an English nanny and tutored in English by an Englishman. He was given the milk of an English cow. He watched only English movies.
11. What did the State astrologer say he would do ‘if the hundredth tiger were also killed?
Ans: The State astrologer was so sure of his prediction that he announced that he would cut off his ceremonial tuft, crop his hair short and become an insurance agent in case the king was able to kill the 100th tiger, too. He was sure that the Maharaja’s death would be caused by the 100th tiger.
12. What did the high-ranking British officer wish to do? Was his wish fulfilled?
Ans: The high-ranking British officer wanted to kill a tiger. He was denied the permission for hunting. He sent a word to the king that he would be happy if he was allowed to get photographed with the carcass of a tiger killed by the king. His wish remained unfulfilled.
13. How did the maharaja get more tigers to kill when he had killed all the tigers in his kingdom?
Ans: Left with no other alternative, the king thought of getting married into a royal family. His criteria for selecting a bride was only that his in-law’s estate should have a sufficient number of tigers. Finally, he found his desired match. He pursued his one-point program of meeting the tally of hundred tigers.
14. How and why was the hundredth tiger honoured?
Ans: King had ordered that the hundredth tiger should be brought in the city with a procession and a tomb should be built over its mortal remains. It was to commemorate the killing of the hundredth tiger, his sole motive of life. After killing the hundredth tiger the king was very much relieved and had a sense of achievement.
Long Answer type questions: The Tiger King by Kalki
1. Draw a character sketch of the Tiger King in your own words.
Or, Write a summary of ‘The Tiger King’
Ans: The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram, Sir Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur, had many titles and sub-names. But he was popular as the Tiger King. The chief astrologer predicted that his death would come from a tiger.
Crown prince Jung Jung Bahadur grew taller and stronger day by day. He was brought up by an English governess. He was tutored in English by an Englishman. When he grew to twenty he took the reign in his hands.
The Maharaja continued his campaign of tiger-hunting with rare single-mindedness. Within a span of ten years, he killed 70 tigers. It was his master strategy to marry a girl of a state which had a large tiger population. So he was able to kill 99 tigers in all.
The Tiger King could pay any price to maintain his kingdom. He had to give a bribe worth three lakh rupees to a high ranking British official to retain his kingdom.
The Maharaja knew how to take work from his minions. He used the dewan to find out a suitable girl for his marriage. He could be hot-headed and doubled the tax on the people. He also threatened the dewan to dismiss him from his service. It is ironic that the King met his death by a wooden tiger. At last, the hundredth tiger took revenge upon him
2. How did the Tiger king kill the hundredth tiger?
Or, describe the efforts made by the Tiger King to achieve his target of killing a hundred tigers.
Ans: The chief astrologer had told the King that his death would come from a tiger and he should be specially wary of the hundredth tiger. So to prove the astrologer wrong the King decided to kill a hundred tigers. He vowed that he would attend to all other matters only after killing one hundred tigers. Initially, the king seemed well set to realize his ambition. Then some dangers and difficulties cropped up. There were times when the bullet missed its mark and at other times the tiger would leap on him and he would have to fight the wild beast with his bare hands. The Tiger King was able to kill ninety-nine tigers this way and if he could kill just one more tiger all his fears would be over for good and he could give up tiger hunting. But the hundredth tiger could not be found. The Dewan realized the disastrous results if the hundredth tiger was not found. So a tiger was brought in from the People’s Park in Madras and taken directly to the forest where the Maharaja was hunting. The King took aim and the tiger fell in a heap. The Maharaja was extremely happy to have finally killed the hundredth tiger. After he left the hunters took a closer look at the tiger and realized the tiger was not dead as the king had missed the aim. They decided not to tell the Maharaja and one of the hunters killed the tiger. The king was left under the impression that he had achieved his target of killing a hundred tigers.
3. How did the prediction of the chief astrologer come true, though he had killed the hundred tigers?
Ans: it had been the 3rd birthday of the Maharaja’s son and he wanted to shop for a gift from the toy shop. He bought a wooden tiger which was poorly carved by an unskilled carpenter. It had a rough surface with tiny slivers of wood standing up like quills everywhere it, his arm got infected. In four days, it developed into a fester and spread everywhere the arm. The king died while being operated upon. The king’s death is ironical but not surprising. Having ‘killed’ the 100th tiger, the king is thrilled for he has fulfilled his vow and disproved the prediction of the royal astrologer. He is now comfortable for he thinks he cannot die of a tiger’s attack. No wonder, he orders the ‘dead’ tiger to be taken in a procession though the town and gets a tomb erected over it. All this while he doesn’t know that the 100th victim wasn’t killed by him but by other hunters. That is indeed quite ironical. Death is lurking around him and therefore the king is unaware of it. Again, it is ironical that a king who has killed 100 tigers and is bold and fearless dies of a mere sliver on the body of a wooden tiger. Thus, ironically death does come to him from a tiger.
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