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Class12th 
Chapter02
Chapter NameThe Tiger King
AuthorKalki Krishnamurthy
BoardCBSE & All Others boards
Book NCERT
SubjectEnglish Elective  (Flamingo)
Medium English
Study MaterialsSupplementary Reader Very important question to answer

the tiger king summary | Summary of the Tiger King

The Tiger is our national animal But we all know that very few tigers have survived now. There was a time when there were thousands of tigers in our forests.

Tiger hunting was considered a royal sport. The Maharajas in many Indian states had nothing better to do than organize tiger hunting expeditions. 

They rode on elephant backs and carried guns, and killed tigers in dense jungles. Sometimes they organized these expeditions to please British officers who liked to be photographed carrying a gun and standing over the dead animal. They all liked to brag about their bravery. 

But it was no bravery. The killing of tigers disturbed the ecological balance in our forests. The story is satire. It is about a king who kills one hundred innocent tigers. But he cannot keep death away.

The Tiger King is dead. Astrologers had foretold that one day the Tiger King would actually have to die. He would grow up to become the hero of heroes, champion of champions. But the child born under that star would one day have to meet his death.

A great miracle took place. The ten-day-old Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur spoke very clearly. He told them that all those who were born would have to die one day.

There was nothing new in that. There would be some sense if anyone could tell him the manner of his death. Everyone stood stunned. An infant born just ten days ago was talking in such a manner. The chief astrologer told the

prince that he was born in the hour of the Bull. The Bull and the Tiger were enemies. Therefore, his death would come from the tiger. There were innumerable forests in the Pratibandapuram State. They had tigers in them. 

The Maharaja was overjoyed when he killed his first tiger. He sent for the state astrologer and showed him the dead beast. He told that the Maharaja would have to kill ninety-nine more. He must be very careful with the hundredth tiger. 

The king asked what if the hundredth tiger were also killed? The astrologer declared that he would tear up all his books on astrology and set fire to them. Then the king would have no trouble.

The state banned tiger hunting by anyone except the Maharaja. Anyone dared to disobey, all his wealth and property would be confiscated. The king did face some problems. Sometimes the bullet missed its mark. 

Once a tiger jumped upon him and he fought the beast with his bare hands. Once a high-ranking British officer wished to hunt tigers in Pratibandapuram. But he was refused permission. He could hunt other animals except for tigers. 

The Maharaja stood in danger of losing his kingdom itself. He managed to retain his kingdom by offering a bribe of 50 gold rings worth three lacks rupees to his wife. The Maharaja’s tiger hunts continued to be highly successful. He was able to kill seventy tigers within ten years.

The king’s mission of killing tigers came to a halt. The tiger population came extinct in the forests of Pratibandapuram. The king decided to marry the royal family of a state with a large tiger population. 

The dewan found the right girl. Maharaja Jung Jung Bahadur killed five or six tigers each me he visited his father-in-law. In this way, he was able to kill 99 tigers.

“There remained just one tiger to reach his tally of a hundred. If he could ll just one more tiger, the Maharaja would have no fears left. He could give p tiger hunting altogether. He had to be very careful with that last tiger. But e hundredth tiger was found nowhere.

 The Maharaja became very sad. They realized that if the Maharaja didn’t find the tiger soon, the results would be quite dangerous. A tiger was brought from the People’s Park in Madras. It was brought straight to the forest where the Maharaja was hunting. 

The Maharaja took careful aim and the tiger fell in a heap. The Maharaja became elated at killing the hundredth tiger. After he left, the hunters had a loser look at the tiger. The tiger was not dead. They decided that the Maharaja must not know that he had missed the target. So one of the hunters killed the tiger.

A few days later Maharaja’s son’s third birthday was celebrated. The Maharaja bought a wooden tiger from a shop as a special gift on his birthday. On that day father and son played with the wooden toy tiger. Its surface was rough. One of those needle-like silvers pierced the Maharaja’s right hand. 

The next day, an infection flared up in his hand. In four days it developed into a suppurating sore. Three surgeons performed an operation. “The operation was successful”. The Maharaja was dead. In this manner, the hundredth tiger took its final revenge upon the Tiger King.

The tiger king summary in hindi | the tiger king story in hindi

बाघ राजा मर चुका है। ज्योतिषियों ने यह भविष्यवाणी कर रखी थी कि एक दिन राजा को वास्तव में मरना ही पड़ेगा। वह बड़ा होकर नायकों का नायक और चैम्पियनों का चैम्पियन बनेगा। लेकिन उस ग्रह के अन्दर पैदा हुए बच्चे को एक दिन मरना होगा एक महान चमत्कार हुआ। दस दिन बड़ा जिलानी जंग, जंग बहादुर बहुत स्पष्टता से बोला ।

उसने उन्हें बताया कि वे सभी जो पैदा हुए थे उन्हें एक दिन मरना ही है। उसमें नया कुछ भी नहीं था। हाँ, उस बात में कुछ मर्म होता यदि कोई उसे उसके मरने का तरीका बता सकता। हर एक भौंचक्का हुआ खड़ा रहा। दस दिन पहले जन्मा एक बच्चा इस प्रकार बोल रहा था। मुख्य ज्योतिषी ने राजकुमार को बताया कि वह वृषभ राशि में पैदा हुआ था। वृषभ और बाघ शत्रु थे। इसीलिए उसकी मृत्यु बाघ से होगी।

प्रतिभानंदपुरम् राज्य में असंख्य जंगल थे। उनमें बाघ थे। महाराजा को बहुत प्रसन्नता हुई जब उसने पहला बाघ मारा। उसने राज्य ज्योतिषी को बुला भेजा और उसे मरा हुआ बाघ दिखाया। उसने बताया कि महाराजा को 99 और मारने हैं। उसे सीवें बाघ से बहुत सावधान रहना पड़ेगा। राजा ने पूछा कि यदि 100वाँ बाघ भी मारा गया तो क्या होगा। 

ज्योतिषी ने घोषणा की कि वह ज्योतिष पर अपनी सभी पुस्तक फाड़ देगा और उन्हें आग लगा देगा। फिर राजा को कोई भी कष्ट नहीं होगा। ने सिवाय महाराजा के बाघ के शिकार पर पाबंदी लगा दी। यदि किसी ने अवहेलना राज्य करने का प्रयत्न किया तो उसका सारा धन और सम्पत्ति कुर्क कर ली जायेगी। राजा ने कुछ एक समस्याओं का सामना भी किया। कई बार गोली का निशाना चूक गया। एक बार एक बाघ ने उस पर छलांग लगा दी और वह रंगे हाथों उस जानवर से लड़ा। एक बार एक ऊंचे पद

का ब्रिटिश अधिकारी प्रतिभानंदपुरम् के जंगलों में बाघ का शिकार करना चाहता था। लेकिन उसे इजाजत नहीं दी गयी। वह बाघों के अतिरिक्त दूसरे जानवरों का शिकार कर सकता था महाराजा को अपना राज्य खो देने की नौबत आ गयी थी। उसने अपने राज्य को 50 सोने की अंगुठियाँ जिनका मूल्य तीन लाख था की रिश्वत उसकी पत्नी को देकर बचाया। महाराजा के बाघों के शिकार बहुत सफल होते रहे। वह दस वर्षों में 70 बाघ को मारने में सफल हुआ।

राजा का बाघ मारने का अभियान बंद हो गया। प्रतिभानंदपुरम् के जंगलों में बाघों की संख्या विलुप्त हो गयी। राजा ने निश्चय किया कि जिस राज्य में भी बाघों की बड़ी आबाद की होगी उसके शाही परिवार में से शादी करेगा। दीवान ने एक ठीक लड़की ढूंढ निकाली। महाराजा जंग जंग बहादुर पाँच या छः बाघ हर बार मारता था जब भी वह अपने ससुर के यहाँ पधारता। इस प्रकार वह 99 बाघों को मारने में सफल रहा।

उसके सी की संख्या तक पहुँचने में केवल एक बाघ बाकी था। यदि वह सिर्फ एक बाघ और मार सकता तो महाराजा के लिए कोई भी डर शेष नहीं बचेगा। वह फिर बिल्कुल ही बाघ के शिकार को त्याग सकता था। उसे उस आखिरी बाघ से बहुत सावधान रहना था। लेकिन सौवाँ बाघ कहीं भी नहीं मिला। महाराजा बहुत उदास हुआ। दीवान को महसूस हुआ कि यदि महाराजा को 100 वाँ बाघ शीघ्र नहीं मिला तो परिणाम काफी भयंकर हो सकते थे। 

पिपुल्स पार्क मद्रास से एक बाघ लाया गया। वह सीधा उस जंगल में लाया गया जहाँ महाराजा शिकार कर रहे थे। महाराजा ने ध्यान से निशाना साधा और बाघ ढेर होकर नीचे गिर गया। महाराजा 100 वाँ बाघ मार कर बहुत खुश हुआ। उसके जाने के बाद शिकारियों ने बाघ को ध्यान से देखा । बाघ मरा नहीं था। उन्होंने फैसला किया कि महाराजा को यह पता नहीं चलना चाहिए कि उसका निशाना चूक गया था। इसीलिए उनमें से एक शिकारी ने बाघ को मार दिया।

कुछ दिनों के बाद महाराजा के पुत्र का तीसरा जन्म दिन मनाया गया। महाराजा ने उसके जन्म दिवस पर एक दुकान से लकड़ी का एक बाघ विशेष उपहार के रूप में खरीदा। उस दिन बाप-बेटा लकड़ी के उस खिलौने के बाघ से खेले। उसकी सतह खुरदरी थी। उनमें से सुइयों जैसी एक फांस उसके दाहिने हाथ में घुस गयी। अगले दिन संक्रमण उसके हाथ में फैल गया। 

चार दिनों में यह मवाद के फोड़े में विकसित हो गया। तीन सर्जनों ने शल्य चिकित्सा की । “ऑपरेशन सफल हुआ।” महाराजा मर गया था। इस प्रकार, सौवें बाघ ने Tiger King से अन्ततः अपना बदला ले लिया।

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the tiger king word meaning | summary of ch the tiger king

  • Identified-is known, जाने जाते हैं; shortened made short, संक्षिप्त किया हुआ; intention-purpose, उद्देश्य pretend feign, बहाना करना advance-to move for ward, आगे बढ़ना strategic-in planned way, योजनागत रूप से withdrawi retreat, वापसी; 
  • throw off track to divert, रास्ते से हटाना; beat a retreat-to move backward पीछे हटना imperative-absolutely necessary, अति आवश्यक disclose-reveal, प्रकट करना; vital-most important, अत्यधिक महत्त्वपूर्ण; indomita- ble-unyielding, अदम्य; abode-dwelling place, निवास; 
  • extraordinary-remark- able, असाधारण अद्भुत, revealed-disclosed, प्रकट हुई, पता चली; fantastic-fancin ful विचित्र, मनोरंजक aspect-view, पहलू, पक्ष; demise death, देहान्त astrolo gers-those who foretell future events, ज्योतिषी; foretold-told in advance. भविष्यवानी की warrior-fighter, या 
  • champion-defender of a cause, conquered. विजेता; swallowed passed down the gullet, निगलना; compelled-forced, विवश किया गया; miracle-marvel, चमत्कार, astonishing greatly surprising, अचम्मे में

The Tiger King Class 12 question answers | the tiger king question answer 


Very short answer type questions

Class 12 English The Third Level Summary
Class 12 English

1. Who is the Tiger King? Why does he get that name?

Ans. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram is known as the Tiger King. He may be identified as His Highness Jamedar General, Khiledar-Major,…., Sir Jila Jung Jung Bahadur, M.A.D., A.C.T.C., or C.R.C.K. But this name is shortened to the Tiger King.

He gets that name because tigers dominate his mission and life. Astrologer foretold that his death would come from a tiger. He killed 99 tigers but the hundredth tiger, the wooden tiger, takes its revenge on the King and he dies 

2. What did the royal infant grow up to be?

Ans. The royal infant grew taller and stronger day by day. The boy drank the milk of an English cow, was tutored by an English man, and saw nothing but English films. At the age of twenty the state came into his hands. He grew up to be a good hunter and marksman.”

3. What will the Maharaja do to find the required number of tigers to Kill? 

Ans. The Maharaja’s tiger hunts continued to be highly successful as he killed 70 tigers within ten years. But the tiger population in his kingdom became extinct. He wanted to marry in the royal family of a state with a large tiger population. 

The dewan found the right girl from such a state. The Maharaja killed five or six tigers each time he visited his father-in-law. In this way, he was able to kill 99 tigers. 

4. How will the Maharaja prepare himself for the hundredth tiger which was supposed to decide his fate?

Ans. By the time the Maharaja killed 99 tigers, tigers had become extinct even in his father-in-law’s kingdom. Yet only one more was left. 

The dewan was convinced that if the Maharaja didn’t find the hundredth tiger soon, the results would be quite dangerous. A tiger had been brought from the People’s Park in Madras. It was left in the forest where the Maharaja was hunting.

5. What will now happen to the astrologer? Do you think the prophecy was indisputably disproved? 

Ans. No harm would be done to the astrologer. Actually, the King couldn’t kill the hundredth tiger. It survived only to be killed by a hunter. So the King couldn’t fulfill his mission of killing 100 tigers. No, the prophecy was not indisputably disproved. Ironically, the hundredth tiger, though made of wood, took its revenge upon the Maharaja. The 100th tiger was the cause of his death.

6. 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? 

Ans. The story ‘The Tiger King’ is a satire on the pride and conceit of those in power. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram tried to believe what was written in his fate. The chief astrologer of the kingdom had foretold that his death would come from a tiger. The prince was horn in the hour of the Bull. 

The Bull and the Tiger were, born enemies. Therefore, the tiger would be the cause of his death. The Maharaja was really thrilled when he killed the first tiger and showed it to the state astrologer. He told the Maharaja that he might kill 99 more tigers. He must be very careful with the hundredth tiger.

The proud King banned tiger hunting in the state by anyone except himself. If anybody dared even to throw a stone at a tiger, his wealth and property would be confiscated. In the beginning, the King was well set to realize his ambition. 

He could kill 70 tigers within 10 years. The tiger population became extinct in his state. He married in the royal family of state with a large tiger population. In this way, he killed 99 tigers.

The author employs the literary device of dramatic irony in the story. The irony is that the King thinks himself safe after killing the hundredth tiger. 

Hardly does he know that the hundredth tiger didn’t die of his bullet but survived. The tiger that caused the death of the Tiger King was not a tiger of flesh and blood but a wooden toy tiger. One of the tiny slivers, one like a sharp needle pierced his right hand. 

Infection flared and a suppurating sore spread all over his arm. The King died even after the successful operation. So the hundredth tiger, though made of wood, took its revenge upon the Tiger King.

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

Ans. The author doesn’t comment directly on subjecting innocent animals to the willfulness of human beings. Nowhere he tries to sermonize or preach against the killing of innocent animals. 

But there are indirect hints which show that he has hidden sympathy for such wild animals who are wantonly killed by the likes of the Tiger King. The manner in which the hundredth tiger took its final revenge upon the Tiger King is quite meaningful. 

It is ironic that the Maharaja who killed 99 innocent tigers to ensure his living was killed by a wooden tiger. One of his slivers pierced his thumb and caused a fatal infection. Kalki seems to highlight the extinction of the most beautiful animal due to indiscriminate killings. 

The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram kills seventy tigers in his kingdom. Then the tiger population in his state becomes extinct. Then his passion for killing more tigers leads him to marry the royal family of a state with a large number of tigers. 

The Maharaja would kill five or six tigers whenever he visited his father-in-law’s kingdom. So he was able to kill 99 tigers in all. Only the hundredth tiger elude’ him. And finally, it appeared in the form of a wooden toy to take revenge upon him.

3. How would you describe the behavior of the Maharaja’s minions towards him? Do you find them truly sincere towards him or are they driven by fear when they obey him? Do we find a similarity in today’s political order?

Ans. As it happens everywhere, the behavior of the Maharaja’s minions towards him is driven by fear. Their only aim is to keep the Maharaja in good humor. Be the chief astrologer or the dewan or the shopkeeper, everyone is in the race to please him. 

His servile followers are overawed by the power and anger of their King. Complete obedience docile submission and flattery are the dominating features of their behavior.

First comes the chief astrologer. He is scared to speak the truth. He bites his lips ai swallows Bard. Only when he is compelled to continue, does the astrologer comes out with He tells the prince’s death will come from the tiger. 

He must be very careful with t hundredth tiger. But the chief astrologer even dares to challenge the Tiger King. 1 declares to tear up all his books on astrology and set fire to them, if proved wrong.

The behavior of the dewan offers an interesting study. He is docile, humorless a servile towards his master. He shudders at the sight of the gun the Maharaja. He is confused and idiotic most of the time. He begins to babble under pressure. The king has decided to get married and summons the dewan for deliberations. 

The dewan babbles “Your Majesty, I have two wives already. If I marry you …” The Tiger King only says: “Don’t talk nonsense! Why should I marry you?” He only gives a loud crack of laughter and then orders him to find out a girl from a state with a large tiger population. 

The dewan follows his orders and finds the right girl. The dewan sometimes acts wisely. He arranges a tiger

for the Maharaja’s shooting. The behavior of the shopkeeper is a strange blending of flattery and cunningness. The wooden tiger costs only two annas. He knows if he quotes such a low price to the Maharaja, he will be punished under the rules of the

Emergency. He passes an ordinary tiger for a rare example of craftsmanship. He charges three hundred rupees for a price of just two annas. 

There is surely a similarity in today’s political order. We see the politicians lie flat (prostrate) before their seniors to flatter them. They praise them in idioms that are suitable for gods and goddesses.

4. Can you relate ins ‘chances of game-hunting among the rich and the powerful in present times that illustrate the callousness of human beings towards wildlife?

Ans. We are living in the ultra-modern world of supercomputers. But still the rich look back to the world of romance and the good old days. Instances of game hunting among the rich and the powerful in our times have become quite common. One day we hear rich Sheikhs hunting the black bustards in Rajasthan. 

Knowing that there is a great danger of their extinction, their hunting has been banned by the law. But who cares? Man’s ego dominates every other consideration. The killing of the rare black bustard continues just under the pose of the government. 

One day comes to the news of Salman Khan killing Blackbucks. The popular hero of millions turns into a cowardly villain. Knowing fully well that blackbucks are on the verge of extinction, Salman kills innocent animals just for fun and his egoistic pleasure. 

Then comes the news of the great cricketer of the 1960s, Mansur Ali Pataudi. The sportive Nawab kills innocent animals in Haryana that have received protection under the law. These are only a few examples illustrating the callousness of human beings towards wildlife. We have hundreds of poachers and dealers in animal skins like Sansar Chand. 

The illegal killing of tigers in Ranthambore and other tiger reserves goes unabated. The government remains a helpless and meek spectator. Only exemplary punishment of poachers and hunters can save innocent wild animals. 

5. We need a new system for the age of ecology-a system which is embedded in the care of all people and also in the care of the Earth and all life upon it. Discuss.

Ans. The earth is a rare and wonderful planet. Not only in our solar system but even in distant galaxies we have so far not been able to discover anything to match it.

 The earth is not a mass of matter. It is a living, breathing planet. It supports billions of species of animals, insects, plants, and microbes. Man has made tremendous progress in understanding life on this planet. Man is also responsible for harming it beyond measure. 

Now we understand that we are not the masters of the earth. We are a part of its ecology. Life is interdependent. If a part is damaged or destroyed, the whole system suffers. So it is high time we developed a new system that takes care of humankind, the animal kingdom, vegetation, and the earth itself.

SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Class 12 English The Tiger King Class 12 question answers
Class 12 English Question Answer

1. What were hunts to a halt? Pratibandapuram. No one knew if they practiced birth control or committed harakiri. the unforeseen hurdle that brought the Maharaja’s tiger

Ans. The Tiger King’s tiger hunts continued to be highly successful. Within ten years he was able to kill seventy tigers. Then an unforeseen hurdle brought his mission to a halt. The tiger population became extinct in the forests of Or simply ran away from the state because they desired to be shot by British hands alone.

2. Who is the Tiger King? 

Ans. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram is the Tiger King of the story. He may be identified as His Highness Jamedar-General, Khiledar-Major, Sata Vyaghra Samhari.

 He is also called Maharajadhiraja Visva Bhuvana Samrat, He is known as Sir Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur. Man/ titles like M.A.D., A.C.T.C., or C.R.C.K. decorate his name. But this name is often shortened to The Tiger King and he is more popularly known as such.

3. Why and when did Maharaja’s anxiety reach a fever pitch? 

Ans. The Maharaja was able to kill 99 tigers. Just one tiger remained to complete his tally of a hundred. His anxiety reached a fever pitch. By this time the tiger farms had run dry even in his father-in-law’s kingdom. It became impossible to locate tigers anywhere. He could give up tiger hunting altogether after killing that tiger. Thus, he was sunk in gloom. 

4. Why does the Tiger King get this name?

Ans. Why does he come to be known as the Tiger King? It is a mystery. Perhaps tigers dominate his life and even death. So he is named thus. The chief astrologer foretells that he is born in the hour of the Bull. 

The Bull and the Tiger are enemies. Therefore, his death will come from the Tiger. He must be very careful with the hundredth tiger. So the Tiger King sets out for tiger hunting and kills 99 tigers. Ironically, his death is caused by a wooden tiger that he buys as a birthday gift for his son. Thus, the hundredth tiger takes revenge upon the King.

5. Why didn’t the hunters tell the King that the tiger was not dead? 

Ans. The Maharaja thought that he had killed the hundredth tiger. He didn’t know that his bullet had missed the mark and the beast was killed by one of the hunters. However, they kept it a secret. They feared losing their jobs if the Maharaja knew the truth. 

6. What was the great miracle that took place? Why did the people stand stunned?

Ans. The chief astrologer revealed that the child King born in the hour of the Bull will one day have to meet his death. The ten-day-old Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur spoke clearly and firmly. Everyone was shocked and surprised. The chief astrologer took off his spectacles and gazed intently at the babe

The infant spoke that “all those who are born will one day have to die”. He asked the chief astrologer to tell him the cause of his death.

7. What does the chief astrologer tell to be the cause of the Maharaja’s death?

Ans. The royal infant tells them that “all those who are born will one day have to die”. There is nothing new in it. He wants to know the real cause of his death. The astrologer tells the royal infant that he is born in the hour of the Bull. The Bull and the Tiger are enemies. Therefore, his death will “come from the Tiger”.

8. Describe the upbringing of the royal infant. When did he take the reins of the state in his hands? 

Ans. Crown Prince Jung Jung Bahadur grew taller and stronger day by the English governess. He was tutored in English by an Englishman. He saw nothing but English films. The state had been with the Court of Wards. When he became twenty years old, the rule of the state came into his hands. 

9. 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?

Ans. The wooden tiger cost only two annas and a quarter. But the shopkeeper feared quoting such a low price to the Maharaja. He could be punished under the rules of Emergency So he presented it as a rare example of craftsmanship and charged three hundred rupees as it price. 

10. What did the Maharaja decide to do when he remembered the astrologer’s prediction?

Ans. Many people continued to discuss the astrologer’s prediction that the Maharaja’s death would come from a tiger. Slowly it came to the Maharaja’s ears. There were so many forests in the Pratibandapuram State. 

They had tigers in them. One could even kill a cow in self-defense. So there was no objection to killing tigers. The Maharaja started out on a tiger hunt and very soon he killed the first tiger.

11. How did the Maharaja feel when he killed his first tiger? What did the State Astrologer say on that occasion? 

Ans. The Maharaja was thrilled ‘beyond measure’ when he killed his first tiger. He sent for the State astrologer and showed him the dead beast and demanded his reaction. The astrologer replied that he might kill ninety-nine tigers in exactly the same manner. But he must be very careful with the hundredth tiger. 

12. “What if the hundredth tiger were also killed”? said the Maharaja. What did the State astrologer say to the king then?

Ans. The King asked the Chief Astrologer what would happen if he killed even the hundredth tiger. The Astrologer replied that he would tear up all his books on astrology and set fire to them. He would cut off his tuft, crop his hair short and become an insurance agent. Thus he finished on an ‘incoherent note’.

13. How did the Maharaja manage to retain his kingdom? 

Ans. The Maharaja and the dewan held deliberations over the issue of pleasing the British officer. Samples of expensive diamond rings of different designs were brought from a famous jeweler in Calcutta. 

The Maharaja sent all 50 rings to the British officer’s good lady. He expected her to choose one or two rings but the lady accepted the whole lot. The Maharaja lost three lacks of rupees but managed to retain his kingdom.

14. How did the Maharaja solve the problem of killing the remaining thirty tigers? What was his marriage plan? 

Ans. The Maharaja summoned his dewan. He asked him to draw up figures of tiger populations in the different native states. Next, he was asked to find out if there was a girl he could marry in the royal family of state with a large tiger population. The dewan found out the right girl. 

The Maharaja killed five or six tigers each time he visited his father-in-law. 

15. What was the happy news which dispelled the Maharaja’s gloom? kill 99 tigers in all. 

Ans. Sheep began to disappear frequently from a hillside village in the state. It was not the work of Khader Mian Saheb or Virasami Naicker who were famous for killing sheep. 

The Maharaja announced a three-year exemption from all taxes for that village. The tiger was not easily found. But the Maharaja refused to leave the forest until the tiger was found. 

16. Why did the dewan warn the Maharaja not to double the land tax forthwith? What was the reaction of the Maharaja? 

Ans. When the hundredth tiger was not found, the Maharaja’s anger was at its height. He called the dewan and ordered him to double the land tax forthwith. The dewan warned that the people would become discontented. 

Then their state too would fall prey to the Indian National Congress. The king didn’t relent. He told the dewan that in that case, he might resign from his post. 

17. How did the dewan arrange the hundredth tiger for the Maharaja’s hunting? 

Ans. The dewan knew that if the Maharaja didn’t find the hundredth tiger soon, the results could be quite dangerous. So he arranged a tiger from the People’s Park in Madras. At midnight the tiger was taken straight to the forest where the Maharaja was hunting. He took careful aim at the tiger and the beast lay down on the ground in a heap. Later on, it was found that the tiger was not dead and the bullet had missed its mark.

LONG ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Class 12 English The Tiger King Class 12 question answers
Class 12 English

1. Kalki’s ‘The Tiger King’ is a satire on the pride and unbridled power and rule of the stubborn Maharaja of Pratibandapuram. Describe the use of dramatic irony leading to the death of the Tiger King 

Ans. Kalki’s ‘The Tiger King” is a satire on the pride and stubbornness of those in power. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram tried to believe what v wrote in his fate. The chief astrologer had foretold that he was born in the hour of the Bull. The Bull and the Tiger were enemies. Hence, the cause of his death would be a tiger. 

The royal infant performed a miracle by speaking so clearly only when he was ten-day-old. It seemed that he possessed son miraculous powers. He might even believe the prediction of the astrologer’s b But unfortunately, it was not to be. Not that the King didn’t try his best. His campaign of tiger-hunting was very successful. He was single-minded and rained. 

He fought once bare-handed with a tiger. But every time it was king who won. But the satirical aspect of the whole story is the King’s ability to kill the hundredth tiger. All his strategies and wise plans worked he killed 99 tigers. But the hundredth tiger eluded him till his death.

The irony of fate brings quite an unexpected end to the Maharaja. The o who killed ninety-nine tigers couldn’t kill the only one that was left. The tiger he thought to be dead survived as the King’s bullet had missed its mark. 

Ironically, the hundredth tiger which caused his death was not a ferocious ast of blood and flesh. It was a wooden tiger. One of the slivers of wood used his right hand and caused infection and a suppurating sore. It ultimately to his death. It is highly ironic that the hundredth tiger, the wooden er, took its revenge upon the Tiger King.

2. Draw a character sketch of the Tiger King in your own words. 

Ans. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram, Sir Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur, d so many titles and sub-names that it was often shortened to the Tiger ng. The royal infant was born in the hour of the Bull. He would have to meet s death one day. 

This is what the chief astrologer predicted about him. A eat miracle took place. The royal infant often days spoke and he wanted to know about the manner of his death. Everyone stood stunned and surprised. The chief astrologer told his death would come from a tiger.

Crown Prince Jung Jung Bahadur grew taller and stronger day by day. The boy drank the milk of an English cow. He was brought up by an English Overness. He was tutored in English by an Englishman. He saw nothing but English films. The state had been with the Court of Wards. When he grew to seventy he took the reign in his hands.

The Maharaja was a man of determination. He continued his campaign of ger-hunting with rare singlemindedness. Within a span of ten years, he killed tigers. 

The Maharaja was gifted with a fertile brain. When tigers became extinct in his kingdom, he hit upon a plan. It was his master strategy to marry the girl of a state which had a large tiger population. He would kill five or six gers every time he visited his father-in-law. So he was able to kill 99 tigers The Tiger King was a man of self-respect. He could pay any price to

maintain it. He refused permission from a high-ranking British officer to hunt tigers in his state. He had to give a bribe worth three lakh rupees 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. 

He doubled the tax on the people who were exempted from any tax earlier. He also threatened the dewan to dismiss him from his service. It is ironic that the King who killed 99 tigers met his death by a wooden tiger. At last, the hundredth tiger took revenge upon him 3. Why was the Maharaja of Pratibandapuram called the Tiger King?

3. How did his campaign of tiger hunting continue to be a grand success but just fell one short of the required tally? How was he avenged by the hundredth tiger? 

Ans. The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur became more famous as the Tiger King, He came to be known as the Tiger King

because tigers dominated his life since birth. And even his death was caused rather ironically, by a wooden tiger. The hundredth tiger took its revenge upon the King causing his death.

The Maharaja was forced to start the campaign of killing a hundred tigers in self-defense. The chief astrologer had predicted that his death would be caused by a tiger. Particularly, he was advised to be careful with the hundredth tiger. Maharaja’s campaign was a great success. 

He could kill seventy tigers in ten years. Then an unseen obstacle brought his campaign to a halt. The tiger population in the forests of Pratibandapuram became extinct. The Maharaja adopted a new strategy. He married a girl from a state with a large tiger population. He would kill five or six tigers every time he visited his father-in-law’s kingdom. Very soon his tally reached 99, just one short of the required hundred.

Ironically, the Tiger King’s death came from the hundredth tiger. It was a toy- a tiger made of wood. He had presented a wooden tiger to his son on his third birthday. The wooden tiger’s rough surface had tiny slivers all over it. 

One of the slivers pierced the Maharaja’s right hand while playing with it with the prince. The infection flared into a suppurating sore that spread all over the arm. Three surgeons operated on him but couldn’t save him from dying. At last, the astrologer’s prediction came true. The hundredth tiger took its revenge upon the king.

4. How did the Maharaja come very close to losing his throne? How was he able to save it? 

Ans. The King was determined to kill one hundred tigers. So he proclaimed that nobody in his kingdom could kill or harm a tiger. A high-ranking to kill a tiger. But the Maharaja refused the permission. The officer was not keen on killing a tiger. He just wanted to be photographed with a dead tiger as if he had killed it. 

So the King could kill the tiger for him and let the British officer get himself photographed with it. The King thought that other British officers might make similar requirements. So he did not agree even to this. Naturally, he had displeased the British officer, and it could cost the King his throne.

The Dewan suggested that by pleasing the officer’s wife, the King could save his throne. Immediately a British company of jewelers in Calcutta was asked to send fifty diamond rings as samples. The rings arrived. The King sent them to the British woman. He hoped that she would choose one or two rings out of the lot. But she accepted all as King’s gift. The rings cost the King three lakh rupees. But he was happy. Now his throne was safe.


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FAQs

Q. Who is the author of the tiger king?

Ramaswamy Aiyer Krishnamurthy, well known by his pen name “Kalki,” is a trailblazing novelist who wrote a satire titled The Tiger King.

Q. How was the tiger king brought up?

The Tiger King was raised by an English nanny and had instruction from an Englishman when he was a youngster.

Q. How did the tiger king acquire his name?

In ten years, he killed roughly seventy tigers. All other concerns were put on hold as he focused only on killing a hundred tigers he needed to do in order to refute the prophecy.

Q. How did the tiger king kill the hundredth tiger?

The hundredth tiger was not carefully targeted by the Tiger King. The sound of the bullet caused the tiger to pass out, and it collapsed into a tattered heap.

Q. How did the tiger king’s diwan prove to be resourceful?

He leads the king’s 100th tiger to the jungle for execution.

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