I. Thinking about the Text
I. Given in the box are some headings. Find the relevant paragraphs in the text to match the headings.
An Orphaned Cub; Bruno’s Food-chart; An Accidental Case of Poisoning; Playful Baba; Pain of Separation; Joy of Reunion; A Request to the Zoo; An Island in the Courtyard
An Orphaned Cub – para 3
Bruno’s Food-chart – para 6
An Accidental Case of Poisoning – para 8
Playful Baba – para 12
Pain of Separation – para 14
Joy of Reunion – para 16
A Request to the Zoo – para 18
An Island in the Courtyard – para 21
II. Answer the following questions.
1. “I got him for her by accident.”
(i) Who says this?
(ii) Who do ‘him’ and ‘her’ refer to?
(iii) What is the incident referred to here?
(i) The author says these words.
(ii) 'Him' refers to the bear cub. 'Her' refers to the writer's wife.
(iii) The writer had brought a baby bear as a gift for his wife.
2. “He stood on his head in delight.”
(i) Who does ‘he’ refer to?
(ii) Why was he delighted?
(i) 'He' refers to the bear.
(ii) He was delighted to see the writer's wife.
3. “We all missed him greatly: but in a sense we were relieved.”
(i) Who does ‘we all’ stand for?
(ii) Who did they miss?
(iii) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?
(i) The writer and his son.
(ii) They missed Baba, the bear.
(iii) The bear had become too big to keep at home. They had to take great care of him. So they felt relieved when the bear was sent to the Mysore zoo.
III. Answer the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.
1. On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten/ drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
Once, Bruno ate some poison meant for the rats, which paralysed and weakened him. He also vomited and breathed heavily, but was later cured. In another incident, he drank nearly a gallon of old engine oil. Fortunately, he remained unaffected.
2. Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?
Yes, Bruno was a loving and playful pet. Everybody in the family was attached to him, especially the narrator's wife. However, he had to be sent away to a zoo because he was getting too big to be kept at home.
3. How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?
Bruno had grown quiet big to be kept at home, due to which the author's family had send him to the zoo. However, the problem was ultimately resolved by making an island for the bear, keeping all his needs in mind.