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Madhyamik English - The Cat - Andrew Barton Paterson

Madhyamik English

The Cat

Andrew Barton Paterson










Comprehension Exercises


1. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :


(a) Most people think that the cat is

(i) wise

(ii) unintelligent

(iii) clever

(iv) intelligent

Ans : (ii) unintelligent


(b) The cat cares little for anything but mice and

(i) soup

(ii) juice

(iii) water

(iv) milk

Ans : (iv) milk


(c) One can see the cat as he really is in the

(i) morning

(ii) night

(iii) afternoon

(iv) evening

Ans : (iv) evening


2. Complete the following sentences with information from the text :

(a) The cat really has more character than most human beings.

(b) The cat sometimes watches a mouse-hole for an hour or two, just to keep himself from dying of boredom.

(c) All day long the cat allows himself to be pestered by the attentions of the people in the house.


3. State whether the following statements are True or False. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer :

(a) The cat is not fond of ease. False

S S : Most people think that the cat is an unintelligent animal, fond of ease and caring little for anything but mice and milk.

(b) The cat has no athletic skills. False

S S : He or she is an athlete an acrobat and a grim fighter.

(c) The cat takes things very easily. True

S S : All day long the cat loafs about the house, takes things easy and allows himself to be pestered by the attentions of the people in the house.


Comprehension Exercises


4. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :


(a) The cat rubs himself against the legs of the family members and noisily

(i) purrs

(ii) howls

(iii) barks

(iv) mews

Ans : (i) purrs


(b) With tears of rage and pain in his eyes, the guest affects to be very much

(i) amused

(ii) annoyed

(iii) unhappy

(iv) upset

Ans : (i) amused


(c) The guest hands down the cat a bit of

(i) meat

(ii) fruit

(iii) fish

(iv) vegetable

Ans : (iii) fish


5. Fill in the chart with information from the text :


(a) the guest calls the cat poor pussy! poor pussy!

(b) part of the guest's body that the cat rakes leg

(c) the thing from which the cat stays at a safe distance the guest's boot.


6. Answer the following questions :

(a) When does the cat make an appearance to get his share of food?

Ans : When the family sits down to tea, the cat does so.

(b) Who is the cat particularly civil to?

Ans : The cat is particularly civil to the guest at the table.

(c) How does the cat receive the bit of fish handed down by the guest?

Ans : A guest is normally treated with the best food by the family.


Comprehension Exercises


7. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :

(a) The cat saunters down his own

(i) courtyard

(ii) front yard

(iii) backyard

(iv) shipyard

Ans : (iii) backyard


(b) The cat skips to the roof of an empty

(i) room

(ii) shade

(iii) floor

(iv) corridor

Ans : (ii) shade


(c) Exiled in a new land, the cat would have to learn new

(i) history

(ii) manners

(iii) culture

(iv) geography

Ans : (iv) geography


8. Complete the following sentences with information from the text :

(a) When the family gathers round the fire, the cat casually goes out of the room.

(b) The cat droops his head nearly to his paws and sends a call to his kindred.

(c) Cats go for sport to the suburban backyards as they get older.


9. Fill in the chart with information from the text :

(a) The cat has many enemies. - He looks keenly from side to side and moves noiselessly.

(b) He wants to see if every muscle is in full working order. - The cat stretches himself a few times.

(c) The cat knows his friends and every landmark. - The cat doesn't like to leave his country and the land.

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