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The Tiger King Important Questions Class 12 English

The Tiger King Class 12 English chapter opens with the description of the kingdom of Champa and its ruler, King Harischandra. The king is known to be just and truthful. The citizens of the kingdom love and respect him. However, one day, the king is faced with a difficult situation. The Tiger King Important Questions are discussed in this article, to help you with your exam preparation.

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    The Tiger King Important SAQs (3-4 Marks)

    Question: How did the tiger king acquire his name? (Delhi 2009)

    Answer: The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram was known as the Tiger King. He got the name Tiger King as tigers dominated his life and his mission to live. He killed seventy tigers in ten years and married a girl from a state with a large number of tigers to kill the next 30 tigers.

    Question: What happened to the tiger provided by the Dewan Saheb? (Delhi 2009)

    Answer: The tiger provided by the Dewan Saheb was old and agile. It was passive and exhausting. The Tiger King did not take careful aim at the hundredth tiger. The tiger fainted due to the sound of the bullet and fell into a crumpled heap. No one wanted the Maharaja to know this. It was a hunter who shot the tiger later.

    Question: What did the British officer’s secretary tell the j Maharaja? Why did the Maharaja refuse • permission? (All India 2010)

    Answer: When the British officer was denied permission to hunt a tiger, his secretary sent a message to the Maharaja that the Maharaja himself could kill the tiger and then allow his office to get photographed holding the gun over the dead tiger. But the Maharaja did not agree to his request because he felt doing so would mean other officers would come with similar demands.

    Question: Why, do you think, was the Maharaja in danger of losing his throne? (All India 2010)

    Answer: A high-ranking British officer wished to go tiger hunting, but he declined permission from the Maharaja. The officer then requested to be photographed with a tiger killed by the Maharaja. The Maharaja rejected that request also. Turning down a senior British officer’s request twice could have put the Maharaja in danger of losing his throne.

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    Question: What led the Maharaja to start on a tiger hunt? (All India 2010)

    Answer: The chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would cause the Maharaja’s death, and he should be particularly wary of the hundredth tiger. So the Maharaja banned the hunting of tigers in his State, and those who violated this law had to hand over their wealth and property to the kingdom while the Maharaja himself started a tiger hunt.

    Question: How did the hundredth tiger take its revenge on the King? (Comptt. All India 2010)

    Answer: The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram, who was also known as the Tiger King, tried to go against what destined in his fate? The result was tragic and ironic. The chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would cause the King’s death, and he should especially be wary of the hundredth tiger.

    The vain King banned the hunting of tigers in the State by everyone except himself and was able to kill ninety-nine tigers. He thought he had killed the hundredth tiger also, but somehow the bullet missed its mark, and the hundredth tiger survived.

    Then on his son’s birthday, the King bought him a wooden tiger which he felt was a perfect gift for his son. A splinter in it pierced the King’s hand, and the infection spread all over his arm, causing his death. Ironically, despite killing all the tigers in his kingdom, the King finally became the victim of the hundredth tiger, and the astrologer’s prediction came true.

    Question: How did the Tiger King acquire his name? (Comptt. All India 2011)

    Answer: The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram was known as the Tiger King. He got the name Tiger King as tigers dominated his life and his mission to live. He killed seventy tigers in ten years and married a girl from a state with a large number of tigers to kill the next 30 tigers.

    Question: Why was the Maharaja so anxious to kill the hundredth tiger? (All India 2012)

    Answer: The chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would cause the Maharaja’s death and that he should be particularly wary of the hundredth tiger. So the Maharaja set out on a tiger hunt and was rather anxious to kill the hundredth tiger who could be the cause of his death.

    Question: When and why did the Maharaja decide to get married? (Comptt. Delhi 2013)

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. It was then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: What sort of hunts did the Maharaja offer to organize for the high-ranking British officer? What trait of the officer does it reveal? (Delhi 2013)

    Answer: The Maharaja offered to organize a boar, mouse, or mosquito hunt for the high-ranking British officer. He offered to organize any search other than a tiger hunt. This reveals that the officer was a meek man who, the Maharaja felt, would be satisfied with any hunt.

    Question: Why did the Maharaja ban tiger hunting in the State? (Delhi 2014)

    Answer: The Maharaja banned tiger hunting in the State by anyone else except himself because he had to kill a hundred tigers to prove the astrologer’s prediction wrong. He had a limited population of tigers in his kingdom, so he did not want anyone else to hunt or kill tigers.

    Question: Why did the Maharaja order the Dewan to double the land tax? (All India 2014)

    Answer: Despite being in the forest for many days, I, Maharaja, could not find the hundredth tiger, so his fury and obstinacy mounted alarmingly. Due to his frustration and rage, many officers lost their jobs, and when his anger | reached its height, he ordered the Dewan to double the land tax.

    Question: How did the Maharaja please a high-ranking British official? (Comptt. Delhi 2014)

    Answer: The Maharaja had annoyed a high-ranking British official by refusing him permission to hunt. Later, to make amends, he sent about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But she kept all the rings which cost the Maharaja three lakhs rupees, but the official pleased with him.

    Question: Why did the Maharaja decide to get married?

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. It was then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: What is the Tiger King’s sudden decision to marry? (Comptt. Delhi 2014)

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. Then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: What gave the astrologers the greatest sur¬prise of their life while they were studying the horoscope of the ten-day-old prince?

    Answer: While the astrologers were studying the horoscope of the ten-day-old prince, a great miracle took place that gave the astrologers the greatest surprise of their life. An astonishing phrase emerged from the lips of the ten-day-old prince, and everyone stood transfixed in stupefaction.

    Question: How did the Tiger King become the victim of the hundredth tiger? (Comptt. All India 2014)

    Answer: The Tiger King brings a wooden tiger as a gift for his son. The poorly carved toy tiger has a rough surface filled with slivers of wood. The Maharaja hurts himself when a tiny sliver pierces his right hand. He neglects his injury, which becomes grievous when pus develops on it and soon spreads all over his arm, finally leading to his death. In this way, the Tiger King ultimately becomes a victim of the hundredth tiger.

    Question: The manner of his (The Tiger King’s) death is a matter of extraordinary interest. Comment. (All India 2015)

    Answer: The manner of the tiger king’s death is indeed a matter of extraordinary interest. The Tiger King vowed to kill a hundred tigers to ensure his longevity, as when he was born, the chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would cause his death.

    He later brings a wooden tiger as a gift for his son, and its tiny sliver of wood pierces his right hand. He neglects his injury, which becomes grievous and leads to his death. Thus, he gets killed by the hundredth tiger.

    Question: When was the Tiger King in danger of losing his throne? (All India 2015)

    Answer: The Tiger King was in danger of losing his kingdom when he annoyed a senior British Officer by refusing him permission to not only hunt a tiger in Pratibandapuram but also rejecting the officer’s request to be photographed with a tiger killed by him (the Maharaja).

    Question: Why did the Tiger King decide to get married? (All India 2015)

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. Then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: How did the Maharaja overcome the difficulty a high-ranking British officer created? (Comptt. All India 2015)

    Answer: The Maharaja had annoyed a senior British Officer and was in danger of losing his throne. He sent about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife to make amends, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But the greedy lady kept all the rings. The Maharaja lost three lakh rupees, but he retained his kingdom.

    Question: Who killed the 100th tiger? Why? (Comptt. All India 2015)

    Answer: Ironically, the King is not killed by the hundredth tiger. He does drop down after the Maharaja shoots him, but he only faints from the bullet shot. The hunters then wonder what they should do. They realize if the Maharaja came to know this, they could lose their jobs. So one of the hunters aims and shoots the tiger.

    Question: When he was only ten days old, a prediction was made about the future of the Tiger King. What was ironic about it? (Delhi 2016)

    Answer: When the King was a ten-day-old infant, the chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would be responsible for the King’s death. So the King went on a tiger-killing spree, but a wooden toy tiger caused the Tiger King’s death. So despite getting rid of all the tigers in and around his kingdom, it was most ironic that the hundredth tiger, a wooden one, took its final revenge upon the King. A tiny sliver of wood from the wooden tiger pierces the King’s right hand, ultimately leading to his death.

    Question: How did the ten-day-old baby (the future Tiger King) react to the prediction about his future made by the astrologers? (Delhi 2016)

    Answer: No sooner had the astrologers predicted the death of the ten-day-old baby than a great miracle. An astonishing phrase emerged from the lips of the baby, and everyone stood transfixed in stupefaction. He said the astrologers should tell: him how he would die and asked why for his predicted death.

    Question: What kind of life enjoyed by crown prince Jung Bahadur till he reached the age of j twenty? (Delhi 2016)

    Answer: Till he reached the age of twenty, the crown prince Jung Bahadur did exactly what the other crown princes of all the other Indian states did. He drank the milk of an English cow, brought up by an English nanny, tutored in English by an Englishman, and saw only English films. He had an uneventful childhood, like any Indian prince during British rule.

    Question: What was the prediction made by astrologers when the King was born? (Comptt. Delhi 2016)

    Answer: When the King was a ten-day-old infant, the chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would be responsible for the King’s death. So the King went on a tiger-killing spree, but a wooden toy tiger caused the Tiger King’s death.

    So despite getting rid of all the tigers in and around his kingdom, it was most ironic that the hundredth tiger, a wooden one, took its final revenge upon the King. A tiny sliver of wood from the wooden tiger pierces the King’s right hand, ultimately leading to his death.

    Question: How did the Tiger King save his kingdom from the British? (Comptt. All India 2016)

    Answer: The Maharaja (Tiger king) had annoyed a high-ranking British official by refusing him permission to hunt and stood in danger of losing his kingdom. Later, to make amends, he sent about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But she kept all the rings which cost the Maharaja three lakh rupees, and the official pleased him. This way, the tiger king could save his kingdom from the British.

    Question: How did the Dewan and his wife help in getting the hundredth tiger for the King? (Comptt. All India 2016)

    Answer: The Dewan had bought an old tiger from the People’s Park in Madras. He had hidden it in his backyard. At midnight, the Dewan and his wife dragged the tiger into the car and hauled him out of the car near the Maharaja’s camp. It wandered into the Maharaja’s presence and was shot at.

    Question: Why was the Maharaja once in danger of losing his kingdom? (Delhi 2017)

    Answer: A high-ranking British officer wished to go tiger hunting, but he declined permission from the Maharaja. The officer then requested to be photographed with a tiger killed by the Maharaja. The Maharaja rejected that request also. Turning down a senior British officer’s request twice could have put the Maharaja in danger of losing his throne.

    Question: How did the Maharaja deal with high-ranking British officers who wanted to shoot a tiger? (Delhi 2017)

    Answer: The Maharaja had annoyed a high-ranking British official by refusing him permission to hunt. Later, to make amends, he sent about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But she kept all the rings which cost the Maharaja three lakhs rupees, but the official was pleased with him.

    Question: Why did the Maharaja have to pay a bill of three lakh rupees to the British jewelers? (Delhi 2017)

    Answer: The Maharaja had annoyed a high-ranking British official by refusing him permission to hunt. Later, to make amends, he sent about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But she kept all the rings which cost the Maharaja three lakhs rupees, but the official pleased with him.

    Question: Why did the Maharaja decide to get married? (All India 2017)

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. It was then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: Which problem did Maharaja face when he killed seventy tigers? How did he solve it? (All India 2017)

    Answer: The Maharaja had killed seventy tigers, and thus the tiger population became extinct in the forests of his kingdom. It was then that he decided to get married to a girl in a royal family in a state which had a large tiger population.

    Question: When did the Maharaja decide to double the land tax for a village? (All India 2017)

    Answer: In a hillside village of the Maharaja’s state, there was news about a tiger’s presence which could be the hundredth tiger the Maharaja would kill and overcome the curse. But this tiger was not to found, and as the days passed, the Maharaja’s fury and obstinacy mounted alarmingly, and he decided to double the land tax for that village.

    Question: How did the Tiger King die? Did the astrologer’s prediction come true? (Comptt. Delhi 2017)

    Answer: It was a tiger that was responsible for the Tiger king’s death, albeit a poorly carved wooden tiger. A sliver of wood pierced the tiger king’s hand, and he neglected his injury, which became grievous and finally led to his death. So, in a way, the astrologer’s prediction did come true, as the hundredth tiger was responsible for the King’s death.

    The Tiger King Important Questions Long Answer Type Questions (5-6 Marks)

    Question: How did the Tiger King meet his end? What is ironic about his fate? (All India 2009)

    Answer: The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram, who was also known as the Tiger King, tried to go against what was destined in his fate. The result was tragic and ironic. The chief astrologer had predicted that a tiger would cause the King’s death, and he should especially be wary of the hundredth tiger. The vain King banned the hunting of tigers in the State by everyone except himself and was able to kill ninety-nine tigers. He thought he had killed the hundredth tiger also, but somehow, the bullet missed its mark, and the hundredth tiger survived. Then on his son’s birthday, the King bought him a wooden tiger which he felt was a perfect gift for his son. One of the sharp splinters in it pierced the King’s hand, and the infection spread all over his arm, causing his death. Ironically, despite killing all the tigers in his kingdom, the King finally became the victim of the hundredth tiger, and the astrologer’s prediction came true.

    Question: Describe the efforts made by the Tiger King to achieve his target of killing a hundred tigers. (All India 2009)

    Answer: The chief astrologer had told the King that his death would come from a tiger, and he should be especially 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, 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 found. The Dewan realized the disastrous results if the hundredth tiger 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 aimed, and the tiger fell in a heap. The Maharaja pleased 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 achieved his target of killing a hundred tigers.

    Question: When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom? How was he able to avert the danger? (Delhi 2010)

    Answer: A high-ranking British officer, a coward, wanted to kill a tiger to flaunt himself before his compatriots. When he not allowed to hunt a tiger, he said to the King that he would happy if he were just allowed photographed with a dead tiger killed by the King. But the King was adamant and did not agree to his request because it would encourage the other officers to come up with similar demands. The King thus seriously angered the visiting senior British officer and now ‘stood in danger of losing his kingdom. So to pacify the annoyed official, the King and his Dewan sent bribes of fifty expensive diamond rings to the official’s wife, hoping she would select one or two and return the rest. But the greedy lady kept all the rings. The King, no doubt, lost a few lakhs but managed to save his throne and was thus able to avert the danger of losing his kingdom.

    Question: Why the King worried after having killed ninety-nine tigers? How did his worries come to an end? (Comptt. Delhi 2010)

    Answer: At the birth of the King, an astrologer had predicted that a tiger would be responsible for his death. At the age of twenty, the state astrologer had told him to be wary of the hundredth tiger. The Tiger King had killed ninety-nine tigers, and now he just needed to kill one tiger to reach his tally of killing a hundred tigers. Then he would have no fears left. So he is feverishly anxious to kill the hundredth tiger at the earliest. But the tiger farms ran dry in his father-in-law’s kingdom also.

    Out of frustration, the King terminates the services of many officers and thinks of punishing the villagers by doubling the land tax. He also orders his Dewan either to resign or find a tiger. The Dewan get worried and upset and recalls the old tiger brought from Madras and kept hidden in his house. He drags the old, weak tiger and drives him to the forest where the King is hunting. The initially hesitant tiger wanders into the Maharaja’s presence and finally shot by the King.

    Question: The astrologer’s prediction about the death of the Tiger King came to be true. Do you agree with this statement? Explain why or why not. (Comptt. Delhi 2011)

    Answer: The chief astrologer had forewarned the King that a tiger would be responsible for his death and he should be particularly beware of the hundredth tiger. After killing the hundredth tiger, the King relaxed and became careless. He did not know that the hundredth tiger had survived because the bullet had missed its mark. Finally, it was a tiger responsible for the King’s death though a toy tiger he had bought as a birthday gift for his son.

    The carved toy tiger had a rough surface with sharp wooden splinters. One of these sharp splinters pierced the King’s right hand and caused a deadly infection that spread over his arm. Three surgeons tried their level best, but they could not save the King, and so the astrologer’s prediction did indeed come true. Even though the King took every measure to avoid his death, the hundredth tiger took its final revenge upon the King as predicted by the astrologer.

    Question: Why did the Tiger King wish to hunt a hundred tigers? How far was he able to fulfill his wish? (Comptt. All India 2012)

    Answer: At the Tiger King’s birth, the astrologer had predicted that the death of the future newborn King would come through a tiger, and he must especially beware of the hundredth tiger. Amaz¬ingly the newborn prince growled, “Let tigers beware!”. He meant that he would not be afraid of tigers.

    Instead, tigers would be afraid of him, and he would wipe them out to disprove the astrologer’s prediction. So when he came of age, he wreaked havoc on the tiger population in an attempt to hunt a hundred tigers as soon as possible. The tiger king successfully killed ninety-nine tigers and was under the impression that he had also killed the hundredth tiger. But the hundredth tiger had survived his bullet shot. Ironically the death of the Tiger King brought about by a toy, a wooden tiger, which he had bought as a special birthday gift for his son.

    Question: What sort of hunts did the Maharaja offer to organize for the high-ranking British officer? What trait of the officer does it reveal? (Delhi 2013)

    Answer: The Maharaja offered to organize a boar, mouse, or mosquito hunt for the high-ranking British officer. He offered to organize any hunt other than a tiger hunt. This reveals that the officer was a man who was a meek man who, the Maharaja felt, would satisfied with any hunt. It also shows that he very fond of hunting tigers and photographed.

    Question: Giving a bribe is an evil practice. How did the Tiger King bribe the British officer to save his kingdom? How do you view this act of his? (Delhi 2015)

    Answer: The Maharaja had annoyed a British officer by refusing him permission to hunt a tiger in Pratibandapuram; as a result, he was in danger of losing his throne. Later, to make amends, he bribed the officer by sending about fifty samples of expensive diamond rings to the officer’s wife, hoping she would keep one or two rings as a bribe. But the greedy lady kept all the rings. So the Maharaja lost three lakh rupees but was still happy because he had managed to retain his kingdom.

    The Maharaja was certain of one thing he would not let anyone else shoot a tiger in his kingdom. He annoyed the British officer and later paid a heavy bribe to appease the official. Even after losing a large amount of money, the Maharaja was happy because he had not only managed to retain his throne but also dissuaded the British officer from shooting a tiger.

    Question: Even today, so many among us believe in superstitions. An astrologer predicted The Tiger King’ that a tiger would kill him. He ‘killed’ one hundred tigers yet was himself ‘killed’ by a tiger. How did the superstitious belief ‘prevail’? (All India 2015)

    Answer: The chief astrologer had forewarned the King that a tiger would be responsible for his death and he should be particularly beware of the hundredth tiger. After killing the hundredth tiger, the King relaxed and became careless. He did not know that the hundredth tiger had survived because the bullet had missed its mark. Finally, tiger responsible for the King death, even though it was a toy tiger he bought as a birthday gift for his son.

    The carved toy tiger had a rough surface with sharp wooden splinters. One of these sharp splinters pierced the King’s right hand and caused a deadly infection that spread over his arm. Three surgeons tried their level best, but they could not save the King, and so the astrologer’s prediction did indeed come true. Even though the King took every measure to avoid his death, the hundredth tiger took its final revenge upon the King as predicted by the astrologer.

    CBSE Class 12 English FAQs

    Who was the Tiger King important points?

    The Tiger King is the main character in a short story by Indian author Kalki Krishnamurthy titled The Tiger King. The story revolves around a king who is obsessed with hunting tigers and desires to kill one thousand tigers in his lifetime. The Tiger King's importance lies in his single-minded pursuit of his goal and the consequences he faces due to his obsession.

    What is the moral of the chapter The Tiger King?

    The moral of the chapter The Tiger King can be interpreted as the futility of pursuing excessive and selfish desires. The Tiger King's obsession with killing tigers leads to a series of unfortunate events, including the death of many innocent people and his own downfall. The moral message conveyed is that blind ambition and the disregard for others' lives can ultimately bring about one's own downfall.

    Who is the Tiger King Short answer?

    In short, the Tiger King is the central character of the story by Kalki Krishnamurthy. He is a king consumed by his obsession with hunting tigers, which drives the narrative of the story.

    टाइगर किंग कौन है संक्षिप्त उत्तर?

    टाइगर किंग संक्षिप्त उत्तर में कहा जाता है, कीशोरीलाल जैसवाल की छोटी कहानी टाइगर किंग का प्रमुख पात्र है। इस कहानी में टाइगर किंग नामक राजा एक खूबसूरत टाइगर को मारने के लिए पागलपन की ओर ध्यान केंद्रित करता है जिसके फलस्वरूप उन्हें अपनी जान खो देनी पड़ती है। टाइगर किंग की महत्ता उनकी दृष्टि की भटकने और उनकी आपातकालीनता के कारण होने के बारे में है।

    Who is called Tiger King?

    The term Tiger King can refer to different contexts and individuals. In the specific context of the popular Netflix documentary series titled Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, the Tiger King refers to Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic. He was a former zookeeper and exotic animal enthusiast who owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, USA. The documentary series explores Joe Exotic's controversial life, his rivalry with animal rights activist Carole Baskin, and his eventual imprisonment on charges related to animal cruelty and a murder-for-hire plot.

    Why is tiger called King?

    The tiger is often referred to as the King of the Jungle or simply the King due to its majestic appearance, strength, and dominance in the animal kingdom. Tigers are known for their regal presence, powerful physique, and fearsome nature. Their ability to hunt and take down prey, as well as their position at the top of the food chain, contributes to the association of tigers with royalty and being called King. This metaphorical title is a symbolic representation of the tiger's status and characteristics within the natural world.

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