The Tiger King || Important Questions || Class 12 English Vistas || Chapter 2

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Chapter – 2

The Tiger King

In this post, we have given the Important Questions of the Chapter 2 “The Tiger King”. It is the 2nd chapter of the Vistas of Class 12th English.

BoardCBSE Board, UP Board, JAC Board, HBSE Board, UBSE Board, PSEB Board, RBSE Board
ClassClass 12
SubjectEnglish (Vistas)
Chapter no.Chapter 2
Chapter NameThe Tiger King
CategoryClass 12 English Important Questions
Class 12 English Ch 2 The Tiger King Important Questions

Ch 2 The Tiger King


Ques 1. What was the miracle that took place in the royal palace?

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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.”

Ques 2. 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.

Ques 3. 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.

Ques 4. He was sure that the Maharaja’s death would be caused by the 100th tiger. 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.

Ques 5. 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 ticking thought of getting married into a royal family. His only criteria for selecting a bride were that his-in-laws’ estate should have sufficient number of tigers. Finally, he found his desired match. He pursued his one-point program of meeting the tally of hundred tigers.

Ques 6. How and why was the hundredth tiger honoured?

Ans. King had ordered that the hundredth tiger should be brought in the city in 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.


Ques 1. How did the Tiger King meet his end? What is ironical about his death? How did the prediction of the chief astrologer come true, though he had killed the hundred tigers?

Ans. It was the 3rd birthday of the Maharaja’s son and he wanted to buy a present 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 all over it, his arm got infected. In four days, it developed into a suppurating sore and spread all over 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 was thrilled for he had fulfilled his vow and disproved the prediction of the royal astrologer. He was at ease for he thought he would not die of a tiger’s attack. No wonder, he ordered the ‘dead’ tiger to be taken in a procession through the town and get a tomb erected over it. All this while he did not know that the 100th victim was not killed by him but by other hunters. That is indeed quite ironical. Death was lurking around him and the king was unaware of it. Again, it is ironical that a king who had killed 100 tigers and was bold and fearless died of a mere sliver on the body of a wooden tiger. Thus, ironically death does come to him from a tiger.

Ques 2. How flattery is eating into roots of our society and polity? Explain taking reference from ‘The Tiger King?

Ans. Flattery is evident in almost all places. It basically satisfies the ego of person who is being treated in lofty terms. With words and gestures a false world is created around so as to befool that fellow. Actually, the person frames unrealistic ideas about himself and falls prey to the sweetened pills. Wrong deeds are committed so as to meet the self-interest. The genuine people are ignored at the cost of fake ones. It checks the healthy growth of relationships and hence the development of society. The real a use and issues are left behind and pretensions prevail. This whole idea unfolds in The Tiger King in humorous manner – to appease the king, the courtiers did not spare a chance to fulfill his whims and fancies. Such sort of administration leads to the ultimate fall of a state. The King met his end on the operation table at the hands of his saviors i.e., the doctors.

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