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Jim Corbett (hunter)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Corbett say about assuming a tiger is a man-eater?
(a) A post-mortem on the victim is important before assuming the death was caused by a tiger.
(b) The circumstance must be understood.
(c) It is best to give the tiger the benefit of the doubt.
(d) All of the above.

2. What story does Corbett tell of Robin?
(a) The time Robin saved his life.
(b) The time Robin faced down a leopard.
(c) None of the above.
(d) The one time Robin left him in a tight corner.

3. What does Corbett say he has noted about the coats of man-eaters?
(a) They have a tendency to be mangy.
(b) The tigers often have bald spots.
(c) They have all been remarkably fine.
(d) They smell.

4. Which of the following is NOT a natural circumstance which may incite any tiger to kill a human?
(a) A person entering the tiger's territory.
(b) A wounded tiger.
(c) A tiger on a fresh kill.
(d) A tigress with small cubs.

5. What conclusion does Corbett draw from differences between man-eating tigers and man-eating leopards?
(a) Leopards are easier to catch directly after a kill.
(b) Because they are unafraid of people, tigers are easier to kill.
(c) Leopards are remarkably hard to track.
(d) Leopards are more fond of human flesh than tigers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens that makes Corbett know he's picked a winner in Robin?

2. What is unusual about the Bachelor of Powalgarh?

3. Who was Robin amongst the litter?

4. Where does Corbett wait for the Bachelor of Powalgarh?

5. Which of the following is NOT something that a tiger depends on for the success of its attack when killing its prey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to other hunters that nearly were able to shoot the Bachelor of Powalgarh? Tell how he escaped twice despite being only feet away from seasoned hunters that were hunting him.

2. What opportunity does Corbett miss when he sees just the hind leg and tail of a tiger while stalking the wounded Bachelor of Powalgarh? Why does he make the decision that he does?

3. How does Corbett attempt to use water buffalo to help him stalk the Bachelor of Powalgarh? What happens?

4. Explain how the chital is both a help and a hindrance to Corbett as he stalks the wounded leopard with Robin.

5. What does the author give as the reason for the difference in hunting habits of man-eating tigers and man-eating leopards?

6. Why did the group of twenty men not pursue the woman they saw carried off? What happened when a rescue party did search for her?

7. Give some examples of situations in which a tiger might kill a human being but not be a man-eater.

8. Describe how Corbett shoots three ghooral mountain goats on his first outing with some men from Pali. What was their reaction? Why?

9. Describe the affliction of the tigress of Muktesar and circumstance of her first human kills.

10. Explain the encounter the author has a young boy with a tiger in the forest.

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