Man-eaters of Kumaon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jim Corbett (hunter)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical ailment does Robin have that limits his abilities?

2. What does Corbett deduce from the two wounded women that returned home after being attacked by the Chowgarh tiger?

3. Which of the following, according to Corbett, best characterizes a tiger?

4. How does Corbett choose to approach the leopard?

5. Which of the following is something that the frequency with which a man-eater will kill depends on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Corbett recount about the first time he took Robin out hunting as a puppy? What was Corbett's reaction to what happened?

2. How does the bear hunt start when Corbett is out shooting ghooral for the village? What happens in the bear hunt and how do they eventually kill the bear?

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

4. Why is it important for Corbett to bring the family back any part, no matter how small. of a body that was taken away by a tiger?

5. 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?

6. Explain what happens after Corbett notices that Robin is missing.

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about malaria and its role in history.

Part 1. What is malaria? Give a description of the biology of the disease.

Part 2. Who is susceptible to malaria? Describe how malaria is transmitted, who is most at risk, and why.

Part 3. What measures can be taken to prevent or treat malaria?

Part 4. What role has malaria played in a historical event? How might it have changed history?

Essay Topic 2

In the story of the man-eater of Thak, the villagers are taking care of a temple that is one of many "peethas". Write an essay about what this is and the religious story behind it.

Part 1. Introduce Hinduism, and some of the major gods and goddesses. Make sure to include Shiva and Parvati (or Sati).

Part 2. Tell the relevant story of Parvati, her father, and Shiva.

Part 3. Explain how the story relates to temple in the story, and explain the word "Peetha". Do all the Shakti Peethas have temples? What else is there?

Essay Topic 3

Corbett implies in the beginning of the final chapter "Just Tigers," that shooting wildlife with a camera is infinitely harder than shooting them with a gun. Write an essay about wildlife photography.

Part 1. Describe the field of wild animal photography and film making.

Part 2. Give some examples of some extraordinary shots caught in the wild in pictures or on film.

Part 3. What are the challenges of wildlife photography?

Part 4. What techniques do people use to overcome the challenges of photographing or filming wild animals?

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