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The Banyan Tree

Question B:

1. “It was to be a battle of champions.” (8)

(i) What qualities did the two champions have? Pick out words and phrases from the paragraph above this line in the text and write them down.

Mongoose

Cobra

(a) ___________

(a) ___________

(b) ___________

(b) ___________

(c) ___________

(c) ___________

(ii) What did the cobra and the mongoose do, to show their readiness for the fight?

2. Who were the other two spectators? What did they do? (Did they watch, or did they join in the fight?) (10)

3. Read the descriptions below of what the snake did and what the mongoose did. Arrange their actions in the proper order. (11, 16)

(i)

Ceased to struggle

  •  

Grabbed the snake by the snout

(ii)

Tried to mesmerise the mongoose

  •  

Dragged the snake into the bushes

(iii)

Coiled itself around the mongoose

  •  

Darted away and bit the cobra on the back

(iv)

Struck the crow

  •  

Pretended to attack the cobra on one side

(v)

Struck again and missed

  •  

Refused to look into the snake’s eyes

(v)

Struck on the side that the mongoose pretended to attack

  •  

Sprang aside, jumped in and bit

4. (i) What happened to the crow in the end? (16)

(ii) What did the myna do finally? (17)

Answer:

1.

(i)

Mongoose

Cobra

(a) superb fighter

(a) skilful

(b) clever

(b) experienced

(c) aggressive

(c) swift

(ii) To show its readiness for the fight, the cobra hissed defiance, its forked tongue darting in and out. It raised three of its six feet off the ground, and spread its broad, spectacled hood. The bushing of its tail and the standing up of the long hair on its spine showed that the mongoose was also ready for the fight.

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