The enclosure in which Kari lived had a thatched roof that lay on thick tree stumps. Examine the illustration of Kari’s pavilion on page 8 in the textbook and say why it was built that way.
Kari’s enclosure was built that way to make it strong. Otherwise it could fall in when Kari bumped against the poles as he moved about.
Did Kari enjoy his morning bath in the river? Give a reason for your answer.
Yes, Kari enjoyed his morning bath in the river. He would lie in the water for a long time.
Finding good twigs for Kari took a long time. Why?
The narrator had to climb all kinds of trees to get the most delicate and tender twigs. This
process took a long time.
Essay Type Answer:
Kari, a five months old baby elephant, did not eat much-just about forty pounds of twigs a day. The narrator had to go into the forest to arrange juicy twigs for his dinner. He had to climb all kinds of trees to get the most delicate and tender twigs. Also, the elephants do not touch mutilated twigs so the narrator had to be extra careful while cutting the twigs. This process took a long time.
Why did Kari push his friend into the stream?
A boy was drowning in the stream. Kari wanted his friend to save him. So he pushed his friend into the stream.
Kari was like a baby. What are the main points of comparison?
Kari was like a baby. He had to be trained to be good. He was very naughty. He stole bananas and ate them up. Like a child he was taught when to sit down, when to walk, when to go fast and when to go slow.
Kari helped himself to all the bananas in the house without anyone noticing it. How did he do it?
Kari was very clever. He put his trunk inside the house through the window, picked up all
the bananas and disappeared.
Essay Type Answer:
Kari was given some ripe bananas by someone. He started liking them. After that he started eating up from the dining table. First the servants and then the narrator was blamed for stealing the bananas. In fact Kari was very clever. Putting his trunk inside the house through the window, he picked up the bananas and disappeared.
Kari learnt the commands to sit and to walk. What were the instructions for each command?
When he heard the word 'Dhat' and pulled by the ear, Kari would sit down. But when his friend said ‘Mali’ and pulled his trunk forward, Kari would get up and walk.
What is ‘the master call’? Why is it the most important signal for an elephant to learn?
‘The master call’ is a strange hissing, howling sound. It seems as if a snake and a tiger
were fighting. You have to make that kind of sound in an elephant’s ear.
It is the most important signal for an elephant because it alerts the elephant that his friend is lost in the jungle. The elephant at once pulls down trees after trees and makes a safe road for his friend to come out of the jungle.