BA – The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett – Comprehension 1

In this English Charity Comprehension series intended for BA Students, we aim to make English Lessons easier for the readers to grasp. The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag penned by Jim Corbett is a beautiful compilation of the author’s exciting adventures in Rudraprayag, a town in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. Though the answers are given underneath the Questions, the readers are expected not to peek at them before they are done with the exercise.

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Q1. What was the procedure laid down by the government to report a case of the death of a human by a man-eating animal?

Q2. How did the patwari ascertain the nature of death? Whom did he report the incident?

Q3. In which cases, a death, although caused by an animal, was not ascribed to the man-eater?

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Q4. Why does the author feel it necessary to vividly describe the fright and panic caused by the man-eating leopard?

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Q1. What was the procedure laid down by the government to report a case of the death of a human by a man-eating animal?

The government had —— down some rules for ———- killing of humans by animals. Whenever the death of a human being ——– due to leopard attack, the friends or relatives of the dead man were ——— to approach the patwari at the earliest to ——– the incident.

Q2.  How did the patwari ascertain the nature of death? Whom did he report the incident?

After the report of a death of a human being ———— the patwari, he would undertake a visit to the site of the death to conduct an inquiry. If the dead body was not——-, he would ask a few people to fan out to ——— the dead body. If he felt that it was not a murder but a genuine ‘kill’ by a leopard, he would ——— cremation of the dead body by his relatives. The ‘kill’ was ———–in a register, and the full report was sent to the Deputy Commissioner who also ———– it formally. If the ——–of the dead man were not traced, the case———- subjected to more inquiry. The ‘kill’ was not ———to the leopard.

Q3. In which cases, a death, although caused by an animal, was not ascribed to the man-eater?

In case a person was brutally ——– by the leopard, and ———- to the injury later, the leopard didn’t get the credit.

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Q4. Why does the author feel it necessary to vividly describe the fright and panic caused by the man-eating leopard?

Ans.. The leopard had ——- to be a very real danger to the inhabitants of Garwhal, because of the ——– with which it went on killing human beings. No effort to counter him had —————. For the forty thousand inhabitants and fifty thousand pilgrims of the place, the leopard was an —————- messenger of death. They lived in great awe of the animal. Since the word ‘terror’ is used too frequently, the author ———- the need to describe the horrific details of the animal’s attack, so that the readers could appreciate the ‘terror’ the leopard had caused.

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Answer for the above …

Q1. What was the procedure laid down by the government to report a case of the death of a human by a man-eating animal?

The government had laid down some rules for recording killing of humans by animals. Whenever the death of a human being occured due to leopard attack, the friends or relatives of the dead man were asked to approach the patwari at the earliest to report the incident.

Q2.  How did the patwari ascertain the nature of death? Whom did he report the incident?

After the report of a death of a human being reached the patwari, he would undertake a visit to the site of the death to conduct an inquiry. If the dead body was not found, he would ask a few people to fan out to locate the dead body. If he felt that it was not a murder but a genuine ‘kill’ by a leopard, he would permit cremation of the dead body by his relatives. The ‘kill’ was entered in a register, and the full report was sent to the Deputy Commissioner who also documented it formally. If the remains of the dead man were not traced, the case was subjected to more inquiry. The ‘kill’ was not assigned to the leopard.

Q3. In which cases, a death, although caused by an animal, was not ascribed to the man-eater?

In case a person was brutally injured by the leopard, and succumbed to the injury later, the leopard didn’t get the credit.

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Q4. Why does the author feel it necessary to vividly describe the fright and panic caused by the man-eating leopard?

Ans.. The leopard had appeared to be a very real danger to the inhabitants of Garwhal, because of the impunity with which it went on killing human beings. No effort to counter him had succeeded. For the forty thousand inhabitants and fifty thousand pilgrims of the place, the leopard was an awe-inspiring messenger of death. They lived in great awe of the animal. Since the word ‘terror’ is used too frequently, the author felt the need to describe the horrific details of the animal’s attacks, so that the readers could appreciate the ‘terror’ the leopard had caused.

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