Exercise 2

Instructions to Solve
But I did not want to shoot the elephant. I watched him beating his bunch of grass against his knees, with the preoccupied grandmotherly air that elephants have. It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him. I had never shot an elephant and never wanted to. (Somehow it always seems worse to kill large animal.) Besides, there was the beast's owner to be considered. But I had got to act quickly. I turned to some experienced-looking Burmans who had been there when we arrived, and asked them how the elephants had been behaving. They all said the same thing; he took no notice of you if you left him alone, but he might charge if you went too close to him.

Question 1 :

The phrase 'Preoccupied grandmotherly air' signifies

A). being totally unconcerned
B). pretending to be very busy
C). a very superior attitude
D). calm, dignified and affectionate disposition
Answer : Option D

Question 2 :

From the passage it appears that the author was

A). an inexperienced hunter
B). kind and considerate
C). possessed with fear
D). a worried man
Answer : Option B

Question 3 :

The author did not want to shoot the elephant because he

A). was afraid of it
B). did not have the experience of shooting big animals
C). did not wish to kill animal which was not doing anybody any harm
D). did not find the elephant to be ferocious
Answer : Option B