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ABeka Lit 7 - Chap. 2, p. 77-88 - Rikki-Tikki-Tavi


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(p. 77) What is the title?
(p. 77) Who is the author?
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936); born in India of English parents; taken to England as a child; returned to India at 17; worked for a newspaper and began writing poems and short stories; moved back to England; enjoyed success as a writer; popular books: The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, and Captain Courageous
(p. 77) What is the theme?
This is the exciting adventure of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the courageous mongoose that outwitted several snakes.
(p. 77) What is the setting?
Segowlee cantonment, a particular military station where English families lived
(p. 77) Who was Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?
1. a mongoose
2. name represents the sound it makes when it is ready to fight
3. killed several snakes that threatened Teddy and his family
4. rather like a little cat in his fur and tail; quite like a weasel in his head and his habits
5. his eyes and end of his restless nose were pink
6. he could scratch himself anywhere he pleased with any leg, front or back, that he chose to use
7. could fluff up his tail until it looked like a bottle brush
8. eyes turned red when he was angry
(p. 77) Who was Darzee?
1. the father tailorbird
2. helped Rikki find the snakes
(p. 77) Who was Chuchundra
1. a muskrat
2. never came out into the middle of the floor
3. always creeps around by the wall
4. gave Rikki advice on fighting snakes
(p. 77) Who was Teddy?
A small boy who Rikki lived with and protected
(p. 77) Who was Nag?
1. a big, black Cobra
2. 5 feet long from tongue to tail
3. can lift one-third of himself off the ground
4. the "father" Cobra
5. husband of Nagaina
(p. 77) Who was Nagaina?
1. Nag's wife (a cobra)
(p. 77) Who was Karait?
1. a dusty brown snakeling that lies on the dusty earth and
2. his bite is as dangerous as the cobra, but he is so small that nobody thinks of him
3. does more harm to people than cobras
(p. 77) Who was Chua?
a rat, cousin to Chuchundra
(p. 77) What is a Coppersmith?
1. a bird who makes a noise exactly like the beating of a little hammer on a copper pot;
2. he is the town crier to every Indian garden.
(p. 79) What does "hood" mean?
a fold of skin near a snake's head which expands when the snake is excited
(p. 79) What is a "brahm"?
a false god of the Hindu religion
(p. 82) What is "sluice"?
a passage for excess water
(p. 83) What is "cartwhipped"?
moved with whip-like motions.
(p. 77-88) What was Rikki's tail compared to?
a bottle brush
(p. 79) What was Nag's appearance when he had lifted one third of his body off the ground compared to?
a dandelion tuft balancing in the wind
(p. 86) What did the sound of Nagaina's tail on the matting sound like?
dry leaves blown along by the wind
(p. 87) What is the noise of a Coppersmith compared to?
the beating of a little hammer on a copper pot
(p. 88) What is a "bungalow"?
a small, one-story cottage or house
(p. 88) What is a "veranda"?
an open porch, usually covered by a roof, along the outside of a building
(p. 88) What does "cowered" mean?
to crouch or huddle up, as if in fear; shrink; cringe
(p. 88) What does "fledglings" mean?
a young bird just able to fly; a young, inexperienced person
(p. 88) What does "scornfully" mean?
to view with contempt
(p. 88) What is "masonry"?
built of stone or brick
(p. 88) What does "consolation" mean?
(p. 88) What does "scuttled" mean?
to scamper

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