How to Tell Wild Animals Question Bank Solutions Class 10

The following 10th class question bank was published by CBSE for students to understand and practise competency and real-life-situation-based questions. It contains 2 extract-based multiple choice questions with their answers. Short and long questions from the poem have also been added with their correct answers. We at essayshout are striving hard to make educational content easily accessible to students. We have taken a fresh step in this direction by negotiating for a huge 36% discount on English Question bank for 2022-23 with a publisher.

Class 10 English Poem-4 How To Tell Wild Animals Question Answer for 2022-23

Q3 Extract-based Multiple Choice Questions

(A) If strolling forth, a beast you view,
Whose hide with spots is peppered,
As soon as he has lept on you,
You’ll know it is the Leopard.
’Twill do no good to roar with pain,
He’ll only lep and lep again.

i Choose the option listing the stanza that would follow the given extract.

How to tell wild animals question bank

a) Option 1
b) Option 2
c) Option 3
d) Option 4

ii Given below are four examples of activities that Jasmeet does. Choose the option that correctly demonstrates ‘strolling’.

a) Jasmeet runs with great speed after being chased by a dog.
b) Jasmeet walks in the garden, relaxing while listening to his favourite song.
c) Jasmeet skids sharply on the ice skate rink.
d) Jasmeet rushes to switch off the water pump in the backyard.

iii Which option lists the statement that is NOT TRUE according to the extract?

a) The poet asks the reader to hide on seeing the leopard.
b) The poet cautions the reader about a leopard walking through its territory.
c) The poet informs readers that a leopard can launch repeated attacks.
d) The poet tells the reader that a leopard attack can result in pain.

iv The repetition used in “he’ll only lep and lep again” is an example of

a) poetic justice.
b) satire.
c) allusion.
d) poetic licence.

v Choose the option that matches the rhyme scheme of the extract.


a) option 1
b) option 2
c) option 3
d) option 4

(A) How To Tell Wild Animals MCQ Answer Key

i. c
ii. b
iii. a
iv. d
v. c

(B) Though to distinguish beasts of prey
A novice might nonplus,
The Crocodile you always may
Tell from the Hyena thus:
Hyenas come with merry smiles;
But if they weep they’re Crocodiles.

i Choose the option that DOES NOT describe a ‘novice’.

a) Lakshman has played cricket for the first time today.
b) Samiksha has been teaching for the last ten years.
c) Srishti went to her first French class yesterday.
d) Gautam baked a second cake to improve his skills.

ii Which option lists the image that DOES NOT indicate what the poet means by ‘beasts of prey’?

a) Option 1
b) Option 2
c) Option 3
d) Option 4

How to tell wild animals question bank

iii What, according to the extract, would cause bewilderment?

a) Discovering the similarity between different preys of beasts.
b) Analysing habits of beasts that prey on hyenas.
c) Knowing the difference between several beasts of prey.
d) Drawing the similarities between crocodiles and hyenas.

iv Choose the line from the given stanza that the poet takes liberty with, to fit the rhyme scheme.

a) Though to distinguish beasts of prey
b) A novice might nonplus
c) The Crocodile you always may
d) Hyenas come with merry smiles

v Choose the crocodile fact that is related to the given extract.

a) They have webbed feet which, though not used to propel them through the water, allow them to make fast turns and sudden moves in the water or initiate swimming.
b) Absence of sweat glands and release of heat through their mouths, making them often sleep with their mouths open.
c) 99% of crocodiles are eaten in the first year of their life by large fish, hyenas, monitor lizards and larger crocodiles.
d) While eating, they swallow too much air, which gets in touch with lachrymal glands and causes them to weep.

Answer key for MCQs (B)
i. b
ii. d
iii. c
iv. b
v. d

Q10 How to Tell Wild Animals Short Questions (Answer in 20-30 words)

i “If he roars at you as you’re dyin’/ You’ll know it is the Asian Lion…” Comment on the irony of the quote from the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

ANS: The greatest irony in ‘How to tell wild animals’ is that the poetess suggests awful and dangerous ways to recognise an animal. To identify an Asian lion one has to risk his life and be ready to face a deadly encounter with the wild beast.

ii Hyperbole is a literary device used when the poet exaggerates an image to make it comical. State two instances from the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals” where the literary device is used.

ANS: The literary device ‘Hyperbole’ has been used in many instances in the poem. The breath-tightening grip of a bear has been portrayed as a loving hug or caress. While explaining the attack of a tiger the poetess exaggerates the situation by using the following lines – ‘a noble wild beast greets you’ and ‘just notice if he eats you’ to make it comical.

iii “If there is nothing on the tree, / ’Tis the chameleon you see.” Briefly explain the paradox of the quote.

ANS: The above quote seems contradictory at first but there is a fact hidden that chameleons are capable of camouflaging themselves in their surroundings. So, it may appear that nothing is present on the tree.

Q11 How to Tell Wild Animals 40-50 words Questions

i Which genre is most appropriate for the poem? Substantiate your choice with reference to the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

ANS: This poem fits into the genre of a humourous poem. The poetess is describing different ways of identifying wild animals in a comic style by exaggerating their aggressive and wild nature.

ii “All knowledge is useful. But not all knowledge is worth the cost.” Elaborate on the quote in the context of the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

ANS: Through the poem, Ms Carolyne Wells elaborates on the unique styles of wild animals. But the ways specified in the poem can lead to death ad injuries. There are other easy and safe options available to identify animals. So we can say that ‘All knowledge is useful, but not all knowledge is worth the cost.

iii Would you agree that the poet has an in-depth knowledge of the wild? Support the statement in the context of the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

ANS: Yes, she has a thorough knowledge of wild animals and their features which are well demonstrated in her explanation of each animal’s physical and behavioural traits.

Q12 How to Tell Wild Animals 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)

i Imagine the poet meets Mijbil, the otter. Write a detailed account of the characteristics the poet could use for her poem if she were to write about telling an otter.

ANS: Essayshout exclusive answer
If the poet meets Mijbil, the otter, she could write a lot about him as she did for other animals in her poem. Although the otter is an unusual animal, the poet might be aware of his features as she is well versed in the animal kingdom. Unlike lions, tigers and bears, otters are generally not aggressive towards humans and other animals. So, the poet would not describe him as she described the wild beasts in the poem. Rather otters are known for their playfulness, laughter and mischievousness. They are the subject of mythology and folklore in many cultures which is an interesting fact that the poet could engage in her poem. The author described him in the best way by writing that he resembled a very small imaginary dragon of the Middle Ages. It was like a chocolate brown mole. Last but not least otters’ love for water is a fascinating feature to entertain the readers.

ii Write a letter to the poet detailing your favourite aspects of the poem and the ones that you did not like. Include a request about which animal you’d like her to exclusively compose a poem on. Give reason/s for your choice.

18 July XXXX
Dear Ms Wells
I just read your poem “How to Tell Wild Animals” and enjoyed it thoroughly!
………………………. (continue)………………………….
Yours sincerely

18 July XXXX
Dear Ms Wells
I just read your poem “How to Tell Wild Animals” and enjoyed it thoroughly! Your knowledge about animals and their behavioural traits are just applaudable. But your unique way of describing and identifying them disturbed me a bit. I think a sound person would not go to the jungle just to witness the roar or attack of wild animals. Still, the humour depicted in the bear’s caress causes a tickle. Hyenas deserve a more detailed description.
Moreover, I wish you could have composed an exclusive poem on the naughty monkeys and clever foxes too.
Yours sincerely

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