62. Reading Skills Comprehension: The Rabbits who Caused all the Troubles

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The Rabbits who Caused all the Troubles

Read The passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

 Within the memory of the youngest child, there was a family of rabbits who lived near a pack of wolves: The Wolves announced that they did not like the way the rabbits were living. One night several wolves were killed in an earthquake and this was blamed on the rabbits, for it is well known that rabbits pound on the ground with their hind legs and cause earthquakes. On another night, one of the wolves was a bolt of lightning and this also was blamed on the rabbits, for it is well known that lettuce-eaters cause lightning. The wolves threatened to civilise the rabbits if they didn’t behave, and the rabbits decided to run away to a desert island. But the other animals, who lived at a great distance, shamed them saying, “You must stay where you are and be brave. This is no world for escapists. If the wolves attack you, we will come to your aid, in all probability.” So, the rabbits continued to live near the wolves. And one day there was a terrible flood which drowned a great many wolves. This was blamed on the rabbits, for it is well known that carrot nibblers with long ears cause floods. The wolves descended on the rabbits for their own good, and imprisoned them in a dark cave, for their own protection. When nothing was heard about the rabbits for some weeks, the other animals demanded to know what had happened to them. The wolves replied that the rabbits had been eaten and since they had been eaten the affair was a purely internal matter.‘They were trying to escape,” said the wolves, “and, as you know, this is no world for escapists.”

-James Thurber

On the basis of the reading of the passage, answer the following questions briefly

(a) According to the wolves, the earthquake was caused by the rabbits’ 

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(b) The rabbits did not run away from their place of living to other safe places because 

(c) Pick out two words from the passage which the wolves have used to indicate the nature of rabbits  

(d What characteristics of wolves does the phrase Tor their own good’ reveal

(e) The wolves justified their actions to other animals by saying.  

(f) The final fate of the rabbits was  

(g) The phrase ‘a purely internal matter’ is humorous because  

(h) The title, The Rabbits who caused All the trouble is significant because 

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