Lesson 8- The Bear Story

 

The Bear Story

Axel Munthe

Answer
the following questions.( Page No: 57)
1. Where did the lady find the bear cub? How did she bring it up?

Answer– The lady found the bear cub in the forest.
It was brought up on the bottle because it was half dead of hunger and was
so small and helpless.

2.
The bear grew up but “he was a most amiable bear”. Give three
examples to prove this.

Answer– Three examples to prove that the bear grew
up but “he was a most amiable bear” :

(i) He did not dream
of harming anybody, man or beast.

(ii) He look with his
small intelligent eyes most amicably at the cattle grazing in the field near
by.

(iii) The
children used to ride on his back and he didn’t harm them.

3.
What did the bear eat? There were two things he was not allowed to do. What
were they?

Answer– He ate the same food as the dogs and often
out of the same plate like bread, porridge, potato, cabbage, turnip. He likes
fruit the best. Two things he was not allowed to do were to climb trees
and touch the beehives.

4.
When was the bear tied up with a chain? Why?

Answer– He was tied up with chain whenever he done
mischief. He was also put in chain during nights and on Sundays when his
mistress went to spend the afternoon with her married sister. It was done
because it was not supposed to be good for him to wander about in the forest
with all its temptations; it was better to and be on the safe side.

 

 

5.
What happened one Sunday when the lady was going to her sister’s house? What
did the lady do? What was the bear’s reaction?

Answer– One Sunday when the lady was going to her
sister’s house, a bear was coming to her in the forest at full speed. Thinking
that it was her bear, she scolded him and told him to go back as she didn’t
want him to came with her. She became very angry when she saw that bear lost
his new collar and hit him on his nose with her parasolThe bear opened his mouth several times
as if he wanted to say something and looked at her with his cunning eyes.
After that, it turned around and went on its way.

6.
Why was the bear looking sorry for himself in the evening? Why did the cook get
angry with her mistress?

Answer– The bear was looking sorry for himself in
the evening because he had been chained for the whole Sunday afternoon and was
looking for his mistress without doing anything. The cook got angry with
her mistress because she scolding the bear without any mistake who had been
sitting there quite still on his haunches as meek as an angel, looking the
whole time towards the gate for the mistress to come back.

Discuss the following topics in
groups.

1.
Most people keep dogs and cats as pets. Can you think of some unusual pets that
people keep?

Answer– Do it yourself

2.
The second bear did not attack the lady because he was afraid of her. Do you
agree?

Answer– No, I don’t agree that second bear did not
attack the lady because he was afraid of her. I think, the second bear was also
amiable and want to befriend with someone. Even when she lost her appetite and
scolded him and hit the bear with her parasol, he didn’t attacked her.
Although, bears are able to kill a person easily. He  opened his mouth
several times as if he wanted to say something and looked at her with his
cunning eyes which seems that he was not afraid of her at all but wanted to be
loved by her. He had come stopping now and then look at the lady till at last
she lost sight of him which shows the affection of him with the lady.

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