Q.1: In what way is Pambupatti different from any other village ?
Ans: Pambupatti is different from other villages in the following ways:
- Many kinds of people live there.
- They speak different languages.
- Some people eat meat while some don’t.
- Some pray in temples while some pray in mosques.
Q.2: Why is Prem determined not to return to his village ?
Ans: Prem doesn’t want to go back to his village because he had seen many things in the village which had made him burn with shame.
Q.3: Why did Makara dislike tortoises, snakes and lizards ? Write a line about each.
Ans: Makara dislikes tortoises, snakes and lizards because he thinks that:
- Tortoises are slow and stupid. They carry their houses on their backs.
- Snakes are slimy and they make funny noises.
- Lizards have the strangest habits and they change colours.
Q.4: What went wrong when the tortoises, lizards and snakes left the forest ?
Ans: The rats grew bolder by the day. They became so fearless that they jumped and turned somersaults on the crocodiles’ backs. And there were too many frogs. They seemed to be growing larger and there was no one to eat them. The huge frogs began to eat baby crocodiles. And millions of insects were growing bigger and nastier by the day.
Q.5: Why do you think Prem wants to tell the story of the reptiles to the people of his village ?
Ans: Prem wants to tell the story of the reptiles to the people of his village so that they may remember them one day, and understand that each of us has a place in this strange, funny world of ours.
Q.6: Do you agree that it is difficult not to go along with someone who is very strong and powerful ? Express your views frankly and clearly.
Ans: It is difficult not to go along someone who is very strong and powerful because one can’t resist their power and strength. Sometimes people adhere to powerful ones in order to protect themselves. But sometimes when people are fed up of the bullying nature of powerful ones, they start resisting them.
Q.7: If you were a baby crocodile, would you tell Makara that he was wrong ? What would you say to convince him ?
Ans: Yes, if I were a baby crocodile I would tell Makara that he was wrong in sending off the tortoises, snakes and lizards from the village. I would convince him by explaining the importance of those creatures and would also explain to him about how the insects, frogs and rats would destroy our village in the absence of tortoises, snakes and lizards.