NCERT Solutions for Chapter 9 Tiger in the House Class 7 English An Alien Hand

A Tiger in the House is a story by the famous author Ruskin Bond. Also, the narrator of the story is Ruskin Bond himself. This is the story of Timothy, a tiger cub brought home by his grandfather. When Timothy was a cub, he was friendly with the other two pets in the house. Toto was a monkey, and the other was a puppy. Eventually, he became dangerous. Ruskin has always promoted the conservation of nature. According to this story, the tiger died due to a change in environment from forest to house to zoo. It seems this story conveys a message that being in nature is best for animals and birds.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7th English Chapter 9 A Tiger in the House

Tiger in the House  Questions and Answer

Chapter Name

Tiger in the House NCERT Solutions


CBSE Class 7

Textbook Name

An Alien Hand

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Comprehension Check I

Question 1: "He had the distinction of being the only member of the party to have bagged any game..."

The phrase in italics means

(i) Grandfather was the most distinguished member of the party.

(ii) Grandfather was the only sportsperson in the party.

(iii) Grandfather was the only successful member of the hunting party.

Mark the right answer.


(iii) Grandfather was the only successful member of the hunting party.


Question 2: Complete the following sentences.

(i) Toto climbed up the curtains when __________

(ii) __________ I became one of the tiger's favourites.

(iii) Timothy had clean habits, __________


(i) Toto climbed up the curtains when he pulled the young tiger by the tail and timothy lost his temper.

(ii) One of Timothy's favourite amusements was to stalk anyone who would play with him, and so, when I came to live with Grandfather, I became one of the tiger's favourites.

(iii) Timothy had clean habits, and would scrub his face with his paws exactly like a cat.

Comprehension Check II

Question 1: Grandmother's prophecy was that the tiger

(i) would prefer Mahmoud's bed to sleep in.

(ii) and the cook would disappear together from the house.

(iii) would one day make a meal of Mahmoud. Mark the right answer.


(iii) would one day make a meal of Mahmoud


Question 2: When Timothy was about six months old, a change came over him. The phrase in italics means that

(i) Timothy had grown to his full size.

(ii) Timothy grew more friendly.

(iii) Timothy grew less friendly, in fact more dangerous.


(iii) Timothy grew less friendly, in fact more dangerous.


Question 3: Write 'True' or 'False' against each of the following statements.

(i) Timothy and Grandfather went to Lucknow in a special compartment.

(ii) The compartment in which Grandfather and Timothy travelled had no other passenger.

(iii) Timothy and Grandfather travelled in a first-class compartment.

(iv) All passengers in the compartment thought that Timothy was a well-fed and civilised tiger.


(i) False

(ii) True

(iii) True

(iv) False


Question 4: Grandfather suggested that Timothy should be put in another cage. The reason was that

(i) the tiger had become very bad tempered.

(ii) a leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy.

(iii) the cage was too small for a full-grown tiger.


(ii) a leopard in the next cage would constantly rush at Timothy.


Question 5: The tiger was still licking his arm, with increasing relish. The phrase in italics suggests that Timothy

(i) was good natured.

(ii) recognised an old friend.

(iii) smelt fresh food.


(iii) smelt fresh food.



Question 1: Where was the little tiger cub hiding when Grandfather found him?


When the grandfather found the tiger cub, it was hidden among the roots of a banyan tree.


Question 2:

(A) What did Toto do to entertain Timothy?


Timothy's monkey companion, Toto, teased and pulled Timothy's tail.


(B) What did he do when Timothy lost his temper?


Toto would climb up curtains and get beyond Timothy's reach when Timothy lost his temper.


Question 3: "I became one of the tiger's favourites."Who is 'I' in the statement? Why did he think so?


'I' refers to the story's narrator. He soon became Timothy's favorite narrator. In order to play with the narrator, he would move noiselessly toward him and appear face-to-face. As Timothy rolled over the narrator's back, he would pretend to bite his ankles.


Question 4: Where was Timothy most comfortable during the day? Where was he during the night?


Timothy liked to sit on a long sofa in the drawing room during the day. At night, he slept in Mahmoud's quarters, the cook's quarters.


Question 5: What was Grandmother's prophecy about the cook? Did it come true.


She was afraid Timothy might kill Mahmoud and feast on him one day if he became violent. As it turned out, her prophecy failed to come true.


Question 6: What made Grandfather decide to transfer Timothy to the zoo?


Timothy became less friendly as he grew up. The change overtook him at about six months of age. During the night, he started killing hens and eating them. As a result, his looks became dangerous. Mahmoud, the cook with evil intentions, started following him. In the grandmother's mind, this made him think he would kill her cook someday. Aware of the trouble, grandfather transferred Timothy to the zoo.


Question 7: Why did Grandfather want Timothy to be put in another enclosure?


When Grandfather visited his relatives in Lucknow, he also visited the zoo to meet Timothy. In order to protect Timothy from the leopard in the next enclosure, he wanted to move him to a different enclosure.


Question 8: What shocked Grandfather in the end?


His grandfather was shocked when he heard Timothy had died from pneumonia two months earlier, and the tiger that was licking his hands was a dangerous one caught only a month ago


Discuss the following topics in groups.

Question 1: Shoot animals with a camera, not with a gun.


Animals are beautiful creatures in all their forms. Their right to live is equal. Because of our interdependence, we should not kill them. The beauty of these animals must be captured for future generations. The animals must be protected and not hunted.


Question 2: Keeping pets helps us become more loving and tolerant. It also helps us respect life in any form. Do you agree?


Keeping pets does make us more loving and tolerant. When they are loved, they show that love back to you. Playing with them relieves stress. A pet at home can affect the way we view other animals on the street as well. All forms of life deserve respect, they make us realize that.


Question 3: Have heard of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)? What do they do?


Yes, I have heard of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). It provides medication for sick animals and protects helpless animals. The organization provides food to street animals, especially dogs. People become aware of it and take a stand for animals' rights and protection.

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