He should be snarling around houses
At the jungle’s edge,
Baring his white fangs, his claws,
Terrorising the village!
But he’s locked in a concrete cell,
His strength behind bars,
Stalking the length of his cage,
(A Tiger in the Zoo)
i. Fill in the blank with one word.
The speaker describes the tiger as 'stalking' up and down his cage to show how __________ the tiger felt.
ii. What could be a reason the speaker mentions the behaviour of the tiger at the jungle's 'edge' and not at its centre? Answer in about 40 words.
iii. Which of these explains the meaning of the phrase 'His strength behind bars'?
A. The tiger's strength is in its ability to break free from the cage it is in.
B. The tiger's strength is shown when he pushes against the bars of the cage.
C. The tiger's strength is in his resilience and ability to adapt to a new environment.
D. The tiger's strength is confined within the bars of the cage and this makes him less threatening.
iv. Why does the tiger ignore the visitors? Answer in one sentence.