1. Read the first stanza and think.

(i) Is Macavity a cat really.

Ans. In reality, Macavity is not at all a cat.

(ii) If not, who can Macavity be.

Ans. If not a cat, he can be an expert thief or criminal or a mysterious creature.

  1. Complete the following sentences.

(i) A master criminal is one who evades arrest and escapes from the scene of crime.

(ii) The Scotland yard is baffled because it fails to get a clue about the criminal.

(iii) Flying squad is not able to catch hold of him because Macavity moves much faster than them .

  1. “A cat, I am sure, could walk on cloud without coming through” (Jules Verne).

Which law is Macavity breaking in the light of the comment above.

Ans. Macavity is breaking New ton’s Law of Gravitation.

  1. Read stanza 3, and then describe Macavity in two or three sentences of your own.

Ans. Macacity is very cunning cat. He is tall and thin. His eyes are sunken in his forehead is wrinkled, and his head is done like, His coat is covered with dust. Hair on his cheeks is not combed.

  1. Say ‘False ‘or True for each of the following statements.

(i)    Macavity is not an ordinary cat.[ True ]

(ii)   Macavity cannot do what a fakir can easily do. [False]

(iii)  Macavity has supernatural powers. [True]

(iv)  Macavity is well- dressed, smart and bright. [False]

(v)   Macavity is a spy, a trickster and a criminal, all rolled in one [True]

  1. having read the poem, try to guess whether the poet is fond of cats. If so, why does he call Macavity a friend and monster.

Ans. The poet is fond of cats. He admires Macavity for his quick action, being master criminal and the way he confuses the police. He calls Macavity a friend and monster because he is a law- breaker, a devil and giant of moral corruption.

  1. Has the poet used exaggeration for special effects. Find a few examples of it and read those lines aloud.

Ans. The following statements are examples of exaggeration. ‘He is the bafflement of Scotland yard; ‘The Flying squad’s despair’ ‘His power of Levitation; A friend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.