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Additional Very Short Answer Type Questions
Q1. Who was Bruno?
Ans: Bruno was the author’s wife’s pet sloth bear.
Q2. Where did the author find the bear cub?
Ans: The author found the bear cub when he was passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore.
Q3. Who did the author present the bear cub to?
Ans: The author presented the bear cub to his wife.
Q4. What was Bruno brought upon?
Ans: Bruno was brought up on buttermilk, fruit, rice and potatoes.
Q5. What did the bear become very attached to?
Ans: The bear became very attached to the author’s two Alsatian dogs.
Q6. Why did the author put barium carbonate poison in a home?
Ans: He put this poison in a home to kill rats and mice.
Q7. what ‘was the effect of the poison on Bruno?
Ans: Bruno suffered a paralysis attack and he could not stand on his feet.
Q8. What new name did the author’s wife give to Bruno?
Ans: She gave him a new name ‘Baba’.
Q9. Where did the author send ‘Baba’ to?
Ans: The author sent ‘Baba’ to Mysore zoo.
Q10. What request did the author’s wife make to the superintendent to the zoo?
Ans: She requested the superintendent of the zoo to return ‘Baba’ to her.
Q11. Why was a squad of coolies engaged?
Ans: A squad of coolies was engaged to take down ‘Baba’s box from the top of the car.
Short Answer Type Questions
Q1. Bruno once got paralysis. Why? How was he treated?
Ans: Once the author kept barium carbonate in his library for killing rats. Bruno ate most of it. It was poison. So he got paralysis. He was taken to a veterinary doctor. He gave Bruno two injections of antidote. It cured Bruno.
Q2. ”The hear became attached to the dogs, to the children in the neighbourhood.” Which qualities of the bear arc highlighted in this statement?
Ans: It shows that the bear had human qualities. Like human beings, it also needed love and knew how to respond to love. He developed friendship not only with animals but with human beings also.
Q3. Bruno was sent off to Mysore zoo. What happened to
(i) the author’s wife,
(ii) Bruno after this? Why?
Ans: (i) The author’s wife felt very sad. She wept bitterly. She was uneasy and inconsolable. For the first few days, she refused to take food.
(ii) Bruno’s condition was similar. He also refused food. He became thin and sad. Both of them missed each other badly.
Q4. Why did Bruno become very special after he returned from Mysore zoo?
Ans: The author’s wife wanted to make Bruno feel at home. They made a special island for him. She would sit there for hours and Bruno would sit in her lap. Thus he became special after his return from the Mysore zoo.
Important Long Answer Type Questions
Q1. Can the company of an animal give undiluted pleasure to a human being? Give some examples from the story.
Ans. Yes, it can give pure pleasure to a human being. The bond of love between man and animal is better than between man and man. Human beings are selfish and their love is seldom pure and selfless. We often do not respond to love given to us. On the other hand, an animal’s love is pure. Like human beings, animals too need love and respond to that love. In this story, the author’s wife loves a pet bear. He too responds to that love. She plays with him, fondles and loves him. When the bear is sent to the zoo, she becomes inconsolable. On the other hand, the bear also does not like his separation from her.He refuses to take food in the zoo. When she goes to meet him at the zoo, he shouts with pleasure, In the end, she brings him back from the zoo. Thus she finds that the company of an animal gives undiluted pleasure to a human being.
Q2. ‘Love is mutual’.illustrate this with reference to the story ‘The Bond of Love’.
Ans: The Bond of Love’ is the story of love and friendship between an animal and a human being. One day the author found a bear cub in a field. He took it home and presented it to his wife. The bear and the author’s wife developed a great love for each other. When the bear grew up, it was sent to the zoo at Mysore. She became very sad. After three months, she visited the zoo. The bear, whose name was Baba, at once recognized her and danced with happiness. She came back. But she could not live without the bear. So she got the permission of the zoo superintendent to get the bear back. A special place was made at home for the grown-up bear. Now both the bear and the writer’s wife were happy. The story shows that animals too have as much love and affection as human beings have. Thus, the title of the story is very appropriate.
Q3. How did the author’s wife behave in the absence of the bear? Describe Baba’s condition at 7.00 in Mysore.
“Animals also feel the pleasure of love and the pains of separation.” Support your view by giving examples from the text.
Ans: With the passage of time, the bear became too big to be kept at home. The author, his friends and his son advised the author’s wife to gift Baba to the zoo at Mysore. After some weeks of such advice, she finally agreed. A letter was written to the curator of the zoo. He agreed to take the bear. Baba was sent to the Mysore zoo in a cage. But the author’s wife felt very sad. She wept and for the first few days, refused to take food. She wrote a number of letters to the curator of the zoo. She asked in her letters about the condition of Baba. At the zoo, Raba was also in a similar position. He was inconsolable. He also did not take food for the first few days. He was well but looked thin and sad.
Q4. What makes you feel that the mother is more attached to Bruno than the other members of the family? Give reasons.
Ans: The author brings the bear cub and presents it to his wife. Very soon, the baby bear becomes the darling of everyone. The author’s wife and son love him. All the children of the tenants in that bungalow develop a loving relationship with him. But the author’s wife develops a special affection for him. It is a motherly affection. She looks after the bear as if he were her own child. At first, she gives him milk with a bottle. But very soon, the bear is able to eat everything. She spends a lot of time with him. She teaches him to perform a number of tricks. When Bruno is sent to the zoo, she weeps bitterly. After three months she goes to meet him. In the end, she brings him back. Thus, we see that she is more attached to Bruno than the other members of the family.
Q5. How did the writer get a baby-bear for his wife?
Ans: Two years ago, the author and his friends were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore. People were driving away the wild pigs from their fields by shooting at them. Suddenly a sloth bear came out of the field. One of the writer’s companions shot at the bear. It fell dead. They came near the fallen animal. They saw a bear cub riding on its mother’s back. The cub was making pitiful howls. The writer tried to catch it. But the bear cub ran away into the field. The writer and his companions ran after it. At last, they were able to catch it. The baby bear tried to free itself. It tried to scratch the author with its long, hooked claws. They put the bear into a gunny bag and brought it to Bangalore. The author presented the little creature to his wife. She was very happy. She named the bear cub Bruno.
Q6. Describe the two accidents that befell Bruno or Baba. How did he recover from them?
Ans: One day an accident befell Bruno. There were rats in the author’s library. In order to kill them, he had put down barium carbonate in the library. It was poison. Bruno entered the library and ate some of the poison. He suffered from a stroke of paralysis. But dragged himself slowly to the author’s wife. He was weakening rapidly. He was breathing heavily and vomiting. The author at once took him to a veterinary doctor. The vet gave him I0 cc of anti-dote through an injection. But his condition remained unchanged. Then another 10 ccs were injected. This improved his condition. Bruno got up and enjoyed a good meal. At another time, the little bear drank a lot of old engine oil. But fortunately, it had no effect on him.
Q7. Describe the meeting of the author’s wife with the bear at the zoo. Why did she bring it back home?
Ans: The author’s wife was very sad at her separation from the bear. For three months, the author restrained her from visiting Mysore. At last, he took his wife to Mysore zoo to meet Baba. The author and his friends had guessed that the bear would not recognize her after three months. But as soon as Baba saw her, he recognized her. He cried with happiness. She ran up to him and patted him. He stood up on his head in delight. For the next three hours, she did not leave the cage. She gave him tea, lemonade, cakes, ice-cream and other things. At last, the ‘closing time’ came and she had to leave. The author’s wife wept bitterly. She felt that she could not live without the bear. She requested the superintendent to send Baba back. He was a kind man. He consented and Baba was brought back into the author’s home.