Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by T.S Eliot. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of B. Wordsworth, Going for Water and A Boy’s Best Friend so, you can check these posts as well.

Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Bagmen – persons in charge of the mailbags
  • Carlisle – an English town
  • Crank – a handle
  • Crewe – an English town, the train is moving northwards to Scotland
  • Elation – high spirits
  • To a man – including everyone

Question 1: Why can’t the train start without Skimble?

Answer: The train can’t start without Skimble because he is in charge.

Question 2: In what way is Skimble in charge of the train?

Answer: Skimble supervises everything.

Question 3: What effect is there when the cat is abroad the train?

Answer: When the cat is abroad the train, nothing goes wrong.

Question 4: Why are the passengers very quiet when Skimble is about?

Answer: The passengers were quiet when Skimble is about because he does not ‘approve of hilarity and riot’.

Question 5: Why can no one play pranks with Skimbleshanks?

Answer: No one can play pranks with Skimbleshanks because he does not approve loud merriment and noisy disorder caused by a group.

Question 6: What delight are there for the passengers of the train?

Answer: The passengers on the train have cosy berths that are clean and comfortable, with an adjustable light, a sink, and a window. Also, the guard will bring them tea in the morning.

Question 7: In what way are the passengers comforted by Skimble’s presence?

Answer: The passengers are comforted by Skimble’s presence because he won’t let anything go wrong.

Question 8: How does the poet describe the rail compartment?

Answer: The rail compartment is neat. There is not a speck of dust on the floor. There is a provision of making the light dark or bright.

Question 9: What does Skimble do while the passengers are all safety asleep?

Answer: While the passengers are all safely asleep Skimble walks up and down the station that they pass through and greets station masters and speaks to the police.

Question 10: Write a short note on Skimbleshanks, the railway cat.

Answer: Skimbleshanks, the railway cat is a very active cat who checks the train thoroughly. He maintains full discipline in the rail. He greets the station master. He patrols the coach for the safety of the passengers.

Question 11: Read the line and answer the questions:

a. Saying ‘Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?…’

i. Who is asking the question?

Answer: The people down the line (at the train station).

ii. What does ‘hunting the thimble’ refer to?

Answer: ‘Hunting the thimble’ refers to a party game.

iii. Why is Skimble being searched for?

Answer: Skimble is being searched for because the train can’t start without him.

iv. What cannot happen till he is found?

Answer: The train can’t start.

v. When does Skimble eventually appear?

Answer: At 11.42

b. Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces

i. Who paces?

Answer: Skimble.

ii. Whose faces does he examine?

Answer: The faces of the travellers.

iii. Why does he pace the corridor?

Answer: To establish control by a regular patrol.

iv. Why does he examine the faces?

Answer: To see what you are thinking.

v. What effect does this have on the passengers?

Answer: They are very quiet and don’t play any pranks.

c. Which says: ‘I’ll see you again!…’

i. Who or what says this?

Answer: A wave (from Skimble’s tail).

ii. Who is going to be seen again?

Answer: The passenger(s).

iii. With what is this message delivered?

Answer: Skimble’s tail.

iv. What is the complete message?

Answer: The complete message is:

‘I’ll see you again!
You’ll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
The Cat of the Railway Train.’

Question 12: Choose the correct option:

1. Who are all the people searching for?

a. Skimbleshanks
b. the station master
c. the porters

2. What does the flash of glass-green eyes suggest?

a. that there is something suspicious so the train should not leave
b. that there is nothing suspicious so the train can now leave
c. that the search task is till not complete and they should wait for some more time before the train leaves.

3. How does Skimbleshanks establish control over the train?

a. by searching all the people and their belongings thoroughly
b. by not allowing anyone to move out of their seat
c. by patrolling regularly in all the compartments

4. What does Skimnleshanks do at the Carlisle station?

a. He catches fleas.
b. He walks up and down the station.
c. He greets the stationmaster with joy.

5. At which station does Skimbleshanks summon the police?

a. Crewe
b. Carlisle
c. Dumfries

So, these were Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Questions & Answers.

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