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(a)Sophie flits from one dream to another; she is a daydreamer, much like many girls from poor families. She seems to live in a dream world, imagining things that might not be possible. She fails to accept the reality that she and her family live in and weaves dreams of owning a boutique someday. It is clear that she is a daydreamer and cannot accept her reality.

(b) M. Hamel was dressed differently that day. He was dressed in his beautiful green coat, with a frilled shirt and a little black silk cal. Everything was embroidered and looked special. He usually wore this dress on occasions like prize distribution and functions. That day he chose to wear this dress because he knew it was going to be his last lesson in their mother tongue French. A new order had been imposed by the government that only German will be taught in the schools, and the new master in that language had already arrived. This was the reason M. Hamel was dressed differently, to mark how important the day was to him.

(c) Zitkala-Sa resisted the cutting of her hair because she had been taught at home that someone cutting your hair signified humiliation. Shingling the hair on the other hand was an act of cowardliness. In her family, the ones with short hair were the mourners and the ones with shingled hair were the cowards. This is the reason she resisted the cutting of her hair.

(d) When Aunt Jennifer created the animals on her embroidery, it was not her character that she was reflecting on them, but the imprint of either men in general, or her husband in particular. She had suffered all her life under him, and through her depiction of a tiger, she symbolised his handsome yet scary attribute. She might have also wanted to signify how women create men, who end up treating them harshly and dominate over them after growing up.

(e) Evans was in general a pleasant person, but he was a kleptomaniac by birth. He had a tendency to steal things, and had been arrested several times for it. Despite all this, he had an acute intelligence. He had even managed to run away from jail three times in all. Besides, he was also witty and took great pleasure in mocking the prison officer from time-to-time.

(f) The royal hunters of the Maharaja of Pratibandapuram, Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur known as ‘The Tiger King’ actually killed the hundredth tiger.

The king had resolved to kill a hundred tigers, in order to defeat the prediction his astrologers had made about his murder by a tiger in the future. In his attempt to do that, he kills ninety-nine tigers, but is unable to kill the hundredth one, which survives a bullet miraculously. The royal hunters who accompany the king, in an attempt to escape his fury, kill the tiger themselves and feast on him.

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