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(a) There are a number of symbols the author uses in the poem which signify Aunt Jennifer’s plight. The symbolism conveyed by the tigers denotes how she is affected by the patriarchal oppression she has faced in the hands of her husband. The tigers are everything she is not – brave, free and powerful. The metaphorical weight of the wedding band denotes her unhappy marriage. Her wearing the ring even after death signifies her bondage to the relationship, but the ‘silver lining’ denotes how her spirit or her desires shall remain alive forever through her artwork in the form of prancing tigers.


(b) Sophie’s brother Geoff was a supportive sibling who not just understood his sister’s feelings but also helped her when she was in need. He was three years out of school and a mechanic, yet he was no less than a hero for her. He was someone who had a lot of great ideas and thoughts but seldom shared them with others. This was something even Sophie wished he avoided. He considered Sophie a little immature and too young to comprehend a number of things. These qualities signify how much he cared for his sister.


(c) When Zitkala-sa heard that the school authorities had decided to cut down the long hair of students shorter, she went frantic to avoid this from happening. She struggled really hard to hide herself under her bed in a dimly lit room with dark curtains drawn on the window. She lay huddled in the darkness even when she was being called out. When she was finally dragged and tied to a chair for cutting her hair, she cried loudly and frantically shook her head with all the force she had, yet to no avail.


(d) The Tiger King had sworn to kill a hundred tigers in order to reverse the prophecy made about his murder by the hundredth tiger. In his ambition to kill more and more tigers he had already killed the ones in his kingdom, and decided to marry the princess whose kingdom had more tigers to hunt upon. Therefore, he married the princess of such a kingdom and in return received the opportunity of going hunting for tigers every time he visited that state. He thus got closer to his target of killing the hundredth tiger himself and reversing the doomed prophecy.


(e) The last day of the French class was really important for everyone in the town of Alsace and Lorraine for two reasons. People felt like they were being deprived of their basic rights by the replacement of learning in French, their mother tongue by German as dictated by the government regime. Secondly, it would be the last day their beloved teacher M.Hamel would be taking a lesson at the school. This is why students and even old men of the village came to the classroom to see M.Hamel deliver the last French lesson in the school.


(f) The authorities took a number of precautions for the smooth conduct of the O-level examination for Evans. The solitary cell where Evan was imprisoned was transformed into an examination room so that the process could take place in safety and isolation. This cell would be watched over by a guard who would keep it locked from outside. Two tables and a chair with chains for tying the prisoner were placed within. Reverend Stuart McLeery of St. Mary Mags was called in as invigilator. There was no permission for taking any weapons or suspicious objects into the cell and anyone who entered was searched thoroughly, including the invigilator. Both the gates of the wing in which the cell was located were locked and the prison officer was at uninterrupted contact with the Governor on call.


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