About the passage
A. Read to understand
1. Find out from the passage about the following.
a. the colour of Tippitty’s fur
b. the length of Tippitty’s tail
c. Any five things that made up Tippitty’s diet.
d. The breeds of Tippitty’s best friends
2. Answer the following questions.
a. Describe Tippitty’s little house.
b. What was her toilet routine?
c. Which theory did the writer disprove with the help of Tippitty?
d. Why did the writer find Tippitty’s nocturnal nature to be a drawback?
e. Why would Tippitty sometimes ‘sneeze and splutter’ while drinking milk?
f. What would Tippitty do when she felt there was trouble nearby?
g. What would she do when she became tired during the afternoon walks?
h. What would she generally do after sunset? What effect did a good dinner have on her?
B. Read to infer
1. Explain the phrase, ‘would have done credit to an animal ten times her size’.
2. Why was it in the writer’s interest to provide Tippitty with a good dinner?
3. Give two examples from the passage to show that Tippitty was not very choosy when it came to eating.
4. How do we know that Tippitty wasn’t too keen to accompany the writer on his afternoon strolls?
5. Why would Tippitty get tied up before meals? How did this practice ultimately lead to her death?
1. Look up the internet to find out about the physical features, adaptation, and other interesting facts related to flying squirrels. Share the collected information in class.
You may find this web page to be helpful: http://www.flyingsquirrels.com/index.html
2. Do you know of a real – life story, similar to the one presented in this passage, where a favourite pet animal or bird gets killed? Share it with your classmates.