Published 11.05.2018 on subject English by Guest

Read this excerpt from “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling.

Rikki-tikkis eyes grew red again, and he danced up to Karait with the peculiar rocking, swaying motion that he had inherited from his family. It looks very funny, but it is so perfectly balanced a gait that you can fly off from it at any angle you please; and in dealing with snakes this is an advantage. If Rikki-tikki had only known, he was doing a much more dangerous thing than fighting Nag, for Karait is so small, and can turn so quickly, that unless Rikki bit him close to the back of the head, he would get the return-stroke in his eye or lip. But Rikki did not know: his eyes were all red, and he rocked back and forth, looking for a good place to hold. Karait struck out. Rikki jumped sideways and tried to run in, but the wicked little dusty gray head lashed within a fraction of his shoulder, and he had to jump over the body, and the head followed his heels close.

Choose the best question to ask Rikki-tikki about his fight with Karait, as described in the passage.

Did you understand at the time the seriousness of the danger you were facing?
How did you learn to become such a good dancer when you came from such a clumsy family?
Were you scared of being hurt or even killed by the dangerous snake?
What did you learn from this battle that you can use in the future?