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Discuss Texts: 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' 2

In this worksheet, students will read 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' by T.S. Eliot, and answer questions.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Listen to and Discuss Texts

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This poem was written by T.S. Eliot to go in the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which was published in 1939. Old Possum was T. S. Eliot's nickname. It was used in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'Cats'.

Read through the poem.

 

 

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Macavity: The Mystery Cat

 

Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw –

For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.

He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:

For when they reach the scene of crime – Macavity's not there!

 

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,

He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.

His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,

And when you reach the scene of crime – Macavity's not there!

You may seek him in the basement, you make look up in the air – 

But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there!

 

Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin;

You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.

His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;

His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.

He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;

And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake.

 

He's outwardly respectable (They say he cheats at cards.)

And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard's

And when the larder's looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,

Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke's been stifled,

Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair –

Ay, there's the wonder of the thing! Macavity's not there!

 

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Now use this poem to help you answer the following questions.

Who is the Hidden Paw?

the police

Macavity

another cat

Why is Macavity a mystery cat?

because he does magic

because no one likes him

because no one can find him

Who is trying to find Macavity?

the police

other cats

Macavity's owner

What does bafflement mean?

to confuse

to amaze

to scare

Read this:

"His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare."

 

A fakir is a trickster or a swindler. 

What does levitation mean?

to hide

to rise or float

to pray

Tick the words that describe Macavity.

clean

sunken eyes

tall

fat

happy

dusty

thin

ginger

Read this:

"His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed."

 

Where do you think Macavity lives?

on the street

in a loving home

in a cat's home

Why is Macavity like a snake?

his legs are long and thin

he has a forked tongue

he sways his head from side to side

Apart from the way Macavity moves, how else is he like a snake?

Tick two answers.

snakes are dangerous

snakes slip away quickly and easily

snakes eat large animals

snakes are furry

Tick Macavity's crimes.

he steals milk

he fights other cats

he cheats when playing cards

he steals jewellery

he breaks things

he steals eggs

  • Question 1

Who is the Hidden Paw?

CORRECT ANSWER
Macavity
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity is called "the Hidden Paw".
  • Question 2

Why is Macavity a mystery cat?

CORRECT ANSWER
because no one can find him
EDDIE SAYS
Whenever anyone tries to find Macavity - "Macavity's not there!"
  • Question 3

Who is trying to find Macavity?

CORRECT ANSWER
the police
EDDIE SAYS
The Law, Scotland Yard and the Flying Squad are all different ways of describing the police.
  • Question 4

What does bafflement mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
to confuse
EDDIE SAYS
"Bafflement" means to confuse or bewilder someone.
  • Question 5

Read this:

"His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare."

 

A fakir is a trickster or a swindler. 

What does levitation mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
to rise or float
EDDIE SAYS
"Levitation" means to rise or float up in the air, against gravity.
  • Question 6

Tick the words that describe Macavity.

CORRECT ANSWER
sunken eyes
tall
dusty
thin
ginger
EDDIE SAYS
"Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin.
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in...
His coat is dusty from neglect..."
  • Question 7

Read this:

"His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed."

 

Where do you think Macavity lives?

CORRECT ANSWER
on the street
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity does not sound like he is looked after by anyone, he lives on the street scavenging for food.
  • Question 8

Why is Macavity like a snake?

CORRECT ANSWER
he sways his head from side to side
EDDIE SAYS
"He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake."
  • Question 9

Apart from the way Macavity moves, how else is he like a snake?

Tick two answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
snakes are dangerous
snakes slip away quickly and easily
EDDIE SAYS
T.S. Eliot thinks Macavity is like a snake because of the way he behaves as well as how he moves.
  • Question 10

Tick Macavity's crimes.

CORRECT ANSWER
he steals milk
he cheats when playing cards
he steals jewellery
he breaks things
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity is said to cheat at cards, steal milk bottles, rifle jewellery boxes and break greenhouse glass.
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