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Discuss Texts: 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' 1

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'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 trying to find Macavity?

Macavity's owner

the police

Why is Macavity a mystery cat?

because no one can find him

because he does magic

Who is the Hidden Paw?

another cat

Macavity

What does bafflement mean?

to confuse

to scare

Look at the first verse again: 

 

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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!

 

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Does this poem use rhyming couplets?

yes

no

Tick the words that describe Macavity.

thin

fat

ginger

dusty

clean

tall

Read this:

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

 

Where do you think Macavity lives?

in a cosy house

on the dirty street

Why is Macavity like a snake?

he sways his head from side to side

he has long thin legs

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

snakes are furry

snakes are dangerous

snakes can hide easily

Tick Macavity's crimes.

he steals milk

he breaks things

he steals jewellery

he steals clothes

  • Question 1

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 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 the Hidden Paw?

CORRECT ANSWER
Macavity
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity is called "the Hidden Paw".
  • Question 4

What does bafflement mean?

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

Look at the first verse again: 

 

**************

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!

 

*************

 

 

Does this poem use rhyming couplets?

CORRECT ANSWER
yes
EDDIE SAYS
Rhyming couplets in poetry are when two lines next to each other rhyme.
  • Question 6

Tick the words that describe Macavity.

CORRECT ANSWER
thin
ginger
dusty
tall
EDDIE SAYS
"Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin...
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 dirty street
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity does not sound like he is looked after by anyone; "neglect" means that he is not looked after. 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?

CORRECT ANSWER
snakes are dangerous
snakes can hide 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 breaks things
he steals jewellery
EDDIE SAYS
Macavity is said to steal milk bottles, rifle jewellery boxes and break greenhouse glass.
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