Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow them:
The moon was coming up in the east, behind me, and stars were shining in the clear sky above me. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was happy to be alone high up above the sleeping countryside. I was flying my old Dakota aeroplane over France back to England. I was dreaming of my holiday and looking forward to being with my family. I looked at my watch: one thirty in the morning.
`I should call Paris Control soon,’ I thought. As I looked down past the nose of the aeroplane, I saw the lights of a big city in front of me. I switched on the radio and said, “Paris Control, Dakota DS 088 here. Can you hear me? I’m on my way to England. Over.”
The voice from the radio answered me immediately: “DS 088, I can hear from you. You ought to turn twelve degrees west now, DS 088, Over.” I checked the map and the compass switched over to my second and last fuel tank and turned the Dakota twelve degrees west towards England.
`I’ll be in time for breakfast,’ I thought. A good big English breakfast! Everything was going well — it was an easy flight.
Paris was about 150 kilometres behind me when I saw the clouds. Storm clouds. They were huge. They looked like black mountains standing in front of me across the sky. I knew I could not fly up and over them, and I did not have enough fuel to fly around them to the north or south.
“I ought to go back to Paris,” I thought, but I wanted to get home. I wanted that breakfast.
`I’ll take the risk,’ I thought and flew that old Dakota straight into the storm.
Inside the clouds, everything was suddenly black. It was impossible to see anything outside the aeroplane. The old aeroplane jumped and twisted in the air. I looked at the compass. I couldn’t believe my eyes: the compass was turning round and round and round. It was dead. It would not work! The other instruments were suddenly dead, too. I tried the radio.
Word-Meaning: Fuel—(here) petrol, ईधन Huge—vast,विशाल Twisted—(here) bent, मुड़ा
1.How was the sky when he began his flight?
2. Where was he going from Paris?
3. What was he dreaming of?
4. What did the voice from the radio answer?
5. Why couldn’t he fly around the dark clouds and reach England?
6. How did the aeroplane behave when it was amidst the thick dark clouds?
7. Why couldn’t he believe his eyes?
8. What was the condition of other instruments?
1. When he began his flight, the sky was clear and the stars were shining in the sky.
2. He was going to England from Paris.
3. He was dreaming of his holiday and looking forward to being with his family.
4. The voice from the radio answered that he should turn twelve degrees west now.
5. He couldn’t fly around the dark clouds as he ran short of petrol.
6. The old aeroplane jumped and twisted in the air when it was among the thick dark clouds.
7. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked at the compass. It was dead.
8. All other instruments were not working and were dead.
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