Part-II Two Stories About Flying- Passages for Comprehension

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­­­­    Two Stories About Flying Part-II

By Frederick Forsyth

IMPORTANT PASSAGES FOR COMPREHENSION

Read the following passages and answer the questions that follow

PASSAGE 1

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 you. You ought to turn twelve degrees west now, DS 088. Over.”

Word-meanings: Countryside = rural area (ग्रामीण क्षेत्र); looking forward to = waiting eagerly (उत्सुकता से इंतजार करना ); immediately = at once(एकदम)

Questions :

(a) Name the chapter and its author.

(b) Which aeroplane was the pilot flying?

 (c) Why was the pilot unhappy?

(d) What did he see in front of him?

(e) Which phrases in the passage mean `hopping with pleasure’

Answers:

(a) ‘The Black Aeroplane’, Fredrick Forsyth.

(b) The pilot was flying the Dakota aeroplane.

 (c) Because he was dreaming of his holiday.

(d) He saw the lights of a big city in front of him.

(e) ‘Looking forward to’.

PASSAGE 2

 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.

Word-meanings : Compass = instrument for telling direction (दिशा –सूचकयंत्र); fuel = petrol, diesel etc. (ईधन); huge = big (बड़े); risk = danger (खतरा) ।  

Questions :

(a) Where did the writer turn his aeroplane?

(b) What did he think about his breakfast?

(c) When did he see the clouds?

 (d) How did the clouds look?

(e) Find words from the passage which mean the same as (i) big, (ii) danger.

 Answers :

(a) The writer turned his aeroplane twelve degrees west towards England.

(b) He thought that he would be in time for breakfast.

(c) He saw the clouds when he was about 150 kilometres from Paris.

(d) The clouds looked like huge mountains. (e) (I) huge, (ii) risk.

 PASSAGE 3

 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.

“Paris control ? Paris control ? Can you hear me ?”

There was no answer. The radio was dead too. I had no radio, no compass. .m(II, said not see where I was. I was lost in the storm.

word-meanings : Suddenly = at once (एकदम);  twisted = rolled (हिलना); instruments = machines(यंत्र) ।

Questions :

(a) Name the chapter these lines have been taken from.

(b) How was the scene inside the clouds?

(c) How did the old aeroplane behave?

(d) What happened to the compass and other instruments?

(e) Why did the writer not receive a reply from the Paris Control?

Answers :

(a) These lines have been taken from the chapter ‘The Black Aeroplane’.

(b) Inside the clouds, everything was suddenly black.

(c) ‘According to the writer, the aeroplane jumped and twisted in the air.

(d) The compass and other instruments went dead.

(e) He did not receive a reply because his radio was dead.

PASSAGE 4

“Paris Control? Paris Control? Can you hear me?”

There was no answer. The radio was dead too. I had no radio, no compass, and I could not see where I was. I was lost in the storm. Then, in the black clouds quite near me, I saw another aeroplane. It had no lights on its wings, but I could see it lying next to me through the storm. I could see the pilot’s face — turned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved. [H.B.S.E. March 2017 (Set-A)]

 “Follow me,” he was saying. “Follow me.”

 “He knows that I am lost,” I thought. “He’s trying to help me.” He turned his aeroplane slowly to the north, in front of my Dakota, so that it would be easier for me to follow him. I was very happy to go behind the strange aeroplane like an obedient child.

Word-meanings: Compass= instrument for telling direction (दिशा-सूचक यंत्र); follow = come after (पीछा करना); obedient = one who obeys the orders (आज्ञाकारी) ।

Questions :

(a) How do you know that the pilot was completely lost in the storm?

(b) Where did the writer see another plane?

(c) According to the writer, why was another plane there?

(d) What did the pilot of Dakota do when the other pilot gave him a signal?

(e) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘an instrument used to know the direction?

Answers:

 (a) The pilot had no radio, no compass and he could not see where he was.

(b) He saw another plane in the black cloud just near him.

(c) According to the writer, another plane was there to help him.

 (d) The pilot of Dakota followed the other plane like an obedient boy.

 (e) ‘Compass’.

PASSAGE 5

After half an hour the strange black aeroplane was still there in front of me in the clouds. Now there was only enough fuel in the old Dakota’s last tank to fly for five or ten minutes more. I was starting to feel frightened again. But then he started to go down and I followed through the storm.

Suddenly I came out of the clouds and saw two long straight lines of lights in front of me. It was a runway! An airport! I was safe! I turned to look for my friend in the black aeroplane, but the sky was empty. There was nothing there. The black aeroplane was gone. I could not see it anywhere.

Word-meanings: Frightened = terrified (भयभीत); followed = chased (पीछा किया); run away = a strip of land at the airport ( हवाई अड्डे की पट्टी) I

Questions :

(a) Name the chapter these lines have been taken from. ,

 (b) What was still there after half an hour?

(c) Why did the writer start to feel frightened again?

(d) What did he see when he came out of the clouds?

(e) Could the writer see the black aeroplane?

Answers :

(a) These lines have been taken from the chapter ‘The Black Aeroplane’.

 (b) The black aeroplane was still there after half an hour.

(c) He started to feel frightened again because there was only five or ten minutes’ fuel in the tank.

(d) He saw the runway before him.

(e) No, he could not see the black aeroplane.

 PASSAGES FOR PRACTICE (UNSOLVED)

PASSAGE 6

Then, in the black clouds quite near me, I saw another aeroplane. It had no lights on its wings, but I could see it flying next to me through the storm. I could see the pilot’s face — turned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved. “Follow me,” he was saying.

“Follow me.”  `

He knows that I am lost,’ I thought. `He’s trying to help me.’ He turned his aeroplane slowly to the north, in front of my Dakota, so that it would be easier for me to follow him. I was very happy to go behind the strange aeroplane like an obedient child.

 Word-meanings: Glad = happy (प्रसन्न); waved = shook (हिलाया); follow = come after (पीछा करना); obedient = one who obeys (आज्ञाकारी)

Questions :

(a) Name the chapter this passage has been taken from.

(b) What did the writer see?

(c) What did the pilot of the black aeroplane (10?

(d) What did the writer think?

(e) What was the writer happy to do?

PASSAGE 7

He turned his aeroplane slowly to the north, in front of my Dakota. so that it would be easier for me to follow h;”. I was very happy to go behind the strange aeroplane like an obedient child. After half an hour the strange black aeroplane was still there in front of me in the clouds. Now there was only enough fuel in the old Dakota’s last tank to fly for five or ten minutes more. I was starting to feel frightened again. But then he started to go down and I followed through the storm.

Word-meanings: Strange =queer (अजीब); frightened =terrified (भयभीत); followed =chased (पीछा किया) I

Questions :

(a) Name the chapter and its writer.

(b) Why did the second pilot turn his aeroplane to the north?

 (c) How did the narrator follow the strange aeroplane?

(d) Why did the narrator feel terrified again?

 (e) Why is the noun form of ‘obedient’?

PASSAGE 8

I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota near the control tower. I went and asked a woman in the control centre where I was and who the other pilot was. I wanted to say ‘Thank you•. She looked at me very strangely and then laughed. “Another aeroplane? Up there in this storm? No other aeroplanes were flying tonight. Yours was the only one I could see on the radar.”

So who helped me to arrive there safely without a compass or a radio, and without any more fuel in my tanks? Who was the pilot on the strange black aeroplane, flying in the storm, without lights?

Word-meaning: Strangely = in a strange manner (अजीब ढ़ंग से)

Questions:

(a) Name the chapter and its author.

(b) What did the author do after landing?

(c) What did the woman say about the second aeroplane?

(d) Which word in the passage means ‘in an unusual or surprising way’?

(e) Who helped the writer to arrive safely? 

Passage-9: (Page 37)

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.

word-Meaning: Coming up—rising up, Shining—gleaming, Looking forward—waiting anxiously,

Questions:

(a) Did the sky remain clear the whole night?

(b) What was the narrator flying?

(c) What was he dreaming of?

(d) Was he able to spend his holiday with his family the next day?

Answers:

(a) No, after one thirty the sky suddenly became very cloudy.

(b) The narrator was flying his old Dakota aeroplane.

(c) He was dreaming of his holiday and being with his family.

(d) Yes, he spent his holiday with his family the next day.

Passage-10-: (Page 37)

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.

Word-Meaning: Compass—an instrument consisting of a magnetised needle to show N and S directions, Towards—in the direction of something, In time—by that time,

Questions:

(a) What did he check up?

(b) What did he switch over to?

 (c) With whom did he want to have his breakfast?

(d) How did his easy flight turn to a horrible one?

Answers:

(a) He checked the map and the compass.

(b) He switched over to his second and last fuel tank.

(c) He wanted to have breakfast with his family.

 (d) All of a sudden the sky became so cloudy that he was unable to see anything outside the aeroplane.

Passage-11: (Pages 37 & 38)

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: Suddenly—happening unexpectedly, faith, faxmi Instruments—tools, Twisted—to bend into shape, Believe—have

Questions:

(a) Why was it impossible to see anything outside the aeroplane?

(b) How did the old aeroplane behave?

(c) Why couldn’t he believe his eyes?

(d) Was the radio working properly even then?

Answers:

(a) It was impossible to see anything outside because the aeroplane was amidst dark black be clouds.

(b) The old aeroplane jumped and twisted in the air.

(c) He couldn’t believe his eyes that the compass which was working smoothly a few moments ago was dead now.

(d) No, the radio was dead too.

Passage-12: (Page 38)

There was no answer. The radio was dead too. I had no radio, no compass, and I could not see where I was. I was lost in the storm. Then, in the black clouds quite near me, I saw another aeroplane. It had no lights on its wings, but I could see it flying next to me through the storm. I could see the pilot’s face–mourned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved. `Follow me,” he was saying.”Follow me.”

Word-Meaning: Through—from one side to the other, Turned—twisted, Glad—happy, Waved—moved hand,

Questions:

(a) Where did he get no answer from?

(b) How did he feel at that time?

(c) What did he see flying next to him?

 (d) Was the narrator known to the other pilot?

Answers:

(a) He got no answer from Paris Control.

(b) He was lost in the storm and the compass and radio were dead.

(c) He saw another aeroplane flying next to him.

(d) No, the narrator was completely unknown to the other pilot.

Passage-13: (Pages 38 & 39)

He turned his aeroplane slowly to the north, in front of my Dakota, so that it would be easier for me to follow him. I was very happy to go behind the strange aeroplane like an obedient child. After half an hour the strange black aeroplane was there in front of me in the clouds. Now there was only enough fuel in the old Dakota’s last tank to fly for five or ten minutes more. I was starting to feel frightened again. But then he started to go down and I followed through the storm.

 Word-Meaning: Strange—uncommon, Obedient—dutiful,  In front of—just before, Fuel—material for burning Frightened—terrified,

Questions:

(a) Where did the other plane turn to?

(b) How was the narrator following him?

(c) How much petrol was left in the old Dakota for flying?

(d) Why did he feel frightened again?

 Answers:

(a) The other aeroplane turned slowly towards the north in front of his Dakota.

(b) The narrator was following him like an obedient child.

(c) There was only enough petrol left in the old Dakota to fly for five or ten minutes.

(d) He felt frightened again as petrol could last only for five or ten minutes.

 Passage-14: (Page 39)

Suddenly I came out of the clouds and saw two long straight lines of lights in front of me. It was a runway! An airport! I was safe! I turned to look for my friend in the black aeroplane, but the sky was empty. There was nothing there. The black aeroplane was gone. I could not see it anywhere.

Word-Meaning: Runway-way on the ground for taking off and Ian sliding of aeroplanes, Empty—vacant,

Questions:

(a) How did the narrator reach the airport safely?

(b) What were the two long straight lines of light, and why was he safe now?

(c) What did the narrator turn to look for?

(d) Where did the black aeroplane go after leading the narrator to an airport?

Answers:

(a) A strange black aeroplane helped him to come out of the clouds and reach the airport safely.

(b) It was the runway of an airport where he could land safely.

(c) The narrator turned and looked for the man who had helped him.

 (d) Actually, there was no other aeroplane flying in the sky than the narrator’s one. Only God knows who he was.

Passage-15: (Page 39)

 “Another aeroplane? Up there in this storm? No other aeroplanes were flying tonight. Yours was the only one I could see on the radar.” So who helped me to arrive there safely without a compass or a radio, and without any more fuel in my tanks? Who was the pilot on the strange black aeroplane, flying in the storm, without lights?

Word-Meaning: Radar—equipment that searches the flying objects, tart Arrive—reach to a place, Safely—protectively, trill

Questions:

(a) What did the woman in the control centre say?

(b) Who helped him to arrive safely without a compass or a radio?

(c) Who was the pilot on the strange black aeroplane?

(d) Did the narrator find out any answers to his own questions?

Answers:

(a) The woman in the control centre replied that the narrator’s plane was the only one flying that stormy night.

(b) A strange pilot guided the narrator to arrive safely without a compass or a radio.

(c) Only God could tell who was the pilot on the strange black aeroplane.

(d) No, the narrator didn’t get any answers to his own questions.

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