The young seagull was alone on his ledge. His two brothers and his sister had already flown away the day before. He had been afraid to fly with them. Somehow when he had taken a little run forward to the brink of the ledge and attempted to flap his wings he became afraid.
Even when each of his brothers and his little sister, whose wings were far shorter than his own, ran to the brink, flapped their wings, and flew away, he failed to muster up courage to take that plunge which appeared to him so desperate. His father and mother had come around calling to him shrilly, upbraiding him, threatening to let him starve on his ledge unless he flew away. But for the life of him he could not move.
a) What did the parents of the young seagull advise him to do? 1) To dive into the water
2) To kill himself
3) To take a plunge
4) None of these
b) What is seagull? 1) An aquatic fish 2) Polar Bear 3) An aquatic bird 4) An aquatic eagle
c) What does the word ‘Plunge’ mean? 1) A steep fall 2) A steep rise 3) A steep balance 4) None of these
He waited a moment in surprise, wondering why she did not come nearer, and then, maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish. With a loud scream he fell outwards and downwards into space. Then a monstrous terror seized him and his heart stood still. He could hear nothing. But it only lasted a minute. The next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. The wind rushed against his breast feathers, then under his stomach, and against his wings. He could feel the tips of his wings cutting through the air. He was not falling headlong now. He was soaring gradually downwards and outwards.
a) What made the young seagull fly? 1) His love for parents
2) His hunger
3) His thirst for water
4) His strong physical appearance
b) What was the seagull targeting at? 1) A frog 2) A duck 3) A water snake 4) A fish
c) What does the word ‘Soar’ mean? 1) Fly downwards 2) Fly sidewards 3) Fly upwards 4) Fly backwards
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.
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 — turned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved.
a) What happened to the May Day calls made by the pilot? 1) He was assured to be helped
2) He was assured that his plane would be given the fuel
3) The runway was freed
4) He got no answer of the calls
b) Who was flying the another plane? 1) His colleague 2) His wife 3) His father 4) None of these
c) What does the word ‘glad’ mean? 1) Gay 2) Monotonous 3) Disheartened 4) Bewildered
d) How did the another pilot greet him? 1) Lifting his hand 2) Waving his hand 3) Both 1 and 2 4) Neither 1 nor 2
a. He got no answer of the calls
b. None of these
d. Both 1 and 2
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!
a) What was the pilot’s chief worry when he was lost in the dark clouds? 1) He wanted to meet his wife
2) He wanted to see his daughter
3) He was running out of fuel
4) He was not finding the runway
b) Who do you think helped the pilot getting through? 1) His hard work 2) His patience 3) The supreme power 4) All of these
c) What happened to the second aeroplane? 1) It went missing 2) It landed on the airport 3) It forbade to land on the runway 4) None of these
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.”
a) What is radar? 1) An instrument used to locate the nearby objects
2) An instrument used to locate the distant objects
3) An instrument used to locate close objects
4) None of these
b) Why did the pilot thank the woman in the control centre? 1) For accepting his proposal 2) For rejecting his proposal 3) For sending the other pilot to save his life 4) For providing him the needed fuel
c) How did the woman astonish the pilot? 1) Stating that his was the only plane flying 2) Stating that there were two more plane flying 3) Stating that she had sent another pilot to help him 4) None of these
c) What made the woman laugh? 1) Enquiry of her marriage 2) Proposal given by the pilot 3) Enquiry of her salary 4) Enquiry of the other pilot
a. An instrument used to locate the distant objects
b. For sending the other pilot to save his life
c. Stating that his was the only plane flying
d. Enquiry of the other pilot
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