Journey by Train
READ AND UNDERSTAND
A. Fill in the table
B. Answer the questions briefly.
1. Who inhabited the jungles that the train passed through?
Answer: Snakes, tigers and
elephants inhabited the jungles that the train passed through.
2. What was the reaction of the inhabitants?
Answer: Snakes and tigers fled
at the noise of the train. The elephants stood gazing with sad eyes at the
train, as it passed.
3. What did Mr. Fogg mean by, ‘it was foreseen’?
Answer: Mr. Fogg meant that
some difficulty or the other would sooner or later arise on his route.
4. Describe the elephant driver in your own words.
Answer: The elephant driver
was intelligent and a skilled young man. He covered the elephant's back with
saddle-cloth. He attached seats on each of its side. He sat on the neck of the
elephant and set out from the village with the three passengers.
C. Think and Answer.
1. What qualities of Mr. Phileas Fogg are highlighted in this extract? Support your answer with suitable examples.
Answer: Mr. Phileas Fogg was a rich, English man. He was a member of the Reform Club of London. He orders his life precisely by the clock and makes a bet with fellow club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He travels with his French servant Passepartout. He is a precise and intelligent man. He is perfect in his manners and is very punctual as well as particular about what he wants. This is evident in this extract, when he is determined to travel to Allahabad as planned. He even goes to the extent of purchasing an elephant for 2000 pounds to continue his travel to Allahabad. These qualities of Mr. Fogg are highlighted in his extract.