The Trip of Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant

The Trip of Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant chronicles the author’s ride in a hot air balloon called ‘Le Horla’. It tells us how interesting the earth looks when viewed from a different angle, from above the earth.

Sample Questions from ‘The Trip of Le Horla’

  1. You are asked to lead a tour programme .What are the steps to be followed in arranging a tour programme? List them.
  2. Read the following excerpt from the story ‘The Trip of Le Horla’ and answer the questions given below:

    Suddenly, the lights of a town appear before us. Such a wonderful flow of fire appears below us that I think myself transported into some fairyland where precious stones are manufactured for giants.

    • Where is the author transported to?
    • What makes him feel that it is a fairyland ?
    • Comment on the word ‘transported’. Substitute the word without changing the meaning.
    • Pick out the describing words used in the passage.
  3. Prepare the script of a live TV report on the inaugural ceremony of the famous Nehru trophy boat race. (Hints: description of the scene and the arrangements, the arrival of the dignitaries, reactions of the spectators, details of the inauguration etc.)
  4. Imagine that you had a parachute ride over a valley. Write a travel essay describing this travel experience. The essay should include description of physical features, practical issues related to the travel, experiences and personal impressions.
  5. One of the passengers in the balloon ‘Le Horla’ was interviewed by a Belgian reporter. The following are some of the responses made by the passenger. Read the responses and prepare the likely questions.
    Reporter : How was your experience during the balloon journey?
    Passenger : Wonderful! I enjoyed it very much. The view from the balloon was fantastic.
    Reporter : (1) ……………………………………………………………………………. …..
    It was my first experience. So, I was tensed at the beginning, but as it flew up I became excited.
    Reporter : (2) …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Passenger : Yes, definitely the view was superb; it was dark on the earth and we were in the light.
    Reporter : (3) …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Passenger : The captain was very efficient and friendly. At the time of the emergency landing he gave us necessary directions to ensure our safety.
  6. Narrate Le Horla’s take off from the spectator’s point of view. You may begin thus:
     ‘In one second, they fly skyward. Nothing can be heard; they float, rise, fly, and glide!’………….

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