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Comprehension (5.5)

Read the passage and answer the questions.

An Elephant Ride

As the train left the station, Fogg noticed that Francis, one of the passengers from the ship Mongolia, was aboard. Francis, an English army officer, spent most of his time in India and knew the country as well as any local Indian. Fogg, however, was not interested in learning more about India. He was too busy figuring out how many days and hours of his round-the-world trip had gone by.
"See those mountains?" asked Francis. "A few years ago, we would have met such delay here that you would have lost your bet. The railroad used to stop here and the passengers would have to cross the mountains on horses."
"That wouldn't have ruined my travel plans at all," snapped Fogg. "I knew there would be certain problems."
Just as he finished talking, the train came to a halt. The conductor ordered all the passengers to get off. They were in the middle of a forest!
"Where are we?" asked Fogg.
"At the village of Kholby," replied the conductor. "The railroad isn't finished. There is no track between here and Allahabad, a distance of 50 miles."
"Then why do you sell tickets from Bombay to Calcutta?" protested Fogg.
"With the understanding that passengers would find their own way of getting from Kholby to Allahabad."
The reply was unbelievable to Fogg, but still, he had no choice and realised that arguing would get him nowhere either. He had better save his energy and find a way to Allahabad. Just then, Fogg saw a man with an elephant and decided to buy it at any cost. The owner didn't want to sell it at first but finally accepted two thousand pounds. Fogg then hired a young Indian man to serve as an elephant guide.
Fogg and Francis sat on the elephant's neck; the Indian guide sat on its back. Together they started their journey to Allahabad.

1. On which two occassions did Fogg meet Francis?

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2. Where did Fogg board the train and where was his final destination?

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3. Why did the train come to a halt?

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4. What transport did Fogg arrange from Kholby to Allahabad?

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5. What was Fogg doing when Francis was talking about India?

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