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Boy first chapter

Our language teacher told us to write 8 question on Roald Dahl’s Boy audiobook, first chapter, here is the link:

BOY

1. What was the name of Roald Dahl’s father?

2. When is Roald Dahl ‘writing this words’?

3. How was the doctor’s arrival

4. What happened with Harald’s arm?

5. Where did Harold and Oscar go?

6. Where did Harold stay in France?

7. How did trains work?

8. What was trains fuel?

 

Interview to Roald Dahl

M: Hello, my name is Manuel Padilla and I am a reporter from Las Cumbres school, I would like to ask you  a couple of question if you don’t mind

RD: Oh, I appreciate that, wanna have a seat?

M: Yes please… I am going to ask you questions about your life and books in  chronological order. First question, It is known that the principal of your school, beated you, is there any reason for that that you can tell us?

RD: No, emmm, not that I can tell you at least

M: In the time that you were in Repton and St. Peter’s schools, how did you do in school?

RD: Ugh, emmm, I don’t want to boast, but, yes, I did really well. I even won some prizes, as you can see, and later on I received an offer to study in Cambridge or Oxford.

M: Wow, that must have been so difficult to achieve; but, correct me if I am mistaken, you didn’t go neither of those schools, why is that?

RD: I don’t think you’d get it, I just had a feeling you now? But well, I think I chose wisely by going to Africa instead, look where I am now! You seem thirsty, a cup of tea maybe?

M: Oh, yes please. If I am not mistaken, you joined the air force when the WWII started, and crash landed in a plane when flying over Egypt, how did you feel? Oh, and by the way, what a great tea!

RD: Oh, what a bad memory, but well, I guess we all have to fight pain once in our life. It is very difficult to describe how I felt. When the plane stopped working, I was absolutely sure that I was gonna die! Next thing I remember, I wake up in a white place, doctors come in, they tell me I was in Washington D.C., and what was more surprising, I was alive after breaking my spine and skull! It was the happiest moment in my life, I still remember it, but, I can’t deny, the pain, was horrible.

M: Did anyone visited you at the hospital?

RD: Yes, and someone I never imagined, C.S. Forrester, an amazing writer who inspired me to become what I am today!

M: Did he said anything special to you?

RD: Oh yes he did. He told me I was special, that I had the bravery to go to war, and then get back to US alive! Then I realized that I could become a writer! Tell my story, and tell other’s stories!

M: Wow, that’s great. Then, you met Patricia Neal, what made you fell in love with  her?

RD: Her cheeks, I just loved them

M: Oh, how cute! Then, in 1953, you married her, the same year that you published your best-seller, “Someone like you”, what was this story about?

RD: Oh, I remember that book, it was about two men having a drink at a bar, talking about war and women, really funny story!

M: Okay that’s it, we are running out of time! A pleasure to meet you sir, good bye! Oh, and would you tell me later the brand of that tea?

Roald Dahl biography

Our lenguage teacher asked us to write a mini-biography on Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl was born on September 13th, 1913.

Early life 

When he was 4 his father died. At that age he was starting school in the town school. As the principal beated him, he moved to St. Peter’s boardschool. But later on he moved to Repton, an academic expert school.

In Repton he improved as an excellent student, so his mother, offered him to go to Cambridge or Oxford.

But he didn’t want that, he said that he wanted to go on an expedition to Africa, and so he did.

In Africa he started working in the Shell oil. Looking for more adventure, he joined the Royal air Force for later on becoming an WW2 fighting pilot.

When flying over Egypt, Dahl crashlanded and broke his back and skull. For medical reasons he was moved to Washington DC

Writing Career

While in Washington DC a famous writer called C.S Forrester, who inspired Dahl to become a writer.

At first he just wrote stories for adults, where he had not much success.

His first best selling story was “Someone like you” in 1953, the same year in which he married the actress Patricia Neal. With her he had 5 children, but one of his daughters suicided. Then of trying to write a child’s story by himself (The Gremlins) he started loosing success, but then he started using his children stories, who helped him improve.

In 1983, he divorced, but later on married Felicity Ann Crossland, who was his partner till 1990, the year of Dahl’s death.