Hitch-Hiking across the Sahara Short Questions Notes

Hitch Hiking Across Sahara is a narrative essay by G.F Lamb. Here are the summary and short question answer notes on this essay. This essay is included in 2nd year English book II.  2nd year students can learn this essay as part of their exams preparation.

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Hitch-Hiking Across the Sahara

Hitch Hiking across the Sahara

Here you can find the summary and questions answers notes of this essay. These are English question answers notes for 2nd year.


The Sahara of North Africa is hundreds of times greater than Great Britain. The day is extremely hot there. There are few water wells and little vegetation. This is the land where no person would think of hitchhiking. Yet a young boy, Robert Christopher, decided to cross the Sahara in 1956. Christopher was born in America. He started his journey from a little town Boussndn in Algiers.

He came to know that a truck was going to south so he managed to get a lift in that. The day was to be very hot so the journey started early in the morning. As the day progressed the temperature kept on rising. 

Soon it became so high that in two hours a flask of cold water became hot enough to make tea. Now a military vehicle overtook them. Christopher was allowed a lift in it. He was dropped at the town of Gardella. From here, Christopher got a seat in a truck going to El Golua. 

The driver told him how three Englishmen attempting to cross the desert had met their death.

On the second morning, they found that one of their two water bags had burst during the night. So they went In search of water. Christopher was miserable with thirst. 

Fortunately, they found a well of cool water. Then they reached Ef Golea. On his way to In Salah, Christopher fainted. When he recovered, his companions gave him as much water as he could drink.

Then they reached In Salah, a town, being swallowed by the desert. From here the hero of the desert succeeded in taking a seat in another truck. They reached Tamanrasset. Now he started on the 800-mile journey to Timbuktu.

Christopher had learned to ride a camel. He started his journey with his guide Boubaker, each on a camel Later Christopher joined a small group. They could find no water. 

They slaughtered a camel and quenched their thirst with the greenish fluid1. The sand dunes were burning. There blew a fierce storm Christopher had a narrow escape from a four-foot snake.

Questions answers notes

 Q. 1: Who is the writer of Hitch-Hiking across the Sahara”?
  Ans: G.F. Lamb is the writer of the essay ‘Hitch -Hiking Across the Sahara’.

 Q. 2: Give an idea of the size of the Sahara. How does it compare with England?
  Ans: The Sahara is a very vast desert in Africa. It is many times the size of Great Britain. England is very small if compared with this desert.

Q. 3: What had Christopher's foster mother to do with his desire to see distant places?
  Ans: In his childhood, Christopher‟s foster mother used to threaten him to send him to Timbuktu (a city in Sahara) if he got naughty. The threat instead of alarming him aroused a keen desire in him to visit distant places of Sahara.

Q. 4: How did he manage to get a seat in the weapon carrier?
  Ans: He requested the French in charge of the weapon carrier to allow him to travel with them. He produced a permit from the Ministry of war that he could go to French troops for his article.

Q. 5: What was the most noticeable feature of the desert city named Ghardaia?
  Ans: Ghardaia was a typical desert city. Flies were in plenty there. Its flies were even more numerous and stickier than anywhere else. Almost everything there was covered with flies.

Q. 6: How did they manage to drive the heavy truck in the trackless desert with its soft sand?
  Ans: When the truck stuck into the sand, they took out steel mesh and placed them together to make a runway for the truck on the sand. In this way, they crossed the desert with its soft sand.

Q. 7: What did the driver tell Christopher about three Englishmen who had attempted to cross the desert?
  Ans: The driver told the story to him about three English people who tried to cross the part of the desert in a car. Their car was stuck in a sand dune and thus they died of thirst.

Q. 8: Give an account of the little town, named El Golea, and compare it with In Salah.
  Ans: El Golea was a true oasis with plenty of water. In El Golea, Christopher took bath in a little pool. The pool was shaded by palm trees. He also enjoyed lying on the cool grass beside the pool. On the other hand, In Salah was fighting a battle for its survival. The sand was encroaching it.

Q. 9: What do you know of Professor Claude Balanguernon? How did he save the hero‟s life towards the end of hitch-hiking?
  Ans: Professor Claude Balanguernon was a Frenchman who devoted his life to educating the Tuareg people. He was well aware of the features and routes of the Sahara. He saved Christopher‟ life by helping him in time when he missed his route and might die of thirst.

Q.10: Describe the events leading to the killing of a camel? What sort of water did they get from its stomach?
  Ans: When they had a dire shortage of water and they might die of thirst, they killed a camel. They obtained a tick yellowish-green liquid from its stomach and drank that to save their lives.

Q.11: Describe the journey through “The land of Thirst and death”.
  Ans: The area where they killed a camel for water was known as “The land of Thirst and Death”. It was notorious for sandstorms and dry wells of water. They also saw a snake and vultures there.

Q.12: How much distance did Christopher cover to reach his destination?
 Ans: He crossed 3200 kilometers of desert and reached his destination Timbuktu.

Q.13: Describe the stay at In Abbangaret. How did Christopher manage to get water there?

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