Name – Paul Stewart
Born – 1955
Famous as writer for children’s
stories, and adult novels
Notable works-

1)      The edge chronicles
2)      The thought domain
3)      Truk
4)      The Immortals

Awards – 1) Smarties Prize
(2004)   Gold medal.
1)      Smarties Prize (2005) Silver medal.
2)      Smarties Prize )2006) Silver medal.


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According to the newspaper what had happened to Sebastian Shultz?

Ans:     The newspaper with the headline “Miracle Recovery” highlighted
the recovery of Sebastian Shultz from coma. He was a 14 year old lad from South
London who was badly injured in a motorway accident six weeks ago. When he was
brought to the hospital, doctors described his condition to critical but
stable. Despite doctor’s hopes the boy did not win back his consciousness. He
was in the state of coma.

‘Dad’s nutty about computers: What evidence is there to support the

Ans:     Indeed, dad is fanatic about computers. He knows how to be
updated with the latest computer configurations and related gadgets. In his
possession he is proud to have a computer of Pentium 150 Mhz4
processor, with 256 of RAM, a 1.2 Gb hard disk drive and 16 speed CDROM,
complete with speakers, printer, modems and scanner. He is even crazy about
games and related gadgets. Recently he bought a virtual reality visor, glove
and a few interactive psycho drive games.

what way the second game seem very real?

Ans:     With perfect realistic characterization and positive
circumstances, the second game appeals us to be a real life one. When Michael
reached Princess Aurora she squealed “my hero” and these “rescue me now” seemed
to us to be authentic. And then when they were chased by the dragons in close
pursuit, the anxious Sebastian’s call ‘quick’, “when there’s still time”, “ The
dungeons, “They are our only hope “ take us into the real realm of the games.

The last game has tanks, jeeps, helicopters, guns and headings would
you put this and the other games under?

Ans:     In the last game ‘warzone’ we come across tanks, jeeps, helicopters,
guns etc. the game starts in an unknown warzone where there are many tall
buildings. The buildings were windowless and riddling. Machine gun raked the sky.
Walls tumbled. Bombs exploded. Michael had to save Sebastian. They went to the
helicopter in a jeep. A tank was behind them in close pursuit. The tank crashed
against the jeep and threw Sebastian out saving him accidently. This game in
particular and all other games can be put under the category of ‘psycho drive

What was Michael’s theory about how Sebastian had entered the game ?

Ans:     Michael is the only one who accessed in and out of Sebastian’s
existence. Michael is the only person who saved him in the game and found a
possible explanation of his entering the game. As per him during the accident I
Michael was busy in playing one of the psycho-drive games in his laptop. And
when he had the accident, his memory got saved in the game and he himself went
in coma. And Michael met with him when he bought those stolen games which he
bought from the computer fair.

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B) Reference to the context: –
‘that was my idea’ said Sebastian excitedly’ – If only it would go a
bit faster.

Where was Sebastian when he spoke these words?

Ans: Sebastian
was in the game ‘jailbreak”. Along with Michael he has climbed the stairs and
came on the roof.

What was his idea, and what was he referring to?

Ans: This idea
was to reach the roof do dodging the guards and escape with the help of a helicopter.

            He was referring to the helicopter,
the only hope to escape.

Was the idea a good one, and did he eventually succeed? How?

Ans: Yeah, the
idea was the apt one. The idea did not work for him in the game ‘Jailbreak. Sebastian
was unable keep his nerve in front of the ferocious dogs and failed to save
himself. But in the next game he was toying with the same idea and waited for
an accident, and it did happen that he was saved accidentally and helicopter
proved to be the right thinking.

a) Why did the news of the miracle recovery shock Michael ?

Ans: It was
beyond imagination to Michael to come across with the ‘miracle recovery’ story
because he never imagined that the character in the game i.e. Sebastian whom he
saved, really did exist. He was in utmost shock because according to the
article, the boy, Sebastian was so long in the coma where as Michael saved him
in the game in the same duration.

Michael’s meeting with Sebastian had been a chance meeting. Where had
it taken place and how?

Ans: Indeed,
the meeting of Michael with Sebastian had occurred by chance and of course a
positive one. After the accident of Sebastian, his games were stolen and coincidentally
Michael bought those games. When Michael played one of the first games named, ‘wildwest’
he found Sebastian in the form of a sheriff and almost of his age.

What kind of computers fascinated Michael and his dad? Why?

Ans: Michael
and his dad had been fanatic about computers. They had updated computer with
Pentium 150 Mhz processor, 256 RAM, hard drive, printer scanner
everything. They are even crazy about games, Michael has already played,
tornado,  me babash, black belt etc.
Michae’ls father is even crazy about gadgets and gizmos. Recently he bought
visor glove for the latest psycho-drive games.

Describe the first place where Michael was virtually transported.

Ans: Returning
from the computer fair Michael launched himself off into the first game named ‘wildwest’.
He found himself transported on a dusty track in the centre of the town. He had
a sheriff’s badge pinned to his shirt. He went into a salon through the swing
doors and ordered a drink named sarsaparilla and there started the game.

What help did Sebastian Shultz ask Michael for? How did he convey this

Sebastian’s memory was trapped in the game he was playing at the time of
accident. He wanted to revive himself. So when he found Michael playing the
game, he requested him to retrieve him.

            Sebastian used to communicate
through the printer which was connected with game. He instructed Michael
through this printer each and every step required to retrieve him.

Why did Michael fail in rescuing Sebastian Shultz in the first game?
Ans. In the
first game of ‘wildwest’ Michael was in confusion about what he ought to do in
the game. He was even confused when he found the presence of another sheriff.
They both made futile effort of escaping and got themselves on a horseback. But
the foes had been in close pursuit and eventually shot Sebastian to death.

g)      The Second attempt to rescue Sebastian
Shultz too was disastrous. Give reasons

Ans. The
second game too proved to be futile to Michael. After he received the message
from Sebastian to try ‘JAILBREAK’ he attempted the game. Both were in a cell
and Sebastian was his cell mate – 02478. Using a Skeleton swipe card they were
soon out of the cell. Dodging the guards they reached the roof. There Sebastian
meant the helicopter for their rescue. Before they could go, guards appeared
with ferocious dogs. Sebastian, out of fear, tumbled backwards and failed the

Narrate the incident that injured Sebastian Shultz.

Ans. Sebastian
got badly injured in the game of ‘JAILBREAK’ Michacl and Sebastian got out of
the prison cell using a skeleton swipe card . Then they dodged the guards climbed
the stairs and came on the roof. Sebastian had already planned for a helicopter.
But before their departure , guards appeared with vicious dogs which had dripping
of jowls. Seeing the dogs   hurtling
towards twin Sebastian got nervous and tried to move backwards. But he moved
back and fell from roof in got himself badly injured.

How had Sebastian Shultz entered the games?

Ans: When
Sebastian had the accident, he was playing one of the psycho drive games in his
laptop. His head was plugged to computer. When he had the accident, his memory
got saved in the game he was playing. His memory got stored in the disk which Michael
bought from the computer fair. When Michael started the game he found Sebastian
in the weird versions of the games.   

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