ICSE English Literature

All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury

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Extract I   “Ready? … for a look at the hidden sun.” Question (i): What is suggested in the extract above? Answer (i): In the above extract the children are getting ready for the moment when the rainfall would stop. They are peering out of huge glass windows for a look at the sun which …

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Chief Seattle’s Speech, Chief Seattle

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In 1854, the “Great White Chief” in Washington made an offer for a large area of Indian land and promised a “reservation” for the Indian people. Chief Seattle was an important Native American leader in the middle of the 19th century. He was considered very wise by everyone. It is said that he delivered a …

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My Greatest Olympic Prize, Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens was expecting to win gold medals especially in the broad jump event hands down. He was startled to see a tall German boy named Luz Long hitting the pit at almost 26 feet on his practice leaps. Hitler had kept Long under wraps, evidently hoping to win the jump with him. Owens, being …

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The Blue Bead, Norah Burke

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This story is about a young girl named Sibia who one day goes to the cliffs with her mother and other women to collect paper grass. On her return journey she gets left behind. In order to get home Sibia has to cross a river. She was too tired so she stopped to take rest. …

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The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen

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The story is about a little girl’s dream and hope. On a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor, young girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is already shivering from cold and starvation, and she is walking barefoot having lost her two large slippers. She is too afraid to go home, because her …

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