Marks allocation for the literature component:

Poem 5 marks
Novel 15 marks
Total 20 marks

Note that candidates will only be tested on NOVEL and POEMS.

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

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Write about one of the characters that you like in the short story,


Miss Broome

Miss Broome was old Mr Bannister’s secretary for forty-three years. She typed letter by letter and she hated the young girls who touch-type without having to look at the keyboard. According to Harry Darke, the young girls gave Miss Broome “the push”. When her boss retired her after forty three years, she had no place to go, for the office was her home and the job was “all she lived for” (p25). Thus whenever a new girl came to work, her ghost which haunted the typewriter would scare the girl until she was too frightened to continue. Sure, Miss Broome was angry and vicious at first...

Complete Guide : The Curse

Complete Guide : The Curse

A Comprehensive Guide to The Curse

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In this chapter we are introduced to Puan Kamsiah and her daughter, Siti. We are also introduced to Datuk Zulkifli and Datin Sharifah, who are Azreen’s foster parents; they are sponsoring Azreen’s studies in London. We also introduced to Puan Normala and Noor, her daughter. Noor and Siti are classmates.

Siti conveys to her mother what Noor has been telling her classmates that Madhuri has been murdered. Puan Kamsiah feels that the ‘wicked woman’(p12) Puan Normala is spreading ‘malicious lies’ (p12) about Madhuri and ‘the poor girl isn’t even properly laid to ground yet!’ (p12) When Siti quotes her mother’s description of Normala as ‘a slimy cobra with a three-forked tongue’ (p12), it gives us a hint of the character of Normala: She is, in fact, a busybody and the village gossip.

Guide to GULP and GASP

Guide to GULP and GASP


Yes, the most comprehensive guide on Ann Fine's Step by Wicked Step to help you prepare for your SPM English 1119 Exam is out. Chapter by chapter analysis with lots of explanatory notes to explain the plot, theme, and characters of this loving & touching story. Page references are given to save you the trouble of having to locate important texts and quotes.

Complete Guide to Poems

Complete Guide to Poems

Sample Question and Answer

What does it mean when the poet says but on their brows there was not a sign of despair?

It means that despite the difficult situation they were in, they did not show any sign of hopelessness.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Exercise Your Grammar Muscles 1 : There Is and There Are

When there is not emphasized, we frequently use a or an after the verb :
There's a boy waiting to see you in the office.
There's an English man in the gym.
However, when there is emphasized and refers to a particular place, we can use the/a/an according to the situation:
There is the boy I've been talking about.
There is a paper clip. Didn't I tell you that you could find one in that bookcase?

Put in is or are.

1. There ..... still a few old bicycles in the garage.
2. There ..... a lot of of work to be done.
3. There ..... a lot of things which need to be done before we can take a holiday.
4. There ..... not enough pencils to give to all the examination candidates.
5. There ..... a lot of money in the car boot.
6. There ..... something wrong with our project.
7. ..... there enough math teachers in our school?
8. There ..... only a few hockey sticks in the storeroom.
9. ..... there any computers in our school?
10. .....there any more apples in the fridge?
11. There ..... a lot of spelling mistakes in your essay.
12. There ..... quite a lot of sugar in this coffee!
13. There ..... usually quite a lot of students at the end-of-year dinner and dance party.
14. There ..... a number of cracks in the wall.
15. There ..... quite a bit of dust on my laptop screen.
16. There ..... quite a number of shops still open after midnight.
17. There ..... a number of people who saw what happened.
18. There ..... a lot of men in the boat.
19.  ..... there a lot of money left in the bank?
20. ..... there a lot of coins in your piggy bank?

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