2011 EXAM FORMAT

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

Here's an extract:

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

QWERTYUIOP.

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

Here is an example from the Guide:

CHAPTER 3

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

Complete Guide: STEP BY WICKED STEP

Complete Guide: STEP BY WICKED STEP
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.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Understanding Rudyard Kipling's Poem "If".

One of the poems in the SPM English 1119 Literature Component is 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. It is also one of my favourite poems as it tells me what leadership means.Although it is addressed by a father to his son, it should not be interpreted as only for sons. I would use it just the same for my daughter. Sadly, this poem has been taken off the list from 2011. Anyway, this is a sampling of a new course I am writing for my website at : www.spmenglish1119.com. 
The course is expected to be ready in three months' time.
                       If
                by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!



1.       What do you call the first two lines (stanza 1) where the last word in both lines rhyme?
A.                A. couplet  B.  free verse  C. verse
2.       Which line in stanza 1 tells us that he must allow others to disagree with him?
A.                A.  Line3   B. Line 6    C. Line 4
C.      

3.       What does ‘And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise’ (stanza 1)mean?
A.               A.  The clothes you wear are not important.
B.                B.  Do not pretend to look good when you are not.
C.                C. Do not be too proud even if you think you are good.

Answers
1. A
2. C
3. C. It is good to be righteous (behave in a way that is morally correct). However, if you are too proud or arrogant in your righteousness, you have become self-righteous (behave in a way that you think your behaviour is better than others).


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