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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Complete Guide- Step by Wicked Step

Here's the Complete Guide to Anne Fine's Step by Wicked Step for both teachers & students. This guide provides you with chapter by chapter analysis with plenty of explanatory notes and discussions on plot, theme and character. Here are some extracts from Complete Guide- Step by Wicked Step:
1.  “Have a nice time?” And it was important to be able to say,”No. Not really. It was boring.” (p40)

When Claudia returns after staying with her Dad and Stella, her stepmother, her mum would ask her about the stay there. She feels she has to say something so as not to hurt her mum. She knows it’s going to hurt her feelings if she says she has enjoyed the stay there. Claudia feels that if she has got on well with Stella, or wear the green pyjamas Stella bought for her, it would somehow hurt her mother – even though she is not there to see her wearing them.
2.  Miss O’Dell says: “These five must have something in common. That’s why I picked them out…So, I just looked at my list, and picked out the first five names with a tick in one of the columns.”(p12) 

      Although Miss O’Dell does not reveal what the five children have in common here, we know  in the next chapter, Ralph says that all five of them have put down a second address in their permission form to go on the trip. What they have in common is that they have step-parents. And it is also what they have in common with Richard Harwick. So, this is probably what Miss O’Dell ticks in one of the columns. (see Chapter 2, p.24)   
3.  Do you agree with Richard’s decision to run away?  

     To some extent, I don’t blame him for running away...

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Exercise Your Grammar Muscles 3

A common mistake among students is in the use of though/although. Identify the mistake in each of the following sentences.

1. Although I left home late, but I was in time for school.
2. Although there was only one apple, but I shared it with my brother.
3. Though he is a multimillionaire, but he is not generous with his money.
4. Though the movie isn’t good overall, but it has a lovely ending.
5. Although the room was dark, he managed to find the pendrive.

In all five sentences, "but" has to be taken out. We do not use "although" with "but".