NBSE Class 10 English

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We have provided solutions and summaries of all the chapters of NBSE Class 10 English under the categories “prose”, “poetry” and “drama” for students studying under Nagaland Board. Click on the link mentioned under each chapter to get the answers of that chapter. However, the given notes/solutions should only be used for references and should be modified/changed according to needs.

NBSE Class 10 English: Mehouviu and Morusa

PROSE: Mehouviu and Morusa is a Naga folktale from the times of head-hunting retold by writer Easterine Kire (lralu). The story is about two people named Mehouviu and Morusa. Mehouviu was a young girl and Morusa was a young warrior. Morusa was a famous warrior from the village Kidima and everybody knew him. They were supposed to get married, but a mistake by Morusa led to the death of Mehoviu.

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NBSE Class 10 English: lmitating the English Gentleman

PROSE: The chapter Imitating the English Gentleman, which is a part of class 10 English syllabus of students studying under Nagaland Board of School Education is an account of Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle to mix with the English and the English society while he was studying law in London.

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NBSE Class 10 English: Invictus

PROSE: In the chapter Invictus, which is a part of the English syllabus of class 10 for students studying under Nagaland Board of School Education, you will learn how the first Black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela united the people of South Africa who were of different races. Invictus tells us the importance of living in harmony with each other despite differences.

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NBSE Class 10 English: Macbeth

PROSE: Macbeth was a play written by William Shakespeare and this chapter which is a part of class 10 English syllabus under Nagaland Board of School Education retells the play. At the beginning of the chapter King Duncan’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo find three witches while they are returning from a battle which they have won. They say that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and the king of Scotland and Banquo’s children will become the rulers of Scotland. But things start to fall apart right after.

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NBSE Class 10 English: Jina-Etiben, a Romance Retold

POETRY: The poem “Jina-Etiben, A Romance Retold” is based on an Ao legend and is written by Nabina Das. In this poem, the poet tells the story of two an unforgettable lovers Jina-Etiben who despite every circumstance that was against them continued to remain in love and became the paramount example of true love.

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NBSE Class 10 English: Death the Leveller

POETRY: Death the Leveller by James Shirley is a reminder to the readers that death is one day going to take everyone. In the first stanza, the poet says that every achievement that a person can achieve in his life is temporary and there is nothing that one can do to protect him/her from death. Death will fall on a rich king and on a poor man equally.

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NBSE Class 10 English: The Listeners

POETRY: Walter de la Mare’s ‘The Listeners’ is a stanza-long poem with thirty-six lines. On a moonlit night, a traveller comes on his horse and knocks at the door of a house. He demands that the door be opened, but receives no response to his call. There is a deathly silence within the house, and a bird flies out of the window above his head. The man finally gives up and mounts his horse to leave. As his horse gallops away into the darkness, the sound of its hooves on the stone is heard by the inmates of the house.

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NBSE Class 10 English: The Windhover

POETRY: The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins is a thanksgiving to Christ. In the poem, the poet begins with the description of a windhover that he sees high in the sky one day and is consumed by its beauty. The poet describes the tricks that the bird displays during its flight and compares the beauty of the bird with the love of Christ. He says that the love, and majesty of God what is a billion times greater and it is the sacrifice of Christ that has enabled us to enjoy the aspects of nature.

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NBSE Class 10 English: Riders to the Sea

DRAMA: Riders to the Sea tells the tragic story of Maurya and her family who depend on the sea for their livelihood. Maurya is the most tragic character in the play. She has seen the deaths of her six sons, husband and husband’s father. She is a woman of prayers, and yet largely superstitious. Over the years, the consecutive deaths have beaten her down and she is full of grief. At the beginning of the play, she tries desperately to make her last son, Bartley, stay away from the sea but she fails and her fears of his death come true.

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