Here, you will find short summaries and all the solutions of English subject which is a part of the syllabus of Class 12 students studying under Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE). These solutions, however, should be only treated as references and can be modified/changed.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 1: A Piece of Bread
Summary of A Piece of Bread: Francois Coppee’s A Piece of Bread is the story of valuing the things that we have and about friendship. In this story, a wealthy Duke enlists himself into the French army and goes to the battlefield along with the common soldiers, but being a rich person, he doesn’t quite like the quality of food being served to the soldiers and throws a piece of bread on the mud. A weak soldier picks it up and eats it. The soldier tells him how difficult it is to earn a piece of bread. This leads to a friendship between them and ultimately the soldier gives his life for the Duke.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 2: Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
William Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 titled “Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” is one of the most universally recognised and loved sonnets written by Shakespeare. The poem describes true love using different expressions and the poet goes on to explain that if it is true love, it will forever stay and absolutely nothing can separate true lovers and if love alters with time, it cannot be called true love. The poet is so sure about his assessments that he says if he is proven wrong, he will cease to remain a writer and no one has ever loved.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 3: A Voice for Freedom
“A Voice for Freedom” is the speech delivered by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf while accepting her Nobel Prize for Peace. In her speech, Sirleaf says that she is receiving the prize on behalf of all the women in her country Liberia, Africa and the world. She talks about the atrocities women around the world face in different circumstances and urges the women to find their voice and raise their voice.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 4: Prayer Before Birth
The poem expresses the agony of an unborn child. Before being born into this cruel world, the unborn baby prays to God. It begs the Divine’s protection and forgiveness for all the evil it will commit once it is no longer protected by the mother. The dramatic style of the poem makes a statement about what is wrong with the world. The poet’s grief, sadness, and fear in a world that is steadily devolving into hell are symbolised by the child’s cries. The poet depicts a world devoid of compassion, love, and remorse as a result of the unborn infant’s haunting appeal.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 5: Sunshine Susan
Susan lived with her parents, grandfather, and older brother Sandy in the same house. She always helped her mother with chores, even though she disliked some of them, such as cooking. To achieve her dreams, she had hoped to attend college and get an education. She was very interested in education. She was told to stay at home and marry because her parents couldn’t afford the school fees. Susan was upset about that. The bright girl did not allow her shine to fade, however, and, with hard work, she not only paid for her college education but also gained the nickname, “Sunshine Girl.”
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 6: Spring and Fall
The poem “Spring and Fall” is a dramatic and meditative account of the conversation a philosopher has with a girl named Margaret. Margaret, a young girl who is crying as a result of the falling leaves, is the subject of Gerard M. Hopkins’ poem. According to the speaker, Margaret should not be saddened by the unleaving of Goldengrove. In the speaker’s words, Margaret, the young girl, is equally concerned with leaves as she is with a man’s belongings. Margaret will not be affected by the unleaving when she grows up, as he believes that sorrows like these pass with age.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 7: The Ransom of Red Chief
A trouble-making boy is held for ransom by two hapless criminals in O. Henry’s short story “The Ransom of Red Chief.” Johnny Dorset, son of a wealthy man, is abducted by Sam and Bill. They plan to kidnap Johnny but are not prepared for his rambunctious behaviour. Lastly, they pay Johnny’s parents to get rid of him and flee as soon as possible.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 8: Self Measure in the Making of Brilliant Leaders
The chapter Self Measure in the Making of Brilliant Leaders discusses the attributes of great leaders. In this essay, it is made abundantly clear that fear-based, unquestioning obedience to political and military leaders is over. We have seen tremendous changes in society and organisation, which will benefit future generations in significant ways. Adapting to the needs of the followers is vital for leaders in today’s society.
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 9: Charge of the Light Brigade
The poem Charge of the Light Brigade tells the story of a brigade of 600 soldiers who rode for half a league on horseback into the “valley of death.” An order was issued to charge the enemy forces who were seizing their weapons. Despite the fact that their commander had made a mistake, no one was discouraged or disheartened. Soldiers must obey and not respond, according to the military… As a result, the horsemen were forced to ride through the “Valley of Death.”
NBSE Class 12 English Chapter 10: Mark Antony’s Speech
Shakespeare demonstrates the use of rhetoric in Julius Ceaser’s Mark Antony’s speech “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” using one thing to imply something entirely different without ever saying so. Following the assassination of Julius Ceaser by Brutus and the conspirators, Mark Antony delivers his funeral speech. While Mark Antony’s speech begins by justifying Brutus’ and the assassins’ actions, he eventually uses rhetoric and genuine reminders to paint Ceaser in a positive light and incite the mob against Brutus and conspirators.
NBSE Class 12 Novel: The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is a lighthearted novella. It was the first of Wilde’s stories to be published. The plot revolves around an American family who relocated to a castle haunted by the ghost of a deceased English nobleman who murdered his wife before being walled in and starved to death by his wife’s brothers. It has been adapted for both the stage and the screen numerous times.
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