Students who have difficulty writing good answers in English Literature short stories can rely on our ICSE Class 10 English Literature Short Stories Solutions. In preparation for the Board Exam, it helps reduce nightmares and anxiety issues that many students have before they sit for the exam. Answers are written in accordance with what CISCE expects from you.

 

Solutions to English literature (Short Stories) for ICSE Class 10

 

Chief Seattle’s Speech

i) What happened when the tribal young man became angry?

Answer:

In Seattle’s view, youth is impulsive, and young men of his race are no different. They were cruel and relentless when they grew angry at some real or imagined wrong and painted their faces black. This meant that their hearts were up to no good, and they painted their faces black.

ii) How does Seattle justify his religion as opposed to what the white men had said about it?

Answer:

Seattle also responds by comparing his religion with Christianity to the charge of “godlessness” circulated by the conquerors. ‘Your God is not our God!’ he exclaims. It is your God who loves your people and mine who hates them! If we have a common Heavenly Father, He must be partial, because He came to His paleface children. He was never seen by us. His red children were not given a word in His laws.

 

The Old Man at the Bridge

i) Why did the old man leave his hometown? Why did he leave it reluctantly?

Answer:

He left his hometown because the town was being evacuated during the war. He reluctantly left it because he had to take care of his animals.

ii) Explain the line, ‘There was nothing to do about him.’

Answer:

As the soldier realizes that if the old man sat on the bridge he would surely die, he feels sadness and pity for him. To obey orders, he is loyal to the military system. There is nothing he can do for the old man and he knows he will die eventually.

 

A Horse and two Goats

i) Name the village in which Muni lived.

Answer:

Muni lived in the village of Kritam. Of India’s 700,000 villages, it was “probably the smallest.”. There are thirty houses in the village, but only one is brick, the Big House.

ii) Describe the horse.

Answer:

It was a big, life-size horse made from clay that had been baked, burnt, and then painted brightly. It was posed with his head held high, his legs prancing in the air, and his tail flourished in the air. The horse was followed by a warrior with a scythe-like moustache, eyes that protruded and an aquiline nose. His eyes and nose were portrayed to reflect his strength by the image makers.

 

Hearts and Hands

i) Describe the young woman in the coach.

Answer:

A young woman was seated in one of the coaches, dressed in elegant taste and surrounded by the luxury comforts of an experienced traveller. She spoke with a firm, sweet, and deliberate voice, revealing that its owner was used to speaking.

ii) Why was Mr. Easton embarrassed when the young woman recognized him?

Answer:

Mr. Easton was embarrassed to be handcuffed in front of her, feeling that she would not like seeing him in such a position.

 

A Face in the Dark

i) Who was Mr. Oliver? Where was he working?

Answer:

Oliver was an Anglo-Indian teacher. He worked in an English medium school located near Simla as a bachelor.

ii) What was strange about the watchman? What happened to Mr. Oliver when the watchman raised the lantern to show his face?

Answer:

When Mr. Oliver held the lantern up to the watchman’s face, he realized that both he and the boy had no faces. He lacked a face, ears, eyes, and nose. He had no features, not even an eyebrow. Seeing this strange and weird thing he fainted in fear.

 

An Angel in Disguise

i) What was a matter of concern now that the woman was dead?

Answer:

When the woman died, the villagers were concerned about what would happen to her three children. It would be dangerous to leave them alone to fend for themselves.

ii) Who was the angel? Why does the author say she was disguised?

Answer:

Maggie was the angel who came to their house. Its dreary chambers were filled with the warmth of love she brought disguised as a sick, helpless, and miserable child. Apparently, she was disguised because her true self of love and beauty was hidden from everyone’s eyes, and it was only after the Thompsons selflessly cared for and loved her that the angel brought them happiness in their lives.

 

The Little Match Girl

i) Describe the condition of the girl.

Answer:

She was bareheaded and barefoot in the freezing cold as she had lost the slippers that belonged to her mother and were too large for her. The cold caused her feet to turn red and blue.

ii) Why did the girl think that “Someone is dying” ?

Answer:

“Someone is dying,” the girl thought, because her grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her and who was now deceased, had told her that when a star falls, a soul is going to heaven.

 

The Blue Bead

i) Describe Sibia.

Answer:

A thin, starving child, Sibia was a little girl dressed in an earthy-colored outfit? A colored rag, straight white teeth. Her ebony hair, great eyes, and skin of oiled brown cream made her look like a happy, immature child –? An approximately 12-year-old woman. Of course, barefoot and often goosey? It’s cold on a winter morning, and was born to work. She had never owned anything but a rag in her life. Never had she owned even one anna – not even a piece.

ii) How does Sibia save the woman?

Answer:

Sibia exhibited great courage and fearlessness in saving the woman from the crocodile. Sibia took no time to hesitate. She aimed at the reptile’s eyes. Her tiny body drove the hay fork at the eyes, and one prong went in-right in- while its pair scratched across the horny cheek.

 

My Greatest Olympic Prize

i) Why were nationalistic feelings running high during the 1936 Berlin Olympics?

Answer:

Hitler believed in the theory of Aryan superiority. According to him, German athletes belong to a master’s race and would perform better than other athletes at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Therefore, nationalistic feelings were running high.

ii) How did Luz Long help Jesse Owens?

Answer:

Luz Long, a true sportsman and a compassionate human, eased Owens’ tension by being compassionate. To avoid overstepping and fouling, he suggested that he draw a line a few inches from the takeoff board. Owens followed his advice and qualified with a clean conscience.

 

All Summer in a Day

i) What is the weather like on Venus? How long has it been like this?

Answer:

As there has been no sun for the past seven years, the weather is dark and depressing. Rain had fallen continuously for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other.

ii) What is the weather like on Venus? How long has it been like this?

Answer:

As there has been no sun for the past seven years, the weather is dark and depressing. Rain had fallen continuously for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other.