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  • Q1

    Write a review of the movie ‘Gone with the wind’.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    gone with the wind--based on Margaret Mitchell's novel--backdrop of civil war--one of the great films--consummate care and skill which went into its making--princely investment of $3,900,000--brought together the best people in Hollywood--end result is a beautiful film captivating us for four hours--Scarlett O'Hara played by no one else but Vivien Leigh--did justice to the character--intelligent approach to role made it a hallmark performance--music of Max Steiner puts the right touch to the movie--Enjoy this monumental classic in all its splendour

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  • Q2

    Write a review of the movie ‘Titanic’.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    Based on real invincible, luxurious ship named Titanic--stuck the iceberg and sank in the Pacific Ocean-- director weaves in a love story against the backdrop of the tragedy--movie has a different ending than the book-- storyline-Rose falls in love with a poor boy, Jack--Rose's mother is ambitious--doesn’t want her to waste her time with a poor boy--wants her to marry a wealth man--stellar performance by Kate Winslet, 'Rose' and Leonardo Di Caprio, 'Jack' in their debut performance-- excellent camera work and sound effects--especially the scene where Rose and Jack are stuck while everyone reached the top to escape-- dialogues, costumes, make up all appropriate to the age-- deserves eight Oscars it has won--a timeless movie

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  • Q3

    Write a review of the book ‘Adventures of huckleberry finn’.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    A novel read and loved by all young people--engaes the reader--story line is so real you need to read till the end--story of a younf boy, Huck Finn--torn between what he is taught to do and what he actually wants to do--also gives a vivid account of lifestyle of 19th century--protagonist is tormentted by abusive father--leaves Hannibal to live on his own--accompanied by Jim, a runaway slave--Huck helps Jim escape his master--Twain gives commentary through the character of Huck--pocks fun at religious folks, lawyers, doctors etc--humourous take on events and mocking people's foul behaviour--must read for teenagers

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  • Q4

    Write a review of the book ‘One hundred years of solitude’.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    In my opinion, One Hundred Years of Solitude is García Márquez finest and most famous work.

    Set in the Macondo, a fictional village in Colombia, it tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.

    Plethora of men and women fill the novel with stories that strike our hearts.

    Its magical element has continued to fascinate readers for ages and has kept it interesting for generations since.

    The novel grows on you, engages you into the world of floating virgins, reincarnating gypsies and soothsaying colonels.

    The novel chronicles several generations of the Buendía family through the evolutions and revolutions and metamorphoses of the fictional town Macondo, One Hundred Years of Solitude sets up its own internal rules.

    Macondo is peopled by patriarchs and matriarchs and prophets and magicians live in Macondo in harmony, circle through a fluid time and morph into each other. It is astonishing to see some characters living to an age much longer than the novel's ostensible one hundred years.

    When the book was translated into English, the great writer and critic William Kennedy wrote that it was “the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.”

    While writing, García Márquez though truly sympathetic to the emotions of his characters, he also maintains a certain detachment, so that we are able to see the happenings of Macondo as it appears to a modern, cultured eye.

    García Márquez imitates many of biblical complexities as Macondo rushes toward breakdown, and he has a mysterious Gypsy named Melquíades write it all down in a book of parchments—a book the memory of which is taken into exile by a minor character named Gabriel García Márquez, who had been friends with the last of the Buendías: Aureliano Babilonia Buendía, who translated Melquíades’ book.

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  • Q5

    You recently read Kathryn Stockett's 'The Help'. You are really impressed with her work and wish to tell your peers about it. Hence you have decided to write a review for the school newsletter.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s, 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett gives us a peak into the private lives of the African Americans who worked as maids in white households. It is a heart-breaking story about the true nature of racial segregation in the South.

    Narrators Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny collaborate on a book called 'Help' that publically reveals the points of view of the black maids working for white families in Jackson. The characters display excellent strength of character when they decide to raise their voices against the social evil that racial discrimination is.

    The author has provided a very apt and vivid description of the lives of black women working for white households.

    The help are the black community who spend their lives taking care of children of upper-class white families. The help spend their days feeding, dressing and playing with the children they are employed to look after, only to see them grow up and discriminate against those who reared them.

    Aibileen dedicates all her working time to Miss Elizabeth Leefolt's child, Mae Mobley, trying to boost her self-worth and confidence. Minny finally manages to find a new job working for Miss Celia Foote, who, luckily for Minny, is new to the town to know anything about her.

    Miss Skeeter, is at the opposite end of the spectrum, a white woman who wants to be a writer, while all her friends are dropping out of college to get married to a wealthy man. She has been brought up by black maid and longs to find out why her maid, Constantine, has disappeared.

    Miss Skeeter finally gets her big break when she gets the chance to write a book about the dreadful life that the help lead. The three women team up, and the help reveal the cruel and unbelievable experiences they have faced whilst working for the people who discriminate against them.

    We can also observe a love for literature and books in the novel. Although race played a determining factor in a person's education, we see in Aibileen a genuine love and flair for writing.

    The novel takes the most mundane topic one can write about- house cleaning, taking care of kids etc., and takes it to high levels of humor, intrigue, danger and suspense.

    The novel has some of the most heart-rending tales which will make the readers reach out for tissues as tears roll down their eyes.

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