NCERT Solutions for Class 11th: Ch 1 The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse Snapshots English 

By William Saroyan

Page No: 8

Reading with Insight

1. You will probably agree that this story does not have breathless adventure and exciting action. Then what in your opinion makes it interesting?


It is true that though the story "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse" has neither any breathless adventure nor any exciting action, yet it holds the interest of the readers. It begins in a mood of nostalgia and takes us back to the memories of our own childhood when the world was full of every imaginable kind of magnificence, and life was still a delightful and mysterious dream.

2. Did the boys return the horse because they were conscience-stricken or because they were afraid?


The boys returned the horse because they were conscience-stricken not because they were afraid. Mourad and Aram belonged to the Garoghlanian family which was famous for its integrity and honesty. Due to their passion for riding and fun once, they stole a beautiful white horse.

Page No: 9

4. The story revolves around characters who belong to a tribe in Armenia. Mourad and Aram are members of the Garoghlanian family. Now locate Armenia and Assyria on the atlas and prepare a write-up on the Garoghlanian tribes. You may write about people, their names, traits, geographical and economic features as suggested in the story.


The Garoghlanian family

This entire concept of the existence of this tribe is said to be fictitious. It's said to be formed by William Saroyan in his book “My name is Aram” (1940). Garoghlanian tribe were famous for their honesty. They were proud of their family. Honesty came next and then they believed in right and wrong. None of them would take advantage of anybody in the world. No member of the Garoghlanian family. Hospitality is also an important function in the Armenian culture. Social gatherings revolve around large amounts of food. The religion of most Armenian people is Christianity, which is structured around forgiveness of sins and focuses on the spirit of Tolerance.

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