The Story of My Life Class 10th-Chapter 18 Summary and Quick revision

The Story of My Life Class 10th-Chapter 18 Summary and Quick revision Notes English

In October 1896, Helen entered the Cambridge School for Young Ladies to be prepared for Radcliffe. When she was a little girl, she visited Wellesley and surprised her friends by the announcement that someday she would go to college and would prefer Harvard than Wellesley. This desire became serious and motivated her to enter into competition for a degree with seeing and hearing girls. After she left New York, it was decided that she should go to Cambridge.

At the Cambridge School the plan was to have Miss Sullivan attend the classes with Helen and interpret to her the instructions given. In the first year, Helen's subjects were English History, English Literature, German, Latin, Arithmetic, Latin composition and occasional themes. She was well practiced in English by Miss Sullivan, she had good start in French, received six months instruction in Latin and German was her most familiar subject.

However, the progress was not easy. Miss Sullivan could not spell out in her hand all the books. It was also difficult to get them embossed in time to be of use to her. In study hours, Sullivan read reread those notes and books that Helen did not have in raised print.

In the first year, she finished arithmetic, reviewed Latin grammar and read three chapters of Caesar's "Gallic War." In German with the help of her fingers and with Miss Sullivan assistance completed reading of many books.

Helen and Mr. Gilam together read many books of English literature such as "As You Like It", Burke's "Speech on Conciliation with America", and Macaulay's "Life of Samuel Jhonson." Helen found Burke's speech more instructive than any other book on a political subject. Macaulay's "Life of Samuel Jhonson" look interesting to her in a different way.

At the Cambridge school, Helen enjoyed the companionship of seeing and hearing girls of her age. Some of the girls had also learned to speak to her.

At Christmas, Helen's mother and little sister Mildred spent the holidays with her. Mr. Gilman offered Mildred to study in the school so she stayed with Helen for six months.

Helen took her preliminary examination for Radcliffe from the 29th of June to the 3rd July in 1897. The subjects offered to Helen were Elementary and Advanced German, French, Latin, English, and Greek and Roman history making nine hours in all.

At that time, a student was required to pass in sixteen hours - twelve hours being called elementary and four advanced. Each candidate was known not by his name but by a number. Helen was No. 233. The examination papers were brought from Harvard to Radcliffe by a special messenger. Helen had to use a typewriter, therefore, she had examinations in a room by herself so the noise of the typewriter may not disturb the other girls. Mr. Gilman read all the papers to her by the means if the manual alphabet.

Professor Schilling informed Helen that she had passed satisfactorily in German. She got honours in German and English.

Quick Revision Notes:

• In October 1896, Helen entered the Cambridge School for Young Ladies to be prepared for Radcliffe.

• At the Cambridge School the plan was to have Miss Sullivan attend the classes with Helen and interpret to her the instructions given.

• However, the progress was not easy because Miss Sullivan could not spell out in her hand all the books.

• Helen enjoyed the companionship of seeing and hearing girls of her age at Cambridge School.

• Helen took her preliminary examination for Radcliffe from the 29th of June to the 3rd July in 1897.

• She got honours in German and English.

Hard Words from the Chapter:

• earnest -serious
• impelled - inspired
• drilled - practiced
• evident - clear
• embossed - to carve on paper
• hasten - be quick to do something
• tedium - difficulty
• laboriously - with efforts
• drudgery - dull work
• magnificient - extremely good
• witticisms - cleverly joke
• clad - covered
• cleaver - sharp
• surges of eloquence - strong feelings of opinion
• melancholy - sad
• stirred - feeling
• tares - weeds
• afflication - pain
• despised - hated
• reverence - respect
• amiss - wrong
• preliminaries - happening before the finals

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