Chapter 12 The Story of My Life Extra Questions, Summary, and Notes

The Story of My Life

The Story of My life- Novel for class 10- English CBSE

By Helen Keller

Chapter 12- Notes and Study Material

The Story of My life- Novel for class 10- English CBSE

By Helen Keller

Chapter 12- Notes and Study Material

Introduction of Chapter 12- the Story of My life by Helen Keller

Once Helen went on a visit to a village in New England, the entire village was covered with snow. Then came  a snowstorm and tiny flakes of ice were falling around. The loneliness that Helen and others felt was forgotten for a while, when they were sitting round the fire. During the night the wind became furious. At last when the sun appeared, Helen and others slid over snow, sitting in a toboggan.


Conclusion/ Chapter in short/ Analysis of Chapter 12 /Understanding the Theme of Chapter 12

Helen describes a winter spent in a New England village and her first experiences of a snow storm.


Short Summary of Chapter-12 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller in Simple Words-

This chapter describes a winter spent in a New England village and Helen’s first experiences of a                snow storm. New England’s frozen lakes and vast snow fields were a new experience for her and she describes her pleasure in entering the treasures of the snow. She describes the landscape following             the snow storm as a waste of snow with trees rising out of it. She spent the days sitting around the            great fire, along with her family members and shared merry tales. Helen describes how she felt the dazzling sunlight after three days of snow. She also describes the fun she had tobogganing and                   describes the experience as ‘divine’.

Extra Important Questions and Answers  

Question.1- What surprised Helen about the trees in winter?

Answer- Helen was surprised to discover that the trees and branches were bare of leaves in winter: there were no birds on them and their nests were all empty.

Question.2-Why did Helen rush out of doors even though there were signs of an impending snowstorm?

Answer- Helen rushed out to feel the tiny snowflakes as they fell from the sky, in spite of dangers of an impending snowstorm.


Question.3-How did the family spend their time during the snowstorm?

Answer- During the snowstorm, Helen and her family sat around a fire and enjoyed themselves, sharing merry stories with one another.

Question.4-Why does Helen say that the pine trees outside had no smell?

Answer-Helen described the pine trees Outside her home to be bereft of any smell because they were covered with snow.

Question.5-How was Helen able to feel the light in spite of her blindness?

Answer-The sunrays on the snow-covered trees and branches shone dazzlingly bright, and blindness. everything sparkled like diamonds. Helen could feel the brightness in spite of her blindness.

Question.6-What does Helen mean when she says that she could not feel the earth under her feet?

Answer-The snow was so thick, that Helen could not feel the ground beneath it.

Question.7-What did Helen enjoy about tobogganing?

Answer-Helen enjoyed being shoved off a slope and plunging through drifts, swooping down upon the lake as if she were flying.

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