The Story of My Life by Helen Keller Chapter 8 Summary

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller Chapter 8 Summary, Notes and Question and Answers

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

Introduction of Chapter 8- the Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Helen and Miss. Sullivan prepared for Christmas at the Tuscumbia House. Helen took part in the festivities and played a guessing game with her teacher. She was invited by the Tuscumbia school children on Christmas Eve. She handed over presents to the children and received a lot of gifts in return. Miss. Sullivan presented her with a canary. Now she had a little bird, Tim, to look after and Miss. Sullivan taught her how to care for her pet. But as ill-luck would have it, Tim was eaten up by a big cat a few days later, when the cage door was kept open by mistake.

Conclusion/ Chapter in short/ Analysis of Chapter 8/Understanding the Theme of Chapter 8

Helen talks about the Christmas day full of surprises and the highlight of the day was the time she spent with the school children. She describes how she took care of Little Tim, the canary and her sorrow after its death.

Short Summary of Chapter-8 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller in Simple Words-

This chapter describes how Helen enjoyed celebrating Christmas with her teacher. Helen had fun preparing surprises for everybody along with Miss Sullivan. The game of guessing which they played taught Helen more about the use of language. It was a day full of surprises, the highlight being the time spent with school children on Christmas Eve. Helen had been invited to the school by the Tuscumbia schoolchildren to celebrate Christmas with them. There was a gift for each child by the tree and Helen was allowed to distribute them. Helen was delighted to hand the presents to the children. On Christmas day, she found surprises not just in the stockings but all around the house. The chapter also talks of Helen’s joy at receiving a canary as a gift from her teacher, and how she took care of ‘Little Tim’, the canary bird. The chapter ends by describing her sorrow at its death.

Extra Important Questions and Answers of Chapter 8  

What was the most exciting aspect of Christmas for Helen?
With the help of her teacher, Helen had prepared surprises for her family members. This proved to be the most exciting part of celebrating Christmas. Also, she was excited about trying to guess what gifts the others were going to give her. Spending Christmas Eve with the Tuscumbia school children was another thrilling episode for her, especially as she was allowed to hand the gifts to all the children.

Who or what was Little Tim?
Little Tim was a pet canary gifted to Helen by her teacher Miss Sullivan.

How did Helen take care of her pet?
‘Helen would prepare its bath, clean its cage, fill its cups with fresh seed and water and hang a spray of chickweed in its swing.

Why did the bird not respond to Helen when she opened its cage one morning?
The canary was eaten by a cat when Helen had gone to fetch water for his bath and had left the cage open. Helen found out when the canary did not respond when Helen opened its cage.

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