Study the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow.Back at home Aoro was climbing walls with fear and worry. His sisters with the death like slumber of the young had managed to sleep throughout the whole commotion. At dawn he decided enough was enough so he went to their room and shook them awake.
“What is it, you ugly boy?” asked Becky sweetly.Vera looked at him and got out of bed hurriedly.
“What is it?” she asked alarmed.
“Tony is sick. He was rushed to hospital at night and they haven’t come back.”He could not add the unspeakable-the fear that his brother was dying or dead.
“Why didn’t you wake us you idiot?”asked Vera annoyed that such a thing could happen without her knowing it; so she took it out on her brother.Becky continued to lie in bed. Few things bored her as much as sickness, suffering and death. She simply could not identify with them. At sixteen she was a breath taking beauty and had a horde of admirers and aspiring boyfriends none of whom she had yet shown an interest in.She did not believe in wasting time .
Besides her sister was always with her and she knew her parents would not take kindly to such goings on. She stretched luxuriously in bed, enjoying the feel of her young lithe body. Aoro, tired of being called names retired back to his room. Vera looked questioningly at her sister, then went to the kitchen to make breakfast. She was beginning to have her doubts about the young lady.
At around eight in the morning their weary parents trooped in .Nobody dared ask the question, but their round fearful eyes were eloquent enough.
“He had an operation. He is going to be all right. We can all go and see him at lunch time today.” Their sigh of relief was heartfelt and unanimous.
(a) Place the extract in its appropriate context (4marks)
(b) How does Tony’s suffering help Aoro later?(3marks)
(c) Contrast the character of Becky and Vera as brought out in the excerpt (4marks)
(d) Identify and illustrate an instance of figurative language in the passage (2marks)
(e) Vera looked questioningly at her sister, then went to the kitchen to make breakfast (1mark)
Rewrite to begin: Looking…………………………………
(f) Comment on the dominant theme in the passage above (2marks)
(g) From without the excerpt show how Becky’s beauty works for and against her. (6marks)
(h) What can we infer about Becky’s parents from this extract? (2marks)
(i) Explain the meaning of the following as used in the passage.
(a)Their round fearful eyes were eloquent enough. ( 1mark)
Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow:
THE RIVER AND THE SOURCE:
Such an experience is, however, very hard to shake off and now they were consciously trying to get another baby and as sometimes happens in such cases nothing happened. She remained confoundingly slim for the remainder of the year; and the next. It was too much. She forgot her earlier good intentions and one day actually accused him of having deliberately given her chloroquin to make her sterile. He was so angry that he stood up and lifted his hand as if to strike. He was actually foaming at the mouth. Then he turned on his heels and left the house. She tried to keep up her anger. After all she had been the wronged one, but when he had not come by late that night and on the following day, her anger turned to alarm and raw fear. Where could he be? He had been in an accident? Had he committed suicide? Had he left her? If he had she had only herself to blame.
But that evening, he came home smelling like a brewery. He offered no explanation and she asked none; however family life continued somewhat uneasily for they were both still too young to give way to each other.
THE RIVER AND THE SOURCE
MAURICE A NYAMOTI
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