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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow


The Caucasian Chalk Circle Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow. Grusha: Hide him. Quickly! The Ironshirts are coming! I laid him on your doorstep. But he isn't mine. He's from a good family. Peasant Woman: Who's coming! What Ironshirts? Grusha: Don't ask questions. The Ironshirts that are looking for it. Peasant Woman: They've no business in my house. But I must have a little talk with your, it seems. Grusha: Take off the fine linen. It'll give us away. Peasant Woman: Linen, my foot! In this house I make the decisions! "You can't vomit in my room!" Why did you abandon it? It's a sin. Grusha (looking out of the window): Look, they're coming out from behind those trees! I shouldn't have run away, it made them angry. Oh, what shall I do? Peasant Woman: (looking out of the window and suddenly starting with fear): Gracious! Ironshirts! Grusha: They're after the baby. Peasant Woman: Suppose they come in! Grusha: You mustn't give him to them. Say he's yours. Peasant Woman: Yes. Grusha: They'll run him through if you hand him over. Peasant Woman: But suppose they ask for it? The silver for the harvest is in the house. Grusha: If you let them have him, they'll run him through, right here in this room! You've got to say he's yours! Peasant Woman: Yes. But what if they don't believe me? Grusha: You must be firm. Peasant Woman: They'll burn the roof over our heads. Grusha: That's why you must say he's yours. His name's Michael. But I shouldn't have told you. (The Peasant Woman nods). Don't nod like that. And don't tremble - they'll notice. Peasant Woman: Yes. Grusha: And stop staying yes, I can't stand it. (She shakes the Woman). Don't you have any children? Peasant Woman: (muttering): He's in the war. Grusha: Then maybe he's an Ironshirt? Do you want him to run children through 101/1,101/2,101/3 English with a lance? You'd baw him out. "No fooling with lances in my house!" you'd shout, "is that what I've reared you for? Wash your neck before you speak to your mother!" Peasant Woman: That's true, he couldn't get away with anything around here! Grusha: So you'll say he's yours? Peasant Woman: Yes. Grusha: Look! They're coming! There is a knocking at the door. The women don't answer. Enter Ironshirts. The Peasant Woman bows low. Corporal: Well, here she is. What did I tell you? What a nose I have! I smelt her. Lady, I have a question for you. Why did you run away? What did you think I would do to you? I'll bet it was something unchaste. Confess! Grusha: (While the Peasant Woman bows again and again): I'd left some milk on the stove, and I suddenly remembered it. Corporal: Or maybe you imagined I looked at you unchastely? Like there could be something between us? A carnal glace, know what I mean? Grusha: I didn't see it. Corporal: But it's possible, huh? You admit that much. After all, I might be a pig. I'll be frank with you: I could think of all sorts of things if we were alone. (To the Peasant Woman) Shouldn't you be busy in the yard? Feeding the hens? (a) Give reasons that motivate Grusha to leave Michael at the peasant woman's doorstep. Answer in note form (4 mks) (b) Identify two aspects of style used in the excerpt. (4 mks) (c) Why does Grusha feel that she shouldn't have revealed the baby's name to the peasant woman? (2 mks) (d) "They're after the baby". Explain who are after the baby, under whose orders and for what reasons? (3 mks) (e) With illustrations give one character trait for each of the following characters. (i) Grusha .............................................................................................. (ii) Corporal ............................................................................................ (f) In reference to the rest of the text where else (a part from this scene) does Grusha encounter the same corporal. (3 mks) (g) You mustn't give him to them. Add a question tag. (h) What happens after this excerpt? (2 mks) (i) Explain the meaning of the following as used in the excerpt. (a) Bawl .......................................................................................... (b) Run him through ................................................................................. (c) Carnal glance .................................................................................... ORAL LITERATURE The Man, His Son and The Squirrel There was a certain town whose only occupation was catching squirrels (ground squirrels). There was a man in this town who excelled at catching squirrels. One squirrel was so smart that it eluded everyone in town. It was said that only this man said to his son, "Come, let's go to catch the squirrel." They took an axe; they found the squirrel near its hole. Then the squirrel ran and entered its hole. They searched out all the holes, then they stopped them up. Then the man said to his son, "Don't let the quirrel get out of its hole." He answered, "Okay." But one hole wasn't stopped up, and the squirrel escaped. When it escaped, the father came to his son and said to him, "Why did you let it escape? If I go home now, I will be ashmed." He grabbed the axe and struck his son. Then he went on his way and left his son unconscious. Ants began to fill his eyeballs an his ears; vultures were circling above him. In the afternoon, the headman of a rich caravan arrived at the spot. When he arrived, he setup up camp. Then he got up and went for a stroll and saw the boy. He called his slaves to take him and have him washed and shaved. The boy recovered. The headman had no offspring. When he took the boy, he decided that he would make him his son. He sent a message to the chief of the town, telling him that he had an offspring, that he was happy he had become a complete man, and that he would now receive the gifts due to him. The chief said, "This is a lie. He is not his son. If he is his son, then let him come that I can see." Then the headman arrived in town. The chief gave his sons horses worth ten pounds. He said, "Go and join the son of the headman. Have a race. When you finish give these horses away" (forcing him to do the same). They did it and they returned. the next day, the chief again gave them horses worth ten pounds. They did as the day before. They did it five times. They ran out of horses. Then the chief said, "Indeed, it is his son I have run out of horses. If it weren't his son, he wouldn't agree to let him give his own horses away to match the presents." Then the chief summoned his daughter. The Gralladima brought his to help. The Madaki also gave, and the Makama gave. Altogether, four wives. The chief gave a big house. The headman came and brought twenty concubines and gave to his son. There was continuous feasting. Then one day the son saw his father, the one who had knocked him down with the axe because of the squirrels. The father came to the house of his son and said, "Throw away your gown and start catching squirrels." The slaves of the headman said, "This is a crazy man, let us all strike him." The boy said to him, "This is my father, the one who sired me." The headman said, "I have already lied to the chief. Let us keep that secret. I will give your father wealth. Let him go home. Should he want to see you, let him come to visit you. If you want to see him, then you can go and visit him." The real father said he did not agree. Then the headman said, "Well then, let us go out in the countryside." They went. The headman unsheathed his sword. He handed it to the son, and said, "Kill one of the two of us." Here ends the story. Questions (a) (i) Classify the above narrative. (1 mk) (ii) What are the characteristics of the above classification? (
2 mks)
(iii)What is the function of this narrative? (1 mk)
(b) Identify and illustrate any three features of oral narrative evident in the story. (6 mks)
(c) Give one economic activity that is undertaken by the community referred to in this narrative. (2 mks)
(d) Describe the character of the following:
(i) The young man (2 mks)
(ii) his father (2 mks)
(e) Whom do your think would be the most appropriate audience of this story. (2 mks)
(f) What is the moral lesson of this narrative? (2 mks)

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