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Helmer: It is so incredible that I can't take it in

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Helmer: It is so incredible that I can't take it in. But we must come to some understanding. Take off that shawl. Take it off, I tell you. I must try and appease him some way or another. The matter must be hushed up at any cost. And as for you and me, it must appear as if everything between us were just as before — but naturally only in the eyes of the world. You will still remain in my house that is a matter of course. But I shall not allow you to bring up the children; I dare not trust them to you. To think that I should be obliged to say so to one whom I have loved so dearly, and who, I still No, that is all over. From this moment happiness is not the question; all fragments, the appearance. (A ring is heard at the front-door bell) 

 

Questions: 

 

Briefly explain the events that lead to this excerpt. 6mks 

 

What is so ironical about Helmer's reaction after reading Krogstad's letter? 4mks 

 

Give and illustrate two themes brought out in the excerpt 4mks 

 

What is it that Nora did that makes Helmer so angry? 4mks 

 

What does Helmer's reaction reveal about him? 2mks 

 

What happens immediately after the excerpt? 3mks 

 

When am out of the way, you will be free. (Add a question tag) 2 mks

 

 

We were bloody, sweaty, and dusty when it was over but still only partly through our respective stocks of abuse. Nothing more than a heighted respect each for the other might have come out of the fight, had Samuel been a boarder. Unfortunately for both of us, however, he lived very much under his august father's eye and the marks I had succeeded in leaving on his face were too distinctive to be hidden by any sort of artifice. I prepared for the worst (prepared in spirit that is, for physical preparations were known to be unavailing at such times.)The summons to the principal's office duly came after lunch the same day.

      He was quite impartial, I'll say that for him. We were both arched over his desk and inscribed across our rumps with two dozen strokes of a bamboo four-footer .Then we were made to shake hands with each other and sent off for walk together along the beach and back (this was the principal's usual way of dealing with a pair of fighters, and one which usually made bosom friends of them.)That thrashing and the walk which followed ,gave me the moments of deepest mortification I have experienced ,and drove home to me the utter futility and wastefulness of making issue of tribal divisions, in a land where much else required our attentions and our energies .Having heard from us how the fight started ,the principal might so early have wasted our time and his reading us along patriotic sermon on the essential brotherhood of all the people of Songhai .

   Such a theme would have made him appear to me hypocrite and to Samuel a traitor -for we both knew only too well that the difference between us were real, if not deep .Instead, we were made to share a fellowship of misery and humiliation which linked us together more effectively than any half-believed fiction about cultural or ethnic affinities could have succeeded in doing.

   QUESTIONS:

(a)   What was the cause of the fight?                           (2 marks)

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(b)   Show how the statement "A flint needs contact with another flint in order to spark" is applicable to this story? 

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(c) With illustrations show the difference in character between the narrator and his classmates?      (4marks)

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(d)   What is the narrator's attitude towards the head teacher?                                                               (3marks)

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(e)   Identify three phrases in the passage to describe the fierce nature of the fight?                              (3marks)

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(f)   Identify two images that are used to show the extent of the narrator's anger?                                          (2marks)

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(g)   Identify a case of parenthesis in paragraph one?                                                                                   (1mark)

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(h)   Get a quotation from the passage that shows the fight did not end the tribal differences between the two groups?

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(i)   Explain the meaning of the following phrases as used in passage:            (2marks)

      (i) bosom friends

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   (ii) Patriotic sermon       .........

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