Read the comprehension passage on pages 140 and 141 of your English textbook, then answer the following questions
Stanley meets Mutesa by David Rubadiri
Such a time of it they had,
The heat of the day,
The chill of the night
And the mosquitoes that followed.
Such was the time and
They, bound for a kingdom.
The thin weary line of carriers
With tattered dirty rags to cover their backs
The battered bulky chests
That kept on falling of their shaven heads.
Their tempers high and hot,
The sun fierce and scorching –
With it rose their spirits,
With its fall their hopes
As each day sweated their bodies dry and
Flies clung in clumps on their sweat-scented backs.
Such was the march
And the hot season just breaking.
Each day a weary pony dropped,
Left for the vultures on the plains;
Each afternoon a human skeleton collapsed,
Left for the Masai on the plains;9
But the march trudged on
Its khaki leader in front;
He the spirit that inspired .
He the light of hope.
Then came the afternoon of a hungry march,
A hot and hungry march it was;
The Nile and the Nyanza
Lay like two twins
Azure across the green countryside.
The march leapt on chanting
Like young gazelles to a waterhole.
Hearts beat faster,
Loads felt lighter
As the cool water lapped their sore soft feet
No more the dread of hungry hyenas
But only tales of valour when
At Mutesa’s court fires are lit.
No more the burning heat of the day
But song, laughter and dance.
The village looks on behind banana groves
Children peer behind reed fences.
Such was the welcome.
No singing women to chant a welcome
Or drums to greet the white ambassador;
Only a few silent nods from aged faces
And one rumbling drum roll
To summon Mutesa’s court to parley
For the country was not sure.
The gates of reeds is flung open,
There is silence
But only a moment’s silence
A silence of assessment.
The tall black king steps forward,
He towers over the thin bearded white man
Then grabbing his lean white hand
Manages to whisper
Mtu Mweupe kari’bu
White man you are welcome.
The gate of polished reed clothes behind them
And the west is let in.
- a) Mention three physical differences between the white man and the king
- b) What is suggested by the last line of the poem?
- c) List three hardships the travellers encountered.
- d) Mention two signs of poverty in the train.
- e) What made their loads feel lighter
f)’He the spirit that inspired. He the light of hope.’
What figure of speech is contained in the expression above?
What does it mean?
- g) ‘That kept on falling off their shaven heads.’
- What grammatical name is given to this expression as it is used in the passage?
- What is its function?
- h) For each of the following words, find another word or phrase that means the same
and can replace it as it is used in the passage.
- b) tattered
- c) trudged
- d) dread
- e) valour
- f) summon
- g) assessment
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