a) What happens just i) Before this extract (2 mks) ii) After this extract (2 mks b) Identify the main stylistic device used in the passage and say how effective it is (4 mks) c) How relevant is the main event in the above extract to the rest of the novel? (4 mks) d) Discuss Waiyaki’s role and character as brought in this passage (4 mks) e) Illustrate one theme that is suggested in the above excerpt (4 mks) f) “Perhaps it might have felt better if Kamau had stuck it out.” ( Rewrite this sentence beginning: Had ………..) (2 mks)
g) In about 40 words outline the reactions of Kamau and Waiyaki as seen in the last paragraph (5mks) 11. Read the following comprehension passage and answer the questions that follow The moon was also awake. Her glare was hard and looked brittle. The whole ridge and everything wore a brilliant white. And the little things that in the day appeared ordinary seemed now to be changed into an unearthliness that was both alluring and frightening. Waiyaki listened for voices on the ridge but he could only hear silence. As he moved across the ridge, through small bushes and trees, the silence and the moons glare seemed to have combined into one mighty force that breathed and had life. Waiyaki wanted to feel at one with the whole creation, with the spirits of his sister and father. He hesitated. Then the oppression in him grew and the desire to talk with someone mounted. The brightness of the moon seemed now soft and tangible and he yielded to his magic. And Waiyaki thrust out his arms and wanted to hold the moon close to his breast because he was sure she was listening and he wanted her cold breath near him. Now his muscles and everything about his body seemed to vibrate with tautness. Again he was restless and the yearning came back to him. It filled him and shook his whole being so that he felt something in him would burst. Yearning! Yearning! Was life all a yearning and no satisfaction? Was one to live a strange hollowness pursuing one like a malignant beast that one could not ever know. You had just to be. Waiyaki was made to serve the tribe, living day by day with no thoughts of self but always of others. He had now for many seasons been trying to drain himself dry, for the people. Yet this thing still pursued him Suddenly he thought he knew what he wanted freedom. He wanted to run, run hard run anywhere. Or hover aimlessly, wandering everywhere like a spirit. Then he would have everything- every flower, every tree- or he could fly to the moon. This seemed possible and Waiyaki raised up his eyes to the sky. His heart bled for her. But he could not run. And he could not fly. All this while, Waiyaki had been moving. Soon he was at Honia river. The crickets went on with their incessant shrilling. The quiet throb of the river echoed in his heart. He felt comforted. The water looked strange under the moon. He crossed the river and began climbing up the slope, following the cattle road that would take him to Joshua’s village – Makuyu. He would go and see Kamau. It was strange how his life and Kamau’s and Kinuthia’s seemed to be running
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