(i) What is the meaning of the following: “What is good for the goose is good for the gander.” (1 mark) (j) Explain the meaning of the following as they are used in the passage. (3 marks) (i) Segregated (ii) Absurdities (iii) Blanket excuse 2. LITERARY APPRECIATION (25 marks) Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow. The envelope had been addressed to Mark who opened it, read the letter and passed it to her. “At least she is from the country,” he said sounding a bit odd. She looked at him and then lowered her eyes to the letter. It was characteristically Aoro – brief and to the point. She felt kind of sorry for Mark. First there had been Becky who had left home unceremoniously only to return with a white man in tow. A very nice man but apparently not nice enough for Becky. He had found out that she was having an affair during his trips abroad and had sued for a divorce. Now she was living alone with the children, financially well off, but unhappy. It was one thing to enjoy the thrills of an affair, but a different thing altogether to have a carte blanche to do exactly as you pleased. John had been terribly hurt of course and Mark had been furious with her. Then Tony had joined priesthood – Mark resisted it at first but recently, during Tony‟s ordination he had been full of pride for his son – whose face had shone with joy and youthful dedication. Vera‟s case had been the hardest to accept. Mark thought of the world of Vera, and deferred to her in everything. Then she had arrived home one day and declared that she wanted to join the Catholic Prelature of Opus Dei as a non-marrying member. It didn‟t help that Mark had never heard of Opus Dei and could not understand why Vera could not marry. But he had eventually accepted because he loved her. Because she looked so happy, so radiant. Anything that could bring such joy and serenity could not be that bad. It was a pity though that she did not wear a veil or a habit. That way he could at least have bragged about her a little to his friends. His children were a source of great envy to his less lucky friends. Vera for one was a fully qualified electronics expert and had a lucrative job in the city with a large salary and all sorts of benefits. Women like that tended to marry the most amazing wimps and Mark had held his breath in fear. But in the end all Vera wanted was to dedicate her life and her work to God, and there was no turning her back. So Elizabeth secretly hoped that Aoro would bring home a nice girl – naturally a Luo like himself – who would proceed to have many children – all of ordinary black colour. She had heard the farm – hand greeting them, and soon afterwards saw the pair walking through the gate and up to the house.
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