Answers to the Exercises for The Man from the River
A. How much did you understand?
- Two girls were fishing, and they began to fight.
- A man was hiding behind a rock.
False. He was hiding behind a tree.
- The man judged their quarrel.
- A week later, the girls went fishing again.
False. They went fishing the next day.
- The girls didn't catch another fish.
False. The girls did catch another fish.
- Everyone from the village went to find the stranger.
- They pulled him out of a hole beside the river.
False. They pulled the man out of a tree.
- The man turned into a red bull.
False. The man turned into a black bull, and then a white bull.
- Then he turned into a beautiful woman.
- When they reached the village, he turned into a man again.
- The chief's daughter brought him a basket of food.
False. The chief's daughter brought him a gourd of water.
- She took him into her hut.
- Nine months later, the chief's daughter had a son.
- They called the baby Ony-ya, which means 'the son of the chief'.
False. Ony-ya means "the one who comes from the river".
- He became king of the Anuak people.
B. Where were they?
- Achala and Ajulo wanted to catch some fish. Where did they go?
They went to the river.
- Where was the tree where the man was hiding?
Near the river.
- When Ajulo dropped the fish, where did it go?
Into the river.
- Where did the girls go after they left the river?
They went back to the village/they went home.
- Where did the girls go the next day?
They went back to the river.
- Where did everyone go the day after that?
Everyone went to the river.
- Where was the stranger when he changed into a black bull?
On the way back to the village.
- Where was the stranger when he changed into a man again?
In the village.
- Where did the chief's daughter take the man?
Into her hut.
- Where did the stranger leave the necklace of cowries?
Under her cowskin.
C. The best reason
We think that the best reason is 2:
The story is about the ancestor of the Anuak kings.