Answers to the Exercises for Gany-Nyang and the Hyena

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A. How much did you understand?


The right order of the sentences is 3, 4, 6, 5, 7, 2, 1, 8.

Gany-Nyang and his sons went into the forest to hunt.

"I'm sorry," he said. "It's only a hyena."

"We are Nuer, and the Nuer don't eat hyenas."

"Cut off the hyena's head and throw it away."

"Now cut off the legs and throw them away."

"Does it look like a bushbuck?"

"If it's a bushbuck, we can eat it."

So Gany-Nyang's sons skinned the hyena and cooked it and ate it.


B. True or false?


  1. Gany-Nyang and his sons hunted for many days before they shot the hyena.
    False. They hunted all day, from early in the morning until late in the evening.
  2. Gany-Nyang and his sons began to argue.
  3. "Cut off the hyena's head," said one of Gany-Nyang's sons.
    False. "Cut off the hyena's head," said Gany-Nyang.
  4. Gany-Nyang's sons cut off the hyena's tail.
  5. Gany-Nyang and his sons ate the hyena.