Exercises for Gany-Nyang and the Hyena

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A. How much did you understand?


Put these sentences in the right order.

  1. "If it's a bushbuck, we can eat it."
  2. "Does it look like a bushbuck?"
  3. Gany-Nyang and his sons went into the forest to hunt.
  4. "I'm sorry," he said. "It's only a hyena."
  5. "Cut off the hyena's head and throw it away."
  6. "We are Nuer, and the Nuer don't eat hyenas."
  7. "Now cut off the legs and throw them away."
  8. So Gany-Nyang's sons skinned the hyena and cooked it and ate it.


B. True or false?


Which of these sentences about the story are true, and which are false?

  1. Gany-Nyang and his sons hunted for many days before they shot the hyena.
  2. Gany-Nyang and his sons began to argue.
  3. "Cut off the hyena's head," said one of Gany-Nyang's sons.
  4. Gany-Nyang's sons cut off the hyena's tail.
  5. Gany-Nyang and his sons ate the hyena.


C. What do you think?


Were Gany-Nyang and his sons right to eat the hyena?

Was Gany-Nyang clever to make the hyena look like a bushbuck?

If you were very, very hungry, would you eat a hyena?


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