Exercises for Deya Ali and the Thieves

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A. How much did you understand in Part One of the story?


In the first part of the story, Deya Ali gets rid of all her friends. 

Read these sentences. Who is Deya Ali talking to?

  1. "Let's go to the river and bathe."
  2. "They are very hot and thirsty. They need a drink. Can you help them?"
  3. "You are tired. Sit on that stone and rest."
  4. "Uncle, you are tired. Come and rest."
  5. "You stay and look after the cattle. I'll look for some food."
  6. "Look, over there, near the river, I can see some men. They have some nice, fat cows. Why don't you kill one of them for us?"
  7. "There are your uncles. Why don't you go and greet them?"


Deya Ali's friends all obeyed her. What happened to them?

  1. The hyena was frightened. What did he do?
  2. Deya Ali told the vulture to open her mouth. What did she put in it?
  3. What did the farmers do to the forked stick?
  4. What did the people do with the coffee husks?
  5. What happened when the butter sat on the stone?
  6. What happened when the barley chaff went to bathe?
  7. What happened when the lion sat on the cowskin?


How much did you understand in Part Two of the story?


True or false?


Are these sentences about Part Two of the story true or false?

  1. The first night, when the thieves came, Deya Ali's uncle,  brother, mother and sisters came to help her.
  2. The thieves went away because they thought that they heard many voices.
  3. On the second night, the thieves went away because Omer, Idris and Ahmed were bringing their horses.
  4. Nobody was with Deya Ali. She was alone.
  5. Deya Ali was sad because she had driven all her friends away and there was no one to help her.


B. Where were they?


  1. When Deya Ali was with the hyena, they saw some men with their cows. Where were the men?
  2. Where did the vulture go, when she flew up into the sky?
  3. Where did the farmers put the forked stick?
  4. Where were Deya Ali and the coffee husks, when the travellers passed them?
  5. Where did the butter go, when she melted off the stone?
  6. Where did Deya Ali go with the barley chaff in the evening?
  7. Where did Deya Ali sit, when she sang her happy song?
  8. Where were the thieves hiding?


C. What do you think?


Do you think that Deya Ali's uncle was stupid to believe her lies?

What does this story teach us about friends?

Can you think of another title for this story?


D. A play


This story can make a good play. Choose a tall person to be the forked stick and a short person to be the butter. The person who plays Deya Ali needs to run fast!


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