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Sample and Practice Excerpts and Extracts With Answers - Blossoms of the Savannah

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1. read the extract below and answer the questions that follow. .

“No Joseph,” she said in an infantile whimper. “I can’t bear that we can’t express the love that we have for one another because of some primitive culture. If by loving you, I offend the sensibilities of Nasila then let me offend and face the consequences of doing so!” 

“I also love you very much,” Joseph Parmuat responded finally. “I loved you the moment I saw you during your father’s homecoming ceremony. But then the clan matter came to separate us. It is true we have no blood relation. But Nasila culture dictates who are related and who are not. We are slotted among those who cannot marry.” 

“No, it can’t be, I cannot accept its verdict,” she said petulantly her words agonised. “No way, never!” She stopped, confused and angry with herself at her inarticulate outburst. She took several long steadying breaths and then said, “I cannot accept that a culture that does not feed, clothe or house me comes to control my life. Our lives belong to us, Joseph. The destiny of our lives is in our own hands. We should guard it jealously.”At last they drew a little a part .His eyes were open, honest and steady upon her face.

  • What happens before this excerpt? (3mks)
  • For both Joseph and Taiyo, give and illustrate two character traits. (4mks)
  • How is dialogue significant in this excerpt? (4mks)
  • Explain any two thematic concerns addressed in the excerpt. (4mks)
  • From elsewhere in the novel, how does Joseph sacrifice for his love for Taiyo?(4mks)
  • What happens immediately after this extract?           (2mks)

Sample excerpt 1 answers

  • Taiyo visits Joseph’s bachelor house. She expresses her infatuation. Joseph feels infatuated too. She sobs uncontrollably
  • Joseph is responsible. He has self-control aimed at preventing the duo from messing up. He is patriotic. He chooses to take sides with the Nasila culture. He feels they should not break the norms Taiyo is loving. She has strong feelings for Joseph. Assertive. She is ready to offend sensibilities of Nasila culture for love. Sacrificing. She is ready to risk herself for love.
  • It brings out Taiyo’s interrogative nature. She skeptically questions the enslaving nature of Nasila culture. “I cannot accept culture that does not feed me.” She poses that culture should be beneficial.
  • He accepts to be the contact man in the mission of rescuing Taiyo. He makes her captors drunk leading to her escape. The captors later kill him.
  • Love. Taiyo and Joseph express their views towards love. She feels it should be let to grow while he feels culture should restrain love feelings. Culture. Their love relationship is held at ransom by culture that objects love between people of the same clan.
  • Childish/ immature
  • Joseph says he is ready to face any eventuality that may arise out of love. Taiyo appreciates the new stance of Joseph. She sheds tears.

2. Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow

You are mad !” Resian screamed at him. You are stark mad if you think I am your wife. I can only be your wife over my dead body. Yes, you and my father can kill me and carry my dead body to your palatial home.” 

He was stunned by those harsh words. He winced as if he had been struck. Then already harsh line of his mouth tightened and he stood tense for a moment. Then he relaxed and watched her mockingly. “You can never escape Resian,” he repeated quietly, smiling. The very normality of his voice as he spoke those monstrous words was most shocking and disturbing to her. Whether you scream your heart out, or jump into the deep sea, Resian, you are mine. You are my wife from now henceforth”

“I want to go now.” Resian announced angrily shuddering with disgust and terror.

“You want to go?” he asked, the contemptuous quiet of his voice a menace by itself.” Go! You want to be persuaded, coaxed and pampered to marry Oloisudori Lonkiyaa? Sorry I will not do that!   If you want to go, please yourself. You may opt to go, but when you are mine, you will do as I please. No one plays games with Oloisudori. Ask your father, he will tell you.”

“Stop it! Stop it! Resian screamed excruciatingly pained by the disdainful remarks of Oloisudori. Putting her hands over her ears, she made a dash for the door. He made no effort to stop her but she flung it open and turned to glare at him with tearful eyes

You are mad! She screamed again sobbingly. “You are stark mad!   You hear me?   You are nothing but ol-ushuushi.”   She walked away and as she did so, she heard his soft laughter behind her.

  • Say what happens before this excerpt. (3mks)
  • How is Oloisudori portrayed in this excerpt?           (4mks)
  • Describe the feeling of Resian in this excerpt (3mks)
  • From other areas of the novel, state other crimes that are practiced by Oloisudori. (3mks).
  • How does the writer utilize irony in this excerpt? (3mks)
  • “You are my wife from now henceforth” Rewrite in the reported speech. (1mk)
  • What happens immediately after this extract? (3mks)

Sample excerpt 2 answers

  • Oloisudori informs Resian of the benefits she will get for marrying him. Resian gets very annoyed and speechless. Resian learns that her father has already received dowry for her marriage to Oloisudori. He reports to her that their fate is sealed.
  • Contemptuous.“He asked, the contemptuous quiet of his voice a menace by itself.” Proud. He feels superior and egocentric. “No one plays games with Oloisudori. Asked your father, he will tell you.”
  • She is feeling disappointed and desperate of her father’s action of receiving dowry with an aim of sealing her marriage with Oloisudori. She feels really betrayed.
  • Extortion, assassinations shadowy businesses, sexual immorality, robber, smuggler, poacher
  • It is ironical that Oloisudori who is older than Resian’s father plans to marry Resian a young girl even after he is told her wish is to study at the university. It is also ironical that Kaelo has already picked dowry from Oloisudori and has never bothered to inform Resian of it.
  • He told her that she was her wife from then henceforth. 
  • Grand/ like a palace
  • Strong loathe
  • Treat with excessive care
  • Resian rans blindly knocking a chair and a table and disappears past Oloisudori’s driver. She goes to her father’s shop. She is raving mad with indignation. She becomes very disappointed with her father.

3. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

They were silent as they climbed the hill on their way back from Nasila river to draw water.   The water containers that they carried on their backs were now heavy.   The straps that supported the containers pressed down their heads with a painful exhaustion.

As they walked, each one of them allowed her mind to fleetingly roam the fanciful land of wishful thinking.

Resian thought how wonderful it would be, had she had a chance to enroll at the Egerton University and after graduation had a chance to work with her role model, Minik ene Nkoitoi, the Emakererei at the sheep ranch that she managed.   She imagined herself already there driving a large flock of sheep.   And when she thought of sheep, her mind flew back to fifteen years or so earlier and reminisced the first time she saw a sheep.   It was a childhood memory, a memorable picture from the swirling scene around her which had been captured and preserved by her mind when she and Taiyo accompanied their father to the Nakuru Agricultural Show.   She could still see in her mind a group of big, docile, tawny woolly animals that stood panting drowsily in a green pasture, with the sun beaming down brightly from a clear blue sky.   She had then admired the white long overcoats that the handlers wore. 

Taiyo also thought of Emakererei.   She would ask Joseph Parmuat, to assist her compose a song in her praise.   She had already put words to a tune she had composed to ridicule the three women who she thought collaborated with men to oppress the women folk.   They were Nasila’s three blind mice who, she thought, did not seem to know that the world was changing.   Those were the enkasakutoni, who threatened to curse intoiye nemengalana and ensured they did not get husbands nor children: the midwife Enkaitoyoni who threatened to spy on the young women as they gave birth to ensure that any who was still among intoiye-nemengalana had her status altered there and then; and the dreaded Enkamuratani, who would never tire of wielding her olmurunya menacingly.

  • Place the excerpt in its immediate context. (4Mks)
  • Identify and illustrate two aspects of style in this excerpt. (4Mks)
  • Discuss two themes evident in the excerpt. (4Mks)
  • Discuss one character trait of Resian and Taiyo in the excerpt. (4Mks)
  • The straps that supported the containers pressed down their heads with a painful exhaustion.   Rewrite beginning: with…………………………………………. (1Mk)
  • How do Resian’s thoughts now come to be fulfilled in future? Briefly explain. (4Mks)
  • Collaborated

Sample excerpt 3 answers

  • Before the excerpt, Taiyo and Resian go to the River to fetch water. They remember their discussion with their aunt and admire Minik’s fight against women oppression by men. They muse that men must be very angry with her for snatching five hundred girls from her. After the excerpt, Taiyo sings the song she has composed about three women whom she refers as mice silently in her heart. One of those women is the  enkamuratani  chasing a woman with a knife.
  • Flashback- Resian recalls fifteen years back when she and Taiyo accompanied their father to the Nakuru agricultural show and she saw sheep the first time. Vivid description-The sheep are vividly described as big, docile tawny wooly animals. Metaphors-She calls the three women who collaborated with men to oppress women as Nasila’s three blind mice.
  • Theme of Determination or optimism. Resian is full of optimism that one day she would join Egerton university. Women as their own enemies. The three Nasila women collaborated with men to oppress women. Negative cultural practices. The three women propagate negative cultural practices against women such as F.G.M.
  • Resian is visionary. She thought how wonderful it would be, had she a chance to enroll at the Egerton University. She dreams of going to university. Taiyo-critical-she wants to compose a song ridiculing three Nasilian women who collaborated with men to oppress women.
  • With a painful exhaustion, the straps that supported the containers pressed down their heads.
  • Later, she is rescued from a planned marriage by Nabaru and is taken to Minik’s ranch. There, she is given a house and a job. Minik also helps in securing their admission at Egerton University. She also gives a scholarship. The novel ends when she and Taiyo are going to University. 
  • Recall/Recalled Worked together Feared Threateningly 

4. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow

“Yes, Papaai,” Resian said apprehensively .   “I am here.   Taiyo tells me you are calling me?”

“Yes, yes,” her father replied.   “Please take a seat.”

“Yes, Papaai, ” Resian repeated as she sat on a chair far away from her father.

“Come nearer…child,” her father said pleasantly.

“Why do you sit a mile away ? Come nearer.”

Resian moved her chair hardly an inch from where it was and then she looked up into her 

father’s face with eager expectation.

“If I do remember well,” her father began in a low even tone, “you will be nineteen in September this year, am I right”

“You are quite right, Papaai. ” Resian answered eyeing him curiously. His face was unusually kind.   His eyes held hers as he smiled broadly.   That’s it!’ she thought triumphantly.   “That must be it!

“You and I have not discussed important issues for a long time,” he said with a friendly chuckle that was intended to bring her closer to him.   “I thought today would be the best day to break the news.   Your future is very important to me, my dear child.”

Resian thought the concern in her father’s voice, rang false.   She hesitated, but could not hold herself any more.   The anxiety was too great.

“Papaai, is it Yeiyo or Taiyo who spoke to you?” she asked sensationally, thinking she was stating the obvious.   But seeing her father’s face cloud, she added quickly.

“Who between them spoke to you about our enrolment at the Egerton University?”

“What are you talking about, child? Her father, who seemed dumbfounded, asked after a long and uncomfortable silence.

“Both Yeiyo and Taiyo promised to talk to you about it, and I thought she had.”

“What, in the name of God are you talking about, child?” he repeated, this time agitated and shaking his head vigorously.   “No, I have never spoken to anybody about any of you enrolling at the university.   Never! When I said I wanted us to discuss your future, that isn’t what I meant at all.   Of course not!” Resian looked at her father’s face enquiringly.

  • What has happened before the excerpt? (3mks)
  • What is so ironical in this passage?   Explain your answer referring to elsewhere in the novel. (3mks)
  • “Your future is very important to me, my dear child” From elsewhere in the novel, explain why Ole Kaelo tells his daughter so. (3Mks)
  • Discuss two aspects of character in Resian in this excerpt. (4Mks)
  • What major issue is addressed in this excerpt? (2Mks)
  • Explain what happens after this excerpt. (3Mks)
  • “Who between them spoke to you about our enrolment at the Egerton university? “Rewrite in the direct speech. (1Mk)
  • A part from irony, discuss any other aspect of style evident in the excerpt. (2Mks)
  • Apprehensively
  • Sit a mile away
  • Hold herself

Sample Excerpt 4 Answers

  • Ole Kaelo sends Taiyo to call Resian for him. Resian feels hopeful and excited that she is being called to be informed about admission to the university. She thinks that it is her mother or sister who has talked to her father about the matter. 
  • It is ironical for Resian to think that her father is going to tell her about her dream wish of joining Egerton University but he has plans to marry her off to his friend Oloisudori. This is even as he says “your future is very important to me”
  • He says this because he has plans to marry her to his friend Oloisudori. If this succeeds, his business would be saved because Oloisudori had helped him establish the business and even building his house in Nasila. 
  • Ignorant- she thinks that her father has good news about joining university which is not the case. She says, “That’s it!” She thought triumphantly. “Is it Yeiyo or Taiyo who spoke to you?” Apprehensive. She replies to her father apprehensively. Fearful- she is in fear of her father. She sits on a chair far from her father.
  • Determination/optimism. Resian is very much determined to join Egerton University. She thinks it is the reason why her father has called her. “Who between them spoke to you about our enrollment at the Egerton University.”
  • After the excerpt, Ole Kaelo hesitates telling Resian what he wanted to tell her and tells her to go to the kitchen. He tells her to tell her mother to come.
  • She asked him who between them had spoken to him about their enrollment at the Egerton University.
  • Suspense. The reader is left in suspense wanting to know why Ole Kaelo had called his daughter. Dialogue- there is dialogue between Resian and her father. It reveals the strained relationship between daughter and father. Nervously/worriedly/fearfully Sit far away Control herself Troubled/disturbed

5. Read the excerpt below and then answer the questions that follow.

“In Nakuru, this was not a subject that concerned us much. But in Nasila it is on every lip.” “Yes, that’s very true,” Resian said trying to entice her mother to say more. “The other day Taiyo learnt from Joseph Parmuat that female circumcision was initiated by women themselves about two hundred years earlier. And that it was as a result of sexual abuse and harassment by an invading despot called Olarinkoi and his warriors. Is that true Yeiyo ? I thought it was one of those myths that were created by men to blame women for everything that works against them.”

“What Joseph Parmuat told Taiyo is factually correct,” her mother told her confidently. “It was the shame and anger that was provoked by Ilarinkon taunts, lewd teasing and provocative posturing that made the women do what they did to curtail those desires the worthless predators exploited to prey upon them.”

“That may have been true then.’ Resian said looking directly into her mother’s eyes. “But what is the reason for doing it today? Ilarinkon are no longer with us, or are they?”

“The original Ilarinkon may have gone,” her mother said unconvincingly, “but other Ilarinkon are still with us.”

“Exactly!” said Resian triumphantly. “Yes, it’s the latter day Ilarinkon who are wreaking havoc on us women. Surely, Yeiyo , if one discovered a nasty but potent medicine that once taken cured an ailment , must they continue to swallow it every day – ten years down the line? I find that absurd. The sensible thing would be to discard the bitter medicine once people are cured. Period! Tell me Yeiyo , what use is FGM to today’s woman?”

“Are you suggesting that it is men who continue to perpetuate this cultural rite?” her mother asked perplexed by her daughter’s argument.

“Yes, they are creators of the labyrinth that the women continue to meander around,” she said philosophically. “Even if I am reluctantly convinced that it was women and not men who initiated the obnoxious ritual, who provoked the women to do so? The Ilarinkon who were purported to have pushed women into mutilating their sexuality were men. And the ancient Ilarinkon were no different from today’s Ilarinkon. The ancient Ilarinkon were sadists and despotic. Today’s Ilarinkon are worse. In addition to being despotic, they are oppressive tyrants; ‘and one of their ways of oppressing us is to demand that F G M be perpetuated against us forever!”

  • Resian is fond of her sister Taiyo. Why is Taiyo not here at this moment? Explain the significance of her absence.    (3marks)
  • Discuss two themes evident in the excerpt.  (4marks)
  • In your words rephrase the origin of FGM  (3marks)
  • Describe two character traits of Resian as brought out in the excerpt.  (4marks)
  • "The original Ilarinkon may have gone,” her mother said unconvincingly, “but other Ilarinkon are still with us.” Change into reported speech     (1mark)
  • Today’s Ilarinkon are worse    (add a question tag) (1 mark)
  • Identify the main style used in this excerpt. State its two significances   (3marks)
  • Describe the events that occur soon after this excerpt.                                  (4marks)

Sample Excerpt 5 Answers

  • Taiyo has left for the shop with her father. Resian believes that,this being the agreeable moment, she would bring the subject of their admission to Egerton university.
  • Negative / oppressive culture. There is FGM in today’s woman is
  • Male Chauvinsm/ Patriarchy/ male dominance . Resian is of the view that the current Ilarinkon are worse and that they are despotic oppressive tyrants who oppress women by ensuring that they are subjected to FGM forever.
  • It was the shame and anger that was provoked by Ilarinkon taunts, lewd teasing and provocative posturing that made the women do what they did to curtail those desires the worthless predators exploited to prey upon them.
  • Critical – when mother tries to explain FGM her, she dismisses it is a myth created by men to oppress women
  • Bold – she asks her mother directly into her eyes, ‘what is the purpose of FGM today?’
  • Inquisitive – she asks her mother so many questions.
  • Enticing / alluring – Resian tries to attract her mother cleverly to continue speaking more.
  • Contemptuous /dismissive – she outrightly dismisses her mother’s claims
  • Her mother said unconvincingly that the original Ilarinkon might have gone but other Ilarinkon were still with them.
  • aren’t they?
  • Shows how critical of FGM Resian is
  • Brings out the theme of male chauvinism
  • Develops the plot
  • Brings out Resian’s character
  • Assists them to remember the origin of FGM 
  • Resian uses this to speak out her mind about what has all along tormented her spirit
  • There is a knock on the door.
  • Resian’s mother asks her daughter to check who is knocking
  • Resian finds out that it is Oloisudori at the door 
  • Oloisudori forces them to be allowed to wait for Ole Kaelo who is not around.
  • Curtail - prevent/limit/ control/ shorten/ restrain
  • Ailment - sickness/ disease 
  • Perplexed - confusion

6. Read the following excerpts and answer the questions that follow

Although Resian had a lot to complain and grumble about in life in their new environment, Taiyo found it tolerable. For instance, she gladly discovered that mornings in their new home began with a lively chatter of birds in the trees surrounding their house. That gave the home an atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

However, one of the unpleasant aspects that the girls had to live with was the constant violation of their privacy. In Nasila, they soon discovered, the home belonged to all the clan members. It was not an unusual thing to get up in the morning to find the living room full of men and women who came early, not for any tangible business, but simply to share a sumptuous breakfast with their kith and kin. Taiyo and Resian were soon to get used to hearing an urgent knock at the door very early in the morning.

On opening, they would invariably be met by a grinning group of men or women who would unashamedly ask them what they were doing in bed that late in the morning. They would proceed to take seats in the living room and order them to serve them breakfast. When they got used to what at first, they considered negative aspects of the Nasila culture, Taiyo and Resian adjusted accordingly and soon they began to live harmoniously with the people. Their father was out of the homestead most of the time working at the shop and organizing other business matters. His absence meant the absence of his irksome and corrosive remarks that always heightened tension in the house. In his absence, the house was a continuous joy with comfort and conveniences, and the girls found it pleasurable to keep it clean and well-arranged.

  • What happens immediately after this extract? (3 marks)
  • Where had the family been living before and why did they move? (2 marks)
  • The people of Nasila (6 marks)
  • Discuss a theme implied in the extract. (3 marks)
  • Using the rest of the book, cite and explain one cultural aspect that had a life changing effect on the lives of the two girls (3mks)
  • Explain a stylistic device used in the extract. (2mks)
  • Taiyo and Resian adjusted accordingly? Add a question tag. (1mk)

Sample Excerpt 6 Answers

  • The girls went ahead to mix with the women folk of the village. Many of the women folk had come to scout for spouses for their sons and husbands.
  • They had been living in Nakuru. However, they had had to move to Nasila after their father was retrenched
  • Laidback did not complain all the time like Resian.
  • Appreciative liked the new environment, especially the pleasant morning with the chattering birds.
  • Social— came to visit even at odd hours.
  • Conservative followed the culture of their people that dictated unlimited hospitality.
  • Friendly— called on the new arrivals regardless of the implied motives.
  • People were firmly rooted in their culture. There were some aspects that were not very pleasant, but they stuck to
  • Also, they believed in sharing and visiting each other.
  • The people believed in sharing what one had. That is why they found nothing wrong with visiting Taiyo and her family
  • The cultural activity is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The two girls were looked down upon because they were uncircumcised. There were even vagabonds who tried to rape them because they imagined that society would not mind. Taiyo was later circumcised and ended up sick and had to be rescued by Minik
  • Vivid Description — the extract has a description of the early morning chatter. It also has a description of early morning calls by all sorts of people.
  • Taiyo and Resian adjusted accordingly, didn't they?

7. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

"Who? Not me," Resian said vehemently "I don't want to be a parent. At least not in the foreseeable future.

I want to study. When I'll have obtained my degree, other peripheral matters such as a husband, children and such may be considered."

They were walking back to the homestead talking animatedly when they were accosted by a tall heavyset young man with a thick dark beard and moustache. He wore a pair of faded jeans and a dirty blue shirt. On his face was a wide impudent grin. Taiyo glanced at the young man and looked away. She moved closer to Resian and nudged her to change direction. But the man walked directly to Taiyo. On seeing the man approaching, a heavy knobkerry in his hand, Resian almost fainted.

"Please do not harm us," she pleaded. "We do not have any money with us."

"Who told you I want any money?" the man jeered as he strode menacingly towards them. "Are you

not the intoiyenemengalana from Nakuru town?" he asked laughing contemptuously. "I want to have a good look at you and know what kind of stuff you are made of!" He roughly grabbed Taiyo's arm.

"Leave my sister alone!" Resian hissed indignantly lifting her eyes and glaring into his. "Let go her arm at once!"

"Let go of my hand," Taiyo demanded, trembling with anger. "We are not the kind of women you have in mind!"

"What women!" the man retorted acidly. "Soon, you will be able to differentiate decent women from intoiyenemengalana."

Taiyo tried to wrestle her arm from the man's grip without success. But suddenly, he seemed to change

his mind. With a sour smile, he spat and glared at the girls. Then, releasing Taiyo's hand, he told them: "You have not seen the last of me. Soon you will come to know that there is no place in our society for women of your ilk." He turned and disappeared down the road as suddenly as he had appeared.

The two girls sighed heavily and shook their heads as they watched him walk away. Although they had put up brave faces, they were terribly shaken.

"Thank God his intention was not to rape us," Resian said tears streaming down her face. "We would have been helpless in the hands of such a brute."

Taiyo bit her lower lip struggling to maintain control. "His intention could have been worse than rape," she said, tears of anger and indignation welling up in her eyes.

They quickened their steps to their uncle's home. True, the incident had taken the sparkle from the day that had begun so joyfully, but they reasoned that it could have been worse.

The girls debated as to whether to inform their parents of the ordeal. They knew their mother would understand and empathize with them. But judging from past experience, their father would be less supportive. He would blame them for having dared venture into an unknown territory without his approval. Finally, they decided to keep the incident to themselves.

  • Briefly discuss the events leading to Resian’s question “Who?” in the excerpt. (3marks)
  • "Thank God his intention was not to rape us," Resian said tears streaming down her face. "We would have been helpless in the hands of such a brute." (Rewrite as a reported speech ) (1mark)
  • Describe two similar traits demonstrated by both Resian and Taiyo in the excerpt. (6marks)
  • Discuss two stylistic devices used by the author in the excerpt. (4marks)
  • Highlight and illustrate two themes presented in the excerpt.(4marks)
  • “But judging from past experience, their father would be less supportive.” Point out two incidences in which the father shows less support to his daughters from what happens in the rest of the novel. (2marks)
  • What happens immediately after this excerpt? (2marks)

Sample Excerpt 7 Answers

  • Resian observes that there is rivalry in their uncle’s four houses.
  • Taiyo rebukes her sister for thinking so.
  • Resian also observes that her two aunts are expectant and thinks at that rate there would be many children born.
  • Taiyo says a parent can have as many children as they can.
  • Taiyo then tells her that when Resian’s time comes she will have children.
  • Resian said with tears streaming down her face that they should thank God that his intention was not to rape them and that they would have been helpless in the hands of such a brute.
  • Bold/ Daring. Boldly demand the young man carrying knobkerrie to let go Taiyo’s hands.
  • Intelligent. Both girls understand that their father would not empathize with them unlike their mother.
  • Local dialect.
  • (ACCEPT ANY OTHER PLAUSIBLE ANSWER WITH ILLUSTRATIONS)
  • Female assertiveness. Both Resian and Taiyo are bold enough to confront the man with knobkerrie.
  • Determination. Resian is determined to study and obtain her degree.
  • He stubbornly denies his daughters a chance to study at the university.
  • He denies Taiyo permission to travel to Mombasa with other young men and women to attend an extravaganza
  • Resian’s father finishes supervising the offloading of the furniture and other things into the house.
  • He sets out pay his old friend a visit.
  • Vehemently……. passionately/ fervently
  • Accosted……. confronted/ approached

8. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

“What do you mean?” he asked, suddenly sitting up. “I hope you don’t imply that our culture comes second. Do you?”

“Not really, my husband,” she said ruefully, beating a hasty retreat. “Our culture is everything and it rules our lives.”

“Good,” he said authoritatively. “Now listen, you must immediately start counselling the girls to understand their roles as potential wives of the men of Nasila. Prepare them to appreciate and and accept their future responsibilities as mothers and home builders.”

“I’ll do that my husband,” she said quietly.

“One other thing,” he said evenly. “I’ll ask Simiren to request that young teacher called Parmuat, who is of our clan and therefore a brother to the girls to find time to teach them a few home truths. After that we shall call enkamuratani to play her part before we give them away.”

Those were the words, whose utterance she dreaded. And once uttered, she knew, the words instantly became an inviolable edit. Now that he had spoken, the pain was already harrowing and torment in her unbearable. She was torn between her love for her daughters and her dutiful role of a faithful and obedient wife of Ole Kaelo. But in her culture there was no room for dissent, especially if the subject was in conformity with the culture. Who would side with her if she were to oppose the cultural rituals?

Her only ally would be the woman the elders of Nasila contemptuously called entangoroi or the wasp. Those who honoured her called Emakererei , for she was said to have attended Makerere university in Uganda., where she attained her degree in Veterinary Science. Mama Milanoi knew her well. Her actual names were Minik ene Nkoitoi. Outside Nasila, she was respected and honoured. At thirty, she was already managing an expansive government sheep ranch reputed to hold hundreds of thousands of sheep, about one hundred kilometres away from Nasila. Under her were hundreds of employees who worked at the ranch in Nasila, however, she was regarded as the devil incarnate. She was hated and reviled for criticising and campaigning vigorously against traditions that she said abused the rights of the girl child namely girls’ circumcision and early marriages. And that had put her in direct collision with the people of Nasila. If she aligned herself with a person who Nasila regarded as having such an obnoxious reputation, where would her marriage stand?

  • Place the excerpt in its immediate context.             (4 marks)
  • Why was Minik ene Nkoitoi regarded as a devil incarnate in Nasila? (2 marks)
  • From the excerpt, what do we learn about Mama Milanoi?   (4 marks)
  • Explain two themes that are highlighted in the excerpt.    (4 marks)
  • “What do you mean?” {Rewrite in reported speech}   (1 mark)
  • Discuss the effectiveness of two aspects of style employed in this excerpt. (4 marks)
  • Describe the mood at the end of the excerpt.    (2 marks)
  • Contemptuously
  • Devil incarnate

Sample Excerpt 8 Answers

  • Before: Ole Kaelo had woken up his wife in the morning after the homecoming ceremony asking her if she was aware of what the culture they had been ushered to demanded of them. She tells him that she understands but proposes that they think about the interests of the family first. After: Mama Milanoi decides to play along with her husband’s demands since she knew there was no room for her to dissent.   She decides to broach the subject of F.G.M with the daughters to see how much they knew about it.
  • She is regarded so since she criticised and campaigned against girl’s circumcision and early marriage, traditional practices that Nasila people valued. ( 2 marks)
  • She is submissive/obedient  – this is seen from the fact that she was a faithful and obedient wife to Ole Kaelo as said in the excerpt. We see she could not dissent with him even when she does not support his proposal that the girls be prepared for circumcision.
  • She is informed – she knows so much about Minik ene Nkoitoi including her education background and even the different views that the people held about her.   – she also knows her age and occupation. “At thirty, she was already managing an expansive government sheep ranch.”
  • Place of women in society – The society presented expects women to be submissive by being faithful and obedient to their husbands as is the case with mama Milanoi.
  • Conflict – The writer tells us that Minik ene Nkoitoi campaign against girl’s circumcision and early marriages had put her in direct collision with the Nasila people.
  • Traditions – We see that people of Nasila practise female circumcision and early marriages, which is why Emakererei is despised for campaigning against them. Ole Kaelo asks his wife to start counselling the girls in readiness for circumcision.
  • He asked her what she meant/ Ole Kaelo asked his wife what she meant.
  • Geographical allusion – Minik had attended Makerere University in Uganda. This allusion makes the story authentic and believable.
  • Dialogue – there is dialogue between Mama Milanoi and Ole Kaelo as they discuss the way forward for their daughters. This makjes the story realistic and helps in displaying the traits of the speakers.
  • Rhetorical questions – “ Who would side with her if she were to oppose the cultural rituals?” It brings out the turmoil that Mama Milanoi is going through.
  • The mood is uncertain, pensive and fearful.   – Mama Milanoi wants to help her daughters but she is afraid of the repercussions.
  • Regretfully
  • Extremely wicked/evil person
  • Highly offensive

9. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

Nasila River – cool, smooth and silent – swirled quietly about the boulders that were half submerged in it. It was deep and wide. She stood at its bank for a long time, staring down, into the water. Could the answer to her woes be in that river ? Yes, it could be ! Just a swift, cold shock as she fell into the water and then there would be peace. Yes, peace all over, from her father, from Oloisudori and from the fact that she had failed to get admission to Egerton University. As the idea floated in her mind, she felt a tap on her shoulder. Shocker, she turned around. It was Olarinkoi.

“What are you doing here at the river side”? he asked with little interest.

“Nothing,” Resian said nonchalantly. “I am just relaxing.”

“Don’t be foolish, little girl,” Olarinkoi said seriously. “You may not want to tell me what is happening, but Iam not foolish and I can put one and one together. Oloisudori’s men are now looking for you everywhere. They have instructions to seize you and take you to Nakuru to be his wife.

“Just leave me,” Resian said angrily, “Go tell them to come and find me here.”

“Listen, you stupid girl,” Olarinkoi said in his caustic language. “If you do not want to marry Oloisudori, I can rescue you the way I rescued you from those vagabonds who had accosted you and your sister. I know where Minik ene Enkoitoi the Emakererei lives and where she keeps girls rescued from the situation you are now in. There is no need to despair in life. There is always another chance.”

That could be something to consider, Resian thought, new hope rising in her heart. Yes, it would be wonderful to be received by Emakererei. And who knows, there could still be a chance to enrol at the Egerton University, through Emakererei.

“How could we ever get there?” asked Resian a flicker of hope lighting her heart. “I hear it is very very far from here.”

“Yes it is far,” confirmed Olarinkoi. “But where there is hope things always work out. The Maa people say home is never far for one who is still alive.”

  • Place this excerpt in its immediate context. (4 Marks)
  • Describe the incident that Olarinkoi claims to have rescued Taiyo and her sister. (2Marks)
  • Discuss a thematic concern found in the excerpt. (2 marks)
  • What does the author imply when he says, “could the answer to her woes be in that river?”   (2 marks)
  • Explain the irony in the excerpt. (2 marks) 
  • Apart from irony, comment on any other two aspects of style that the writer has used in the excerpt. (4 marks)
  • From elsewhere in the novel, state the prophecy that Olarinkoi is trying to fulfill when he plans to rescue Resian.      (3 marks)
  • Comment on the character of Olarinkoi later in the novel. (2 marks)
  • What is the attitude of Resian towards Oloisudori’s proposal? (2 marks)
  • Nonchalantly
  • Put one and one together 

Sample Excerpt 9 Answers

  • Place this excerpt in its immediate context. (4 Mks) Before – at the shop-Resian is told by her father of Oloisudori’s intention to marry her She refuses, shouts cries and screams and accuses her father of betrayal her father slaps her twice but still refuses she insists that she will not marry Oloisudori and must go to university She turns and walks to the door and leaves the shop walks towards Nasila River After – Olarinkoi promises to take her to a family in Nasila to spend the night He organizes transport so that they leave early the following day Early the following day, Resian is woken up by the kind-hearted old woman who accommodated her, with hot porridge A pick-up hoots outside the old woman’s house Olarinkoi tells Resian to climb onto the back of the pick-up and they leave
  • The two sisters were walking back home from the shop late in the afternoon (3 oclock). Two men appeared and blocked the road. One tried to Drag Taiyo into the bush while the other wrestled Resian. Suddenly a stranger appeared (Olarinkoi) appeared and fought the two men thereby becoming the hero of the day.
  • Determination – Resian is determined not to be married to Oloisudori, hence decides to run away.
  • Hope – “ who knows there could still be a chance to join Egerton university.”
  • Education - “ who knows there could still be a chance to join Egerton university.”
  • (Any other relevant with illustration)
  • Means that Resian is thinking of ending her life by drowning in river Nasila.
  • Dialogue- …illustration…- indicates the urgency of Resian’s problem and possible solution/breaks monotony of narration
  • Description- river Nasila is described…cool, smooth, silent swirled quietly – to symbolize the peace that can be found by the river side
  • Historical allusion – Egerton university- makes the story real/believable
  • Local words/dialect- Emakererei, maa- shows origin of the story/setting
  • Proverb – home is never far from one who is still alive. – brings to view the rich heritage in language/ points to Resian’s start of a new home.
  • Olarinkoi claiming to take Resian to safety while in the real sense he is forcefully taking her to be his wife.
  • Olarinkoi’s mother had prophesied that Ole Kaelo would relocate to Nasila, and bring along with him his intoiyie nemengalana , her son Olarinkoi would move to that home, live with the Kaelo’s for some time and eventually bring one of his daughters to be circumcised and be given to him as his wife.
  • Unreliable/traitorous/untrustworthy/pretentious/inhumane/insensitive/brutal/inconsiderate etc
  • Contemptuous/hateful
  • Nonchalantly – casually, relaxedly, calmly, in a calm manner, half-heartedly, disinterestedly
  • Put one and one together - Guess the truth about the situation from what you have seen or heard/ understand something by using situation you have.

10. Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow. (20 marks)

Her dream was rudely and violently interrupted by a thunderous bang and a loud roar of laughter. She woke up with a start, jumped up to her feet and stared at the door with wide panic-stricken eyes. For a moment she could not figure out her surroundings and called out the name of her sister Taiyo. She was terrified. The door flung open and Olarinkoi staggered in. He was stone drunk. Resian stared at him unblinkingly as he walked towards her and she backed off terrified, squeezing herself flatly against the wall. He followed her there and got hold of her shoulders and shook her violently glaring at her with his glittering eyes.

“You silly thing,” he thundered angrily. “I tell you to prepare food and you refuse to do so, eh? Today you will know who the owner of this home is. If you are still in doubt, let me tell you frankly that from today on you are my wife, hear that, eh? You are my wife. For a long time you have been sneering at me, showing how highly educated you are. Today we shall see how educated your body is! Yes, eh shall see!’’

He got hold of her hand and began dragging her into the other room. At first she did not understand his intention until he began unfastening her buttons with his rough trembling hands. Then the truth came, and with it, terror and panic. She tried to get away from him, but he held her effortlessly as he brutally continued fumbling with her dress, trying to loosen it. She screamed as loudly as she could while she pushed him away and thrashed frantically about. But that did not deter him and he totally ignored her screams holding her more firmly with his strong arms. Against her loud protest, he tore her garments and began to push her towards the bed.

Then desperately she took the last chance of self-defence and self-preservation. Mustering all her strength, she thrust his thumb the flesh like a ferocious animal and tenaciously held onto it, tugging at it fiercely like a lioness. She could feel the flesh tearing and she tasted the salt of his blood as it filled her mouth but she clung unto the thumb as Olarinkoi howled with pain.

                   Questions

  • Make notes on the content of Resian’s dream just before the excerpt (4Mks)
  • Discuss one character traits of Resian in this excerpt.  (2Mks)
  • What has greatly changed in Olarinkoi in this excerpt compared to his earlier conduct in the novel towards Resian?     (3Mks)
  • Identify and illustrate two aspects of style in this excerpt.     (4Mks)
  • Explain two major issues raised in the excerpt.      (4Mks)
  • Explain what happens immediately after the excerpt.     (3Mks)
  • “Today we shall see how educated your body is” Rewrite in reported speech.        (1Mk)
  • Unblinkingly
  • effortlessly

Sample Excerpt 10 Answers

  • Resians meets emmakererei, who promises her of wonderful things
  • emmakererei promises to take her to Nakuru and join Egerton university
  • She promised to offer a vocational job
  • She promises to protect her against anyone threatening her with FGM
  • She assures her of her right to remain intoiye nemengalana
  • She’s naïve. Resian did not understand has intention until he began unfastening her with his rough trembling hands
  • She is courageous
  • (Any correct and well-illustrated character trait)
  • Benevolent to malevolent. Olarinkoi has turned to a monster and rapist yet he had worn a protective, caring and mindful face to Resian and her sister and actually saved them from the two vagabonds-Ntara and Lante.
  • Use of dialogue “you silly thing,” he thundered angrily.
  • Use of simile “Sunk her teeth into the flesh like a ferocious animal.” '…tugging at it fiercely like a lioness…
  • Personification ‘Her dream was rudely and violently interrupted by a thunderous bang and a loud’
  • Plight of women. Women are subjected to physical, sexual and emotional harassment by the male counterparts. Against her loud protest, he tore her garments and began to push her towards the bed.
  • Male chauvinism. Olarinkoi thinks that he has the right to molest Resian just because she is a woman
  • Resian bites Olarinkoi’s thumb to a near severing the limb. She is hit on the ribcage and head until she passes out.
  • He said that they would see how educated her body was
  • Unblinkingly     -forthright
  • Effortlessly     -      easily
  • Mustering        -    collecting
  • Howled           -    wept/ cried loudly

11. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow.

He was very helpful and he agreed to accompany them to the village where the girl was, and help them rescue her. They were about to give up the rescue mission after several attempts to distract the guards had failed. But the man from Nasila was able to lure the whole team of guards to a beer party at a nearby village, leaving the girl unguarded.

It was then that the rescue team stuck! Amidst screams of terrified women, the barking of fierce dogs, braying donkeys and mowing of cattle, they entered the hut where the weak and sickly girl lay. They carried her and scampered away fast, like men fleeing from a burning village for three kilometres, to the spot where they had left the vehicle. And they were lucky to have escaped, for immediately they put her onto the vehicle and they themselves had jumped into it, the fierce-looking guards arrived, breathless, but fuming furiously and brandishing all sorts of deadly weapons.

On seeing that they had been outsmarted, they resorted to throwing stones at them, but by then the four-wheel drive vehicle had shot past the range of their missiles.

Regrettably, they learnt later that the man who assisted them so much and enabled them to rescue the girl, was speared to death by those thugs who accused him of tricking them so the girl could be stolen. The girl had, however, arrived safely and she was in fair condition although she was shocked, traumatised and terribly emaciated. She said the girl still found it difficult to walk, for the injuries inflicted to her by the enkamuratani’s olmurunya had not yet healed.

Minik was thinking of how best to broach the matter in her mind. For a moment she wondered if it was the right time to bring out in the open the matter which she knew would be very painful to the girl who was just recovering from her own trauma. But she knew she could not hide the truth for long. It had to be revealed sooner so that counselling sessions could be put into place soon. Bracing herself appropriately, she quietly and coolly dropped the bombshell.

  • Place this excerpt in its immediate context. (4mks)
  • In which place did the rescue team find the weak and sickly girl? (1mk)
  • ‘bracing herself appropriately, she quietly and coolly dropped the bombshell.’ What was the bombshell? (2mks)
  • Describe the relationship of the man who assisted the rescue team with the weak and sickly girl. (2mks)
  • Discuss two outstanding themes in the excerpt. (4mks)
  • How is Minik portrayed in this excerpt. (4mks)
  • What is the role of Minik as shown in the rest of the text. (3mks)
  • How has hyperbole been used in the excerpt? (2mks)
  • ‘but the man from Nasila was able to lure the whole team of guards to a beer party at a nearby village, leaving the girl unguarded.’ Rewrite this sentence beginning with a participle phrase.  (1mk)

Sample excerpt 11 answers

  • Minik sends a worker to fetch Resian. When Resian gets to Minik’s house, she senses that Minnik is angry and it turns out that she is unhappy of the new daring cases of arrogant predators who are challenging her for selfish gains; threatening her effort to fight female circumcision and forced underage marriages. Minik tells Resian of the unexpected events and the challenges the rescue team went through. She does this carefully not frighten Resian and eventually, quietly and coolly drops the bombshell that the rescued girl is Taiyo and the man killed during the rescue is Joseph Parmuat.
  • In a village called Esoit. She was in a home that was heavily guarded by Oloisudon’s men.
  • That the rescued girl was Taiyo and that the man that was killed was Joseph Parmuat.
  • Taiyo and Joseph Parmuat were in a love relationship though Joseph had declined her love citing the reasons that he and Taiyo were considered related( a brother and a sister)
  • Conflict/ fear – the home in which Taiyo was kept was heavily guarded by Oloisudon’s men. When the rescue team struck, women in the hut where Taiyo was kept screamed in terror. The team managed to get into the hut, carried Taiyo and scampered away fast, like men fleeing from a burning village. They were lucky to have escaped, for immediately put her onto the vehicle and they themselves had jumped into it, the fierce-looking guards arrived, breathless, but fuming furiously and brandishing all sorts of deadly weapons. On seeing that they had been outsmarted, they resorted to throwing stones at them.
  • Death – the man who had assisted them so much and enabled them to rescue the girl, was speared to death by those thugs who accused him of tricking them so the girl could be stolen
  • Cautious – she wanted to approach the matter carefully not to frighten Resian. She knew Resian was still recovering from her trauma and could not, therefore, bear another traumatic experience.
  • Caring/ kind – she cared about the wellbeing of Resian and Taiyo. She did everything to ensure the girl (Taiyo) was rescued. She was kind enough not to cause more fear in Resian therefore she approached the mattercautiously.
  • What is the role of Minik as shown in the rest of the text. (3mks) Minik is a feminist whose role is to rescue girls from forced marriages and FGM. Her fight against female circumcision and forced underage marriages had achieved tremendous success as she had rescued over 500 girls who were living in her ranch. Minik is aware of the new threats from the rich men who are challenging to outsmart her with their monetary prowess but she is as fierce as a wasp the reason she was nicknamed ‘wasp’ by Ole Supeyo. She is a well-known crusader against the retrogressive cultural practices that are against the girl child.
  • How has hyperbole been used in the excerpt? (2mks) the ability of the rescue team to outsmart the heavily armed guards is over stated.
  • ‘but the man from Nasila was able to lure the whole team of guards to a beer party at a nearby village, leaving the girl unguarded.’ Rewrite this sentence beginning with a participle phrase.     (1mk) Leaving the girl unguarded, the man from Nasila was able to lure the whole team of guards to a beer party at a nearby village.
  • Scampered- Run with quick steps in fear
  • Outsmarted - Defeated

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BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNAH  ESSAY QUESTION

Some cultural practices are oppressive to women. Some women resist and liberate themselves against such practices. Using Minik ene Nkoitoi in HR Ole Kulet's Blossoms of the Savannah , write an essay to qualify this assertion.

Some intransigent residents of Nasila use cultural practices such as FGM and forced marriage to brutalize women. Minik ene Nkoitoi puts up a valiant fight against such unjust edicts of culture and manages to emancipate girls and women who were shackled by the cruel practices. She rescues over 500 girls among them Taiyo and Resian.

Minik ene Nkoitoi is a fierce crusader against FGM, a cultural practice used to oppress women and her efforts help to save many girls from the brutal cultural practice. Uncircumcised girls are referred to contemptuously as ‘intoiye nemengalana’. Mama Milanoi remembers women who were apt to ask intrusive questions about FGM while they still lived in Nakuru (p8). This community cherishes girl-child circumcision (p18). A vagabond armed with the knobkerry accosts Taiyo and Resian. He refers to them as ‘intoiye nemengalana’ from Nakuru. He grabs Taiyo's arm and declares that there is no position for women of their ilk in their society. This pointless harsh treatment is fueled by FGM (p21). Minik ene Nkoitoi puts up a spirited fight against such draconian practices. She  bravely confronts Ole Supeyo and persuades him not to circumcise his daughters. When she insists on having her way, Ole Supeyo angrily and forcefully ejects her threatening to clobber her.  All his daughters are circumcised. According to him, FGM was not only an honoured rite of passage but also an important practice ostensibly used to tame the wild gender. He opines that in order to keep two women in one homestead, one has to make them docile through FGM (p33). According to Resian, today’s men are no different from the despotic ‘Ilarinkon’ tyrants who pushed women to birth FGM. They are not only despotic but also oppressive tyrants who use FGM as a tool to oppress and put women down (p103). This claim is authenticated when two vagabonds assault and attempt to rape them simply because they are uncircumcised (p140-142). The chauvinistic vagabonds do not respect women just like most of the tyrannical men in Nasila. The thought strengthens Resian's resolve of teaming up with ‘Emakererei’ (p143). Ole Musanka urges Taiyo and Resian to ignore crusaders of an alien culture. He calls Minik ene Nkoitoi a wasp and curses her, “Taba! May she go down with the setting sun.” (p53). Like in the story of the hapless legendary Ole Nkipida, Mama Milanoi is in a dilemma: to force the girls to undergo the rituals, and lose their faith, love and confidence or refuse to yield to the tradition and become a pariah in the clan and society (p60). It is only Minik ene Nkoitoi who criticises and campaigns  vigorously against FGM which she says abuses the rights of the girl child.  She is regarded  as the devil incarnate and she earns herself the moniker ‘entagoroi’ (p61-62). Resian and Taiyo admire her gallant fight against the oppressive edicts of Nasila culture. She manages to rescue 500 girls from the jaws of FGM (p152). She sets up a rescue center to accommodate the young girls that have been rescued.  She also manages to rescue Taiyo When she sends her rescue team to free her from her captors in Esoit. After Resian escapes from forced marriage and FGM in Inkiito, Minik gives her accommodation, a job and offers her a scholarship to join Egerton University. She further convinces ‘entasat’ Nabaru to shun FGM and preach against it (p262-263). Minik ene Nkoitoi is a true epitome of a gallant woman that fights to liberate girls and women from the tentacles of female genital mutilation.

Secondly, Minik ene Nkoitoi fights against discrimination in education and strives and succeeds to give girls an opportunity to get an education. There is discrimination in education in Nasila. For instance, Ole Supeyo has sent all his sons to school and two of them have reached university level. On the other hand, all his daughters are circumcised and married off to prominent elders (p21). Resian is determined to join Egerton University to read everything that is there to be read (p54). She knows that  through education she can escape the jaws of outdated and archaic traditions like FGM and forced marriage. She wants Taiyo to persuade their father to allow them to return to Nakuru and pursue higher education at Egerton University (p33). She is angry at her sister for she does not seem enthusiastic enough in that regard (p58). Resian is against the idea of a clan brother teaching them the ‘abcd’ of a good Nasilian woman for the purpose of pleasing their future husbands. She believes formal education can be universally beneficial to all, unlike cultural norms that apply only to a small group of adherents (p73). Parents in Nasila are worried that formal education may have adverse effects on the Maa culture (p150). Ole Kaelo refuses to send Resian to university. He insists that she has had enough formal education. He calls her stupid and myopic for choosing education instead of marriage. He tells her that she is lucky concerning the prospect of being married by Oloisudori, a wealthy businessman  (P207-208). Minik ene Nkoitoi went to primary school with Resian's aunt Yeiyo Kiti. She further joined Makerere University to study veterinary science. She has rescued 500 girls who had refused to undergo FGM. There are many more she plans to rescue and take back to school. She promises to see to it that Resian and Taiyo enroll at Egerton University as they had wanted (p264). Resian is overcome with joyful emotions as she exclaims: “Your voice dear Emakererei is truly the voice of God.” Minik ene Nkoitoi’s ranch operates a scholarship that benefits young talented girls who excelled in exams but lacked school fees to continue with their studies. She also plans to employ Resian and give her a house. She secures admission for the two girls and they’re supposed to report on 5 th September (P280). Minik ene Nkoitoi manages to fight against discrimination in education and give Maa girls an opportunity to further their education.

Minik ene Nkoitoi also fights against the harsh and authoritarian culture of forced marriage. In Nasila, it is a norm for young girls to be married off forcefully to older men. Ole Supeyo  has circumcised all his daughters and married them off to prominent elders (P21). Women like Mama Milanoi are married off by their parents. Her parents were determined to find a well -to-do son-in-law. She is eventually betrothed after prolonged negotiations. She gets married to Ole Kaelo at the age of eighteen without any resistance since tradition does not allow a woman to offer any (p28-29). In Nasila, some women visit Ole Kaelo's home to ascertain whether his daughters are marriageable. They are on a mission to find wives for their sons (p36). Ole Kaelo instructs Joseph to teach Taiyo and Resian about some revered cultural values in preparation for marriage (p70). Resian does not warm up to the idea of such teachings and she considers them chauvinistic. She spends her time buried in books (p73). While acknowledging Yeiyo Bottor's compliment about Resian and Taiyo's industry, Mama Milanoi remarks that both she and Ole Kaelo are diligent workers and so are their daughters. She does not therefore expect them to be accused of laziness or their husbands to complain that they can’t prepare delicious meals. Resian is against the idea of being taught solely to please male counterparts some of whom are a bunch of lazy busy bodies (p76-77). Oloisudori pans to marry off Resian without her consent. Whatever happened Resian was to be married to Oloisudori. If all fails, Oloisudori's men are to pounce on her and abduct her (p191). Her mother helplessly feels sorry for her for she is to be ensnared in a web like a spider does a fly (p192). Ole Kaelo is bedazzled by opulence. Resian is shocked to learn that her own father has the audacity to sell her off to Oloisudori. She wonders if there is a curse for being born a woman (p205).   Olarinkoi abducts and takes her to his home in Inkiito. This is after he deceives her that he wants to take her to Ntare Naaju ranch to meet Minik ene Nkoitoi. Together with his mother, he planned to have her circumcised and married to him forcibly. They make all these plans in her absence (p229) in Inkiito. Resian is rescued from Olarinkoi's enslavement and taken to Ntare Naaju by Nabaru. Minik ene Nkoitoi has rescued 500 girls. She rescues Resian and Taiyo. When Oloisudori tries to confront her and take Resian away from her using force claiming he had paid dowry enough for both girls. About 400 loyal workers descend upon his convoy and reduce the vehicles to smoldering shells and acrid smell of burning tires. Oloisudori and his men are forced to scamper for safety after receiving a thorough clobbering (p253-250). Minik ene Nkoitoi manages to liberate Nasila girls from forced marriage.

Lastly, Minik ene Nkoitoi manages to fight against chauvinism in Nasila and to extricate the girls from the unjust male prejudice against women. Chauvinism is rife in the largely patriarchal Nasilian society. Women are expected to be submissive to their male counterparts. However much as Mama Milanoi did not like some of Ole Kaelo’s decisions, she could never resist because she holds a subordinate position.  He treats her like a half-witted child. Mama Milanoi also has a childlike dependence on him pay (p29). She suffers in silence and this spells anguish for her daughters Taiyo and Resian. They are disdained and taunted  for being uncircumcised. Some men even bully and harass women whom they call intoiye nemengalana (p19, 46). In the Nasilian society, women have no say. Mama Milanoi is torn between the love for her daughters and her dutiful role over faithful and obedient wife. Her only hope in the fight against chauvinistic practices such as FGM and forced marriage is Minik ene Nkoitoi. In Nasila, she is referred to as entagoroi for criticizing and campaigning against the harmful norms. She was fighting to find relevance in an unyielding patriarchal society with little success  (p61-62). Resian is dismayed by the idea of being taught cultural lessons by a clan brother, something that would not have happened had they been sans (p73). In Nasila, male children are preferred as opposed to females. Ole Kaelo had prayed for a healthy baby boy to carry the name to the next generation. He is utterly disappointed when his second child turns out to be a girl. He detests her. Even the clan elders regard him as a mono eyed giant with legs of straw. Men in Nasila have the latitude of ordering women around simply because they are male (p77). Men in Nasila are tyrannical and they do not respect women. They think they have a right to every woman’s body (p143).  Girls who are unassertive and respectful are considered a paragon of virtue and a true model of Maa decorum (p178). Resian feels it’s disadvantage as being a woman in the society (p73). When her father tries to marry her off forcibly, she feels there is a curse for being born a woman that takes away once right to their own body and mind (p205). Although the culture is oppressive against women, some women have risen above the suffocating cultural norms and succeeded in their quest. Minik ene Nkoitoi manages to pursue education and become a vet. She manages a large ranch and has Rescued over 500 girls. She is revealed and respected and even men like hold her in awe she has employed over 400 workers at her ranch. She is courageous she firmly opposes what she considers wrong.  Many women would not dare go against the grain but Minik ene Nkoitoi cares less if she rubs the men of culture the wrong way. Minik triumphs in her fight for emancipation against the authoritarian culture of male chauvinism.

Strong women retaliate against unjust cultural practices and emerge victorious.

Women suffer in male-dominated societies. Write an essay to validate the truth in this assertion basing your illustrations on Blossoms of the Savannah.

In most societies, men hold primary power and influence. Blossoms of the Savannah highlights the problems women suffer in a male-dominated society. Resian, Taiyo, Mama Milanoi and Minik ene Nkoitoi suffer a myriad of problems in Nasila.

Resian suffers for simply being born a girl. Ole Kaelo is infuriated when his second born child turns out to be a girl. He had prayed for a boy and wanted at least three boys.  The society values boys more than girls. A boy would carry the Kaelo's name to the next generation Ole Kaelo offers Resian as a sacrificial lamb when Oloisudori comes looking for a wife. As much as she knows her father hates her, she is shocked that he has the temerity to sell her to a man she hates with a passion. Resian is always sad and aloof owing to her father's mistreatment. Resian feels betrayed by her father and at one point considers committing suicide. She is forced to run away from home with the help of Olarinkoi. Surely, women in male-dominated societies suffer a great deal.

Men in Nasila use FGM to oppress women. Women are considered a wild gender that has to be tamed through FGM. Girls who undergo FGM suffer physical and psychological pain. Uncircumcised girls are mocked, derided and contemptuously referred to as intoiye nemengalana. Circumcised girls are considered decent and accorded respect. The subject of FGM makes Taiyo and Resian feel squeamish, hopeless and downcast. Resian feels that FGM is useless today and is only used by men to oppress women. Taiyo is duped and taken to Esoit village, 5 kilometers away from Nasila, where she is forcibly circumcised. She is dragged out of a hut, splashed with 20 litres of cold water, wrestled to the ground and circumcised. The excruciating procedure is carried out using a bladelike tool known as olmurunya. She faints and only regains consciousness two days later. She even imagines she had died! Even after being rescued, she suffers bouts of sickness, restlessness, weakness and pain. This all happened in order for her to be married off to Oloisudori since men in Nasila do not marry intoiye nemengalana.

In male-dominated societies, women suffer forced early marriages. When Resian learns that she has to marry Oloisudori, she is thrown into a sea of agony. Forced marriage is rampant in Nasila. Oloisudori and Olarinkoi try to marry Resian forcefully. Resian's dream is to join Egerton University. Her father, however, plans to marry her off to Oloisudori against her will. He makes all these plans behind Resian's back. He receives cash and gifts from Oloisudori knowing too well that Resian only values university education. Oloisudori even considers rendering Resian unconscious should she decline his proposal. At Inkiito, Resian realizes that many girls are married to old men. One girl is eighteen and her husband is about seventy five. Such girls live in squalor conditions. To avoid marrying Oloisudori, Resian runs away from home. She endures an agonising 3-week stay at Inkiito battling hostile hosts, mosquitoes, hunger and physical injury. Surely, she suffers a lot when her father tries to marry her off without her consent.

In Nasila, Resian and Taiyo suffer sexual exploitation since they are not circumcised. They are mocked and chided by strangers. Two vagabonds attempt to molest them. Like most men in Nasila, Ntara and Lante do not respect women. When they first meet, Oloisudori harasses Resian despite her being too young for him. She describes him as an ill-mannered devil. At Inkiito, Olarinkoi unsuccessfully tries to rape Resian. He comes home drunk as a skunk and demands for food from her. He then tries to molest her. She fights back fiercely and bites his thumb. Olarinkoi then assaults her viciously rendering her unconscious. For a couple of weeks that follow, Resian endures pain from the attack. Resian and Taiyo undergo physical and emotional anguish in the hands of men who abuse their privacy.

Women in Nasila suffer because they are voiceless. Mama Milanoi is voiceless when her husband plans to marry off Resian to Oloisudori. She cannot even dissuade him from circumcising their daughters. In Nasila, it is men who make decisions. Mama Milanoi suffers sleepless nights pondering in pain owing to the excruciating experience awaiting her daughters yet she remains voiceless. Mama Milanoi is in a dilemma because she is torn between being a dutiful Maa wife and being a protective mother to Taiyo and Resian. As a subservient Maa wife, she has little choice but to submit to her husband and Nasila cultural dictates. She is baffled that an old man like Oloisudori could marry Resian, something that was unheard off during her childhood days. She visits and talks to other women like Yeiyo bottor in an attempt to avert the marriage. The thoughts of early marriage and circumcision take her through mental torture yet the male-dominated society gags her and renders her voiceless. She suffers in silence.

Minik ene Nkoitoi is treated contemptuously by men in Nasila. Men like Simiren and Ole Musanka hate her passionately. She is referred to as entagoroi, a derogatory name for a sharp-tongued woman. When she tries to stop Simiren from circumcising her daughters and marrying them off to old men, he chases her away and almost assaults her physically. Ole Musanka curses her that “she may go down with the setting sun”. Even women in Nasila call her a witch. Minik ene Nkoitoi suffers mistreatment and alienation in Nasila simply because she fights archaic practices like early marriages and FGM, which are perpetuated and fueled by men, with a view of oppressing women.

In summary, it is clear that women suffer in male dominated societies.

Betrayal causes pain and strain in the family. Using illustrations from Henry Ole Kulet's Blossoms of the Savannah , write an essay to validate this statement. 

Good families are built on trust and love. When we fail or desert our family members, we cause them untold grief. In Blossoms of the Savannah, Taiyo and Resian suffer when their parents betray them.

Ole Kaelo betrays his daughter Resian when he irrationally mistreats her for no apparent reason, causing her untold grief. He fails his daughter because he detests her right from birth. He feels cheated by nature since he had prayed for at least three boys but as fate would have it ends up with two girls. Ole Kaelo loves his first daughter Taiyo but hates her younger sister Resian. He was utterly disappointed when she turned out to be a girl when he prayed for a healthy baby boy to carry the Kaelo’s name to the next generation. He is angered by her body size and intends to dispose of her as soon as possible. Resian feels betrayed since her father intimidates her and her mother fails to protect her from the provocations. Her only reprieve is Taiyo, who gives her a shoulder to cry on. The girls enjoy their father's absence more than his company. Resian wonders why her father despises her so much but does not hate Taiyo. She ponders whether it was her fault. Her father wants her to marry a shady crook named Oloisudori by force.  She argues that if her father respected her, he would have listened when she said she disliked Oloisudori. Resian knows that her father hates her but is shocked that he could go as far as selling her. This betrayal causes Resian misery since she was a child and she grows up to be sullen, bewildered and resentful. She even thinks there is a curse for being born a woman. Her nature is darkened with melancholy. The frequent tongue lashing and harshly impatient nature from her father towards her contribute to her tempestuous disposition. She is haunted by nagging complaints and never ending unhappiness. Sometimes she sits alone in the biting cold brooding over her father's inexplicable hateful nature. Her sadness is compounded by the fact that he intends to forcefully marry her off to a monster she hates, in order for his business venture to thrive. The pain pushes her to edge until she contemplates drowning herself in Nasila River in pursuit of peace. Surely, when a father hates his own daughter this, much the result, needless to say, is untold suffering.  (Pgs. 9-10, 34, 172-173, 205, 210)

Mama Milanoi betrays both Resian and Taiyo when she chooses to remain indifferent and aloof to her own daughters causing them pain. At first, she has a strange premonition since her daughters are uncircumcised yet the culture demands otherwise. She is thrown into a conundrum of either forcing the girls to undergo FGM and losing their faith, love and confidence, or refusing to yield to tradition at the risk of being labelled a pariah. Instead of fighting to protect her daughters when their father plans to circumcise them, she subserviently bows to pressure and foolishly asserts that culture is everything and it rules their lives. Now that FGM had reared its ugly head, she knows that it was going to wreak havoc in the innocent girls’ young lives. She also knows that her daughters do not expect their own parents to subject them to the excruciating pain and turmoil of FGM. It would be mental torture for them. However, she remains aloof and selfish simply to protect her position as a dutiful Maa wife. She concurs with Yeiyo Bottor that Resian has olkuenyi which can be cured through FGM. She knows that FGM would terribly hurt the girls but she fails to protect them. She kept lying to the girls and reassuring them that nothing sinister was in the offing as they prepared to circumcise them. She laughs with her husband and Oloisudori as they discuss Resian's fate but a feeling of betrayal lingers in her heart. Mama Milanoi fails Resian and Taiyo since she abandons them at the time of need. Taiyo and Resian are angry at their mother and term her as an example of a wife they never wanted to be. She had been held captive by her husband and could not express her own opinion unlike Nabaru and Minik ene Nkoitoi. Resian is forced to run away from home through a harrowing journey but Taiyo pays the ultimate price when she undergoes the excruciating pain of FGM. Surely, when a mother fails to protect her daughters, they suffer. (Pgs. 17, 34, 60-62, 63, 78, 147, 192, 276)

Mama Milanoi tricks her daughter Taiyo into circumcision causing her pain and regret. She calls Taiyo to greet three women visitors from a village called Esoit. They say Resian had sought refuge there after running away from home. They need Taiyo to accompany them since Resian was on a hunger strike and had not eaten anything for three days. They claim they pitied Resian and claim she had mentioned Taiyo who could persuade her to eat and save her life. Since Taiyo is caring and knows Resian depends on her for protection, she buys the story. She is happy since her mother assures her that their father had vowed never to marry them by force to any man. This is the height of deceit and betrayal from a mother. At Esoit, there is no sign of Resian. Taiyo is abandoned in a dingy hut and at dawn she is dragged out, drenched with 20 litres of cold water, wrestled to the ground and forcibly circumcised. Her screams of terror and pain fall on deaf ears. She faints and only gains consciousness two days later, feeling sore, bitter and angry. She even imagines she had died. She is later rescued by Minik ene Nkoitoi but still suffers bouts of pain, intensely painful headaches and  weakness. It is difficult to come to terms with the forcible circumcision. Taiyo and Resian blame their father for wanting to please Oloisudori at the detriment of his own daughters. Their mother does not escape their ire. They think she is the embodiment of a bad wife and mother. When a parent betrays their child, they cause the child grief. (Pgs. 272, 274, 275, 276-277)

Ole Kaelo betrays Resian when he agrees to marry her off against her will to a wanton criminal - Oloisudori, causing her untold misery. Oloisudori is a rich man who helps Ole Kaelo by financing his business in Nasila and assists him in acquiring government contracts to supply agricultural inputs. He then demands to marry Resian. Ole Kaelo had been retrenched from his job at Agribix limited in Nakuru and had decided to relocate to his native Nasila to venture into business.  Ole Kaelo's mentor Soin Ole Supeyo warns him that Oloisudori was a corrupt criminal, a hyena and a randy he-goat. He cautions him to keep the amorous man away from daughters. He does not heed the warning. Ole Kaelo knows that it is his duty to protect and educate his daughters and it pains him to hand them over to a man they don’t love. He foresees them crying forlornly and questioning the sincerity of his love and the reason for his betrayal. However, he still chooses to betray and sacrifice Resian. He accepts cash and other gifts from Oloisudori. He vows that Resian has to be married by Oloisudori and is party to an evil scheme to abduct her in the event that she resisted. While Mama Milanoi feels they were betraying Resian, Ole Kaelo feels happy and satisfied especially after visiting her potential husband’s palatial homes. As they drive past Egerton University, he feels Resian was foolish for choosing education over marriage to a wealthy man. Resian was speechless when it dawned on her that her father had sold her to Oloisudori. She feels it was a curse being born a woman in Nasila. She knew he disliked her but never thought her own father could sell her. She cries in anger and outrage and accuses him of betrayal and hatred. She says it was better to die than marry her father's monstrous friend. He even slaps her with the view of intimidating her into bowing to pressure of his demands. Resian leaves his office and heads to Nasila River where she contemplates suicide. She instead chooses to flee from home with the help of Olarinkoi and embarks on a harrowing, daunting journey to Ntare Naaju not knowing what awaited her. Resian surely suffers in the wake of her father's betrayal.  (Pgs. 26, 108, 111-112, 178, 185, 191-193, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210)

Ole Kaelo betrays his daughter Taiyo when he fails to support her musical aspirations. Taiyo loses trust in her father when he denies her permission to attend an extravaganza organised by an FM radio station.  Taiyo loves music. She has excelled in music festivals and been awarded many times. Broadcasting stations noticed her talent and encouraged her to pursue a career in music. Even her parents applauded her on many occasions so she did not expect them to have any objection if she pursued the desire of her heart as a future occupation. An FM station offered her a chance to attend a music extravaganza in Mombasa and attend a short course later. Her father refuses to grant her permission, claiming rather absurdly that performing for money was akin to harlotry. It is evident that Taiyo loves music. It was in her blood. She thoroughly enjoys the children’s performance in Nasila. When her father denies her permission, it leaves a wound in her heart. She stubbornly tries to convince him but loses the fight. This betrayal leaves her seething in rage. (1-2, 44-45)

Lastly, Ole Kaelo betrays his daughter Resian when he refuses to send her to university. Resian is determined to join Egerton University. When they are about to relocate to Nasila from Nakuru, she tells Taiyo that she does not want to work at their father's shop. She wanted to join Egerton University to study veterinary medicine and be called Dr. Resian Kaelo. She requests her sister Taiyo to persuade him to allow them to return to Nakuru and enroll at the university in order to avoid being subjected to outdated traditions. She is not interested in Parmuat's cultural lessons. She only wants formal education which is universally beneficial to all. Her only hope was placed on Taiyo speaking to their father as their mother proved to be either impuissant or unwilling. She, however, chooses to remain optimistic envisioning herself in Egerton University donning academic regalia. She rejects Oloisudori’s gifts and hands them back since her only ambition is to pursue university education. Her father refuses to allow her to join university. He intends to marry her off to Oloisudori, a man Resian deems a monster. She refers to him contemptuously as ol-ushuushi – a reckless person and olbitirr - a warthog. Resian assertively declares that even if she was over eighty years old she would still join university. It is painful for her to struggle, run away from home, suffer in Inkiito in the hands of a callous brute – Olarinkoi, before she finally joins university, courtesy of total strangers Nabaru and Minik.  She finds solace in the distant lands of Ntare Naaju when her own parents betray and hurt her. (Pgs. 4, 18, 33, 58, 73, 89, 196, 207, 210)

In brief, when family members fail or desert us, we suffer immense pain or hardship. 

Write a composition to show how education brings positive change in society using illustrations from Henry Ole Kulet's  Blossoms of the Savannah. 

An individual who is persevering and optimistic usually emerges triumphant. Referring closely to H.R. Ole Kulet's  Blossoms of the Savannah , write an essay in support of this statement.  

Misunderstanding crops up whenever a family fails to share opinions and values. Basing your illustrations on Ole Kaelo's family, show the validity of this statement.  

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please help with this question ;what doesbthe title blossoms of the savannah refer to?basing your argument on H.Ole Kulet's Blossoms of the Savanna.thanks in advance.

Talk about how Taiyo and Resian (Flowers/Vulnerable Girls)blossom in Nasila/Savannah-A difficult environment for flowers/women. Give the challenges and the victory.

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how are the women their own enemies

Determination is key to success discuss it best on resian

Kindly assist with this question One has to know which side of bread is buttered by referring closely to the lives of oloisudori and ole kaelo show the truthfulness of this statement

resian is determined to fight the nasila culture so as to go to the university

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Please help me with these two essays Where there is a will there is a way Ole kaelo digs his own grave

cultural erosion is the rot course of most evil things in nasila..discuss

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Blood is not always thicker than water. Please help me guys😩

Anon 2 it is literally among the first essays above

Yeah but the question says support not negate as in the essay above.blood is thicker than water Drawing illustrations from the novel support the above statement

Blossoms of the Savannah is a novel about hope that leads to victorywrite a composition to illustrate this statement

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Plz help with this question:Female assertiveness is one of the main thematic concerns.Using Resian as a point of reference,justify this statement

Thanks for your question. Exam questions focus on values. Assertive females are bound to succeed; or Female assertiveness pays off. Simply show how Resian succeeds (avoids FGM, early marriage) and goes to University due to her resoluteness.

ole kulet uses women to express assertiveness against undesirable traits in the society

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Resian has been wronged more by her father than the nasilian society write an essay in agreement with this statement basing your illustrations from blossoms of the savannah

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please help:by referring to the lives of oloisudori and olarinkoi show how bad deeds are paid with bad deeds

The question is straightforward. Show how the characters suffer for their evil deeds. Thanks.

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plz help me with:"when the deal is too good think twice".basing ur illustration on blossoms of savannah validate

Ole kaelo accepting to have financial aid from oloisudori.. Resian accepting to be taken to ntare naaju by olarinkoi Taiyo accepting to be taken to see Resian who had gone missing by the mother and some three women Ole kaelo accepting the cash bride price of Edward Oloisudori Lonkiyaa

Discuss characters who make poor decisions after being hoodwinked or when they chase their desires for example Ole Kaelo's business deals with Oloisudori's.

Mama milanoi when she liked to taiyo that the 3 women could lead her to were her loving sister was, instead she was heading to the horrible did of circumcision.

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Please help me with some points on this essay question from blossoms of the savannah which says"misunderstanding crops up whenever a family fails to share up opinion

Discuss the strained relationship between Ole Kaelo and Resian and the clash between Kaelo and her daughters e.g education vs culture. He wants them to be circumcised/married off while they want education. Consider Taiyo's extravaganza, Resian and Oloisudori, Parmuat's teaching about culture etc

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Change is as good as rest support this assertion from Henry ole Kuleta

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Assist me plz in olarinkoi and oloisudori there is no lesser evil write an essay to illustrate stament

talk of the comparison they both had eg they are both sexually greedy, both are opportunistic and even male chauvinist etc

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Simply talk about characters who achieve success and link the success to challenges they endured before emerging victorious. Who succeeds? Details on the success? How did they get there? Details on the setbacks. For example, Minik and Resian.

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1. “Though Resian goes through the valley of death, her determination leads her to a victorious life.” Write a composition to show the validity of this assertion.

Resian in the  Blossoms of the Savannah seems to experience several challenging situations in her life. In the scenarios she seems resolute in her actions as shown in the following ways

Oloisudori declares his intention of marrying her at an early age. This follows after he changes his initial plan: extorting Kaelo. He demands that she should first be circumcised so as to get rid of her state as nemengalana intoiye .  He intends to use anesthesia to make her unconscious and grab her. Resian resolves not to be married.  She tells Oloisudori point blank that she cannot be his wife. She returns the gifts that he had earlier brought and escapes to her father’s shop. Her father beats her so as to submit to the marriage, but Resian remains steady is her decision.

A number of callous youth in Nasila wish to assault Resian and Taiyo. In the first days, Resian and Taiyo take a walk around uncle Simiren compound.  All of a sudden a young man emerges from the blues and grabs Taiyo. Resian order the callous young man to release Taiyo immediately. The Young man has no option but to give in though he promises to revisit his grave decision.

Though in a dream, enkamuratani and other two women surround Resian to circumcise her holding an olmurunya . Although Resian is in a strange land and is defenseless she does her best to combat the situation. Determined, Resian twists enkamuratani’s hand with an intention of ensuring that she does not initiate other girls in the future. She knocks the old witch using a mallet as well as fights the third woman until she disappears.

Olarinkoi disappears with Resian to a far hut in the forest. He locks her up and returns very late in the night while drank. Once he returns, he is in his mission of raping her. He unzips and this gesture sets her trembling. She bites Olarinkoi’s thumb so that the pain reduces his action of rape. Owing to the fact that Resian had earlier witnessed Olarinkoi’s fiery attacks when he dealt with two callous men, it calls for a lot of determination on the part of Resian to tackle him.

In summary, from the above illustrations it is evident that Resian suffers rough challenging times in her life but she deals with all these situations with determination.

2. “The strong bond between Resian and Taiyo contributes significantly to their triumph.” Write an essay in support of the statement.

No man is an island. Human beings were created to relate mutually. The close friendship between Resian and Taiyo is the key to overcoming stormy times that present themselves in their lives as follows

In their new environment at Nasila, the girls meet unique challenges. They are not used to the communal life for all along they have stayed in an urban set up where life is individualistic. At Nasila, they have to get used to impromptu visitors and superior male counterparts. It is the love between the two girls that helps in these scenarios. The duo stay together most of the times. By so doing, they share a lot Taiyo counsels Resian on using kind language on Yeiyo Botorr her aunt. The two girls discuss about danger that lurks from the hostile youth especially because of their uncircumcised condition.

In overcoming the challenge of female genital mutilation (FGM), their friendship bond comes in handy. When Resian goes on a hunger strike she says it is only Taiyo who can change her stand. When Taiyo is informed of Resian’s condition, she does not hesitate to offer herself for Resian’s redemption even when there are risks all over. While at Nasila, they have a lot of time sharing their views towards FGM. The discussions must have strengthened their hard stands towards FGM. It is from these discussions that they vow never to give in to FGM.

In the incident when Taiyo and Resian are accosted by two callous young men their coordination and friendship save them. The incident finds them while they are walking together where they had visited Maiso for lunch. If the struggle had between two men versus one girl probably she would have been surmounted. Although most of the salvation is largely brought by Olarinkoi the fact that the two girls where together makes it easier for them to go about the ordeal. Their joint screaming and their escape unhurt is partly contributed by their togetherness.

The two birds of a feather hatch a scheme to outwit Oloisudori. They wrap the gifts he had brought them into a box and title it as a gift. They then plan how to execute the plan. They arrange on how Resian is to thank Oloisudori and give him the gift. They discuss the aim of the gesture; to clarify to Oloisudori the fact they cannot be cheated with gifts. From this co-operation, Resian manages to trick Oloisudori and tells off her father and later with Olarinkoi, they manage to leave Nasila.

It is clear from the above illustration that strong friendship bonds can help friend go about hard experiences and overcome them in their lives.

3. Bad decisions can adversely affect our lives. Write an essay in support of the statement with illustrations from the novel.

The Choices we make can affect us positively or negatively. Bad choices definitely have adverse effects on our future. A character like Ole Kaelo makes several bad choices which not only affect his life but also his daughters.

Ole Kaelo is advised by his friend what kind of man Oloisudori is. He is told that he is not a man of integrity and warns him about doing business with him. He even warns him to keep his daughters from him. Oloisudori is unheeding to this warning. He goes on to sign business contracts and receiving a loan from him. Later, this man causes him great worry when he threatens to bring his business down if he does not give him his daughter in marriage.

Ole Kaelo makes the bad choice of agreeing to give his daughter Resian in marriage to Oloisudori. He does this to save his business empire and to acquire more wealth as dowry from him. This unleashes a myriad of problems in his family. He keeps assuring himself that his choice of Oloisudori is good and that the man is not all bad but inwardly, he has reservations about such a marriage. His decision worsens the already poor relationship between him and his daughter, who ran away and gets into more trouble with Olarinkoi. Taiyo also has her life ruined by being forcefully circumcised before being forced to marry Oloisudori. Finally, he loses his daughters trust and his fate is unknown because Oloisudori might come for him in person.

Olarinkoi is not known by the Kaelos yet nobody asks questions about him. He seems a mystery and with time becomes like a member of the family. This earns him trust among the Kaelos to the point that Resian trusts him to take her to Minik’s ranch. This man who the family trusted so much turns into a beast by raping Resian and even planning to circumcise her by force before marrying her. If the Kaelo’s had not trusted the stranger, Resian suffering in his hands would have been avoided.

Mama Milanoi makes a bad choice of giving over her daughter Taiyo to three strange women cheating her that she was being taken to her sister. Her plans is to have Taiyo circumcised before being married by Oloisudori. This action makes her lose the trust her daughters had for her. The wound she has caused them will definitely take time to heal. They too are angry with her that they vow that they would not want to be like her in marriage.

Bad decisions made knowingly or unknowingly will definitely have negative impact in our lives or on those that are dear to us.

4. Gender inequality is tantamount to violation of human rights. Write an essay in support of the assertion drawing your illustrations from Blossoms of the Savannah.

Today’s position on the male and female gender is that men and women are equal and none of the gender should dominate over the other. In Blossoms of the Savannah , women are culturally forced to be subservient to men, a practice that denies them some fundamental rights as human beings.

A wife has the right to state his position on any matter even if it is contrary to the husband’s position. This is not the case with Mama Milanoi, wife to Ole Kaelo. She admits that she did not know which man her husband was doing business with and even if she did, she would not do anything about it for he was the one who carried the family’s vision. She thus leaves every aspect of decision making to him whether those decisions are good or bad.

A woman is a being to be loved and not to love back. Although Ole Kaelo genuinely loved Mama Milanoi when he saw her first, her feelings on him are immaterial. Women were not expected to resist a man’s advances according to Nasilian culture. This is a great violation of her right to love or hate. In her case there is no room for that. It is also expected that Resian should give in to Oloisudori’s plans to marry her. Refusal is regarded as stubbornness. In fact, Oloisudori claims that none of his wives put any resistance in his interest in them. This means that their feelings for him did not matter a great violation of their freedom to choose their marriage partner.

Resian and Taiyo are forced to undergo cultural coaching by Joseph Parmuat. Resian rebels this citing inequality in the plan. She opines that if they were boys, such a thing would not be done on them. Instead, they would be freely roaming Nasila with nobody bothering them. In their case, there is no such option simply because they are girls. Their right to choose what to and not to learn is violated. Girls are taught how to cook for their men but there are no lessons for boys on how to please women. Resian opposes such arrangements saying she would not be taught to solely please men. She claims that even boys should be taught how to please women.

Gender inequality in this society elevates man over the woman to the extent that Resian says that it made men assume that they had right over the body of any woman. This has reduced women to be objects of sex to be exploited by men at will. This practice started with the Ilarinkon warriors who sexually exploited women after arousing their desires. Taiyo and Resian undergo several rape attempts with Resian ending up being raped by Olarinkoi who assumes he has every right over her body. These inequalities have greatly undermined women’s right to privacy and to choose whom to have sexual relation with.

Gender inequality does not just stop at that. Instead, it is a major cause of violation of basic human rights that all should be accorded a chance to enjoy. Women in the novel have most of their rights curtailed as a result of gender imbalance between men and women.

5. Help can come when least expected. Discuss.

Most people reach the end of the tether in difficult situations and are just about to give up when help comes. Most instances of help appear coincidental but nonetheless; they change the course of life of the character as well as shaping the rest of the novel.

Olarinkoi seems to be at the right place at the right time. He happens to be the savior of Resian and Taiyo when they need help most. He comes to the rescue of the two girls when they are coming from their father’s shop and are about to be raped by two men. Olarinkoi single-handedly saves the girls by fighting the men. Resian and Taiyo are much grateful and would not want to imagine what would have happened if he had not come at that time, even fearing that they would have been infected with HIV.

Olarinkoi again comes to the rescue of Resian when she discovers her father’sbetrayal by planning to marry her off to Oloisudori. He comes to her rescue when she is even contemplating committing suicide by drowning herself into the river. At the same time, Oloisudori and his men are looking for her to abduct her. Olarinkoi promises to take her to Minik whom she had been yearning to meet someday. Although the help turns disastrous with Olarinkoi turning against her, she is able to escape the current wrath of Oloisudori.

Taiyo is rescued from the hands of her circumcisers by Minik’s men. Minik’s rescue team use tricks to rescue her from the well-guarded home which she would not have escaped in her sickly state.  Were it not for Minik’s intervention, Taiyo would surely have been forcefully married off to Oloisudori after healing. The rescue gives Taiyo a new lease of life, reunion with her sister and of course quicker physical and emotional recovery.

Minik’s help to Resian and Taiyo perhaps is the most important event that completely changes their lives. She gives refugee to the girls in her ranch hence protecting them from marauding men like Oloisudori and Olarinkoi. She gives Resian a job in the ranch hence giving her something to live on and promises her a scholarship from the ranch. Most importantly, she is able to have the two girls enrolled at Egerton University, their dream university. These kind gestures create a happy ending in a novel that has been dominated by sad events.

When people are about to despair, that is usually the point when help comes. No matter how belated characters like Resian and Taiyo get help, their lives are greatly impacted and changed by those interventions.

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