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Are You Still Playing Your Flute?

Are you still playing your flute?
When there is hardly time for our love
I am feeling guilty
To be longing for your song
The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
Uncovered by the breath of an artist
Composed by his fingers
Blown by the wind
To the depth of my heart.
Are you still playing your flute?
In the village so quiet and deserted
Amidst the sick rice fields
While here it has become a luxury
To spend time watching the rain
Gazing at the evening rays
Collecting dew drops
Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.
Are you still playing your flute?
The more it disturbs my conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by politics
my friend slaughtered mercilessly
this world is too old and bleeding.
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Who is the persona in the poem?

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b) Write one line from the poem that depicts that people are jobless.
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c) Provide three phrases that depict the message of cruel realities of a nation in
uncertainty of its future.
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..... …………….... ……………....……………………………………………………………...... …………….........................…………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………..... g) Why is the question “Are you still playing your flute’ repeated as the starting line of all the stanzas? …………….................. The days when the rain beats like bullet on the roofs And there is no sound but thee swish of water in the gullies And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds.. When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone........……………………………………………………………...............……………………………………………………………..............…………………………………………………………….. Nature We have neither Summer nor Winter Neither Autumn nor Spring..... a) In your words describe the weather as depicted in the poem....... We have instead the days When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefieldsMagnificently........ h) In your opinion............... is this a romantic poem? Provide reasons for your answer......................... …………….……………………………………………………………............……………………………………………………………..d) In your own words describe why the poet used the word “sick” to describe the rice fields...... …………….. Also there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees’ And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun................. …………….................... But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom When bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey......……………………………………………………………... e) What did the persona mean when she said ‘deserted’? ……………......... f) Why is the persona feeling guilty? ……………........ When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air...……………………………………………………………............................... ... ……………..........

....... SHORT STORIES FRUITCAKE SPECIAL Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the questions that follow.........……………………………………………………………. Describe how this bears a resemblance in our life.... ……………. what is the poet trying to convey? ……………... He was being serious..........D.. describe a theme in the poem... I realised it was the fruitcake special! Intrigue might smell great. ……………... ‘I dreamt that I was being awful to you..... all at once.............. ‘You must realise that I’m crazy about you.. darling.......……………………………………………………………............. but it didn’t make a girl attractive to men. ……………... d) In the opening lines of the poem.......... f) List three words related to nature......…………………………………………………………….... But my fruitcake perfume did......... c) Note that the poem ends with the line “and beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone”.............. In your opinion.. Five minutes ago my boss didn’t want to be seen with me.……………………………………………………………... The truth is that you mean so much more than that to me …’I wondered what he meant............ ……………..……………………………………………………………....... Was he going to raise my pay? He went on..............Carberry wrote the poem? ……………... .. …………….....…………………………………………………………….......’ He was calling me darling again. ……………. the poet describes the things that are absent........ treating you as if you were just someone who worked for me.....……………………………………………………………....... h) Based on your knowledge of the poem ‘Nature’... e) Why do you think H.....b) State one moral value that you have learnt from the poem............ …………….......……………………………………………………………...................…………………………………………………………….... Now he was saying he was crazy about me! What could be making him behave like this? Then.............. g) Which line in the poem ‘Nature’ suggests the sense of smell? ……………............. I have to say that at this point I was feeling very confused.....................……………………………………………………………........

. I really wanted to find out.................... c) What is “Intrigue’ in the context of the story? ……………....... After all.…………………………………………………………….... b) …………….............. I had no idea why my boss had behaved towards me in that way.…………………………………………………………….....…………………………………………………………….......……………………………………………………………................. It was made by another company and I actually preferred it to the perfumes we made.……………………………………………………………. Although I couldn’t explain why Mr................................……………………………………………………………............ a) Whose wedding is being planned? Name the bride and groom to be...................... I had to get ready for my evening out.... Perhaps Intrigue was so good he just couldn’t stop himself..... ……………..... Amos had suddenly found me attractive. ……………...... Why was the writer confused? …………….. he had noticed the perfume I had been wearing... .... Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the questions that follow..... Momma and Aunt Mini were very pleased..... ……………..... However.... Who knows? Anyway...................a) What does the word ‘crazy’ imply? …………….……………………………………………………………..... …………….............. They went off together to plan the wedding and left me to get ready for the man they hoped would be my future husband.…………………………………………………………….................................……………………………………………………………..... In my own way I’m as bad as my Aunt Mimi.. of course...……………………………………………………………............................ Amos did have a very good nose for perfumes.......................... Mr..……………………………………………………………... d) Describe the behaviour of the writer’s boss and why he behaved in such a way............. ……………..... He had never even noticed me before now. I was beginning to wish I hadn’t told them.................……………………………………………………………. ……………. ……………....……………………………………………………………..................……………………………………………………………...... b) Why did the writer say “wish I hadn’t told them”? ……………..... ……………..................... ……………. Lately I had been wearing a perfume called intrigue. I guess.

Amos as soon as I got in. happiness is what really counts......... I was sure that the fruitcake special would not still be working by now – after all.......... ........................……………………………………………………………............... Amos..... a) Describe the ‘opportunity’ as in the context of the story? …………….....…………………………………………………………….......…………………………………………………………….................................. Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPEACIAL” below and answer the questions that follow. he had not seen me for a few days..... b) Why was the ‘opportunity’ considered as wasted? ……………...............……………………………………………………………........ Momma seemed satisfied with my explanation that things had just not worked out between me and Mr....... Still. although she thought it a wasted opportunity she wanted me to have a rich husband. …………….................c) Why was the writer’s plan for the night? ……………. Mr.......... with a note of sadness in her voice.................. As I walked towards David Amos’s office I felt like a schoolgirl who had to go to see the head teacher. ……………........ When I finally got back to the factory there was a message left on my desk – could I see Mr............……………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………………....……………………………………………………………. …………….......... ……………..……………………………………………………………...............……………………………………………………………..................……………………………………………………………... d) ……………. ……………... she said....... I knocked on his door................ c) Why did the writer feel ‘like a schoolgirl who had to go to see the head teacher’? …………….....……………………………………………………………....... Amos was sitting behind his big desk with a large black eye.. …………….................. Do you think the boss was attracted to the writer because of the perfume? Give a reason for your answer............................... ……………....

. …………….... ...... I never really noticed before........……………………………………………………………... a) State one characteristic of a ‘perfect boy” in Aunt Mimi’s opinion.. ……………....... He explained that he’d fallen in love with me when he first delivered pizza to us....... ‘if it’s Aunt Mimi with news of another “perfect boy” for me............. He said I deserved no less...................... b) What is the name of Armstrong’s company? ……………... but Armstrong is quite good looking: a bit short maybe........’ I said......... ‘Who is it?’ I asked...……………………………………………………………............. Armstrong now owned the pizza company................... ……………... ‘Momma..........d) Do you think Mr..……………………………………………………………...... I went to the front door.....……………………………………………………………. Then he gave me some flowers............. ‘I think you’d better come see for yourself ’ Momma said.........……………………………………………………………............’ ‘It’s not Aunt Mimi.......... d) Would you marry someone like Armstrong? Give a reason ……………....... c) What does Armstrong mean when he said “ … deserved no less’? ……………... Amos was angry at the writer? Give a reason ……………........ the pizza delivery man. but he wanted to be a success before asking me out.... ……………....................…………………………………………………………….......……………………………………………………………. Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the questions that follow... a little thin on top –but nobody’s perfect............ …………….......... He was holding up a pizza box which had ‘Armstrong’s Peachy Pizzas’ in big letters on the front..... ……………..... tell her I’m not interested..........……………………………………………………………....……………………………………………………………........ ……………...…………………………………………………………….......…………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………............ dear.................’ said Momma................... ……………. It was Armstrong......

the top line of letters on a typewriter. . d) Do you think you would make such mistakes... They’d think she had gone mad... “No peeping..............……………………………………………………………... Such strange mistakes – QWERTYUIOP.... Putting fresh paper into the typewriter....…………………………………………………………….. .QWERTYUIOP Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the questions that follow......…………………………………………………………….....……………………………………………………………..... ……………..... it’s all rhythm.. She must be more careful................ “Don’t look at the keys! Keep your eyes away!” Mrs Price was always saying. Play it to music in your head.................... not allow it to wander out of the window into the sunny shopping street below......... Give a reason for your answer.. b) Why must she be careful? c) ……………..... ……………. ……………. Keep her mind on the job.............…………………………………………………………….. She stared at it in horrified bewilderment.............. ……………................. ..…………………………………………………………….... repeated over and over again! Thank God there had been no one to notice................. Rhythm...... What did she decide to do after making the repeated mistakes? …………….......... You’ll never make a good typist if you can’t do it by touch.. she began again.....……………………………………………………………. What had happened? What had she done? Not even on her first day at the Belmont Secretarial College had she made such ridiculous mistakes.. She was tempted to look at the keyboard ........” a) What is QWERTYUIOP? ……………..........

The large bottle was half-empty when she reached the end of the letter in triumph. a. What quality did Lucy display? Provide a reason for your answer. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………… PRACTICE 3 Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the questions that follow. George Ross. it wrote. The machine began to rattle. it complained pathetically. and she swiped at the words with her brush. and sat back with a sigh of relief. For an hour. it now said in large. she attacked with a loaded brush. What is the white fluid? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………… b. IDIOT.. YOU’RE DROWNING ME. Why is Lucy battling with the machine? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………… c. She typed. and dripped thickly into the depths of the typewriter. its keys clicking like badly fitting false teeth. HELP! Another swipe. Who are you? Lucy typed. PLEASE! But Lucy showed no mercy. Lucy snatched the completed letter out of the typewriter. as if with laughter. d. Yours faithfully. The white fluid ran down the typing paper like melting ice-cream. she battled with the machine. As fast as QWERTYUIOPs and unwanted capitals appeared. Why is the large bottle half empty? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………. red capitals: I HATE YOU! Furiously she painted the words out. Lucy typed quickly: Are you from outer space? The typewriter rocked. .PRACTICE 2 Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the questions that follow. Too late. Across the bottom of the otherwise faultless page.

If you were Lucy do you think you would reply to Miss Broome? Give a reason for your answer. She had a lonely ‘O’ level and a typing speed that would make a tortoise laugh. What was Mrs. but could not help wishing she would sometimes lose her temper. She was tired of being poor. The machine went mad. Lucy hesitated. a. She was sick of second-hand clothes. it sated. Price once. What does the word ‘rocked’ mean? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… b. Why did Lucy hesitate? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… d. she wanted a job. Price’s answer to Lucy when she asked whether she would ever . ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… PRACTICE 4 Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the questions that follow. a. it answered. What is Lucy’s occupation? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… c. Lucy loved her mother. “Whoever will want to employ me?” she had asked Mrs. In the end she typed: How do you do? I am Miss Beck. MISS BECK Why should I? I AM SECRETARY HERE. GO AWAY. Why is Lucy described as ‘easily overlooked’? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… b. She was fed up with macaroni cheese and baked beans. this time in red letters. more than anything. Lucy wanted a job. and Mrs. Lucy Beck was young and small and mouse-coloured. easily overlooked. Why is finding a job so important to Lucy? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… c. Shout.Miss Broome. shaking and snapping its keys like castanets. Throw saucepans at the spinning. “We are jumble sailors on the rough sea of life. No. Scream. grinning head of Uncle Bert. it screamed. Price had been at a loss to answer. She did not know quite how to reply to this.” her mother would say. More than anyone. you’re not! I am! Lucy typed angrily. Q U E R T Y U I O P “ / @ Q U E R T Y U I O P £ – &()*QWERTYUIOP+1.

Describe Lucy’s feelings towards Uncle Bert. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… . Provide reasons for your answer.find a job? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… d.

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