CHOOSE THE BEST WORD OR WORDS TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES.
CHOOSE THE BEST WORD TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES.
READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ASNWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW.
Burns and Scalds
A burn or a scald is a painful damage to the skin. This is caused when heat, severe cold or some chemicals get in contact with the skin. Hot solid objects such as irons and stoves can cause burns. Scalds are caused by hot liquids like water, cooking fat and steam. In spite of the differences of their causes, burns and scalds have the same effect on the skin. There is severe pain on the burnt area and blisters may form.
Some burns and scalds may go deeper in the flesh. Others only affect the skin. It is not the depth of a burn that is the danger, but the size of the burn. Any burn that is greater than the burnt person’s hand needs hospital attention.
Smaller burns and scalds can be treated at home. Pouring cold water on the burn skin soothes it. Blisters that form on the burns and scalds must not be pricked. Pricking them will worsen the damage and pain. Special attention should be given to burns and scalds so that they do not get infected, resulting in their slow healing or worsening.
Adapted from The Sunday Mail, 11-17 April 2010, Zimpapers.
The Examination fever
There was no other person at the school when Panashe arrived. The examination he was about to write that day had very much occupied his mind. As a result of this, he failed to notice that it was still too early to be at school.
He peeped through the window and looked at the wall clock in the head teacher’s office. The time was only five in the morning. The moon had deceived him. Fearfully and confused, he wobbled into the examination room and slept on one of the benches at the back of the room.
He was woken up shortly after six by Old Mr Munatsi, the head teacher. He was an energetic and highly respected teacher. He had also woken up before sunrise. He was on his occasional walks round the school. He wanted to check for any form of mischief that could discredit his school in the final examinations of that year. His school was a centre of excellence and admiration.
Mr Munatsi invited Panashe to his house. They discussed a few issues over a cup of hot coffee.
Adapted from Quills of Desire by Binwell Sinyangwe, ZPH (1993)
The Old Woman
As soon as Old Tambara heard the chirping sounds of the birds, she knew that sunrise would not be long now. The chirping always helped her to remember that it was now time to go out and watch the sun rise across Chiurwi Mountains.
She painfully made her way to her favourite spot. She had to use the wall of the hut to support herself. These days, her legs gave her so much pain. She had just reached her watching spot, when the darkness of the night was broken by a red light rising on the horizon. The sky seemed to have turned blood. Slowly, the big round sun made its way up the sky.
The old woman, watched the view with wonder. She looked into the distance as though wonderful memories were running through her mind. As the sunlight filled the slowly awakening village, the old woman sighed loudly. She turned and slowly went back to her hut.
She drew the ashes from the previous night's fire, started a new one and settled down on her mat. The movement outside told her that the people in the compound were now waking up. She sat there calmly, ready to take on the activities of that day.
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Grandfather’s Hut On Fire
The wind blew violently through the trees and the roofs of huts in the village shook and squeaked. The first flush of lightning was followed by thunder. It roared through the valley and gradually died down. For half an hour, the lightning and thunder continued. Rudo and Taku clung to aunt Busi as they watched through one window. Themba and Sarah peered anxiously through another. Suddenly, someone shouted, “Fire! Fire!” Everyone panicked.
Rudo rushed to the door followed by Aunt Busi, Themba and Taku. Sarah hurried after them, carrying all their raincoats which they had forgotten. It had begun to rain by then. The lightning and thunder seemed to be farther away. Looking down the village, they saw a bright light near the big tree. There was no doubt in Rudo’s heart that grandfather’s hut was on fire.
Several men and women joined them as they drew near Grandfather’s burning hut. Many, especially women, carried buckets full of water to help in the emergence.
Adapted from Heidi Grows Up by Charles Tritten.