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Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane Vocabulary words (33): oracle wizened foppishly accost benzene pass raids austere millet shebeens scuttle utilitarian tirade grossly coterie portly mores purge admonish peruse pretext ungodly abreast Pretoria vehemently matriarchs confounded Venda and Shangaan imp tsotsi Zulu and Sisotho veld privies credence Directions: answer the following questions thoughtfully and thoroughly on a separate sheet of paper. You will answer questions 1 and 2 while we are reading in class. 1. Where do you think the narrator’s mother is taking him? p. 447, end of first column 2. Why do you think the children are afraid to go to school? p. 448, end of third paragraph 3. Describe the environment that the narrator (Johannes, but changed his name to Mark) is living in. (p. 446) How does this environment compare to the environment that you live in? 4. Describe the life of a gang member and how Johannes/Mark feels about the life style. P. 446 5. On their way to school, Johannes/Mark, his mother and grandmother encountered a woman who stopped to speak to them. Summarize what the woman said. 6. What types of papers are needed to attend school? Why are they needed? 7. What are the reasons Johannes/Mark stated for his reluctance to attend school? 8. What happened that forced Johannes/Mark to attend school? 9. How do Johannes/Mark’s mother and father’s opinions of school differ? 10. How has the lack of education affected Johannes/Mark’s father’s life according to his mother? 11. What does Johannes/Mark’s mother believe education can do for him? 12. In the U.S., we have laws that require children to attend school until they are 16 years old. Imagine that this law did not exist. How would the life of children in the U.S. change?
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