Devil on the Cross Short Essay - Answer Key

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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1. In Chapter 1, Section 1, what do people say when Gicaandi wants to tell the story?

When Gicaandi wants to tell the story, some people tell him that the story is too disgraceful and shameful. They think that the story should be concealed forever in darkness. Others claim that it is a matter for tears and sorrow, and that it should be repressed so that tears are not shed a second time.

2. In Chapter 1, Section 1, what example does Gicaandi give to show that the story needs to be told?

Gicaandi believes that the story needs to be told, and to prove his point, he uses an example. He asks if pits in courtyards should be covered with leaves or grass. Then he wonders if they should allow their children to dance around the yard without worrying about the pits because they cannot be seen.

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