Weep Not, Child Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where is the setting established in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 1? During what time period is the story set?

Weep Not, Child is set primarily in the small village of Mahua in Kenya. The beginning of the story takes place in the 1940s, as indicated by the references to World War II, where Njoroge's brother died in action.

2. How does Njoroge feel about attending school? How does he discover he will attend in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 1?

Njoroge's mother Nyokabi tells Njoroge that he will be attending school. He is overwhelmed with joy and very grateful. He will be the only one of his brothers who will be educated.

3. Who are the members of Njoroge's family? To whom is he closest?

Njoroge has several sisters who are not named or discussed in the novel. He has three older brothers: Kamau, Boro, and Kori. His other brother died in the war. His father, Ngotho, has two wives--Nyokabi and Njeri. Njoroge is closest to his brother Kamau.

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