A River of Stories, Tales and Poems
from Across the Commonwealth
A River of Stories
- In the poem 'Women's World' what are the women balancing on their heads?
- In 'Cooking with Salt Walter' old Amara believes that the sea has shrunk. What does she think is the cause?
- In 'The Boy Who Called Across the River' why is Ndapi so upset when he calls his brother across the river?
- Which creatures march in the rain?
- How did the elephant acquire his long trunk in 'Nkalimeva'?
- In the poem 'The Sea is a Mystery' the sea is how many different colours?
- How did the Starfish get to the Sea?
- Was it Sand or Star that won the counting contest?
- How is the mist described in the poem 'The Mist'?
- Who was the chief god's messenger in 'The Water God's Challenge?
- How did The Thunder Spirit identify his bride?
- What was the one rule that the three brothers 'Tabwere, Tebarere and Tetintiri were told never to do?
- What is a 'gosile' in 'The Warrior Women of Lumalao'?
- How is the storm described in the poem 'The Storm'?
- What does Mawu of the Waters fling around her like a shawl?
- How many countries make up the Commonwealth?
- Can you name all or some of the countries who are part of the Commonwealth?
There are several poems written in rhyming couplets. Can you write a poem about water in rhyme?
Quiz questions devised from A River of Stories, Tales and Poems from Across the Commonwealth, Compiled by Alice Curry, illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski, Commonwealth Education Trust, (2011)
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