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Text: New Oxford Secondary English Course for SS1

Title: Argungu Cultural Festival pages 2,3

Class Activity:

The passage should be read carefully before the students attempt the questions on it.

Argungu Cultural Festival

Argungu Cultural Festival

     Argungu village in Kebbi State is located on the northwestern border of Nigeria. An unexpected tumble in the village may land you in Niger Republic. Argungu is home to the popular Argungu Fishing Festival which starts from February and spills over into March. The fishing festival takes place on River Rima. Other events that make the Argungu Cultural Festival spectacular are the cultural displays, exhibition of handicrafts, archery, and camel or donkey racing.

     But it is the fishing competition that is the icing on the cake. And it takes place on the very last day. Once the signal is given, all the participants make a dash for the river, armed with their fishing equipment a net scoop and a large gourd amidst cheering, singing, and dancing until one of them emerges from the river with a ‘catch’ bigger than that of anybody else. Once the angler emerges with a catch he feels is big enough to win the prize, the fish is taken to the scales, where it is weighed and the biggest is ascertained.

     The lucky fisherman wins a prize. Then it is celebrations all through. No fishing is allowed at the festival spot until the grand show comes around the following year.

Evaluation:

Answer questions 1 – 10 on page 3, use your dictionary while answering question 10.

Questions

1. Where and when does the Argungu Cultural Festival take place?

2. What do the participants do before the signal is given to dash for the river?

3. Name two things that go on until one of the participants emerges with a catch.

4. How is the winner of the fishing competition chosen?

5. ‘An unexpected tumble in the village may land you in Niger Republic’. Why is this so?   

6. ‘where it is weighed’

i. What is the grammatical name given to this expression as it is used in the passage?

ii. What is its function?

7. For each of the following words or phrases, find another word or phrase which means the same and which can replace it as it is used in the passage.

a. tumble

b. starts

c. spectacular

d. emerges

e. allowed

Answers

1. The Argungu Cultural Festival takes place in Argungu village in Sokoto State, Nigeria. The festival takes place between February and March.

2. The events that make the festival interesting before the last day are cultural displays, exhibition of handcrafts, archery, camel, or donkey racing.

3. The participant with the biggest catch of fish is chosen as the winner.

4. Things that go on until one of the participants emerges with a catch are cheering, singing, dancing (any two)   

5 a. 

i. The lucky – noun phrase

ii. Subject of the verb wins

5 b.  

i. a prize – noun phrase

ii. object of the verb wins

6. The participants are ready with their fishing equipment.

7. This is to ensure that there are big fish to be caught the following year.

8. This is because Argungu is close to the Nigeria – Niger border.

9. The words suggest that the writer is very much impressed by the festival

10.  

i.      tumble – fall

ii.     spills over into – extends

iii.    catch – fish

iv.    angler – fisherman

v.     make a dash for – plunge into

vi.    emerges – comes up

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  1. ARGUNGU FISHING FESTIVAL
    1. The festival takes place in the River Rima in Argungu village, Kebbi State and it takes place between February and March.

    2. The participants prepare themselves with their fishing nets and a large gourd.

    3. Two things that go on are singing and dancing.

    4. The winner with the biggest fish/catch is declared winner.

    5. This is because Argungu village is very close to Niger Republic OR This is because Argungu village is a border town to Niger Republic.

    6. Adjectival Clause.
    b. It qualifies the noun phrase ‘the scales’.

    7. tumble- fall, slide
    ii. start- begin, commence
    iii. emerges- comes up, arrives
    iv. spectacular- unique, outstanding
    v. allowed- permitted, granted

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