Exercises for The Baboon Child

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A. How much did you understand?


In this story the first man in the world wanted to grow food for himself.

Put sentences 1, 2 and 3 in the right order.

  1. One day, the man saw the baboons in his field.
  2. He planted pumpkins and corn for his food.
  3. "Go away!" he shouted, "Don't steal my food! Leave my field alone!"


The man took the baboon child to his hut. He showed her how to plant seeds. He told her three things.

Put sentences 4, 5 and 6 in the right order.

  1. "Watch me," the man said to her. "Put the seeds in the earth, like this."
  2. “They will grow and we will have food to eat.”
  3. "Don't pick up the seeds. Don't eat them.”


The man and the baboon child married and their children lived as men and women.

Put sentences 7, 8 and 9 in the right order.

  1. They planted more fields, and moved to many new places. 
  2. The baboon child helped the man. She weeded the field and brought in the harvest with him.
  3. They worked in the field. The family could grow more food now.


 B. When...


Now complete these sentences 1, 2, and 3 with the best endings a, b and c.

  1. When the man left his field and went away, ......   
  2. One day, when the baboon child was big enough, ......
  3. When the son and the daughter grew up......


  1. ……they married each other.
  2. ……the baboons came and ate the man's food.
  3. ……the man took her to the field with him.


C. Who was watching?


In the story animals and the man watch each other.

  1. Who were the baboons watching? 
  2. Who was the man watching? 
  3. Who was the baboon child watching? 


D. Now you tell a part of the story...


There are two important characters in the story - the first man and the baboon child. Retell the story. You can choose to be either the man or the baboon child.


If you choose to be the first man you can start your story like this:

I am the first man in the world.  I plant food for myself.


If you choose to be the baboon child you can start your story like this:

I am the baboon child.  One day I went with other baboons to the first man’s field.


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