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Subject :IEO    Class : Class 9


Matsupaa - The Magic Remains

Dawn has not yet broken over the horizon, but Rosita is crossing the border. Rosita is a Matsu woman. Her land, Matsupaa, lies partly in Ghana, and partly in Congo. Matsupaa has its own flag, language, traditions and festivals, but it is divided by an international border. Rosita crosses the border frequently to get from one part of her country to another, but she needs special visa every time and it sometimes takes her forever to reach another part of her own country.

Today Rosita is making the crossing from her village Onista to the capital city Maru to attend the annual Matsupaa Kingdom Day. There will be a carnival, and the atmosphere is likely to be raucous and mad as most carnivals are. People in their ancestral costume of large billowing gowns, silver plated shirts and clanging, chunky bracelets move around noisily. Youngsters usually borrow their grandparents clothes!

One of Matsupaa's celebrity citizens is Mopar Magutsu. He is active in a movement to save Matsu cultural identity. More and more young people are leaving Matsupaa for the west and Mopar wants to prevent his culture from dying out. He holds a lot of cultural programmes to initiate the young into the rich and colourful Matsu past. The future is bright only when we know the past with pride - is Mopar's firm belief.

Meanwhile Rosita has reached the capital with her basket of knick-knacks and hand crafted pots and pans. She hopes to make a killing with the ever present tourists.

What's the problem with Matsupaa's youngsters?

(A) They sing and dance all day.

(B) They borrow their elders' clothes.

(C) They are migrating to other countries.

(D) They dislike tourists.

Ans 1:

Class : Class 9
(C) They are migrating to other countries.

Ans 2:

Class : Class 10
(C) They are migrating to other countries

Ans 3:

Class : Class 9
they dislike tourists....

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