Cloze Test Worksheet
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Date Shared: 6 November 2019
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Read the passage and then answer the questions that follow.
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The Feast of the New Yam was an occasion for giving thanks to Ani, the
earth goddess and the source of all fertility. Ani played a greater
part in the life of the people than any other diety. She was the
ultimate judge of morality and conduct. And what was more, she
was in close communion with the departed fathers of the clan
whose bodies had been committed to earth.
The Feast of the New Yam was held every year before the harvest
began, to honor the earth goddess and the ancestral spirits of the
clan. New yams could not be eaten until some had first been
offered to these powers. Men and women, young and old, looked
forward to the New Yam Festival because it began the season of
plenty—the new year. On the last night before the festival, yams of
the old year were all disposed of by those who still had them. The
new year must begin with tasty, fresh yams and not the shriveled
and fibrous crop of the previous year. All cooking pots, calabashes
and wooden bowls were thoroughly washed, especially the wooden
mortar in which yam was pounded. Yam foo-foo and vegetable
soup was the chief food in the celebration.
New Yam Ani fertility diety judge conduct Feast Yam earth goddess ancestral spirits could not looked forward new year disposed must begin shriveled calabashes wooden bowls mortar Yam soup
6 November 2019
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