Footnote to the Youth

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GRADED ACTIVITY 1: “FOOTNOTE TO YOUTH” by Jose Garcia Villa

I. Write on the blank in Column A the letter corresponding to the word in Column B that is synonymous to the word in Column A.

Column A Column B

II. Checking One’s Understanding
Answer the following questions.

1. What made Dodong feel that he was no longer a boy but a man? Dodong made him feel that he was no longer a boy but a man when he started to have pimples on his face and his upper lip already was dark(indicates mustache). 2. Does manhood consists only of physical appearance? Defend your answer.

No,manhood does not only consist of only physical apperance as it is also the stage where a man must started to be matured mentally and emotionally. Starting to be responsible, to dream bigger than life, starting to see different things in life and change his perspective or point of view in life.To be dependent as to stand to his own feet as well. 3. Why was Dodong’s father sorry about his son’s decision to marry Teang?

Dodong's father was sorry about his son's decision to marry Teang because he felt in the age of seventeen,Dodong is still very young to get married early. He did'nt want Dodong to commit the mistakes he had before that he also married at a young age. And he did'nt want Dodong to experience the life of being a married life person/parent at an ealy age which his father has alreay experiencecand find it very hard and difficult. 4. Why was Dodong confused when his young wife was giving birth? Would you have felt the same?

Dodong was confused when his young wife was giving birth because Teang was screaming loudly, and he di'dnt want her to scream like that. He started to wonder madly if the process of child birth was really painful.Unlike some women, when they gave birth, did not cry. And if I would felt the same? Yes of course! And i just wish I can do something to ease her pain while giving birth. An wondering that it should be the man who has the womb and has the ability to gave birth just to carry all the pain my wife is feeling during the process of her giving birth even if it is impossible. 5. How did Teang find married life? Did she regret her early marriage? How about Dodong? Cite instances in the story to prove your answer.

Teang find married life very hard and difficult as she felt helpless doing all the works like cooking, laudering, the house, and the children as well. Teang did sometimes feeling regretfull of her being married at her early age that she also think of wishing she had not married, not even Dodong whom she loved. Dodong find married life also very hard and difficult as he is being angry of himself sometimes because he did'nt want anymore children but it kept coming and he felt responsible for that.

6. Why did Dodong not object to his son’s decision to marry at a Young age?

Dodong did not object his son's decision to marry at a young age because he had also experience that moment. To be the one who is asking to his father's approval to get married also at a young age. Having the mind of being matured enough/capable enough to marry and be with someone for the rest of his life. So he understand that feeling, and aware of want today's youth definition of love is. That is very immense and overflowing. So he become helpless, and felt he could'nt do anything for youth must triumph...now. Love must triumph ...now. As long ago, youth and love did triumphed for Dodong. And then...life. 7. If you were Dodong would you have allowed your son/ daughter to marry at a young age? Why or why not?

If I were Dodong I would'nt allowed my son/daughter to marry at ayoung age because married life is not easy as it looks. It is not an easy job or a game but rather it is a heavy responsibility accompanied by a lifetime commitment....
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