Reading Skills Practice: Marriage in Lombok

Reading Skills Practice: Marriage in Lombok

Young Sasak couple have a choice of different ways of getting married. The first is an arranged marriage. The parents of the man arrange that he will marry a particular girl. Another way is to marry a cousin. Both of these ways are simple and easy. The parents discuss the bride’s dowry (mas kawin). When all the arrangements are finished, the ceremony, sorong serah, is performed.

The next method is more difficult and dramatic. In this method the man runs away with the girl of his choice to another village. He then reports his action to the head of that village (Kepala Desa). He is punished for his wrong action and has to wear a piece of black cotton around his arm. Finally his family has to pay a price to the bride’s family as a compensation (ganti rugi).

One advantage of the last method is that there is no wedding ceremony. Wedding ceremonies, as we know, are very expensive.

1). How many ways are there for getting

  • a. four
  • b. three
  • c. two
  • d. don’t know

2). “Both of these ways are simple and easy.” What are Both of these ways”?

  • a. Marrying a Sasak and marrying a cousin.
  • b. Arranged marriage and marrying a Sasak.
  • c. Marrying a cousin and running away with a girl.
  • d. Arranged marriage and marrying a cousin.

3. Is it right for a Sasak to run away with a girl

  • a. Yes, it is.
  • b. No, it’ wrong.
  • c. We don’t know.
  • d. Not mentioned

4. Why does the Kepala Desa punish the boy?

  • a. The Kepala Desa doesn’t like the boy.
  • b. He likes punishing people.
  • c. Because that is the custom.
  • d. Because the boy if from another village.

5. People who man away to get married …

  • a. don’t have a wedding ceremony.
  • b. must have an expensive wedding ceremony.
  • c. do not pay money to the bride’s family.
  • d. travel by bus

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