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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Kunta know he and his mates are approaching a freshly cut bamboo grove?
(a) He smells it through his hood.
(b) He hears the slaves talking about it.
(c) He senses it from the direction they are walking.
(d) He sees it.

2. What is Binta's reaction to the news that Kunta will be taking Lamin on a trip?
(a) She gathers her other two sons and cries.
(b) She begs Omoro to change his mind.
(c) She is happy and helps them pack food.
(d) She refuses to let him go.

3. What is the purpose of the turtle and the fish in the village well?
(a) There is no purpose
(b) To eat insects
(c) They are left there as a prank by the younger boys
(d) To provide food

4. What year is the baby who will be named Kunta born?
(a) 1850
(b) 1887
(c) 1750
(d) 1570

5. What does Kunta say about the color of "the missus?"
(a) That her coloring is like honey.
(b) That she is the same as a toad's underbelly
(c) That her coloring is beautiful.
(d) That it makes her pitiful.

6. Why do the children of Kunta's village try to catch the flakes of ashes?
(a) It's just a game.
(b) They believe each fleck of ash captured brings a day of plenty.
(c) They believe them to be good luck.
(d) They are trying to keep the fields from catching fire.

7. How is Bell getting information about the uprising against England?
(a) She listens in on conversations whenever there is company.
(b) News comes from slaves of other plantations.
(c) The master is talking to her.
(d) She finds documents left by the master

8. What happens to one of Kunta's goats while he is supposed to be watching over them?
(a) It dies giving birth.
(b) It wanders away and is lost.
(c) It is killed by a panther.
(d) It is killed by a hyena.

9. How many huts does Kunta discover there are for housing slaves?
(a) Ten
(b) Eight
(c) Twelve
(d) Four

10. What is the rule Kunta must follow when it is time to eat?
(a) Chew with his mouth closed
(b) Keep his eyes on his own food
(c) Eati only after the adults begin
(d) Never speak to adults who are eating

11. How is Kunta fed when he becomes too weak to eat for himself?
(a) By pouring watered gruel down his throat
(b) A woman chews the food and then forces it between his lips
(c) Through a tube
(d) He isn't fed

12. What hope does Kunta hold even when he realizes he can never return to Juffure?
(a) That he can have a family of his own.
(b) That Allah will not let him die in captivity.
(c) That he can learn to live happily in his new role.
(d) That he can at least escape and live in the forests of this new land.

13. Who looks after Kunta and the other young children of the tribe?
(a) The grandmothers
(b) The midwives
(c) The older sisters
(d) The mothers

14. Why does Kunta begin eating the horrible gruel that's put before him?
(a) He comes to accept that it's all that will be offered.
(b) He is hungry.
(c) So that he will regain his strength.
(d) To keep from being beaten for not eating.

15. What is the purpose of the tree trunk Kunta plans to chop down?
(a) A coffin
(b) A canoe
(c) The body of a drum
(d) Firewood

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Fiddler do to make his fingers nimble again?

2. Who tells the slaves about the Manumission Act that allows masters to free their slaves?

3. Which of the following is not a rule Omoro tells Kunta will help keep him safe from being taken by the toubob?

4. What do the men of the village give the "magic man" when he arrives at Jeffure?

5. What order is given to the young boy who continually talks when he should be silent?

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