Roots Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the new name given to Kunta?

2. What does Fiddler say happened to his previous master?

3. How do the women on the ship relay information to the men?

4. Kunta discovers he is chained to _________.

5. What is the rule Kunta must follow when it is time to eat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the attitude of the other blacks Kunta reaches the plantation that will be his new home and what does Kunta think of it?

2. What are some of the sounds Kunta misses from his home during the quiet times on the planation?

3. How are the boys of Kunta's village taken away for their manhood training?

4. How does George become the source of news for the slaves ion the plantation where Kizzy lives?

5. What are the first days of the manhood training like for Kunta and his mates?

6. What does Bell say is the master's attitude about the "yellow" slaves?

7. What is the issue brought to the council by the young girl named Jankeh Jallon?

8. What hope does Kizzy hold onto regarding how she might yet be returned to her parents?

9. What is the concern Matilda feels about George's travels?

10. What does Master John tell the slaves while he is staying at the plantation overseeing things?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship between George and Matilda early in their marriage? How does it change over time? Compare that to the relationship between Kunta and Bell.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Kunta's life as a baby. How does that compare to his life as an adult slave? How is his life as an adult different in America from what it would be in Africa?

Essay Topic 3

When is the first time Kunta comes to feel the emotions of his people as they dance around a ceremonial fire? What happens to him at this ceremony? Why does it happen at this time? How does it affect him?

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