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 fate of the young girl who jumps overboard?

2. Why does Kunta remain away from the Fiddler's house during Christmas?

3. What do the elders say is the advantage the toubob have over the tribes of Africans?

4. What does Kunta know to be the meaning of the frequent howling of women in their huts?

5. Why do the young men grow lots of food?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the deal George and Master Lea agree on with regard to the freedom of the slaves?

2. How does Irene go about ensuring that her master and missus will sell her to Tom's?

3. How do the rocks with which Kunta keeps track of his age become an issue with the master?

4. Describe Kunta's arrival at the first stop on his travels to the plantation.

5. Describe the reactions of the mothers when the young men in training slip into their storehouses to steal food?

6. What is the purpose of the fudano leaves used by the women of the village?

7. What does Kunta believe to have been the fatal flaw in his escape attempt?

8. Why does Fiddler tell Kunta he's a "half-free nigger?"

9. What lesson is given the boys regarding emotions?

10. What is the significance of Kunta's action with the dirt when Kizzy is taken away and what does he do with it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the relationship between Uncle Mingo and Master Tom Lea? What is it that causes Uncle Mingo jealousy when the master begins taking George with him as he attends fights?

Essay Topic 3

How do the attitudes of the blacks change when they are freed? Compare that to the attitudes of the whites over the following years.

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