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. Where does Kunta plan to go on his next trip?

2. What does Kunta learn is the reason that Fiddler is no longer playing for the slaves?

3. After whom is Kunta named?

4. How much does Kunta's new owner pay for him?

5. What song are the blacks in the field singing as Kunta travels with his new owner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do all the stories of Nyo Boto begin?

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

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

4. How does Kunta come to realize that he is now into his "nineteenth rain?"

5. What are some of the things of Africa Kunta sees in his surroundings?

6. How does George come to know the identity of his father?

7. How does Will Palmer come to be so respected that he's offered the chance to buy the lumber mill?

8. What does Fiddler say to Kunta when Kunta finally wakes from his coma during his bout with the fever?

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

10. When George hears that there has been a threat of an uprising that resulted in an order for blacks to remain in their cabins at his plantation, what is his reaction and what does he eventually realize about that reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the first plantation where Kunta is held with the second. What does he say is the same at the two?

Essay Topic 2

Who is the man they call "Ol' George?" How does he come to be part of the lives of Tom's family? What is it that prompts him to go with the family when they leave for Tennessee?

Essay Topic 3

After twenty years, Kunta says that he suddenly realizes that he has lost himself. What is it that he feels has happened to him after his years in slavery and what is the impact on him?

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