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Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do ancient African kings want griots?
(a) To be able to pour out their deepest secrets.
(b) Because griots were thought to be magical.
(c) To have constant companionship.
(d) To keep their memories alive.

2. Where does Kouyaty begin his story of Sundiata?
(a) When Sundiata begins to walk.
(b) When Sundiata dies.
(c) When Sundiata is born.
(d) When Sundiata becomes a man.

3. What does the king give to his subjects in celebration for the birth of the new child?
(a) Food.
(b) Wine.
(c) Cigars.
(d) Ammunition.

4. What does Sogolon beg to borrow from Sassouma?
(a) A berry.
(b) A leaf.
(c) An egg.
(d) A branch.

5. How old does Sassouma claim Dankaran was when he first began to collect baobob?
(a) Fifteen years old.
(b) Ten years old.
(c) Seven years old.
(d) Twelve years old.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical deformity does the hunter tell the king his future wife should have?

2. Which character is forced into Kanty's employment?

3. Who is Maghan Kon Fatta?

4. Who do the Malian people believe should be the true king of Mali?

5. What gift did ancient African kings believe griots could give them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were the early kings of Mali?

2. Who is Sassouma, and how does she react to Sogolon?

3. Why does Sassouma meet with the sorcerers in the village after Sogolon's arrival?

4. What is a griot?

5. How does Sundiata's life change as he matures into a full-grown man in Mema?

6. How does Sundiata react to the reunification with Nana Triban, and what steps does he take to bring the land of Mali back together?

7. What happens when the warriors meet a starving, old woman in Do?

8. What confession does Nana Triban make to Sundiata when they are reunited?

9. What unusual event takes place at the new baby's naming ceremony?

10. How do the people of Mali react to the news that Sundiata has arrived to return the land to them?

(see the answer keys)

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