Sundiata Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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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. How does the king feel when Manding Bory is born?

2. Who is Maghan Kon Fatta?

3. Which of the following actions is Djata most often seen doing by the villagers?

4. What animal do the villagers attribute to the new baby?

5. Why does Sogolon believe Djata does not speak with other children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sundiata throws a spear at Soumaoro's chest in battle?

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

3. How does Sassouma try to convince the nine witches to kill Sundiata?

4. Why does Sundiata threaten the king of Mema, Tounkara?

5. Why do the people of Mali flood to Soumaoro's old land, and what do they steal from his store houses?

6. How have Sundiata's childhood friends sought to help him in his return to Mali?

7. How is Djata described when the audiences sees him again at the age of three?

8. How does the reader receive the information about Sundiata's friends and their lives after the fall of Mali?

9. How does Sundiata strip Soumaoro of his magical powers?

10. How were Nana Triban and Sundiata reunited?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Sundiata had many siblings, there were three who had the largest impact on his life - Nana Triban, Manding Bory, and Dankaran. Breifly describe each of Sundiata's three siblings, and explain how each sibling irrevocably altered Sundiata's life, either for better or worse.

Essay Topic 2

The role of fate plays a large part in Sundiata's rise to power. Explain why the people believed it was Sundiata's fate to rule Mali, and briefly explain three obstacles that stood in the way of Sundiata reaching the fate that had been laid out for him.

Essay Topic 3

Sundiata had two main women in his life to act as mothers to him - Sogolon and Sassouma. Briefly describe each of these women, and then compare / contrast their mothering techniques with young Sundiata. Then, explain what effect each of these women had on Sundiata as he matured into adulthood.

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