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. Which of the following adjectives best describes Kanty?

2. Who do the Malian people believe can become king one day?

3. How many wives does Sundiata's father have?

4. Who does Sogolon worry might kill Manding Bory?

5. What is the role of a griot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What one complaint does the griot have at the close of the book about modern day audiences in response to Sundiata's story?

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

3. How does Sogolon eventually become the king's favorite wife?

4. What happens when the king loses hope that Djata will grow to be a great king?

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

6. Who were the early kings of Mali?

7. When the hunter gives the king his fortune, what does he say?

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

9. How did Sundiata come to inherit the land of Mema?

10. How does the king respond to the hunter who makes him an offering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The battle scenes of the book are particularly vivid as the griot remembers every detail of Sundiata's successes. Choose one memorable battle scene in the book and recount it. Then, explain how the selective memory of the griot transforms the battle scenes from fact to legend.

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

The Buffalo woman plays a large role in bringing together Sundiata's parents. Explain what the Buffalo Woman symbolized in Do, and how her destructive actions eventually led to the unification of Maghan and Sogolon.

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