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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. From which direction does the hunter promise a "great light" will come from?

2. What is the role of a griot?

3. What appears in the sky at the moment that Sagolon's baby is born?

4. Who is Fran Kamara?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sundiata visits a spiritual river and prays there?

2. What is a griot?

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

4. How do Soumaoro and Sundiata communicate before the battle of Krina?

5. Who were the early kings of Mali?

6. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

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

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

9. What changes does Sundiata make in the African nation after he is appointed emperor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All throughout his life, Sundiata was characterized as a boy who forgave trespasses. Create a list of examples of moments when Sundiata chose to forgive those who had wronged him rather than retaliate. How did this shape Sundiata into the graceful leader that he became as an adult?

Essay Topic 2

Sundiata goes through a significant change during the time he is a teenager. Briefly describe what Sundiata was like as a child, and compare / contrast that to what he was like as an adult. What small event proved to be the turning point in Sundiata's first rise to power?

Essay Topic 3

When the story opens, Djeli Mamoudou Koutate is introduced to the readers as a local griot. Briefly describe the role griots play in African culture and then compare / contrast the role griots played during Sundiata's time with their role in the culture today. How does the use of a griot in Sundiata's tale affect the way it is expressed to the reader?

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