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 characters does NOT enter exile with Sundiata?

2. How does Fassyky win over Kanty's heart, and convince him not to kill him?

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Sogolon?

4. Which of the following elements does Kanty and his men have mastery over?

5. In which African country does this story take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sassouma treat Sologon once Dankaran rises to power?

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

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

4. What happens during Sundiata's first battle against Soumaoro?

5. How do the Malian merchants greet Sundiata, and what news do they bring from home?

6. How are the Malian merchants discovered in Mema, and what is the reaction to their arrival?

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

8. Who is Manding Bory, and what role does he play in Sundiata'slife?

9. How well did Sundiata's ancestors know the land they were raised in, and how can you tell?

10. What happens when Sundiata outwits Konkon, the king of Djedeba?

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

Sundiata's parents, Sogolon and King Maghan Fatta, had an unusual courtship and relationship. Explain how Sundiata's parents came to be married. Then, create a time line of events that both drew the couple together and tore them apart. Finally, explain how King Maghan Fatta felt about his second wife at the time of his death, and why.

Essay Topic 3

When Sundiata finally rises to power in Mali, he makes many changes on the land. Describe what the African nation was like for its inhabitants during Soumaoro's rule, and what changes Sundiata made to the nation as soon as he rose to power. Then, explain how the effects of Sundiata's rule can still be seen in present day Mali.

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