Sundiata Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What physical attribute does the hunter have which prompts the king's men to think he is evil?

2. Griots are considered "vessels of _____ ."

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

4. What animal is terrorizing the land of Do?

5. Which group of African people is focused on in Sundiata's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a griot?

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

3. How does Sundiata honor his memory of the old buffalo woman?

4. How do the Malian people feel about a heavenly God?

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

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

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

8. What happens when Mali wages war against Kanty?

9. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

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

Essay 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

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 3

There are many instances throughout the text when the king is advised not to judge a person by their appearance. First, explain what the relationship between King Maghan and his advisers was, and give three examples of people the king first judged for being weak. If the king had not changed his opinion of these "weak" people, how would the storyline of the book be different?

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