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. What is the role of a griot?

2. After what event does Sundiata promise to stand up and walk?

3. What do the Malian people believe is the most definitive characteristic of the heavenly God?

4. How do the people of Mali treat Sundiata after the king dies?

5. What does Kanty's magical instrument alert him of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the griots considered "vessels of the past?"

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

3. Why did ancient kings initially want griots?

4. What is a griot?

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

6. According to the griot, what parts of Sundiata's legacy are still standing in present-day Mali?

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

8. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

9. How does Sundiata collect the army that fights with him in Tabon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many men who pass through power in Mali. Create a list of kings that took power on the pages of Sundiata, and briefly explain how each of these kings affected the relationship Malian people had with their government.

Essay Topic 2

"Sundiata" is expressed to the reader through the use of oral history and translation. Briefly explain why each of these methods--oral history and translation--was necessarily in the completion of this tale. Then, explain what facts were most important in the oral histories of the time, and how you saw those themes expressed in "Sundiata."

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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