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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. What weapon does Sundiata use to dual with Konkon?

2. Which of the following adjectives best describes Sogolon?

3. What is the role of a griot?

4. To which family member is young Djata most attached?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How are Sundiata's troops entertained on the evening before the battle of Krishna?

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

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 the leaders of the twelve nations meet with Sundiata in Ka-ba?

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

8. What happens when Sundiata throws a spear at Soumaoro's chest in battle?

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

10. How does Sundiata's life change as he matures into a full-grown man in Mema?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Soumaoro and Sundiata had an almost lifelong battle with one another, culminating in two memorable battles - one when Sundiata was a boy, and one when he was man. First, explain the battle Sundiata won against Soumaoro when he was a boy, and explain what effect that battle had on Sundiata as he grew. Then, explain the battle Sundiata found himself in with Soumaoro as an adult. How did the childhood battle prepare Sundiata for the rematch in his adulthood?

Essay Topic 2

Even though it had been his lifelong ambition to overthrow Soumaoro, Sundiata leaves the disgraced sorcerer to finish off his days hiding in a cave. Create a time line of events for the changing relationship between Sundiata and Soumaoro. Then, explain how the legacy of Sundiata is altered by his decision to have mercy on Soumaoro and let him live.

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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