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

2. Where does Kouyaty begin his story of Sundiata?

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

4. Why do ancient African kings want griots?

5. Who first spreads the gossip that Sundiata has sworn to stand up and walk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sogolon presented as a gift to the king?

2. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

3. When Sundiata travels to Niani, what differences does he note in the land now that he has come to power?

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

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

6. What happens when the warriors meet a starving, old woman in Do?

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

8. Why does Sassouma meet with the sorcerers in the village after Sogolon's arrival?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sundiata had two main women in his life to act as mothers to him - Sogolon and Sassouma. Briefly describe each of these women, and then compare / contrast their mothering techniques with young Sundiata. Then, explain what effect each of these women had on Sundiata as he matured into adulthood.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the text, sorcery plays a large role in belief system of the Malian people. Give examples of two characters who believed in the power of sorcery, and explain how they exhibited their beliefs. Then, explain how sorcery affected the battles for Mali in either a positive or negative manor.

Essay Topic 3

When Sundiata's father was young, he had his fortune read by a passing hunter. Explain what the fortune read, and why the king's men did not want to believe it. Finally, explain how the fortune teller irrevocably altered the path King Maghan's life was taking.

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