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. In Kouyaty's story, of what material does Kanty sew his clothing?

2. How is Kanty related to Fakoli?

3. Why does the king fear marrying Sogolon?

4. Why does Sogolon believe Djata does not speak with other children?

5. Which of the following characters is the griot of Sundiata's story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens that causes the usually patient Sologon to beat Djata?

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

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

5. What happens when Mali wages war against Kanty?

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

7. What is a griot?

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

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

10. Why does Sundiata threaten the king of Mema, Tounkara?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Sundiata was born, he was given two formal names and one very important nickname. Briefly explain where each of Sundiata's three names came from, and what part of his personality each name represented. Finally, explain whether or not you think Sundiata's name were a good fit for him, and why.

Essay Topic 3

"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."

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