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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. Which of the following is the most important task for a griot to accomplish?

2. How does Fakoli react to Kanty's theft?

3. Who is Maghan Kon Fatta?

4. Which of the following characters does NOT enter exile with Sundiata?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

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

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

6. Who is Soumaoro Kanty?

7. How do the people of Mali react to the news that Sundiata has arrived to return the land to them?

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

9. Why do the people of Mali flood to Soumaoro's old land, and what do they steal from his store houses?

10. How did Sundiata come to inherit the land of Mema?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sundiata's parents, Sogolon and King Maghan Fatta, had an unusual courtship and relationship. Explain how Sundiata's parents came to be married. Then, create a time line of events that both drew the couple together and tore them apart. Finally, explain how King Maghan Fatta felt about his second wife at the time of his death, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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