Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 physical attribute does the hunter have which prompts the king's men to think he is evil?
2. Griots are considered "vessels of _____ ."
3. What appears in the sky at the moment that Sagolon's baby is born?
4. What animal is terrorizing the land of Do?
5. Which group of African people is focused on in Sundiata's story?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is a griot?
2. How are the Malian merchants discovered in Mema, and what is the reaction to their arrival?
3. How does Sundiata honor his memory of the old buffalo woman?
4. How do the Malian people feel about a heavenly God?
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 Sundiata visits a spiritual river and prays there?
7. When the hunter gives the king his fortune, what does he say?
8. What happens when Mali wages war against Kanty?
9. Why does Sundiata go into exile?
10. What happens during Sundiata's first battle against Soumaoro?
Essay Topic 1
The Buffalo woman plays a large role in bringing together Sundiata's parents. Explain what the Buffalo Woman symbolized in Do, and how her destructive actions eventually led to the unification of Maghan and Sogolon.
Essay Topic 2
Jealousy is one of the most focused on themes of "Sundiata" and there are many lessons to learn on this topic. Briefly describe two characters in the book who are jealous of Sundiata. How do these characters express their jealousy? At the end of the book, how are the jealous actions of these two characters rewarded or punished? What lesson is there to be learned about jealousy through the characters of the book?
Essay Topic 3
"Sundiata" is often heralded as changing the face of heroism. Describe what it means to be a hero in Sundiata's day, and what Sundiata did to fulfill this role for his people. Finally, explain whether or not you agree with the assertion that Sundiata is not a typical hero, and why.
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