Sundiata Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Sundiata finally rises to power in Mali, he makes many changes on the land. Describe what the African nation was like for its inhabitants during Soumaoro's rule, and what changes Sundiata made to the nation as soon as he rose to power. Then, explain how the effects of Sundiata's rule can still be seen in present day Mali.

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

All throughout his life, Sundiata was characterized as a boy who forgave trespasses. Create a list of examples of moments when Sundiata chose to forgive those who had wronged him rather than retaliate. How did this shape Sundiata into the graceful leader that he became as an adult?

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