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. How does Dankaran respond when Kanty demands rule of Mali?

2. Which of the following adjectives best describes Sogolon?

3. How old does Sassouma claim Dankaran was when he first began to collect baobob?

4. When Sundiata visits Ghana, what does he realize about the people who live there?

5. Why is Sassouma jealous of Sogolon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during Sundiata's first battle against Soumaoro?

2. What happens when Sundiata outwits Konkon, the king of Djedeba?

3. What demands does Kanty make of the African nations, and what is Dankaran's response?

4. What one complaint does the griot have at the close of the book about modern day audiences in response to Sundiata's story?

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

6. Why did ancient kings initially want griots?

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

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

9. How does Sassouma try to convince the nine witches to kill Sundiata?

10. Why does Fassyky ask for a private conference with Fran Kamara upon returning to Mali?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many men who pass through power in Mali. Create a list of kings that took power on the pages of Sundiata, and briefly explain how each of these kings affected the relationship Malian people had with their government.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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