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. From what land is the hunter from?

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

3. Which of the following ailments affects Sundiata?

4. How does the room respond when Fassyky plays Kanty's magical musical instrument?

5. Where does Kouyaty begin his story of Sundiata?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Kanty react when he finds that Fassyky has broken in to his chambers?

5. How do the Malian merchants greet Sundiata, and what news do they bring from home?

6. Who is Soumaoro Kanty?

7. What does Fassyky find in Kanty's sorcery chambers?

8. How does the king respond to the hunter who makes him an offering?

9. What happens when Mali wages war against Kanty?

10. What happens when the king loses hope that Djata will grow to be a great king?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The battle scenes of the book are particularly vivid as the griot remembers every detail of Sundiata's successes. Choose one memorable battle scene in the book and recount it. Then, explain how the selective memory of the griot transforms the battle scenes from fact to legend.

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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