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. Which of the following ailments affects Sundiata?

2. How is Kanty related to Fakoli?

3. How long does Sundiata wander in the desert before settling in Djedeba?

4. What weapon does Sundiata use to dual with Konkon?

5. Griots are considered "vessels of _____ ."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sogolon eventually become the king's favorite wife?

2. What changes does Sundiata make in the African nation after he is appointed emperor?

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

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

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. Who is Soumaoro Kanty?

7. What unusual event takes place at the new baby's naming ceremony?

8. Why did ancient kings initially want griots?

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

10. How does Sundiata strip Soumaoro of his magical powers?

Essay 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

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

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.

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