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. Why do ancient African kings want griots?

2. What are Sundiata's ancestors known for being able to extract from plants and herbs that others cannot?

3. Which of the following characters does NOT enter exile with Sundiata?

4. Which of the following activities do Sundiata's ancestors excel at?

5. How old is young Djata when the reader first sees him again after his birth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Djata described when the audiences sees him again at the age of three?

3. How well did Sundiata's ancestors know the land they were raised in, and how can you tell?

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

5. How does Sassouma treat Sologon once Dankaran rises to power?

6. How does Djata learn to walk?

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

8. Who is Soumaoro Kanty?

9. Why did ancient kings initially want griots?

10. Why does Sundiata go into exile?

Essay 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

When Sundiata's father was young, he had his fortune read by a passing hunter. Explain what the fortune read, and why the king's men did not want to believe it. Finally, explain how the fortune teller irrevocably altered the path King Maghan's life was taking.

Essay Topic 3

Sundiata had two main women in his life to act as mothers to him - Sogolon and Sassouma. Briefly describe each of these women, and then compare / contrast their mothering techniques with young Sundiata. Then, explain what effect each of these women had on Sundiata as he matured into adulthood.

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