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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Sundiata prays to his gods, what does he ask them for?
2. Where are the Malian merchants first spotted?
3. When Soumaoro took over power of Mali, what did he deprive the people of?
4. How do Tounkara's men feel about joining up with Sundiata's army?
5. How many animals does Sundiata sacrifice upon returning home to Mali?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the text, sorcery plays a large role in belief system of the Malian people. Give examples of two characters who believed in the power of sorcery, and explain how they exhibited their beliefs. Then, explain how sorcery affected the battles for Mali in either a positive or negative manor.
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