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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who updates the reader on lives of Sundiata's friends?
2. What city is Sundiata traveling toward in order to battle with Soumaoro?
3. How did Nana Triban gain access into Soumaoro's sorcery chambers?
4. Who first spots the Malian merchants in Mema?
5. How soon after the arrival of the merchants does Sogolon die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
All throughout his life, Sundiata was characterized as a boy who forgave trespasses. Create a list of examples of moments when Sundiata chose to forgive those who had wronged him rather than retaliate. How did this shape Sundiata into the graceful leader that he became as an adult?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
When the story opens, Djeli Mamoudou Koutate is introduced to the readers as a local griot. Briefly describe the role griots play in African culture and then compare / contrast the role griots played during Sundiata's time with their role in the culture today. How does the use of a griot in Sundiata's tale affect the way it is expressed to the reader?
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