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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many slices does it take Fran Kamara to chop down a tree?
2. Where does Siara Kouman Konaty live?
3. When Soumaoro took over power of Mali, what did he deprive the people of?
4. What does Sundiata dress as before he begins his battle?
5. Why is Soumaoro's army surprised by Sundiata's army?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Sundiata goes through a significant change during the time he is a teenager. Briefly describe what Sundiata was like as a child, and compare / contrast that to what he was like as an adult. What small event proved to be the turning point in Sundiata's first rise to power?
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