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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is the always present visitor located when Camara's father works with gold?
(a) On top of the sheepskin.
(b) Under the work bench.
(c) Under the sheepskin.
(d) Under the table.

2. Who cuts the first swath of rice from the field on the day of the harvest?
(a) The eldest son of each family.
(b) The praise-singer.
(c) The head of each family.
(d) The mother of each family.

3. Why do all the apprentices and workers in the blacksmith shop turn their attention to the production of the trinket?
(a) Because gold work is rare and fascinating.
(b) Because gold work is rare and boring.
(c) Because gold work is abundant and fascinating.
(d) Because gold work is boring.

4. What does Camara do when he goes to the rice fields during harvest?
(a) He cuts the stalks of rice.
(b) He bundles the stalks of rice.
(c) He burns the stalks of rice.
(d) He brings the stalks of rice back to the village.

5. What does Camara's father fear about Camara in regards to the snake?
(a) That he is not smart enough.
(b) That he will kill the snake.
(c) That he will only have part of the gift.
(d) That he will not have the gift.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Camara's grandmother do with him when she takes him around her village?

2. After the animal encounter in the forge, what does Camara like to yell to his mother?

3. What is the first school Camara attends?

4. What does Camara do at the end of the meals?

5. How long is the walk from Kouroussa to Tindican when Camara does it with his youngest uncle?

Short Essay Questions

1. While he was growing up, what were the rules during meals in Camara's parents' household?

2. When does young Camara find his friends in Tindican, and what do they do?

3. Describe the douga. What is its association to Camara's father's gold work?

4. What do the reapers do while they work on the fields, and how is their relationship?

5. Why does Camara's father tell Camara the story about the special snake? What else does he suggest to Camara about the snake?

6. When Camara is a child, what are the sleeping arrangements for his family in Kouroussa?

7. How is the special black snake involved with Camara's father's gold work?

8. According to Camara, what do many people think about country people, and what is Camara's opinion about them?

9. What do you know about Tindican? Where is it located, and how does Camara get there? What is special about the trip?

10. What happens in Tindican during the rice season in December?

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