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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. One day, some men come and ask Camara's mother to get a certain animal back on its feet. What kind of animal?
(a) A horse.
(b) A sheep.
(c) A cow.
(d) A pig.

2. Why are there always many apprentices staying at Camara's father's forge?
(a) Because Camara's father is well known.
(b) Because Camara's father pays a lot of money.
(c) Because Camara's father is unknown.
(d) Because Camara's father doesn't have more than one child.

3. What kind of a man is Lansana?
(a) He's poor.
(b) He talks the whole time.
(c) He's loud.
(d) He's quiet.

4. Which member of Camara's family is a reaper?
(a) His youngest uncle.
(b) His oldest uncle.
(c) His grandfather.
(d) His nephew.

5. Who does Camara share his bed with?
(a) His brothers.
(b) His father's younger apprentices.
(c) His sisters.
(d) His father's older apprentices.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Camara's father initially feel after the special snake's first appearance?

2. What is the job Camara's father practices?

3. Which animals are abundant in the river when the water rises?

4. Why do women want trinkets made out of gold?

5. What does Camara's school teacher do?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the snake encounter, Camara finds it amusing to yell to his mother, "There's a snake!" How does his mother react when he yells like this?

2. What is Camara thinking while he is in the rice fields with all the reapers?

3. How does Camara help out in the rice fields during the harvest?

4. One day, Camara finds a little black snake with a strikingly marked body. What is special about this snake?

5. Camara's mother has special powers. How is that manifested in chapter 5? What is her association to a horse?

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

7. Camara Laye's earliest memories revolve around his father's forge. What is the forge? What happens there? What does Camara do there?

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

9. Describe the character of Camara's father.

10. What does the second half of the reapers' days look like?

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