The Dark Child Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of food do the women bring the reapers at noon?

2. When the special snake began to appear on a regular basis, what did it do?

3. What is the name of one particular apprentice Camara remembers?

4. What is the second school Camara attends?

5. Why doesn't Camara's family member want to get too far ahead of the rest of the reapers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where are Camara's parents' huts located, and what are the consequences of living in that location?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. What is the result of years of abuse for the school children?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 3 Camara's school clothes are a theme worth discussing. Why? How do they look? Why does this cause friction for Camara. Why is this difference with his friends so important for the plot? Are these clothes an issue in Kouroussa? Why? Why not? Explore this theme with supporting evidence provided in this chapter.

Essay Topic 2

The walk to Tindikan is of importance to Camara. The author talks about two ways Camara does this walk. Compare/contrast the different implementations of this walk and relate them to their time frame. Why is this walk important to Camara? What does it bring him?

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 3, the author introduces two characters of a different nature that are very closely related. Who are these characters? How do they differ? What do they have in common? What is their importance to Camara? What is their involvement in the community? What are their contrasts/comparisons to the previously mentioned characters?

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