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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. Where does Camara stay while in Tindican?

2. Why does Camara not pull Fanta's hair anymore after their conversation?

3. What does Camara begin to do in the rice fields?

4. Who does Camara share his bed with?

5. What does Camara's father do as he works with the gold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character of Camara's father.

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

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

4. Camara remembers seeing a snake for the first time and being fascinated with its glittering eyes. What does he do to the snake, and what happens next?

5. Why does Camara's father always do the gold work himself, never leaving it to the apprentices or other workers?

6. Describe the character of Lansana.

7. When Camara arrives in Tindican as a child, how does his grandmother react?

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

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

10. How did Camara's father know about this specific task of gold work, and how did he prepare himself to execute the work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Camara's mother has special powers. How is this explored in chapter 5? What do people request from her? Why? How does the procedure go? How do these powers influence her character and her life? How do these powers relate to her physical protection? Provide supporting evidence about how Camara's mother differs from other people in regards to the Niger river.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Camara's transition from childhood to manhood. How does this manifest in the book? How does this transition affect his position in his family? Give supporting evidence from the chapter. How does this transition further the plot? What is the author trying to point out with this episode? How has the character of Camara changed? How does his transition affect his mother?

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 9, Camara leaves home for Conakry. This is an important change in his life in relation to his environment, lifestyle and companions. Compare/contrast all these changes to his life before he turned fifteen.

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