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. Where do the people of Camara's village occasionally find gold?

2. Which member of Camara's family is a reaper?

3. Why do parents send their children to Camara's father?

4. What does Camara's school teacher do?

5. What does Camara's grandmother's hut look like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. One day, a woman comes to Camara's father's shop with gold. She wants the gold made into a trinket. What is special about having a trinket made?

5. What does Camara's grandmother's hut look like?

6. How are Camara's father's apprentices treated, and how does Camara feel about this?

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

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

9. Describe the initial relationship between Camara and Fanta?

10. How do Camara's mother's special powers manifest themselves as physical protection?

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

Chapter 2 of "The Dark Child" talks mainly about the gold work Camara's father performs. This gold work creates positive and negative reactions throughout the chapter. Compare/contrast the reactions of the chapter's characters in relation to the significance of the gold work. Use supporting evidence to discuss the different emotions towards the gold/gold work.

Essay Topic 3

The meals in Camara's household follow a certain, strict tradition. Describe the procedures of a meal and the performance of all the characters involved. Compare/contrast Camara's rules and routines to those of his siblings, the apprentices and his parents. What does this scene teach you about Camara's culture? How does this differ/relate to your dining culture and etiquette?

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