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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 is Tindican in relation to Kouroussa?

2. Why does Camara assume that his father underwent the rituals of preparing to work with gold before he even stepped foot in the shop the morning of the woman's arrival with gold?

3. What color is Camara's school uniform?

4. Who are the reapers for the rice harvest?

5. What is the second school Camara attends?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the airport and on the plane to France?

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

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

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

5. At the end of Camara's third year of school, he takes his proficiency examinations. Describe what happens.

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

7. How do Camara and Marie spend time together as teenagers?

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

9. What does the director of the Technical College ask Camara before he leaves Conakry upon successfully completing his exams, and what is Camara's reaction?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The tom-tom weaves all the rituals together throughout the book. When does the tom-tom sound? How do the villagers react to it? Explore the importance of the tom-tom throughout "The Dark Child", using supporting evidence from the different chapters and scenes.

Essay Topic 3

One day Camara finds a little black snake with a strikingly marked body. This snake is special and plays an important role in the first chapters of "The Dark Child." What is the role of this snake in the family? How did he become important? What does his presence mean to the different main characters? Relate this snake's significance to the community, to Camara, to his mother, and to his father? How does the snake add to Camara's father's influence and status in the community? How is the snake involved in the work environment of Camara's father? Support your answers with examples from the book.

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