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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. How does the farmer's life seem to Camara?

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

3. What does Camara think about country people?

4. Why do all the apprentices and workers in the blacksmith shop turn their attention to the production of the trinket?

5. Who prepares the food in Camara's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Camara's school clothes when he is a child. How does Camara feel about these clothes while in Tindican?

2. Describe the douga. What is its association to Camara's father's gold work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

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.

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