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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. Why are there always many apprentices staying at Camara's father's forge?

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

3. What does Camara believe about his mother?

4. What does Camara's grandmother always do as soon as he arrives?

5. What kind of a man is Lansana's twin brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What does the praise-singer who acts as a middle man between the woman with the gold and Camara's father do in the workshop?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Who is Sidafa, and what do you know about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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, Camara describes his grandmother's hut. How does this hut compare/contrast to his mother's hut? What picture does the author bring to mind about the living quarters of people in Guinea? Describe the general idea you get about the habitation of Camara's family and compare it to your own environment.

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