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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. What fascinating animal does young Camara see in his father's forge?

2. What color is Camara's school uniform?

3. What is a sayon?

4. What does Camara's mother forbid the men to do to the animal that she has to bring to its feet?

5. Why does Camara feel self-conscious in his school clothes while in Tindican?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the character of Camara's father.

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

8. Describe the character of Lansana.

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

10. A few months after all the beatings at school, the director of the French school is forced to resign because of a petition signed by all the parents. What did Camara's father have to do with this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the gold work of Camara's father is finished, the praise-singer bursts into a douga. Describe in your own words, based on the context of the book, what a douga is. What is its influence on the people of Camara's community? Why is it sung? How do the characters react to it? What is its negative side effect? Why is it important in the African culture?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does Camara get treated by his grandmother when he visits her in Tindican? Describe her affection and routines towards Camara. How does Camara react to this treatment? What does his grandmother's behavior tell you about their relationship? Compare/contrast Camara's grandmother's behavior towards him throughout the book. Does it change? How does it evolve?

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