The Dark Child Test | Final 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. How long is Camara planning to study abroad?

2. Why does Camara's father give Camara a gift when he leaves home?

3. What type of emotion is outwardly manifested during the circumcision ceremony?

4. Why do the boys stay in a special hut after their circumcision?

5. When does the tom-tom begin to beat for the rite of passage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Camara does not like one of the behaviors his mother exhibits when he gets back home for vacation? Which behavior?

2. What happens on the way to and at the train station before fifteen year old Camara sets off to Conakry?

3. How do the boys spend the rest of the night of their rite of passage after the roaring ceases, and how does it end?

4. What do the guests of the circumcision ceremony do to the teenage boys and how is this manifested to Camara? What is his reaction?

5. Describe the character of Camara's mother.

6. What does Camara receive from his parents before he leaves home for Conakry?

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

8. 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?

9. How has Camara's hut in Kouroussa changed when he comes home for vacation?

10. Describe the character of Marie.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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