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. When does the ritual procession around town finish?

2. Why does Camara's mother often get up in the middle of the night?

3. What is hanging from the bombax trees and huts when the sun comes up after the Ceremony of the Lions?

4. What is the only thing Konden Diara will do to Camara according to his father?

5. How does Camara feel about Konden Diara?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Camara returns to Conakry in October, what does he find out about the Technical College, the school he attended the year before?

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

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

4. When Camara is a teenager, he must prepare for his culture's important rite of passage: circumcision. How and when does his ritual begin? How does Camara feel about it?

5. What happens during the first year Camara is supposed to attend school in Conakry?

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

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

8. What happens when Camara and his father go to talk to Camara's mother again, hoping to convince her to let Camara finish his studies in Paris?

9. Who or what is Konden Diara? What does Camara's father tell him to do?

10. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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