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 does Camara's mother light up his bed?

2. How did Camara stay in touch with his friends from home?

3. Who accompanies Camara to the airport?

4. Who encourages Camara and Marie to be more intimate?

5. Why does Camara return to Kouroussa after completing his final exams?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the character of Mamadou.

4. What happens in the special hut where the young men are gathered, after the actual circumcision takes place?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. Following their encounter with Konden Diara, the young boys face the real test of circumcision. How does the ceremony in Kouroussa proceed?

8. What happens in the special hut where the young men are gathered before the actual circumcision takes place?

9. What happens at the airport and on the plane to France?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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