The Kingdom of This World Test | Mid-Book 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. What do the plantation owners begin to do when they hear the slaves singing the sorrow of their plight at the celebration in Part One: Chapter VII?

2. With what African gods do the slaves make a pact in Part Two: Chapter II?

3. The name of Minos from the title of Part Two: Chapter I is a figure from what mythology?

4. M. Lenormand de Mézy's wife dies after eating what in Part One: Chapter V?

5. What do the slaves sacrifice at their meeting in Part Two: Chapter II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where and when is the burning of Macandal set to take place in Part One: Chapter VIII? How is the scene described?

2. What can Macandal’s missing arm be seen to symbolize in Part One: Chapter III?

3. What does Ti Noël’s comparison of the wax heads in Part One: Chapter I indicate about his character?

4. What religious ceremony takes place in Part Two: Chapter II? How is it described?

5. Who brings Ti Noël a message from Macandal in Part One: Chapter IV? Where does Ti Noël go to find Macandal?

6. What do the slaves believe happens during Macandal’s burning in Part One: Chapter VIII? What actually happens?

7. What is the symbolic significance of Macandal’s losing his arm in Part One: Chapter II?

8. How has the Cap changed Part Two: Chapter I? How much time has passed since Part One’s conclusion?

9. What does Ti Noël compare the wax heads with in Part One: Chapter I?

10. How is Macandal’s appearance described in Part One: Chapter VII? How do the slaves react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concepts of “reaction” versus “revolution” as presented in the novel. Describe the actions, objectives, and obstacles faced by the slaves as they attempt to gain freedom. How are these actions reactionary? How are they revolutionary? What resistance is met by the colonials?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of enslavement in the novel. How does the enslavement under King Henri Christophe compare to the enslavement by the whites, in the protagonist’s view? How was enslavement enforced under King Henri Christophe? How did this period of enslavement end?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the real figure of Dutty Boukman and the fictionalized character in the novel. How are these figures similar? Where does the author appear to take poetic license in his depiction? What are the attributes of this character?

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