Please read the story “Sundiata” then answer the questions below.…

1) How did Sundiata end the ridicule he faced as a child?

a. He complained to the king, who had the perpetrators killed.

b. He complained to his beautiful mother, who put a spell on them.

c. He tore a tree from the ground

d. He ran away from home

2) Why did Sundiata go to Ghana as a boy?

a. To escape the cruel jokes he and his mother faced

b. To escape the jealousy of his father’s first wife

c. To study at the greatest university in Africa

d. To study sorcery

3) Which passage shows Balla Fasseke’s belief in Sundiata?

a. “Oh son of Sogolon, I am the word and you are the deed, now your destiny begins.”

b. “Then I redoubled my zeal to show myself faithful to his cause, I seemed more overwhelmed than him.”

c. “It was said that you would come back one day, but I swore to him that you would never have the presumption to claim a kingdom you had never possessed…”

d. “No one can bear the glare of your eyes, your arm has the strength of ten arms.”

4) Why is Sundiata happy to have his griot back?

a. He loved him like a father

b. He had a singer to perpetuate his memory

c. He would make the childhood foods he loved

d. He would perform magic for him to win the final battle

5) What effect do the griot’s words have on Fran Kamara?

a. They cause him to lose faith in Sundiata

b. cause him to renew his pledge of loyalty to Sundiata

c. They cause him to leave to join the enemy

d. They cause him to cry

6) What does the King of Sibi do?

a. In one fell swoop, he kills a thousand of Sundiata’s soldiers

b. He sends a secret message to Sundiata’s enemy

c. He bores a tunnel through a mountain

d. He provides enough food for Sundiata’s long journey

7) Sundiata features a strong theme of fate, which we see from the emphasis placed on the prophecy surrounding his birth. Which passage from another epic in this Unit best expresses similar themes of fate and destiny?

a. “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless!”

b. “Humbaba fell and seemed / To crack the ground itself in two, and Gilgamesh / As if this fall had snapped him from his daze / Returned to life/And stood over Humbaba with his ax.”

c. “But suddenly he too stumbled forward with a cry of bitter pain, and his stroke went wide, driving into the ground.”

d. “Monstrous in his contortion, he aroused the two almost to pity. But pity was the thing that might have killed. It made them pause just long enough to show how pitiless he was to them.”

8) Which of the following options is not a typical part of the Epic?

a. Superhuman or magical powers in the characters

b. Basis in historical figures

c. Distinctly good and evil characters

d. Romantic interests

9) Which word is a strong synonym of elude?

a. Musical

b. Intermission

c. Avoid

d. Interpret

10) Which word is a strong synonym of scrupulous?

a. Careful

b. Flavorful

c. Bracing

d. Mysterious

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