Here’s the selection we will be reading for the last days of the 4th trimester:
Begin reading the selection and come prepared to answer the question: Why is Mari Djata’s childhood difficult?
Keep in mind that although you can download the text to your portable device, only the printout will be accepted during the test which is programmed for May 12th (tentative date).
In the last class, I gave you a yellow handout with the list of the characters from the selection. Here is the list again, just in case. ~~LMM
Characters in Sundiata
Balla Fasséké: Griot and counselor of Sundiata
Boukari: Son of the king and Namandjé, one of his wives; also called Manding Boukari
Dankaran Touman: Son of the king and his first wife, Sassouma, who is also called Sassouma Bérété
Djamarou: Daughter of Sogolon and the king; sister of Sundiata and Kolonkan
Farakourou: Master of the forges
Gnankouman Doua: The king’s griot; also called, simply, Doua
Kolonkan: Sundiata’s eldest sister
Namandjé: One of the king’s wives
Naré Maghan: Sundiata’s father; the king of Mali before Sundiata
Nounfaïri: Soothsayer and smith; father of Farakourou
Sassouma Bérété: The king’s first wife
Sogolon: Sundiata’s mother; also called Sogolon Kedjou
Sundiata: Legendary king of Mali; referred to as Djata and Sogolon Djata (“son of Sogolon”), and Mari Djata.