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How did people in West Africa maintain their native languages?
a) They spoke their daily languages in every day life.
b) They prayed in their native languages.
c) They used their native languages for trading.
d) They did not maintain their native languages.

West Africans built mosques that blended Islamic architectural style with their own traditional religious art. This shows:
a) how West Africans adapted Islam to their own cultures.
b) that Islamic architecture gradually overpowered traditional West African arts.
c) that Islamic architecture was more attractive than West African architecture.
d) how West Africans struggled against Islamic culture.

What is one artistic form that both West Africans and Muslims valued even before their cultures met?
a) geometric designs
b) robes with long sleeves
c) buildings with flat roofs
d) Arabic calligraphy

Which one of the following would you NOT find in Timbuktu?
a) Sevral universities including one of the world's greatest universities, the University of Sankore.
b) Timbuktu had over 150 Qur-anic schools where children learned to read and interpret the Qur-an.
c) The most famous mosque of all West Africa, the Djingareyber, which was made of limestone mixed with strwaw and wood.
d) Mosques with huge gold plated domes.

Which of the following best describes what the griots did?
a) record keeping
b) ruling
c) trading
d) exploring

What did folktales and proverbs have in common?
a) Both were part of the oral tradition.
b) Both were presented musically.
c) Both originated in Ghana.
d) Both were written in Arabic.

What does the following proverb reveal about West African society? Every time an old man dies, it is as if a library has burnt down.
a) the importance of the oral tradition
b) the importance of visual arts
c) the respect granted to youth
d) the value placed on books

Which of the following is one effect of African slaves bringing their music to the Americas?
a) Their music has influenced jazz, rock and rap music.
b) The balafon is a popular instrument in South America.
c) Their music has shaped American religious practices.
d) North Americans still sing the songs of the griots.

Which of the following are examples of West African oral and written tradition?
a) griots, folktales, proverbs, histories and stories written in Arabic and preserved in mosques.
b) griots, folktales, marimba, terra-cotta
c) griots, proverbs, applique, ngoni
d) griots, folktales proverbs, call and response

Which of the following is NOT an example of the influence of West African oral and written traditions on our lives today?
a) The secret bartering system of the Wangarans
b) President Teddy Roosevelt saying
c) Griots songs made popular in modern music by West African singers Youssou N'dour and Sotigui Kouyate.
d) Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and the Disney feature length cartoon

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