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English 10 GL

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summer homework for roots.
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Kera PezzutiEnglish 10 GL
 Roots
Summer Assignment
Chapter Thoughts
Ch 1
- This first chapter of this novel sets the stage for a story about something that seemslike a cult. Everything appears to be very specific and superstitious in many cases. Thesearch for something as simple as the name of your child should not be that complicated.Kunta Kinte will probably be our protagonist in the story.
Ch 2
- The ending passage of this chapter made me laugh. No one is so grown by the timethey take their first steps that should receive a spanking. At this moment in the child’slife, they should not be expected to be fully grown. I suppose that Binte’s only motive for this act was so that Omoro would not find the need to take another wife.
Ch 3
- Even though I know now that their odd acts are for religious purposes, it still seemssuperfluous for the people of Juffure to go through all that superstitious crap because therain is coming. The story told by Nyo Boto at the closing of this chapter seems as if itwill foreshadow many events to come and is definitely an explicit theme of this novel.
Ch 4
- The events that take place in this chapter came close to making me physically ill.When the small children of a village are forced to fight each other for scraps of wildanimals, your village is doomed. It is quite comic, though, when the children promiseAllah a goat if he makes the sun shine in a mimic act of their parents. But will their goodness be repaid with good or bad?
Ch 5
- Reading about the victims to this disease or parasitic infection creeped me out. Theactions taken by the Grandmother when Kunta fell, although smart, were kind of disgusting.
Ch 6 
- Throughout this entire chapter, I felt sympathy for the poor, ignored Kunta. AtGrandma Yaisa’s funeral, the steps taken to ensure a peaceful rest were a tad disturbing.The final words at the end of this chapter puzzle me, though. Who are the people waitingto be born?
Ch 7 
- It was exciting to learn in this chapter that my name in Mandakin means “peace”.Are the scary white people spoken about by the elders slavers? It is a shame that the people of the village must live with the fear everyday of being taken from their homes bycrazy strangers.
Ch 8
- The people spoken about in the beginning of this chapter were probably those whowere taken by the scary, red-faced, white people to become slaves. The magic man whovisits Juffure is probably something of a con artist. It seemed like such crap.
Ch 9
- In a society where everything is based on age and gender, I cannot imagine the joyKunta felt as he put on his first clothes. Finally, with his nakedness concealed, he can begin really growing up.
Ch 10
- Upon entering the second kafo, Kunta and his mates received clothing which theyshowed off with pride to the rest of the village. When they were taken to see to the goatsfor the first time, they appeared to be hazed by the older children of Juffure.
Ch 11
- The clay dug up by the men for the pregnant women seems gross, and I cannotimagine what it truly is. Nyo Boto is a very humorous woman who can get away withsaying anything because of her great age. The steps taken to prepare the village for thefestival are very odd in my opinion, especially the one about black equaling beautiful.
 
Ch 12
- The exchange of drum talk between the wrestlers is actually quite humorous. Itreminds of the smack talk that takes place in modern day sports. Good for the girl whowas chosen by one of the other wrestlers.
Ch 13
- Being taken for manhood training seems like a frightful experience. I cannotimagine how terrible the actual training is. What is a foto? Kunta learned a valuablelesson when his goats ran while he was foolishly daydreaming.
Ch 14
- The dry season seems like a real bitch. I would not be able to deal with it everyyear and just keep praying and praying for rain everyday. When the rain finally doescome to the village, it must seem like a miracle.
Ch 15
- Binta seems to get pregnant more often than anyone I have ever met. I suppose itis part of their culture to produce as many children as possible, though. Watching therelationship between Kunta and Lamin grow is so cute.
Ch 16 
- When Omoro is speaking of the slaves who are taken, it seems odd that theywould rather their family members kill themselves than face what is coming. To me, it isa weird standard for bravery. Are firesticks guns? How did they come up with whitecannibals?
Ch 17 
- The drumtalk between villages is surprisingly efficient and reliable. Kunta musthave been overjoyed when his father told him that he would be going to the new villageto see his uncles for the first time. I wonder how difficult the journey will be for littleKunta.
Ch 18
- As Kunta attempts to copy Omoro in all his actions, it seems typical of a father and son relationship. Omoro could be nicer to Kunta, though, and teach him how to domore things on a log voyage. It is Kunta’s first experience of this type, and Omoro should be more helpful. I suppose it is not in the way of the Mandakins.
Ch 19
- That poor grandmother. Is she mentally retarded or just delusional? Regardless,Omoro handled himself very well with her. Kunta gets very excited when he hears hisname drumtalked.
Ch 20
- The many stories told by the various peoples in the new village are veryinteresting. Kunta must have especially enjoyed the one about his grandfather becausethey share the same name. Kunta will have many stories to share with his kafo when hereturns.
Ch 21
- Kunta learned a huge lesson today the hard way. Omoro was not too happy withKunta’s rash thinking in charging the animal. And yet, at the end, Kunta loves Omoroeven more.
Ch 22
- Why do they have put bags over the boys before they take them away? It seemslike such a weird, frightening ritual. In four months, the boys will finally return to thevillage as men.
Ch 23
- Manhood training in Juffure is like boot camp in America. The boys go through somany beatings and abuse so they can call themselves men. It seems stupid to me, but it isaccepted in Juffure.
Ch 24
- Do villages really go to war that often that their children learn battle techniques?The stories told by the kintango are enthralling. I’m sure that Kunta will now view thesemen as his heroes and role models.
Ch 25
- I think that the boys are being circumcised. This is one ritual of becoming a manthat makes some sense to me. And now they finally get to joyfully return to Juffure asmen.
 
Ch 26 
- During the four months that Kunta was at manhood training, his brothers havegrown a lot. It seems like the greatest event in one’s life in Juffure is becoming a man.The coolness of Nyo Boto to Kunta must have really hurt his feelings. Although he is aman, he should not be treated like that.
Ch 27 
- This is a very interesting chapter where Kunta discovers the wonders of masturbation. He is just like all other fifteen year old guys. Good thing he now has the privacy of his own hut.
Ch 28
- Without his family around him all the time, Kunta now feels lonely and unwanted.He cannot fit in with the boys of Juffure or the Council of the Elders. He is at a difficult,transitional point in his life.
Ch 29
- I do not understand Binta’s reactions and treatment of Kunta as he becomes moreindependent. Is that not a good thing? Lamin is very fortunate to have an older brother that wishes him to experience different things in life like gold hunting.
Ch 30
- If Kunta hated the treatment his father showed him on their trip, why would hegive the same to Lamin? Gold hunting sounds very difficult, but well worth it. Binta musthave been thrilled at the gift her two oldest sons brought back for her.
Ch 31
- The village of Juffure has a very odd way of solving its problems. I cannot believethat two young men of Kunta’s kafo were given to older women just to sleep with them. Ifeel extremely sorry for the young girl who was raped by a white man.
Ch 32
- Kunta is working very hard to prepare for his voyage to Mali. I wonder who hewill meet there and if he will learn the trade of a blacksmith. Why, though, does he keephis trip secret from Binta and Omoro? Would they not help him prepare for his journey?
Ch 33
- I have felt since the beginning of the novel that Kunta would be taken by slavers, but I was still shocked. I thought that Kunta was an amazing hunter, so he should haveheard them. What horrors now await him with the toubob?
Ch 34
- Never before have I understood what was so terrible about the voyage fromAfrica. This is truly what makes slavery so terrible. So many men must have died in thedisgusting conditions on the boat.
Ch 35
- Kunta’s tragic please to Allah remind me of the explicit theme mentioned in the begging of the novel. For someone who believes that Allah will save him as long as hefollows the five pillars, this must be tragic. I do not think the poor slatee deserved to bekilled by the men.
Ch 36 
- The descriptions of the conditions on the boat make me feel ill. I do notunderstand what is going on with the dancing and singing by the women on the boat. I amglad that Kunta is able to communicate with his neighbor however simple it is.
Ch 37 
- The talk that takes place between the slaves, though complicated, is amazing.Even with all their talk of escaping, I doubt they will able to take the toubob. I fullyunderstand the anger with the Wolof at Allah, and I think he has every right to not believein a god who willed this upon him.
Ch 38
- The men are putting a lot of thought into their plans of escape; I just hope theycan decide upon one. The Wolof was foolish for attacking the toubob single handedly,though; I do admire his ability to take out so many by himself. If Kunta feels that stronglyabout those that have already died, why does he not throw himself over the rail like somany others?

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