Activity Sheet per French 149 Novel two Cheikh Hamidou Kanes Ambiguous Adventure: Part I, chapters 8-9 & Part II, Chapters 1-4
(1) You need to prepare these activities at home, type them on your computer and bring your work to class on the dates indicated below. These will count as a journal entry. You will give all of your activities on the date indicated below to your teacher. (2) All written answers need to be in coherent paragraphs and/or clear complete sentences.
Activity #1: At home.
? Read the sections you have not read before (i.e. Sections 3-8) in the second document, Introduction to Cheikh Hamidou Kane. These are: A Brief Intro Islam (#4), Concept of Négritude (#5), Two French philosophers discussed in Ambiguous Adventure (#6), Christianity as discussed in AA (#7) & Ideological conflict between Islam and the Western World (#8). ? Answer the following questions about these sections, in coherent paragraphs and/or complete sentences: (1) Section #4: What are 5 facts you have learned about Islam? Explain why they are significant in 1-2 lines. (2) Section #5: Explain as completely as possible and in 3-4 lines what Négritude means. (3) Sections #6 & #7, answer each of the following questions in 4-5 lines: ? Who is St Augustine? You might want to use the Internet to answer this question. ? How do Descartes and Pascal differ from each other in terms of faith? ? If you have not done so yet, you may want to check the last two pages of this second document, namely:
? Section 9 summarizes all the chapters of the books ? Section 10, a map of Senegal, shows where the Samba Diallo of Ambiguous Adventure comes from.
Activity #2: At home.
? Read Parts I, ch. 8-9 & II, ch. 1-4 of Kanes novel Ambiguous Adventure. ? When you have done the assigned reading, do the following in writing: (1) Give each of these chapters a short title (5-6 words) that summarizes each of these chapters. (2) Choose one of the new characters appearing in the first 4 chapters of Part II. Present this character in a 10-line paragraph and write down two quotes pertaining to that character. Explain why these two quotes strike you.
Activity #3: At home.
? Have you subscribed to the New York Times on line? ? If not, check the first Activity Sheet for Ambiguous Adventure or the Announcements for instructions as to how to subscribe to the New York Times for FREE. ? Which two articles are you going to read for the next class? A reminder: No need to download and/or to summarize them. We will be discussing them in class.
Activity #4: At home.
No need to comment about Activity #4. ? Do you want to improve your reading skills? ? If so, go to the How To folder on Blackboard (the sixth blue folder from the top on the left side of your screen on Blackboard). ? Open How to Read? in the How To folder. ? Read one or all first three documents in How to Read?, namely: ? Types of Reading presents the many ways you can read a text based on the on the materials you need to read and the different reading purposes. ? Speed Reading Self-Pacing Methods: A Crash Course proposes different reading techniques to read faster. Click here if you want a demonstration of these techniques. ? How Do I Read a Novel Faster? gives you some tricks to be a more efficient reader. ? I hope these three documents will help you with your future reading assignments.
Activity #5: At home.
? Do you want to do a creative/semester project? ? If so, check the description of such a project on page 7 of your syllabus. ? For instructions as to how to develop such a project, go to the How To folder on Blackboard (the sixth blue folder from the top on the left side of your screen on Blackboard). ? Open How to Develop a Semester Project/Creative Activity? in the How To folder. ? Read the following documents:
? What is a creative/semester project? summarizes in 2 slides what it is. ? What kind of semester project could I do? suggests different projects you could do. BTW: The sky is the limit. The list is not restrictive! ? How Do I Write a Proposal for my Creative Activity/Semester Project?: You need to submit a proposal if you consider choosing to do such a project. This document tells you how to do it. BTW: Such proposals are routinely used in graduate schools! This activity will prepare you for graduate school. ? You might want to discuss your future project with your instructor before writing your proposal so as to know beforehand whether your idea is acceptable or not.