Activity Sheet per French 149 Novel two Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s 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 Kane’s 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.
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