Quiz  /  Griots
  • 1. 
    What was the main job of the griot?

  • Storytelling
  • Protecting the village
  • Fishing for food
  • Working with iron
  • 2. 
    How did the griots help to teach the children of the village?

  • Through messages on how to behave in their stories
  • Showing them how to farm
  • Instructing them on ways to fight off the enemy
  • Teaching them ways to fish and hunt for food
  • 3. 
    Which instrument used by griots was a percussion instrument similar to a xylophone?

  • Balafon
  • Ngoni
  • Kora
  • 4. 
    Besides musician and storyteller, what other job did the griot have for the village?

  • Leader of the warriors
  • Historian
  • Chief
  • Blacksmith
  • 5. 
    Which instrument used by griots was similar to a harp and was made from a vegetable called a calabash?

  • Kora
  • Ngoni
  • Balafon
  • 6. 
    True or False: There are still some people working as griots in Africa today.

  • TRUE
  • 7. 
    What important event was it important for the griot to remember?

  • All of the above
  • Wars
  • Births
  • Marriages
  • 8. 
    Which instrument used by griots was similar to a lute?

  • Kora
  • Balafon
  • Ngoni
  • 9. 
    What instrument do some historians believe the Ngoni became after traveling to America with African slaves?

  • Harmonica
  • Trombone
  • Guitar
  • Banjo
  • 10. 
    How was the history of the village kept by the griot?

  • Using hieroglyphics on stone tablets
  • All of the above
  • Through cave paintings
  • Through stories that were passed down
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