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Roots (Grades 11-12)

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Roots has often been called one of the most important works of the twentieth century.
Do you agree with this statement? Explain.

Harold Courlander successfully claimed that Roots was plagiarized. Does knowing this affect how you look at the text?

How was the early family history largely passed down in the novel?
  1. Through diary entries
  2. Through oral stories
  3. Through songs and music
  4. Through newspaper articles
Who is the protagonist of the novel?
  1. Alex Haley
  2. Kunte Kinte
  3. Kizzy Lea
  4. Bertha
Roots was turned into a seven-part miniseries in the late 1970s. The final episode of the miniseries was the third most-watched telecast of all time. Why do you think this is?

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