for Misery. Mrs. Kercher. 8. th. Gifted. Cultural History. The folktale originated in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest nations. Haiti was colonized by Europeans, and in the 1800s, the island was a wealthy agricultural colony. Native forests were cut down, farmland was overworked, and many ani.... ID: 549877
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The Monkey Who Asked
Mrs. Kercher8th GiftedSlide2
The folktale originated in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest nations. Haiti was colonized by Europeans, and in the 1800s, the island was a wealthy agricultural colony. Native forests were cut down, farmland was overworked, and many animals were hunted until they became extinct. It is not surprising that Papa God say that Monkey is in an “awful condition.”Slide3
A woman drops the sugar cane syrup she is bringing to market, and Monkey hears her complain to Papa God about the Misery he has given her. Thinking the woman must be speaking about the delicious spilled syrup, Monkey finds Papa God and asks him for much more Misery. Papa God gives Monkey a sack to open at a place where there are no trees. When Monkey opens the sack, huge dogs leap out and chase him. Papa God sends a tree for Monkey so that Monkey can escape the dogs and think about the lesson he has learned.
As you read, ask yourself what mistake Monkey makes and what lessons he learns. How might Monkey’s story help readers?Slide4
1. In your own words, tell what happens to the woman at the beginning of the story.
2. What clues in the story show that Monkey is an extraordinary animal?
3. What mistake does Monkey make about “misery” at the beginning of the story?
4. What does this mistake and Monkey’s other actions show about his character?
5. Why does Papa God decide to give Monkey the bag with dogs inside?
6. How can you apply what you have learned from this folktale to your own life? Explain what you would do or not do.Slide5
There are two common characters that are special to many Haitian folktales: their names are
and Malice. Malice is the “trickster” of the tale and often is found teasing his friend,
is usually teased by Malice. He is not as quick – thinking as his friend.
about the background to the stories.
Then, reflect on your opinions about each of the questions posed.
Finally, write a response explaining why this tale does not have either of those two characters. Is there still a “trickster” within it?
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