A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ishmael Beah
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Ishmael the first time he was touched by war?

2. How many miles did Ishmael, his brother, and friend have to travel to Mattru Jong after leaving Ishmael's grandmother's village?

3. What direction did the Iman face during prayers in Kamator?

4. How old were the rebels who captured the boys in Chapter 5?

5. In Chapter 4, where did the boys sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Ishmael remember in Chapter 2?

2. How was Ishmael, his brother, and their friends introduced to rap music?

3. What was war like for Ishmael at the beginning of Chapter 1? Chapters 1-3

4. Why did it cause problems for the boys to be together in a group?

5. Why did Ishmael's friends in Mattru Jong come home early from school?

6. From whom did the boys steal food at the beginning of Chapter 5?

7. In Chapter 4, what did the boys see in Mattru Jong on a verandah?

8. How did the attack on Kamator take place in Chapter 7?

9. How did the rebels send a message to the people of Mattru Jong in Chapter 3?

10. In Chapter 7, what food did Ishmael find as he walked away from the Kamator area?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 7-9, Ishmael experienced kindness and hostility. Did Ishmael experience more kindness or more hostility?

Essay Topic 2

The boys were starving in Chapters 4-5. Why was it such a challenge for them to find food?

Essay Topic 3

The boys began stealing food. Why did the boys steal food, and how did they justify doing so?

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